"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Changes & Transitions in Your 50s & 60s
Phillip Moffitt
3 Days: Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24: 9:30am - 5pm; Sunday, June 25, 9:30am-1pm.
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $395 - $795. Please bring your lunch. Code PM1M17.
OPEN-Register Here

Every age and phase of life brings change. Sometimes we actively choose change, and sometimes it arrives unexpectedly. Either way, all change is accompanied by concerns, fears and questions, such as: How do I know if making this change will make me happy? Is it meaningful? How do I stay balanced in the face of uncertainty? How do I know if I'm making the right decisions? How can I stay true to myself during this transition? Who am I anyway?

In this 3 day workshop, Phillip Moffitt offers you tools, practices and principles that can help you answer these questions. This workshop will be an opportunity for you to assess the primary areas of importance in your life and determine whether change is needed, develop options, clarify the conflicts that are at play, and begin to identify your priorities and tasks. The workshop will emphasize making wise choices through clarification of your values. The program will explore topics such as effectiveness and fulfillment in work, intimate relationships, self-esteem, money, doubts and insecurities, and life balance. Each day there will be presentations, self-assessments, small group discussions, personal inquiry, and participatory exercises. Phillip will also lead guided meditations and mindful movement practices. The self-assessments are designed to allow you to gain clarity about where you are in life presently and to create a vision for yourself.

This workshop will specifically focus on looking within, versus dwelling on external circumstances. Participants will be offered tools and learn mindfulness techniques for building skill sets that will empower them to navigate their changes and transitions more skillfully. This ultimately brings about improved well-being, life balance and sustainability, all of which are essential for effective leadership in one's professional and personal life. Expect a weekend of self-exploration, self-inquiry, and ultimately, self-knowing.

Phillip Moffitt occupies a unique position in the world of mindful living and leadership. With the astute business acumen honed during his years as a media entrepreneur combined with the deep wisdom about inner development cultivated over the past 30 years as a Vipassana Meditation practitioner and teacher, Phillip brings unparalleled insights and strategic vision to those seeking to lead authentic, purposeful lives.

Phillip was Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Esquire and led the successful turnaround of the magazine in the 1980s. After he left his publishing enterprise, he devoted himself to studying and practicing Theravada Buddhism and is now a nationally known teacher of mindfulness meditation. He serves as Co-Guiding Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In addition to teaching meditation, Phillip is the president and founder of Life Balance Institute where he trains individuals and groups in the principles of values-based leadership and living, as well as how to skillfully make major changes.

Phillip is the author of Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering and Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

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