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Give the gift of Dharma this holiday season!
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Spend the holidays
at Spirit Rock

Friday, December 31

Wes Nisker,  Nina Wise,
Jennifer Berezan,
Barbara Borden,
Davida Taurek
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Saturday, December 18
The Gift of Recovery:
 A Day for Healing

Kevin Griffin
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Sunday, December 19

Monastic Daylong
Ajahn Yatiko, Ajahn Karunadhammo
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Tue, Dec 28 - Sun, Jan 2 
New Year's Teen Retreat (for teens ages 15-19)
Heather Sundberg, Spring Washam, Marvin Belzer
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Sunday, January 2
Let Go, Start Over,
Let Go   

Wes Nisker, Nina Wise
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New Senior Rates (and Ongoing
Young Adult Rates)

Starting Jan. 1, in addition to young adults (18-26), seniors 65 and over with fixed and limited income can attend all regular daylong events for $25 (excluding benefits and special events) and any class series for half price (with some exceptions).

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Monday Night Class:

A Spontaneous Community, A Living Sangha


Jack Kornfield, Sakyong"This class is an entry gate, a taste of the teachings of mindfulness and compassion at the heart of Spirit Rock." -Jack Kornfield

On a recent Monday night, more than 400 people walked up to the beautiful upper Retreat Hall to sit together with Jack Kornfield in a guided meditation, and to listen to Jack's talk on lovingkindness. [To listen to the talk, click here.] The Monday Night Class is like a jewel in our community. For 26 years, thousands of people have come to listen, reflect and learn more about meditation.

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A Letter from Our New Co-Guiding Teachers
Sally ArmstrongPhillip MoffittWe welcome our new Co-Guiding Teachers, Sally Armstrong and Phillip Moffitt. They have exciting news to communicate about a new model of governance at Spirit Rock. 
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Free Wallpaper Downloads
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Decorate your desktop with images of Spirit Rock

These images feature quotes from Jack Kornfield and Sylvia Boorstein,
and are easy to download and install.
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Upcoming Classes for the New Year
Essential Dharma: Core Buddhist Teachings Part I
Mark Coleman, Sharda Rogell
10 Tuesdays, Jan 4 - Mar 8, 7- 9 pm
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Trauma & Mindfulness Meditation: Somatic Mindfulness Training
Sharda Rogell, Sakti Rose (somatic trainer)
4 Mondays, Jan 10 - Jan 31, 10 am - 12 pm
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Qigong and Meditation Class Series
Master Mingtong Gu (qigong), Debra Chamberlin-Taylor
5 Tuesdays, Jan 11 - Feb 8, 9:15 am - 12:30 pm
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6-Week Beginning Insight Meditation Class Series
Will Kabat-Zinn
6 Wednesdays, Jan 12 - Feb 16, 7:15 - 9:15 pm
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Winter Teen Meditation Class Series
Matthew Morey, Alexa Ouellett
8 Sundays, Jan 16 - Mar 6, 6 - 8:30 pm
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Winter Middle School Meditation Class Series
Daniella Salzman, Baruch Golden
5 Thursdays, Jan 20 - Feb 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
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A Year-end Message from Jack Kornfield
Jack KornfieldMaking a gift to Spirit Rock, like any act of generosity, supports your practice. Your gift also supports the practice of others. As the Buddha said, "The gift of Dharma exceeds all other gifts."

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Family Practice Day - Curiosity: Seeing with Fresh Eyes
kids huggingAs parents, the holiday season can be filled with anxiety and pressure, in addition to all of the joy and family fun. Sometimes we need to recover from even the most wonderful celebrations. Let our next Family Day help you and your family recharge and ease into the new year.

We will be exploring the theme of Curiosity-Seeing with Fresh Eyes. We'll learn how to bring fresh awareness to our interactions with each other and to our own experience. We hope you'll make it one of your family's post holiday intentions to join us!

Eugene Cash, Rebekkah LaDyne, Betsy Rose
Sunday, January 30, 10:30 am - 3 pm
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Volunteer Spotlight
"The practice influences everything I do" - Carol Levy

Carol Levy, volunteer

Carol Levy is an artist, teacher, and a longtime member of the Spirit Rock sangha who shares her gifts behind the scenes. Her service and artistry are apparent everywhere at Spirit Rock, gracing both the residential and non-residential spaces.
She selected and created the beautiful silk hangings and installments in each of the residence halls and helped with the selection of the fabrics on the zafus, zabutons, and cushions in the upper Retreat Hall.
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Happy Holidays from the Spirit Rock Staff!
Spirit Rock Staff  
Staff photo taken at our staff retreat in November.
Kalyana Mitta/Dharma Friends Workshop
with James Baraz
Mark your calendars now for the January 30th Kalyana Mitta/Dharma Friends Workshop with James Baraz at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery. James' teaching will focus on the practice of leading and hosting a KM/DF group. There will be time for connection and sharing between facilitators and hosts, as well as discussion and guidance around skillful ways to lead and participate in these groups
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Gift Ideas from the Spirit Rock Bookstore
Buddha is Still Teaching, Book CoverFor many of us, the holidays are a time for exchanging gifts with family and friends. If someone on your list is a dharma practitioner, you may want to know about some of the new titles from the Buddhist world published in 2010, including Jack Kornfield's latest offering The Buddha Is Still Teaching: Contemporary Buddhist Wisdom.
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