If life is a school, relationships are our university. Through relationships we have a chance to mature and activate the human values that facilitate our evolution.

Sri Prem Baba

Workshops

Inquiry +
Exploration

Samarasa workshops provide students an opportunity to focus and go deeper into a wide-ranging list of modalities from conscious movement, to tantric rituals, to pyscho-spiritual work, to embodied anatomy, to sacred sexuality, to mindfulness meditation and self-inquiry. They can last anywhere from a few hours to a weekend immersion. Come explore and learn from our own in-house dream team of teachers as well as guest teachers from around the world!

Workshop Descriptions

Awakened Relationship with Christopher Hareesh Wallis

The arena of close relationships is often where we struggle most in life. We need a new paradigm, a value set that brings clarity to the ways we relate, coupled with modes of compassionate communication that help us understand each other.

Awakened Relationship with Christopher Hareesh Wallis

The arena of close relationships is often where we struggle most in life. We need a new paradigm, a value set that brings clarity to the ways we relate, coupled with modes of compassionate communication that help us understand each other. This groundbreaking workshop draws on key teachings of the original Tantrik tradition that provide the clarity so needed in this area of life. Previous participants in this workshop describe it as “veils of confusion being torn away” and have felt empowered and inspired to relate to others from the place of their deepest truth.

Friday, June 15th – 6pm to 9pm

Saturday, June 16th – 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm

Sunday, June 17th – 10am to 1pm

Investment: Friday only – $60

Early bird (whole weekend – before April 15th)- $225/Regular price (whole weekend) – $250

Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, was introducedto Indian spirituality at the age of seven and initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kīrtan, mantra-science, āsana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling.

Hareesh is the Founder and Head Faculty of the Mattamayura Institute. His teachers, mentors, and gurus, in chronological order, include: Gurumayī Chidvilāsānandā (dīkṣā-guru and mūla-guru), Paul Muller-Ortega (Śaiva Tantra and Classical Yoga); Alexis Sanderson (Śaiva and Śākta Tantra and Sanskrit); Marshall Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication); Somadeva Vasudeva (Śaiva Tantra), Dharmabodhi Sarasvati (Tantrik Yoga); and Adyashanti (Meditation). Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece.

Mindfulness & The Path of Meditation

In this introductory weekend you will learn the foundations of meditation practice, understand and experience the benefits of meditation, receive an overview of the Buddhist path and stages of practice as well as move toward helping others with their meditation practice and personal journey.

Level 1: Introduction to Mindfulness & The Path of Meditation with David Nichtern– Offered June 8th-10th and Aug 3rd-5th

Level 1 is required for but not limited to teacher trainees. This workshop is open to all. Please note that there will be two opportunities to attend Level 1.

 

June Level 1

Friday, June 8th – Taming Your Wild Mind: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation -6:30pm to 9pm (Reception to follow)

Saturday, June 9th -10am to 6pm (Includes a break for lunch) Sunday, June 10th – 10am to 6pm (Includes a break for lunch)

August Level 1

Friday, Aug 3rd – Taming Your Wild Mind: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – 6:30pm to 9pm (Reception to follow)

Saturday, Aug 4th -10am to 6pm (Includes a break for lunch) Sunday, Aug 5th – 10am to 6pm (Includes a break for lunch)

Investment: Early bird $350 (before April 15th)/Regular price $375

 

David is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont (USA), Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center (NYC), Director of LA Shambhala Center, and Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International. He teaches meditation workshops and teacher training programs around the world and online, and he also mentors individual students in person and via Skype. David is known for his ability to present the richness and depth of the Buddhist tradition with a light touch, making it accessible and relevant. He created a weekly live broadcast on ustream.com and has online workshops available through creativeLIVE.com. His book “Awakening From The Daydream – Reimagining The Buddha’s Wheel of Life” was released by Wisdom Publications in October 2016. David is also an Emmy winning, Grammy nominated composer, guitarist and producer. He is the composer of the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and has worked with a diverse range of artists including Christopher Guest, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon, Lana Del Rey, Stevie Wonder, Krishna Das, Jerry Garcia and many others.

Welcome to the Heart

The Welcome to the Heart workshop is one of several programs included in the Path of the Heart methodology created by Sri Prem Baba over 20 years ago.

Coming in March 2018

The Welcome to the Heart workshop is one of several programs included in the Path of the Heart methodology created by Sri Prem Baba over 20 years ago. This is a method of self-knowledge broken down into a series of courses (individual and in groups) designed for those who are looking for more tools to learn how to get to know themselves more deeply and improve the quality of their life experience.

This course is an invitation to look at everything that has taken you away from your heart throughout your life. For one day you will have the opportunity to investigate the events that in some way separated you from your essence. This is the entry door to an internal search that will help you to find ways to get closer to your heart.

This methodology is taught regularly in Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Israel, Germany, India and the USA, making its most recent debut in Los Angeles where Sri Prem Baba came to introduce this work himself for the first time in September.

The Path of the Heart programs are facilitated by people trained by Sri Prem Baba.

It is Prem Baba’s wish that this work be made more accessible to those wishing to dive deeper into the spiritual path of self-knowledge for the purpose of awakening love in their lives. Take this rare opportunity to be guided by trained facilitators in this life-changing work.

Byron Katie Introduction

This workshop offers an introduction to Byron Katie’s system of self-inquiry, lovingly referred to as The Work.

This workshop offers an introduction to Byron Katie’s system of self-inquiry, lovingly referred to as The Work. It is a way to identify and question the thoughts that are causing you suffering. You will be guided step-by-step through the very simple process of inquiry and then have the opportunity to practice both individually and with the group.

This workshop does not involve physical asana (postures) so any attire is acceptable. All other necessities for the practice will be provided.

This workshop is offered bi-monthly and is suggested (but not required) to take prior to attending the weekly Yoga + The Work classes.