Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Ease of Being

Guest Facilitator: Richard Miller, PhD.    
Founder, Executive Director & President of the Board of Directors, Integrative Restoration Institute

Date: December 15, 2012
Time: 10am - 3pm

Well-Being and peace of mind are always knocking at the door of our awareness, from the inside, longing for expression. These natural expressions of our essential nature naturally blossom through meditation that nourishes our innate ground of Being.

We engage meditative teachings through periods of iRest Yoga Nidra meditation and spirited dialogue. iRest helps us relinquish limiting beliefs about who we think we are, so that we can recover what we truly are: timeless presence and unshakable peace.

Richard Miller, PhD., is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. He is author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, and the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute where he leads retreats in enlightened living, as well as conducts research with the yoga nidra meditation protocol he has developed (Integrative Restoration - iRest) with soldiers, veterans, students, children, the homeless, and people experiencing issues such as PTSD, chemical dependency, sleep disorders, and chronic pain. For more information on Richard's teachings please visit

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Enlighten Minds with Lightness

Guest Presenter Chade-Meng Tan (Meng)
Google pioneer & award-winning engineer,  NY Times bestselling author, a thought leader, philanthropist  

Date: September 15, 2012
Time: 10am - 3pm

Chade-Meng Tan
 was one of Google's earliest engineers. Among many other things, Meng helped build Google's first mobile search service, and headed the team that kept a vigilant eye on Google's search quality. After an eight-year stint in Engineering, he now serves with GoogleEDU as the Head of Personal Growth. One of his main projects is Search Inside Yourself -- a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course, which he hopes will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way.
Outside of Google, Meng is the Founder and (Jolly Good) President of the Tan Teo Charitable Foundation, a small foundation dedicated to promoting peace, liberty and enlightenment in the world. He is a founding patron of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).  He is also a founding patron of the World Peace Festival, and adviser to a number of technology startups.

"To create the conditions for global compassion, all we have to do is to reframe compassion as something that is fun." - Chade-Meng Tan       

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Transformation and Transcendence: Is compassion the key?

Speaker: James Doty, MD
Inventor, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

NOTE: Jim fell sick in June and could not attend the circle. So, we've rescheduled him to speak in August

Date : August 25, 2012
Time : 2 - 4pm
Venue : San Francisco Meditation Center

Mindfulness has had a dramatic impact on western society with ever more science validating its benefit. At the same time while transformation occurs, does it lead to that which all seek which is transcendence...that outer journey beyond self to realize that we are all one. Science is giving us new insights into the benefit of being compassionate. Is compassion in response to suffering the key to transcendence?

About the Presenter

James R. Doty, M.D. is a professor of neurosurgery and the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. Dr. Doty is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, having given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities.

Light refreshments will be served at the end. The event is free of charge.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Internet to the Inner-net

Speaker: Gopi Kallayil
Business Marketing Leader (Google), Triathlete, Yoga & Meditation Practitioner
Date : July 21, 2012
Time : 2 - 4pm

The Internet has become humanity's invisible central nervous system that connects us and can sometimes overwhelm us. Yet, the most important technology is within us - our brain, body, and consciousness. A fast-paced career in the hi-tech industry in combination with a deep yoga and meditation practice have allowed me to integrate my inner and outer technologies. Wisdom from my yoga mat and meditation cushion guide my professional career and, in turn, my professional life provides the perfect classroom to deepen my wisdom practice. 


Gopi Kallayil works at Google on the marketing of Google Plus and is based out of the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Earlier he worked on marketing the company's flagship advertising product,AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific. Gopi also led the marketing team for AdSense, Google's publisher-facing product.

Before joining Google, Gopi was Vice-President of Strategic Alliances at Nextance, an enterprise Contract Management Software startup. He was also Vice-President of Business Development and a founding management team member at Allegrix, an Application Software Provider start-up acquired by Progress Software. While a consultant with McKinsey & Co., he worked on engagements helping the management teams of large corporations improve business performance and maximize revenues. Additionally, Gopi has led large Information Technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the US. Gopi earned his Bachelors degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. He received his Masters in Business Administration degrees from the Indian Institute of Management and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, public speaker, global traveler and Burning Man devotee.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Funfair: Celebration of our Interdependence on Mother's Day

Bring your family to a funfair celebrating our interconnectedness while honoring the diversity in Marin on May 13. 

Exciting things to expect at the fair include storyteller, speakers, music, improv, dance, exhibits, food and much more. Speakers are BK General Secretary Brij MohanConsulate General of India N. Parthasarathi and Bettina Gray. Artists performing will be Emmy award-winning Singer Gary Malkin, and Grammy-nominee Storyteller Diane Ferlatte, Mexican Dancers Ballet de Folklorico and Improv Artist Jill Eickmann

It's Mother's Day and we will have a ceremony to honor all the mother's at the event. 

A partner and award-winning film maker, Tiffany Shlain, will show the trailer of her movie ”Declaration of Interdependence”

This special celebration will be held at the Anubhuti Retreat Center in Novato. Click here for directions. Please carpool.

Program is as follows:
11:00 am Funfair, Exhibits, Art Gallery, Games and Kid's Entertainment
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm   Public Program and Children's Improv session
4:00 pm   End of Program

This event is FREE. Please RSVP and/or send questions to

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Making Sense of Your Past, Freeing Yourself in the Present and Constructing a Creative Future

"Our sense of a "we" is born from these earliest ways in which we "feel felt" within the mind of our caregivers. Seeing the connections between the mind, the embodied brain, and our relationships lets us come to view the "self" as a plural verb rather than a singular noun." Being open to one's own inner life with kindness, connecting to another person, being a part of a group, being a member of a larger community, and having a sense of meaning that emerges from interconnections with a larger whole each form the foundation for a sense of "we" that is at the core of what can be called a spiritual life."

An award-winning educator, Dr. Dan Siegel is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. His unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts easy to understand and exciting has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups of mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, and clergy. He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For 2010-2011, Dan is serving as the National Speaker for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Mindfulness and Integrative Medicine Lectures.

Here are photos from the circle.

Date : March 17th, 2012
Time : 2 - 4pm
Venue : Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Guest Presenter: Ken Kitatani
Topic: The Sacred Art of Giving Light
Mens Wisdom Circle
Venue: 401 Baker St, San Francisco
Date & Time: Sat, Jan 21 2012, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Ken Kitatani has been an instructor for the Centers for Spiritual Development of Sukyo Mahikari since 1992. In his years of tenure, he has been taken on many roles and was posted to many centers in the North American region, including New York, Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and the regional headquarters in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. At present he is the Assistant Director of the San Francisco Center and Regional Staff Coordinator of the Scholars, Health, and Educators Groups. Ken is a recognized teacher and translator and has been the official translator throughout the North American region as well as internationally in Japan and other countries for over 16 years. Ken also currently serves as the Director of Forum 21, a multidisciplinary research association, that brings together experts from diverse fields to focus on issues facing the world today and seek out positive solutions. He is the USA representative of Women In Need, International, an NGO that advocates for gender equality and sustainability. He also serves on the board of What Shape is Green?, a program of sculptures for the environment. Ken graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies. He also studied Vipassana meditation extensively in Myanmar (Burma) under the guidance of U Tagaya and U Janaka. In addition, he is a certified Yoga Instructor.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free of charge.
Interested? Click here to register (optional).