A Year To Live

A Yearlong Group with Vinny Ferraro

Begins Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Gates to the Deathless are Open

This class is full and registration is closed. Please check back next year for future offerings.

This year-long group, based on the book A Year to Live by Stephen Levine, is a spiritual practice of facing death and waking up to the life we are living. Can we do what needs to be done and die feeling complete?

  • What if you were given a terminal diagnosis and only had one year to live to live?
  • One hardly ever knows when their last year begins, how do we prepare for it now?
  • What would you do with this precious time?

In our death-denying culture, few of us contemplate the inevitability of our death, or that it could happen at any time. The Buddha recommended that we do just that, not to frighten us, but to use death as an object of contemplation to help us awaken to the fragile, fleeting, and precious nature of our lives.

Ultimately, this is a year-long practice in forgiveness, gratitude and letting go.

Through guided meditations, inquiry and one on one sessions with Vinny each participant will be guided through a process of living this year as if it were their last.

It was one of the best practices I have ever done – a real turning point in my spiritual life.
–  Noah Levine

Meeting one Saturday a month, this process is open to anyone who is interested, but it is a serious undertaking and will be closed group once it begins. We recommend that you attend all sessions, but you may miss two if necessary. Please feel free to email Juliana if you have questions about registration.

CLASS DATES:  Saturdays 2/20, 3/26, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/24, 10/22, 11/19, 12/10, 1/28/17, 2/25/17. All classes meet at 2701 Folsom Street, in San Francisco, from 10am-1pm, except for our first class on 2/20, which will meet from 2-5pm. 


COST: $1,000 for the year. A 10% discount will be given if paid in full in advance. Payment can be made as a one-time registration fee, or given in one of the following installment options:  a) $300 registration fee is due by the first class date; $350 is due by 5/21, and final $350 payment is due 9/24. Or b) $300 registration fee and $58 per month.
Please note: All payment is due in full whether you complete the full year or not. Participants that choose to stop attending the course part-way through will still be accountable for paying the full course fee. No refunds will be given after the start of this group.

We can make payment arrangements as well.

Scholarships: Scholarship funds for this group are limited. Due to high need, we have currently given out all available scholarships. If you would like to be added to a waitlist for scholarship support if additional funding becomes available, please email us for more info. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support scholarships for this group or future classes and retreats in San Francisco, please email [email protected]

Vinny Ferraro is the Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools in Oakland, California and his work was the subject of MTV’s If You Really Knew Me, He is a Dharma teacher and a nationally recognized leader in designing & implementing interventions for at-risk youth.
In 1987, he began volunteering his time to be of service. He went on to to help establish Dharma Punx in the mid 90’s. In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, teaching emotional intelligence and other social skills, eventually becoming their Training Director, and leading workshops to more than 100,000 youth. He then became the Training Director for the Mind Body Awareness Project, a non-profit that teaches meditation to the incarcerated. He is a Guiding Teacher for Against the Stream, and for 11 years has led a Friday night meditation group in San Francisco. He doesn’t like talking about himself in the 3rd person.




This will be held at Against the Stream San Francisco
2701 Folsom Street