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December 10th: Family Practice Class

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East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th St

Oakland, CA 94612

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Family Practice Class: Opening the Heart through the Buddha's Teachings

with Shahara Godfrey, Eve Decker, Michele Ku, Baruch Golden and Keisha Turner

For Children Ages 0-13 and Family / Caregivers

Sunday, November 12th
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

East Bay Meditation Center
285 17th Street, Oakland, CA

We invite you to come and help create the diverse family sangha at EBMC. We welcome families with babies, toddlers, and children up to age 13. Children under 5 will need to have a parent/caregiver stay with them.

This class features training on “Family Tea Time” and how mindful practices can bind the family together. We will also explore how meditation and meditative movement can contribute to successful family life. Parents/caregivers and young people will meet together and separately during the class. We are committed to creating a diverse family sangha. No prior experience is necessary.

Please bring a snack (without nuts) to share.

EBMC TEACHERS ARE NOT PAID BY THE CENTER . You will have the opportunity to offer a voluntary financial gift to them at the class. In order to protect the health of community members with environmental illness, please do not wear fragranced products (including natural fragrances) or clothes laundered in fragranced products to EBMC.

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Dr. Shahara Godfrey, Ph.D. is a graduate of the UCLA Mindfulness and Awareness Research Center program and holds a MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning from California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been in recovery for over 20 years and practices in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. In addition, Ms. Godfrey has completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership and Dedicated Practitioner’s programs. Shahara also contributed a chapter on Aging and Illness in the book, Real World Mindfulness for Beginners.

Eve Decker performs and records original songs based on Buddhist teachings, leads dharma music singing circles, and presents daylong programs on dharma and music throughout Northern California. A Vipassana and Metta meditation practitioner for 20 years, Eve is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders and Path of Engagement programs at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. For more on Eve see www.evedecker.com.

Keisha Turner came to the practice of yoga as a teen. Later when she was introduced to Vipassana meditation, she felt compelled to deepen her practice and study of these transformative teachings. In the lineage of her teacher, Julie Dohrman, Keisha’s alignment-based yoga classes offer space for fellow practitioners to connect with their highest intentions by prioritizing self-care and liberation from oppressive constructs. Keisha also teaches dance, performs, and facilitates arts-based, anti-oppression workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is a blossoming root woman and healer whose creative enterprise, EarthChild, is a collection of love-offerings comprised of performance, yoga classes, and body care products designed to celebrate, heal, and uplift oppressed communities.

Michele Ku is a long-term Vipassana practitioner and a parent. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to adults at Kaiser Oakland. She also has taught mindfulness to children in elementary schools through Mindful Schools. She is co-founder and peer leader of a small family sangha for families of color and multi-racial families in the east bay facilitated by parents. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leaders Program in 2012. Her main spiritual practice is bringing mindfulness to everyday life and within the family.

Baruch Golden is a long-time practitioner, hospice RN and mindfulness teacher. He taught mindfulness practices to children in elementary, middle and high school for the non-profit Mindful Schools for many years and offers dharma talks at many Bay Area sanghas. He is a graduate of Community Dharma Leader's Program in 2012 at Spirit Rock and the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at he Sati Center of Buddhist Studies in Redwood City.

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