Living with An Undefended Heart

A Daylong Retreat with Mary Stancavage

August 29, 2015
9:30am – 4pm
San Francisco


If you let go a little you a will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace. ”
― Ajahn Chah

Many of us come to practice with defenses around our heart that we’re not aware of. We long for connection but find ourselves pushing others away when that’s the last thing we ever wanted. The teachings of the Buddha offer a path where we can learn to sit with ourselves and welcome our deepest fears while also melting the armor we’ve built up over the years. We can learn to let go into freedom.

Come spend a day in reflection and meditation on what keeps you defended and how best to move forward towards peace. There will be sitting and walking meditation, dharma talk, and dialogue.

Cost: Sliding Scale $35-$75 plus dana to the teacher. (No reg fee for $100 Monthly Supporter).
Scholarships and Work Study available; no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Online registration is now closed.

Mary Stancavage has cultivated a spiritual practice for over 25 years. In 2009, she completed Noah Levine’s first teacher training program and currently serves as Director of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Mary has taught at recovery centers in Los Angeles, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and teaches a weekly class at ATS. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center in 2012, and serves on the board of the Buddhist Insight Network. Additionally, Mary has an MA from UCLA and worked as an archaeologist in Syria.


This class will be held at 2701 Folsom St., San Francisco.

Please bring a brown bag lunch. Chairs and cushions are available.