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OCTOBER 29, 2017
Daylong Retreat
“Finding Ease and Compassion in Troubled Times”
Sunday, October 29, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Insight Santa Cruz
740 Front Street, Suite 240, Santa Cruz

Personal, national and global circumstances are triggering anxiety for many of us. We may find ourselves swept-up in our stories and worries. We need our Dharma practice to show us how to face these challenges with greater courage and kindness.

Today we will explore the natural ease, spaciousness, and compassion of letting be within our natural awareness. We will fine tune our meditation practice to help release habits of tension, striving and judgment that often keep us from deepening and being truly present.

We will also include compassion practice, both for ourselves and others, as the necessary foundation for living with strength and balance in a chaotic world.

The day will include teachings, sitting and walking meditation, and discussion. This retreat is for both new and experienced practitioners. There will be a break for lunch; feel free to bring your own bag lunch or purchase food nearby.

Teachers: Carla Brennan and Scott Tusa
Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology nationally and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal. For more information please visit:
Cost: Dana (by donation)
No registration required


We are planning another nature-based retreat for July 2018. Check back for details.







































Magic of Awareness
Residential Retreat with Anam Thubten and James Baraz
Nov 27 – Dec 2, 2017
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Woodacre, CA
More Info:

Bloom of the Present students are encouraged to attend at least one weeklong or longer retreat a year and several weekend retreats if possible. We are now fortunate to have the Insight Retreat Center in our neighborhood near Scotts Valley with many retreats with Gil Fronsdal and others. Spirit Rock Meditation Center is not far away in Marin County.


Cloud Mountain Retreat Center
South of Seattle, WA.

Mountain Stream Meditation Center
Centered in Nevada City, CA. Guiding Teachers, John Travis and Heather Sundberg

Insight Meditation Society
The original insight meditation retreat center in the US in Barre, MA.

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Retreats combining study and practice.

Forest Refuge
For longer self-retreats in Barre MA.

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch
A lovely remote retreat center in northern New Mexico

Southern Dharma Retreat Center
A small retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, mostly insight meditation.

Desert Dharma – Sky Mind Retreats
Nature-based insight meditation retreats. Guiding teacher Susie Harrington.

Gaia House
Main retreat center in England

Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC (Tara Brach)

Garrison Institute
Offers a variety of programs, mostly Buddhist related. On the Hudson River in New York.