Finding Ease: A Zen and Mindfulness Approach to Anxiety, City Center

With Paul Irving and Lisa Hoffman in January and April
With Paul Irving and Kanzan David Zimmerman in November
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street

Everyone is welcome
CE credits available*

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm

You open a door to a dark room and you think you know what’s there, where everything is arranged, but you really don’t know until you step inside.  — Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1

Aversion to anxiety is often accompanied by reactivity and actions that worsen how we feel. We suffer. This workshop, taught from the perspectives of Zen and mindfulness meditation practices, is supported by the latest neuroscience and psychological research.

Our focus for the day will be on our direct experience. We will practice uncovering the natural state of a quieted mind, slowing down enough to see what is actually happening when we describe ourselves as anxious. As we cultivate the opportunity to be with what is actually happening with awareness and clarity, we can respond to difficulties with consciousness, ease and new choices, rather than with reactivity that at times can make things worse.

This workshop is supported with guided meditations and psychotherapeutic strategies and is appropriate for those who are new to meditation and for those who are experienced meditators. The workshop also meets the CE criteria for several health care professional designations.

Fee: $120; $108 current SFZC members; $96 limited income.

NOTE: Participation in this workshop fulfills the prerequisite for attending Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Ongoing Practice Group Classes.

*NOTE about CE credits: 7 CE credits available for nurses. The $30 fee can be paid at the time of registration. San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) team together to offer CE credit to nurses (California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP11909). For complete information visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD, at 707.763.3576. For more information, please contact our Programming Department at

Preregistration is required. Use the Register Online button above for the date you wish to attend or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

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