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May 2017

Northern California Mindfulness Institute

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Taverna Pelligrini, 65 Moraga Way
Orinda, CA, CA 94563 United States
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An Evening of Mindfulness, networking, discussion and human featuring Steve Bhaerman (aka Swami Beyondananda).  Learn more about the Northern California Mindfulness Institute and the benefits of becoming a member. Join cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda and his slightly-more-serious ego Bhaerman for an evening of heart-opening laughter and mind expanding comedy. Featuring a panel discussion "Current Research on Mindfulness-based Practice and building mindfulness-based resiliency skills in patients," lead by Charlie MSW, Linda Bloom LCSW, Jeff Cohen MFT, Dr. Micharl Mayer, Dr. Anisha…

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June 2017

The Hidden Gifts of the Shadow

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Costal Turning Point, 129 S. River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Conscious relationships require more than simply knowing about the right things to do. The gap between knowledge and action can be vast. Until we can span this gulf, it is impossible to embody our understanding within our behaviors, despite our best intentions. A key element of this process is the uncovering of the shadow side of our unconscious fears, longings, and passions. In accessing denied aspects of ourselves, we recover our hidden power to engage fully and powerfully with our…

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Secrets of Great Relationships

June 9 - June 11
Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066 United States
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Having a great relationship means more than just staying together. Unless we enjoy trust, intimacy, caring and love with our partner, we are sharing an arrangement, and not a true partnership. The biggest mistake that many people make is not in expecting too much from their relationship, but in desiring too little. A true partnership can not only provide security, pleasure, intimacy and fun, but can be a means through which our deepest longings are awakened and ultimately realized. In…

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October 2017

From Conflict to Connection

October 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Double Tree, 200 Marina Blvd
Berkeley, 94710 United States
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The ability to manage differences effectively is both a science and an art that can be applied to all types of relationships. Unfortunately, we are not born with this skill. In fact, our usual tendency is to react to differences in ways that often promote greater conflict instead of greater understanding. What we call “chemistry” in relationships is a result of our differences, yet the very things that enhance attraction, and excitement in relationships can be the source of great…

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Secrets of Great Relationships

October 14 - October 20

Have you ever wondered why it is that some people seem to create fulfilling relationships easily and naturally, while others, not so much? Contrary to what many of us believe, the answer often has less to do with intelligence, family history, genetics, or personality. Linda and Charlie Bloom were both curious enough about this question to write a book about it which is based on over 50 interviews with couples who fulfilled their criteria for being extremely happily married.  Linda and Charlie are…

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