Facing Impermanence with an Open Heart

A One Day Retreat with Beth Mulligan and Paul D’Alton

Sunday May 25, 2014
10:00 am – 3:30pm

Santa Monica


“All conditioned things are impermanent” — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.

The Buddha, from the Dhammapada, verse 277.

A one day retreat exploring impermanence, loss, death and birth with the wisdom and curiosity of a Buddha. Practicing mindfulness and self compassion, with guided reflections and meditations, we’ll spend the day together on this Memorial Day weekend, seeing that with practice, we can reduce suffering and open our hearts even in the face of our greatest distress.

This day is suitable for all levels of practitioner.

Cost: Sliding Scale: $30-$65 and the offering of dana to the teacher. Please click here for information on the tradition of Dana.


 The registration fees go to support Against the Stream, it’s programs and scholarship funds. The teacher receives 100% of the dana. $100 Plus Monthly Supporters attend for no registration fees (but dana is appreciated). Please CLICK HERE for more info on our Monthly Supporter program.

No one is ever turned away for lack of funds; write or call for scholarship and/or work-study information.

Beth Mulligan, PA-C. is also a long time Zen practitioner and practices at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in Idyllwild, CA. She is also a core Dharma teacher at Insight Community of the Desert; a Vipassana Community in Palm Springs. Beth is a senior, certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. She has been teaching for over ten years at medical centers, universities, non profit organizations and corporations, including Insight LA. In addition to teaching meditation, she has practiced medicine as a Physician Assistant for thirty years where she has supported suffering and dying people with the strength of her own practice.


Dr. Paul D’Alton is Head and Clinical Lead of the Department of Psycho-oncology at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin and Adjunct Lecturer at The School of Psychology, University College Dublin. Paul’s primary area of clinical & research interest is the application of mindfulness-based interventions in healthcare with a particular interest in end of life care. He has completed a number of funded research projects and has presented and published research both nationally and internationally. Paul is chair of the PSI Equality and Diversity Working Group (EquIP) and the Death, Dying and Bereavement Special Interest Group. He is on the Board of Directors of the Irish Association of Palliative Care and is incoming President Elect of The Psychological Society of Ireland. Dr. D’Alton is in the Western United States on a Palliative care fellowship spending time with Roshi Joan Halifax and Zen hospice of San Francisco. He is a long time meditation practitioner in a number of traditions.

Paul D’Alton, B.A. (Hons), M.Phil., Dip.Psych., D.Clin.Psych., M.Sc.

This daylong will be held at 1001a Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA. Click on the address for info on parking around the Santa Monica Center.

Please pack a brown bag lunch. We have chairs and cushions available.

CLICK HERE for information on Monthly Supporter Discounts.