Letting Go of Our Story

Daylong Retreat with Phillip Moffitt

Sunday April 26, 2015

9:30am – 4:30pm

Santa Monica


Having a personal narrative is healthy and provides a necessary context for the many levels of our life experience. Without stories, we would not know how to understand people or events and our lives would lack meaning.

Yet, while narratives and stories serve vital purposes, they can also be limiting, destructive, and often lead to unskillful behavior. We frequently suffer simply because the stories we believe have become fixed and rigid. Also, when we are attached to a particular perspective about others or ourselves and allow the story to be primary, it can be a hindrance to our ability to respond skillfully to the moment. We are literally deluding ourselves with our story making. If we wish to mindfully respond to what is happening in the moment, we need to be able to distinguish the actual experience from our interpretation.

During this daylong, we will investigate the stories of our lives and see how we are relating to them and whether they are causing suffering. It is possible to acknowledge our stories, even the difficult ones, without being defined by them. In this way, we can relate to ourselves and others with more openness and kindness. The day will consist of guided meditation, walking meditation, dharma talks, and time for questions. Students of all levels of practice are welcome.

Sliding Scale: $35 – $108, plus an offering of dana to the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and those who have less.
Scholarships and work-study are available. No is turned away for lack of funds.

$100 Plus Monthly Supporters attend for no cost. Please Click Here for more info on our Monthly Supporter program.


At the peak of his career as CEO and Editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine, Phillip Moffitt traded in his worldly aspirations to explore the inner life. He subsequently founded the Life Balance Institute in Northern California which is a non-profit organization devoted to providing training and resources for individuals and executives in how to live a more satisfying, values-based life. Phillip teaches vipassana meditation at retreat centers throughout the United States, leads a weekly meditation class in Marin County, and is Co-Guiding Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He is the author of Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in Everyday Life and Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life. For more info visit Dharma Wisdom.

This daylong will be held at 1001a Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA. Click HERE for info about the Santa Monica Center