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Daylong: True Refuge

November 22
Rockville, MD

Daylong: Conscious Relationships

with Jonathan Foust & Tara
December 13
Rockville, MD

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Weekly Class

Bethesda, Maryland

Wednesday evening

from 7:30 - 9:00 pm

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Ongoing Classes

Bethesda, MD - Weekly

When:
Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 pm

NOTE:
Classes cancelled at RRUUC on: 12/3, 12/24 and 12/31.
Where:
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road (enter from Whittier Boulevard)
Orientation:
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7pm before class.
Contact:
IMCW Administrator (meditate@imcw.org) for questions about this class.
Class Info:
Includes Vipassana meditation, group sitting, and dharma talk. This is a large gathering of approximately 200.
Cost:
Dana of $10-$15 is suggested.
By Metro:
Take Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights. Take the River Road T2 bus to the Whittier Blvd stop. The ride takes approximately 10 minutes.
By Car/Parking:
Please comply with posted parking guidelines, and only park in designated areas. No parallel parking along the driveways. The lots usually fill up, but parking is available on the surrounding streets.
More Info:
Please see the Wednesday Night Class page at the IMCW website.

Daylong and Evening Workshops - 2014 & 2015

True Refuge: Three Gateways to Peace and Freedom

Description:
We spend many moments in a trance of feeling separate from others, and fearful of loss and failure. Yet we intuit a deeper potential: to live from presence, to love without holding back.

This workshop explores how, in the face of even life’s greatest challenges, you can discover a sanctuary of wisdom and equanimity in your own awakened heart. Through meditation, talks, guided exercises and questions/sharing, you will learn how to recognize and release the fears, judgments and limiting beliefs that separate you from loving awareness.

The day is open to beginning and experienced meditators, as well as health professionals who want to use these skills with their clients.
When:
November 22, 2014 - 9:30am to 5pm
Where:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville
100 Welsh Park Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
Contact:
La Sarmiento, La_Sarmiento@yahoo.com
Registration:
Registration info (CLICK HERE)

6.5 Social Work CEU's available from Catholic U of America
NOTE: the CEU's may also be available for LPC's and psychologists,
but you need to check with your respective organizations to see if
they will accept them.
(request form will be provided after registration and at event)
Cost:
$95 sponsor, $85 mid, $75 base
Contact La Sarmiento, (La_Sarmiento@yahoo.com) about scholarships

Conscious Relationships - with Jonathan Foust and Tara

Description:
Intimacy with others can be the ground for experiencing full aliveness and sacred communion. Yet as so many have experienced, our relationships are also often the source of insecurity, hurt and betrayal. During this daylong workshop we will explore the beliefs and feelings that separate us from each other and the meditative practices that enable us to cultivate genuine bonds of trust, understanding, intimacy and love.

You are welcome to come on your own, or with a partner. The day will include short dharma talks, silent meditation, mindful movement, reflective inquiry and dyadic exercises.
When:
December 13, 2014 - 9:30am to 5pm
Where:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville
100 Welsh Park Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
Contact:
La Sarmiento, la_sarmiento@yahoo.com
Registration:
Registration info (CLICK HERE)

6.5 Social Work CEU's available from Catholic U of America
NOTE: the CEU's may also be available for LPC's and psychologists,
but you need to check with your respective organizations to see if
they will accept them.
(request form will be provided after registration and at event)
Cost:
$95 sponsor, $85 mid, $75 base
Contact La Sarmiento, (la_sarmiento@yahoo.com) about scholarships

Meditation, Emotional Healing, and Spiritual Awakening

Description:
Our neurosis and suffering come from our unlived life--the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. Through this workshop we will explore how the Buddhist practices of mindfulness and compassion can free us from the bind of fear and shame. The day will include didactic presentation, guided meditations, experiential exercises, and time for sharing and questions.
When:
January 17, 2015 - 9:30am to 5pm
Where:
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bethesda, MD
Contact:
La Sarmiento, La_Sarmiento@yahoo.com
Registration:
Registration info (CLICK HERE)
6.5 Social Work CEU's available from Catholic U of America
NOTE: the CEU's may also be available for LPC's and psychologists,
but you need to check with your respective organizations to see if
they will accept them.
(request form will be provided after registration and at event)
Cost:
$95 sponsor, $85 mid, $75 base
Contact La Sarmiento, (La_Sarmiento@yahoo.com) about scholarships

True Refuge: Three Gateways to Peace and Freedom

Description:
We spend many moments in a trance of feeling separate from others, and fearful of loss and failure. Yet we intuit a deeper potential: to live from presence, to love without holding back.

This workshop explores how, in the face of even life’s greatest challenges, you can discover a sanctuary of wisdom and equanimity in your own awakened heart. Through meditation, talks, guided exercises and questions/sharing, you will learn how to recognize and release the fears, judgments and limiting beliefs that separate you from loving awareness.

The day is open to beginning and experienced meditators, as well as health professionals who want to use these skills with their clients.
When:
June 20, 201 - 9:30am to 5pm
Where:
Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC
Contact:
La Sarmiento, La_Sarmiento@yahoo.com
Registration:
Registration info (CLICK HERE)

6.5 Social Work CEU's available from Catholic U of America
NOTE: the CEU's may also be available for LPC's and psychologists,
but you need to check with your respective organizations to see if
they will accept them.
(request form will be provided after registration and at event)
Cost:
$95 sponsor, $85 mid, $75 base
Contact La Sarmiento, (La_Sarmiento@yahoo.com) about scholarships


Conscious Relationships - with Jonathan Foust and Tara

Description:
Intimacy with others can be the ground for experiencing full aliveness and sacred communion. Yet as so many have experienced, our relationships are also often the source of insecurity, hurt and betrayal. During this daylong workshop we will explore the beliefs and feelings that separate us from each other and the meditative practices that enable us to cultivate genuine bonds of trust, understanding, intimacy and love.

You are welcome to come on your own, or with a partner. The day will include short dharma talks, silent meditation, mindful movement, reflective inquiry and dyadic exercises.
When:
August 8, 2015 - 9:30am to 5pm
Where:
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
Contact:
La Sarmiento, la_sarmiento@yahoo.com
Registration:
Registration info (CLICK HERE)

6.5 Social Work CEU's available from Catholic U of America
NOTE: the CEU's may also be available for LPC's and psychologists,
but you need to check with your respective organizations to see if
they will accept them.
(request form will be provided after registration and at event)
Cost:
$95 sponsor, $85 mid, $75 base
Contact La Sarmiento, (la_sarmiento@yahoo.com) about scholarships

Meditation, Emotional Healing, and Spiritual Awakening

Description:
Our neurosis and suffering come from our unlived life--the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. Through this workshop we will explore how the Buddhist practices of mindfulness and compassion can free us from the bind of fear and shame. The day will include didactic presentation, guided meditations, experiential exercises, and time for sharing and questions.
When:
November 7, 2015 - 9:30am to 5pm
Where:
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bethesda, MD
Contact:
La Sarmiento, La_Sarmiento@yahoo.com
Registration:
Registration info (CLICK HERE)
6.5 Social Work CEU's available from Catholic U of America
NOTE: the CEU's may also be available for LPC's and psychologists,
but you need to check with your respective organizations to see if
they will accept them.
(request form will be provided after registration and at event)
Cost:
$95 sponsor, $85 mid, $75 base
Contact La Sarmiento, (La_Sarmiento@yahoo.com) about scholarships

Residential Retreats and Workshops - 2014 & 2015

New Year's Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
~ Tara Brach, Pat Coffey, Jonathan Foust and Hugh Byrne

When:
Friday, December 26, 2014 to Thursday, January 1, 2015 (NOTE: 6 days)
Where:
Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD
Registration:
For more information, click here on this link.
Registration will open August 29 - approximately 9AM East Coast time.
Contact:
Additional information at IMCW.org.

Spring Weeklong Retreat: Intimacy with Life
~ Tara Brach, Pat Coffey, Jonathan Foust and Trudy mitchell-gilkey

When:
Weeklong dates Friday, April 17 to Friday, April 24, 2015
NOTE: NO weekend option.
Where:
Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD
Registration:
For more information, click here on this link..
Registration will open December 18th, 2014
Contact:
For additional information, contact La Sarmiento at la_sarmiento@yahoo.com

Sacred Tenderness: Exploring the Energies of Our Hearts
~ Larry Yang, Tara Brach, Gina Sharpe, Thanissara, Kittisaro, Ruth King, Konda Mason (yoga)

When:
Friday, May 1, 3:00pm - Friday, May 8, 12:00pm
Where:
Joshua Tree Spiritual Center, Yucca Valley, CA
Registration:
For more information, click here on this link.
Will open for registration on 12/02/2014.

True Refuge:
Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

Kripalu
When:
May 15 - 17, 2015
Where:
Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA
Contact:
1-800-741-7353 - Online Registration here
(Note: Continuing Education Credits available for this event)
10.5 credits for Social Workers (SW), $20 additional charge
10.5 credits for Psychologists (PSY), $20 additional charge
10.5 credits for Certified Counselors (NBCC), $20 additional charge

Women's Retreat: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
~ Tara Brach, Cheri Maples and La Sarmiento

When:
Weeklong dates Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28, 2015
NOTE: NO weekend option.
Where:
Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD
Registration:
For more information, click here on this link..
Registration will open March 5th, 2015
Contact:
For additional information, contact La Sarmiento at la_sarmiento@yahoo.com

Fall Weeklong Retreat: Intimacy with Life
~ Tara Brach, James Baraz, Jonathan Foust and La Sarmiento

When:
Weeklong dates Friday, October 9 to Friday, October 16, 2015
NOTE: NO weekend option.
Where:
Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD
Registration:
For more information, click here on this link..
Registration will open: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Contact:
For additional information, contact La Sarmiento at la_sarmiento@yahoo.com

Additional residential retreats with Tara:
7/10-12/2015 - Omega, Rhinebeck, NY
9/25 to 27/2015 - Kripalu, Stockbridge, MA
12/4-6/2015 - Garrison, NY
12/27/2015 to 1/1/2016 - IMCW New Year's Retreat, Reisterstown, MD