White Heron Sangha

Family Presence - Parenting and Beyond - Free Workshop for Parents of Children of All Ages

  • 29 Feb 2020
  • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Village

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Have there been times when you've hoped for more clarity when parenting - especially during challenging situations? What if you had the opportunity to explore the parenting journey more fully?

Please join us for this free workshop at the White Heron Sangha Meditation Center for parents of children of all ages and anyone interested in exploring how we show up for one another. 

The intention of this workshop is to explore practices to nurture and rekindle meaningful connections with one another and our children.  A receptive home environment along with the recognition of our interconnection can provide a healthy foundation for developing emotional and relational resiliency.

As parents, we can lay the groundwork for safe, open communication when we approach situations with acceptance.  By attuning to one another’s body language and emotions, and exploring our own history, we can develop the ability to relate with more clarity.  As we practice “showing up” in this way, our whole family learns that we’re worthy of unconditional love.

These meaningful interactions can provide a strong base to further cultivate an understanding of how we're interconnected - in how we can rely on one another with a sense of trust, understanding, responsibility - and as the family grows and changes – a sense of letting go and impermanence. 

Imagine how powerful it could be to open the understanding of interconnection - or as Thich Nhat Hanh says, interbeing - to include extended family, classmates, teammates, the other team, the community,… and the trees … the earth.

The workshop will include presentations, meditation, discussion and Q&A. Snacks and tea 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, February 29,  2020, 10:30AM - 1PM

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 registrationFor 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 workshop, there will be future family workshops. Date and time TBD.

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