Past Workshops

Workshops - 2016

Open Studio: A Day of Meditation Practices - Sunday, Aug. 21st, Drop-In 10am-5pm

Waking up in the Wild Series: Cultivating connection with self, others and the world through immersion, meditation & discovery in nature

Mountains & Rivers (Mountains, Word doc)- Saturday, Oct. 22, 10am - 2pm
Carmel Valley, near Garland Ranch, CA

Nature Retreat in Big Sur - November 11-13

Through guided meditation, reflective writing, relational, and movement practices, participants will engage in deeply connecting with themselves, each other and the natural world. Facilitated by four experienced meditation teachers, this retreat focuses on cultivating a sense of mindful presence, curiosity, and compassion as a way of being that inspires awe, gratitude, and celebration. Here, the mystery and sacredness of being awake and alive is evoked and celebrated.

Workshops - 2014

Communicating from the Heart: The Language of Life - Using NVC (nonviolent communication) and Buddhist Practices for Speaking Peace. 
Saturday, April 12 , 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Plus 2 Wednesday follow up classes - April 16 & 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

- Deepen understanding of self and others. 
- Mindfully choose language which enhances communication and intimacy. 
- Express oneself compassionately and authentically.

Saint James Church at the corner of High and Hellam St., Monterey
Suggested contribution $140-110. 
Scholarships available. CEU credits for MFT and LCSW.


Trust in Mind: A Song of Enlightenment - Saturdays, February 15 - March 15
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

This 6th century poem by Sengcan, the 3rd patriarch of Chan (Zen), presents us with 34 pairs of opposites and in many ways makes one essential point - Don't let the mind fall into comparisons - AT ALL. This poem, a creation arising from the blending of Indian Buddhist, Chinese Taoist, and Chinese Chan, points to equanimity, emptiness and our addiction to preferences. 
Explore what it means to enter the "realm of One Mind". 
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, 4th & Guadalupe, Carmel

Workshops - 2013

Ceremony & Celebration, an At-Home Retreat - October 26 & 27
Led by Patricia Wolff and Peg Stearn
Blending shamanic and meditative practices, together we will release, replenish and revision as we joyfully celebrate ourselves and community. More information here.
LMFT & LCSW CEUs available.

Learning to Fall Open - Sundays, September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Hacienda Carmel

Half Day Sitting - Saturday, August 17
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon
at St. James Church
Corner of High and Hellam Streets, Monterey
Sitting, walking, talk and tea. 

Workshops - 2012

Introduction to Zen Buddhism - Saturday, November 10
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
at The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel   93921
An overview of Buddhism and the mind/body practices of Zen meditation. All are welcome. For more information call or email Patricia: 659-3042 or

Meditating with the Body - March 17, 31 and April 7, 28
Saturday mornings:  10:30 to 12:30
at The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel   93921

"The suffering and happiness each of us experiences is a reflection of the distortion or clarity with which we view ourselves and the world"  Dalai Lama

How can we truly know ourselves and engage wholeheartedly in each moment?  Are you tired of the incessant chatter in your head?  Perplexed by your relationship with food?  Aware of a continual sense of dissatisfaction in your life? 

 Meditating with the body provides a way to meditate with our unlived lives - not just the life lived from our heads. Combining Zen meditation with other ancient spiritual wisdom techniques, we find tools and visualizations, which help illuminate what is hidden.  By cultivating this clarity ,we can start to  recognize and unravel our habitual symptoms and patterns and begin to harvest the deep nourishment and guidance which our universe freely offers.  

Workshops - 2011

3/9, 16, 23, 30/11 Pathways to Health and Longevity
OLLI at CSUMonterey Bay 831- 582-5500.  We investigate the mind/body connections and the use of nutritional, supplemental, homeopathic and meditative approaches to enhance our health. Protocols will be presented which address digestive complaints, musculoskeletal and pain issues, immune system support, hormonal balancing as well as practices which enhance our overall well-being. The course will be both didactic and experiential.

Workshops - 2010

4/14/10 - 5/12/10 Cultivating the Seeds of our Well-Being 
Five part series at the OLLI Center, CSUMB
Meets April 14, 21, 28, May 5 and 12, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. 

5/1/10 Mindful Communication - Nonviolent Communication Workshop with Jean Morrison
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Outcalt Chapel, Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula
Thursday classes on May 6th and 13th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Workshops - 2009

4/18/09 -Nonviolent Communication -Workshop with Jean Morrison Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula

5/30/09 -Cultivating Compassion- Workshop with Jean Morrision and Patricia Wolff-Combining Buddhism and NVC
Santa Cruz Zen Center

7/02-7/05/09 -Cultivating the Seeds of our Well-Being-A retreat focusing on an integrated exploration into the care of our body, mind and spirit. 
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center 

9/10-9/13/09 - Cultivating the Seeds of our Well-Being - A weekend retreat focusing on an integrated exploration into the care of our body, mind and spirit. Click here for more information.
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center