White Heron Sangha

Awakened Parenting - Free Workshop for Parents of Children of All Ages

  • 31 Aug 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Village

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Have you ever hoped for more insight when parenting your kids - especially during challenging times? What if you had the opportunity to explore your parenting journey more fully?

Please join us for this free foundational workshop at the White Heron Sangha Meditation Center for parents of children of all ages and anyone interested in exploring awakened parenting. This will introduce an ongoing parent sitting group.

The intention for this workshop is to infuse meaningful topics with mindfulness wisdom:

  • Compassion and Acceptance - mistakes are part of growth for parents and children.
  • Attunement - meeting our kids where they are, being with rather than interfering with.
  • Boundaries & Belonging - safety for all where home is a place of calm and authenticity.
  • Equanimity - composure cultivated through a mindfulness practice and contemplation of how our past impacts parenting.

The workshop will include presentations, meditation, discussion and Q&A. Tea and snacks will be offered.

Robert Liss, MD and Laura Liss, MSW will facilitate this workshop, with assistance from James Coleman, PhD.

Robert Liss, MD, is a loving husband and father of three. He practiced ophthalmology as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and in private practice before relocating to San Luis Obispo.

Bob served on the Parent Advisory Council of the West Chester Area School District in PA. While volunteering as a counseling assistant he recognized the need for and established a local parenting support group, as well as a youth support program. 

Bob and his wife Laura moved to the central coast in 2017. He feels fortunate to have been welcomed by the community of White Heron Sangha, where he is an active member.

Laura Liss, MA Psychology NYU, MSW University of PA, found a consistent yoga practice to be vital while raising three kids. In 2005 she opened a wellness center in Pennsylvania, where she taught yoga and meditation classes and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses. Laura was also involved with parenting support groups and on the local school district’s Parent Advisory Council.

Laura is grateful to be an active, mentored member of White Heron Sangha where she teaches Mindful Movement and Meditation classes. She also teaches Mindful Meditation and MBSR courses at Crows End Retreat Center.

James William Coleman, PhD has an MA and PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in the sociology of religion. He is the author of numerous books and articles and is a founding member of White Heron Sangha, where he currently teaches and practices.

When: Saturday, August 31, 2019, 10:00AM - 12:30PM

Where: Our meditation center is in Avila Village, behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail: 
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424 (map and pictures). Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Do not park in front of Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the bottom photo. Our building is circled.

Cost: There is no fee for this workshop. Donations to White Heron Sangha would be appreciated.

Registration: We encourage online registration. For questions, contact Laura Liss at lissfamily@comcast.net.

Please note: Tea and snacks will be provided. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available. No dogs are allowed in the building except for service dogs. 

Follow-up: Following this retreat, there will be a twice monthly sitting group. Date and time TBD.

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