March 30-May 25 (no class on April 27)
Wednesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Retreat Day: Sunday, May 15 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Free Introductory Session March 9 6:00-7:30 PM
Note: Either the application or a conversation with the facilitator is required. Complete the application here. Contact Christina at christinaleano[at]gmail.com.
What are the tools we need to transform ourselves and our world? Today’s challenges require that we stay present and open-hearted in order to serve ourselves and our communities. According to both science and spiritual traditions, we have the capacity to cultivate the heart qualities needed to respond to life’s complexities with balance and wisdom. This course is an exploration in bringing contemplation into action. This course aims to create a community of practitioners to see how contemplative tools such as mindfulness, meditation, inquiry, and reflection can support personal growth and social transformation. This course will be based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an evidence-based eight week course that teaches participants the skills to respond to physical and emotional stress to enhance day-to-day well-being.
Program Themes and Components
The course will explore a variety of themes for participants to gain a holistic understanding of bringing contemplation into action. Themes include:
● The science and practice of mindfulness
● Awakening gratitude and joy
● Living with intention
● Developing compassion for self and others
● Cultivating supportive habits
● Practicing discernment
While each class will be different, each class will include the following components:
● Exploration of the week’s theme
● Guided instruction and practice in various meditation and mindful movement practices
● Small and large group dialogue
● Journaling and self-reflection In between classes, participants will be given home assignments, including the assignment of a gratitude buddy.
Participants will be expected to engage in a daily meditation practice throughout the 8-week course. Participants will also be invited to bring their own yoga mat to each class.
$200 Student/Financial Need $325 Participant $425 Supporter
The instructor does not want finances to get in the way of anyone participating. Scholarships and payment plans are available. If you have questions about the program, please contact the instructor at christinaleano[at]gmail.com.
About the Instructor
Christina Leano has been exploring the intersection of spirituality and social justice for the past 20 years. An environmental advocate since childhood, she currently serves as the Global Campaigns Coordinator for the Global Catholic Climate Movement, a network of Catholic organizations and individuals responding to the moral imperative of climate change.
For the past 10 years, Christina has been offering spiritual programs, retreats, and guidance to diverse audiences. Her spirituality is rooted in her Catholic faith, Buddhist practice, and love of nature and life. She began Zen meditation in 1998 and has spent many hours since on the meditation cushion in places like Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and Redwoods Monastery, where she lived as a cloistered Catholic nun for almost 3 years.
Christina completed the MBSR Teacher Training Intensive through the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. She is currently undergoing training in the Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a two-year program that trains and supports committed Dharma practitioners to teach Insight (Vipassana) Meditation. She also is training to be a Spiritual Director at Still Harbor. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MA from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.