July 13 - 15, 2018

Registration opens June 27 and closes July 11.

Friday PM - July 13  ||  5-7pm Pacific / 8-10pm Eastern
Flow Fest in Body, Mind and World

Leader: Stephanie Nash
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: Some familiarity with See, Hear, Feel & Flow could be helpful for a deeper experience, but this will be appropriate for all.
Fee: $10 per person 

A journey through body sensations, emotions, thoughts, and sounds bringing awareness to the moving nature of sensory experience as well as how the moving of awareness can affect our experience.

In preparation for this program, please:


Saturday AM - July 14  ||  5-9am Pacific / 8am-12pm Eastern
Emotional Intelligence

Leader:  Rakhel Shapiro
Type of Program:  Special Offering
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $20 per person

Emotion is core to our experience as humans. When emotion takes place below the level of consciousness, it has the power to drive and distort behavior. When we have a complete experience of emotion, meeting it with concentration, clarity, and equanimity, it can be a great source of information and pathway to connection with others. 

Developing a mindful relationship with emotions can support fulfillment in romantic partnerships, harmony in professional relationships, getting to know yourself deeply, increasing overall fulfillment, and decreasing your baseline level of suffering.

Together we’ll explore mindfulness tools for getting to know your emotions clearly, and learning to allow them to arise and pass peacefully.

In preparation for this program, please:


Saturday PM - July 14  ||  10am-2pm Pacific / 1-5pm Eastern
Mindfulness on the Nearness of Death as a Motivator to Live a Great Life

Leader:  Adam Coutts
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $20 per person 

We will explore how keeping a regular mindfulness of our inevitable death can bring more inspiration, motivation, energy, richness, clarity, and depth to our experience of life .  The program will include both lecture and contemplative exercises, and it will draw from such diverse sources as traditional Theravada and Zen Buddhism, Goethe, Ramana Maharshi, Ram Dass, Stephen Covey, Kathleen McDonald, Kierkegaard, Osho, Steve Jobs, and more. 

In preparation for this program, please:

  • Arrive with some degree of comfort in the fact that you will die eventually, and ready for a deeper dive.

Sunday AM - July 15  ||  8am-12pm Pacific / 11am-3pm Eastern
Exploring a Mindful Approach to Challenging Conversations

Leader:  Chris Trani
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $20 per person

One of the many beautiful features of the Unified Mindfulness System is its portability to move from practice in stillness to practice in life.  Perhaps this is a true test of how we know practice is “working” . . . how it shows up in our day-to-day life supporting us to become more skillful and compassionate in all endeavors.  Given the number of hours we spend in a typical day in conversations . . . speaking & listening to others . . . conversations offer us a rich opportunity for life practice – particularly when certain conversations challenge us for one reason or another.  In this program we will be exploring a variety of UM practices to help us turn towards challenging conversations with greater openness, ease and skill.

In preparation for this program, please:

  • Read See Hear Feel: An Introduction, pp 1-15 (particularly important for those new to UM practice).
  • If possible, try to have someone in queue, so to speak, that you might have a brief conversation with (maybe 5-10 minutes) during the self-practice period.  This could be someone in your house, someone you schedule in advance for a phone or video call or even someone you don't know that well or not at all if you happen to be in a situation where you have easy access to others during the time frame – like a coffee shop.  This isn't required but just suggested as a way to enhance your experience during the program.

Sunday PM - July 15  ||  1-5pm Pacific / 4-8pm Eastern
Creativity of Mindfulness

Leader:  Janusz Welin
Type of Program: Special Offering
Fee: $20 per person

Where do my best ideas come from? How can I be more creative in all aspects of my life? Can I use mindfulness to catch lightning in a bottle and develop the creative muscle? The good news is that, like many skills, we can train creativity and the mind's tendency to solve problems creatively. In this session we will explore a number ways to do these through standard Shinzen techniques (Auto move) as well as a number of special practices such as Don't Know mind and Auto write. You don't need to be an artist, dancer, writer etc. to participate, but if you do have a creative practice, there will be instruction about how to practice your form using these techniques. While this session is open to all, it will be easier for those who have a familiarity with See/ Hear/ Feel as well as Rest meditation in SHF In/ Out. 

In preparation for this program, please: