Living in Northern CA for the last 20 + years I have been blessed to often visit Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Spirit Rock is dedicated the practice of mindful awareness and provides silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for both beginners and experienced students.
One of my favorite offerings is the Monday Night Dharma Talks. I make the trip to Woodacre, CA, at least a few times a year to listen to Jack Kornfield (and friends) give these talks. It is amazing to mediate with a large group. If you are traveling to northern CA, Spirit Rock is about a half hour from San Francisco and a must-see for mindful visitors.
Spirit Rock is visited by an estimated 40,000 peace-seekers every year and has become one of the most influential and well-attended meditation centers in the world. The teachings of the Buddha (Dharma) and the practices of Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and loving-kindness meditation (Metta) are at the heart of the programs.
These days living in Truckee, it is not easy for me to drive to Spirit Rock, but (hooray!) some of the Monday night Dharma Talks can now be accessed on the web or via Livestream on Facebook. Due to my kid’s soccer game, I missed Jack’s Monday’s talk on Sept 17th, but could view it on Facebook later in the week for free. Here is the link if you are interested.
If you can't make it to the talks in-person, you can sign up for the livestream or follow Spirit Rock on Facebook.
Monday Night Dharma talks are an amazing gathering where you can quiet the mind and open your heart, and now you can do it virtually. Check out the live webcasts, they are held some Monday nights from 7:15 - 9:15pm PDT. "Spirit Rock Live: Monday Nights with Jack Kornfield and Friends."