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A Liberated Heart: Opening to Love, Compassion, Equanimity, and Joy. A Daylong for Women

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

A Daylong Retreat with Chandra Easton, Eve Ekman, Pawan Bareja, and Juliana Sloane

Join us for a day of community, connection, and exploration of the four Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes): Metta (love), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (empathetic joy), and Upekkha (equanimity). In the company of our fellow women practitioners, we will connect deeply with these essential heart qualities and their role in our lives.

The Brahma Viharas point us towards a way of meeting our lives that is courageous, caring, and deeply transformative: turning towards experience with an open heart and responding appropriately to what that moment truly calls for. Through practice, discussion, and story, we will explore together how these four immeasurables can help us meet the joys and challenges of our lives more fully.

This daylong is open to all self-identified women. We invite you to bring an offering to share for an optional potluck lunch.

$100 Plus Monthly Supporters attend for no cost. TO RSVP AS A MONTHLY SUPPORTER, CLICK HERE.

Please CLICK HERE for more info on our Monthly Supporter program.

Cost: $45-85 sliding scale, plus dana (donation) to support the teacher. Scholarships are available. No one turned away for lack of funds.



Lopön Chandra Easton studied Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India, founded by H.H. Dalai Lama. She co-translated Sublime Dharma, A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection, published by Vimala Publishing, 2012. Chandra has been teaching Buddhist meditation & philosophy for 17 years and is an authorized Tara Mandala teacher. She is currently on the Tara Mandala Bay Area coordinating committee, through which she teaches and organizes events in the Bay Area. She also teaches Shadow Yoga. Visit


Eve Ekman is a social scientist and teacher in the field of emotional awareness and burnout prevention. Eve’s path began early as a social justice activist in her home town of San Francisco and lead her to social work in health care, criminal justice and social welfare systems. Working in these environments deeply inspired Eve to pursue doctoral training in social science research to study the stress and burnout associated with these professions. Eve is the co- lead instructor for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an evidenced based meditation and emotion regulation training developed by Dr. Ekman Sr. and Buddhist scholar Alan Wallace at the destructive emotions meeting in dharam sala in 2000. Eve is a second generation emotion researcher and has had meaningful collaborations with her father, renowned emotion researcher Dr. Paul Ekman. Their most recent project, The Atlas of Emotions, is an online visual tool to teach a language for improving our emotional awareness was a project commissioned and supported by the Dalai Lama.


Pawan Bareja, PhD has practiced Vipassana meditation since 2001. She is a Buddhist Ritual Minister and a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock. She taught several daylongs at Spirit Rock, San Francisco Insight and at East Bay Meditation Center on healing trauma using mindfulness. She also taught the current healing trauma class series at Spirit Rock and San Francisco Insight. In her private practice as Trauma Resolution Practitioner, she works with a diverse population of clients and teaches mindfulness meditation. For the past 10 years, Pawan has been a senior assistant Somatic Experiencing trauma healing trainings and has traveled to India to teach this work to professional care providers.


Juliana Sloane first met the Dharma as a teen, feeling a deep resonance
with the teachings. Starting in 2014, she helped build and launch Against the Stream’s San Francisco center and served as their founding manager. Today, she co-leads a monthly women’s group at ATS and teaches young people in Spirit Rock’s Teen and Family Program. She is also a current participant in the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, and leads organizational wellbeing and development for a youth-serving nonprofit.



March 24
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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