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August 2017

A Buddhist Response To Climate Change: Lori Stelling w/Special Guest, Kit Long, co-chair of Napa Climate NOW

August 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave
Napa, CA 94559
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Throughout this special evening, we will use the foundations of mindfulness and the practices of lovingkindness and compassion to stay with our present-time experience of body, mind and heart, as we look within at how we are coping with our warming planet. We will use our practice to notice the arising and passing feelings of fear, numbness, confusion, hope, curiosity, distress, anger, uncertainty— the full range of our response to climate change. Leaving ample time for sharing and discussion, we will…

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September 2017

Guest Teacher: Albert Flynn DeSilver

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave
Napa, CA 94559
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On Tuesday September 5th, Napa Valley Insight Meditation will host a talk by mindfulness speaker, poet, writer, speaker, and workshop leader, Albert Flynn DeSilver. Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, writer, speaker, and workshop leader. Albert served as Marin County’s very first Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is the author most recently…

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Daylong retreat w/ Kevin Griffin

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave
Napa, CA 94559
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On Tuesday September 9th, Napa Valley Insight Meditation will host a daylong meditation entitled Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World. The event will be led by  author, Buddhist teacher and innovator in the field of addiction treatment, Kevin Griffin. Join us for a day of meditation and instructions on the power of loving kindness. In this daylong we will: • Explore several Buddhist sutras that will open up our understanding of loving kindness. • Practice metta as well as mindfulness meditation. • Look…

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Meditation and Discussion: Mike Coughlin

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave
Napa, CA 94559
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Mike Coughlin will facilitate this evening’s meditation and discussion. Mike has been practicing mindfulness in the vipassana tradition for over a decade. He has received training in Buddhism and mindfulness through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Mindful Schools and is currently enrolled in UCLA’s Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation program. Our evening sittings generally begin with a 30 minute meditation, followed by a short break for tea and greetings. The Facilitator will then give a short talk on relevant themes and…

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Meditation and Discussion: Forrest Hill

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave
Napa, CA 94559
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Forrest Hill will facilitate this evening’s meditation and discussion. Forrest has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2004 and is a founding member of Napa Valley Insight Meditation. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has been teaching classes on mindfulness meditation and Buddhist philosophy since 2011.   Our evening sittings generally begin with a 30 minute meditation, followed by a short break for tea and greetings. The Facilitator will then give…

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Special Guest: Eve Decker

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave
Napa, CA 94559
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On Tuesday September 26th, Napa Valley Insight Meditation will host a presentation by Dharma Musician and Teacher, Eve Decker. Eve has been singing, song writing, and performing since she was 8 years old! In her 20’s she co-founded, played, recorded and toured with the feminist folk trio Rebecca Riots for 15 years. Rebecca Riots was dubbed “Best Band with a Conscience” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Eve has also released two CDs of original, dharma based music, and will…

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October 2017

Meditation and Discussion: Lori Stelling

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave
Napa, CA 94559
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Lori Stelling will facilitate this evening’s meditation and discussion. Lori has practiced Insight Meditation since 2002. She has completed Insight Meditation Center's 9-Month Eightfold Path Program and is currently engaged in year-long Buddhist studies through Dharmagiri and Dr. Rick Hanson’s Foundations of Well-Being Program. Our evening sittings generally begin with a 30 minute meditation, followed by a short break for tea and greetings. The Facilitator will then give a short talk on relevant themes and lead a group discussion.  All…

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Meditation and Discussion: Mike Coughlin

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave
Napa, CA 94559
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Mike Coughlin will facilitate this evening’s meditation and discussion. Mike has been practicing mindfulness in the vipassana tradition for over a decade. He has received training in Buddhism and mindfulness through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Mindful Schools and is currently enrolled in UCLA’s Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation program. Our evening sittings generally begin with a 30 minute meditation, followed by a short break for tea and greetings. The Facilitator will then give a short talk on relevant themes and…

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Special Guest: Kevin Griffin

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave
Napa, CA 94559
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On Tuesday October 17th, Napa Valley Insight Meditation will host a talk by Kevin Griffin, author Buddhist teacher and innovator in the field of addiction treatment. Kevin is a longtime Buddhist practitioner who trained as a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock. He is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and the forthcoming God, Buddha, and the Path of Recovery. A co-founder of the Buddhist Recovery Network, he teaches regularly at Spirit Rock,…

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Special Guest: Richard Shankman

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On Tuesday October 24th, Napa Valley Insight Meditation will host a talk by Buddhist teacher and author Richard Shankman. Richard Shankman has been a meditator since 1970, and teaches at Dharma centers and groups internationally. He is the guiding teacher of the Metta Dharma Foundation, a non-residential meditation center in Berkeley, CA that offers a weekly meditation group, as well as monthly daylongs, classes, workshops, and residential retreats. Richard is the co-founder of Mindful Schools, a leading organization training educators…

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