Groups, Classes, Workshops and Retreats
Awakening to Spirit Group (free)
In Davis: 3rd Saturday of the month
- Do you feel stuck in your habits and harbor a strong desire for meaning, fulfillment, and connection?
- Do you long to feel more connected with your inner Light and with Spirit?
- Do you want to learn mindfulness meditation techniques and ways to be more mindful throughout your day?
- Would you like to have a personalized, ongoing spiritual practice that includes daily meditation and/or prayer, or other ways to transcend your ego?
- Would you enjoy having a local, soul-connected community where you can gather with others of like mind to nurture the practices of self- inquiry and meditation?
The Sacramento Valley Awakening to Spirit (ATS) Group is for adults who do not feel they fit in with an organized religion. The group is a spiritual community of soul-connected people who desire to transcend their egos and wake up to their connection with Spirit.
The teachings the ATS group works with are non-dual wisdom teachings, taught by non-dual wisdom spiritual teachers and mystics from many spiritual and religious backgrounds.
People attracted to this group are drawn to mystics and spiritual teachers such as: Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Deepak Chopra, Gangaji, Adyashanti, Leslie Temple Thurston, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat Zinn, and the Dalai Lama, among others.
The Sacramento Valley Awakening to Spirit (ATS) group meets in Davis and consists of one monthly, two-hour gathering on the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon.
People are welcome to come as frequently or infrequently as they wish. The group is informal in this way.
Group gatherings always begin with a group meditation. Thereafter, there may be discussion of a nondual spiritual book or teaching/teacher, a guest presentation, an experiential practice to more deeply help participants connect with the essence of who they are, an i-Rest practice (see www.irest.us), or a group discussion about what is currently feeding group participants’ spiritual journeys and what is challenging their sense of meaning, greater life purpose, or sense of connection with Self, others and Spirit. The group supports participants’ spiritual practices.
Experiential practices and exercises may consist of a practice or technique aimed at helping group participants get to their deepest truths or shift destructive egoic patterns by learning to transcend their egos. Transcending means to become non-attached from your ego and to be able to witness the ego neutrally and without judgment. (Another way of saying this is to move beyond the limitations of your life’s “story.”) The experiential exercises or practices help participants inquire into who they are in their essence or essential self, and ways to connect with the essential self. The essential self is distinct from the egoic self, which lives in dualistic thinking: mine-yours, good-bad, right-wrong, should-shouldn’t, etc.
ATS participants learn practices for connecting with the “neutral witness,” which is outside of our dualistic egoic thinking. They also learn and work with mindfulness practices that help them alleviate suffering and feel a sustained inner peace. Different kinds of meditations are taught, including vipassana (mindfulness meditation), insight meditation, chakra meditation, toning, and guided visualizations for deep exploration of one’s inner world or essence.
People can come to any and all of these Saturday sessions.
You can read more about this group and about upcoming gatherings at http://www.awakening2spirit.org
““The group has provided me with insight and support as I have deepened my spiritual connection. The people in the group are inspirational to me on all levels. The meditations, experiential exercised and group discussion allows me to feel more connected to our universal experience of oneness.” Diane P
Self-Discovery Group: Transforming the Shadow Within
& Relating to Others Without Shame
Davis: Tuesdays 5:30 – 7 pm
This group is for ideal for you when you’re ready to explore how:
- To notice unconscious motivations and projections (the “shadow” self)
- To recognize the ego’s hold on you
- To authentically relate and communicate from your heart
- To deepen your capacity for trust and intimacy with yourself and others.
- To heal feelings of shame and be more free in your life
In this group, you’ll not only deepen your relationships, you’ll also access your intuition and clear old behavioral patterns that no longer serve you. The group process combines psycho-education sessions, relationship practice and skill-building sessions. With Byron Katie’s “The Work” and the Enneagram as references, we’ll look at the “downward spiral of negative emotions” and work through shame stories (past shameful events).
Group members give and receive support as they work together to deepen self-understanding and to connect with soul-wisdom and inner guidance. You’ll practice and work on deeper intimacy in relationship with each other and with others outside of the group.
A new group will begin in January 2017.Group meets at the downtown Davis office location, on Tuesdays from 5:30-7 pm. Cost is $50 per session, with sliding scale fee if needed. Contact Deborah Cohen, LMFT, group facilitator. Sign up soon, as group is filling fast. Deborah is interviewing through November but there are limited openings so contact her now to reserve a spot.
“1.Learned to value myself. 2. Learned ways to change the way I approach difficult or uncomfortable situations. 3. Experienced the extraordinary power of a group of women hold when they are joining in a spiritual setting. 4. Found new deeper levels of meditation. 5. Loved laughing with the other women about the ways we are so alike. 6. Helped me not be so serious about my perceived shortcomings, and probably a couple hundred other positive concepts, emotions and skills.” Kathy H
“I had no idea what ‘shadow’ was when I started attending the class. I had been attending Deborah’s Saturday monthly classes, and was being exposed to spiritual ideas which were both familiar and new to me. The meetings gave me tools to delve further into understanding myself and to understand how I hamper my own personal growth. It was a safe environment in which I could explore and share, and perhaps even help others. Deborah is a gifted teacher, and being in the group was very enlightening. Thank you!” Susan P
”I absolutely loved making the connection with the women who came each week. Having the support of those women, including Deborah as facilitator, was profound and incredibly supportive for me. Knowing one is loved by others despite our flaws was wonderful.” Kelly D
Soul-Discovery Group: Leading a Soul-Filled Life
Learn to tap into your own Soul Wisdom to manifest the fulfilling life you dream of. You’ll learn techniques to help you clear the mental and emotional patterns that keep you from connecting with your intuition (where your soul-wisdom is often found). This group experience includes:
- Working with your positive shadow to see your potential Soul-Self
- Energy psychology techniques
- Guided visualizations
- Forgiveness work with self and others
- Soul collage
This group begins again in Spring of 2016.
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