Returning to True Love: Mindfulness and Heart
Sundays 9-10:30pm EDT/6-7:30pm PDT
June 28, July 5, 12, 19 • Online via Zoom
Put No One Outside of Your Heart
A Contemplative 4-week Course for Teens and Young Adults
June 28: Loving Kindness toward self and others
July 5: Compassion toward self and others
July 12: Appreciative Joy toward self and others
July 19: Equanimity with our own and others’ journeys (2 hours)
There are 4 powerful heart qualities that each of us can cultivate in our daily lives to bring us greater ease and well being and strengthen our mindfulness practice. These are loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity or inclusiveness. These boundless qualities are intrinsic to each of us and lead us to a deeply fulfilled and awakened life. Our inspiration for the framing and practices to cultivate these qualities come from the Buddhist tradition.
In this 4-week course we will explore:
- The ways we protect our heart from the world
- Tools for loving fully with an undefended heart
- Honoring our stories and living larger than them
- Practices to help us grow our hearts as wide as the world
In each class we will practice a guided meditation, learn about one of the aspects of true love, and have time for discussion. In the last class, which is 2 hours, all participants will have the opportunity to share briefly about their journeys with true love.
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on children, families, and young people. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. She was an ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, and now leads retreats in the U.S. and internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools. She also leads retreats for people of color, activists and artists. In addition to teaching in the Zen tradition and secular mindfulness, she is Spirit Rock-trained teacher in the Vipassana lineage. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. She teaches and mentors regularly with Schumacher College, Sangha Live, iBme, the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, the Power of Awareness online course, and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha, and formerly with Mindful Schools. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She loves teaching and practicing with teens and young people and has been teaching with iBme since 2015.
Enrique Collazo is a new generation Mindfulness meditation teacher. Born and raised in Los Angeles and has been teaching and living in the Bay Area for the last 6 years. His passion is teaching the practice of mindfulness to teens. He is well loved and respected for his inspirational work at Challenge Day during the school year where he facilitates social and emotional learning workshops for thousands of young people all over the country. Enrique’s skill with teens has led to teaching internationally for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. He is on the Guiding Teacher Counsel and Equity and Interdependence Committee for Ibme. Enrique is a frequent co-facilitator for teens at Spirit Rock and a committed advocate for bringing meditative interventions into jails and addiction treatment facilities.
Enrique is a champion for helping young people create pathways that align with their goals and deepest intentions, and empowering them to broaden their confidence by opening their eyes to what’s possible when negative internal narrative is transformed into positive effort.
He believes deeply in the power of marginalized voices to change the world.
Enrique was trained by Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
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Cost and Accessibility
The sliding scale for this 4-week Contemplative course is $40 – $150.
If your family earns $75,000 or more per year, then we request that you pay the full price. If your family earns less than $75,000/year, you may self-select an amount to pay. If you are in true economic hardship (e.g, recently lost job, health situation, etc.) we are offering the discounted rate of $40. If you cannot afford the discounted fee please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make it work for you. No teen will be turned away for lack of funds.
Note: this course has a limit of 24 participants, so please sign up as soon as possible!
June 28, 12pm ET/9am PT
$150 suggested tuition for families making over $75,000 a year • $40 – $150 sliding scale
90-minute sessions, 3 times
2-hour session, 1 time