Slow Dating: Connecting with Ourselves and Others (Westside)

with Katie Bainbridge & David Fraioli

January 20th (2013)

Date details +
  • $20.00 Program Price
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

There are so many ways to meet people today--internet dating sites, meet-up groups, speed dating, bars and clubs.....Slow Dating is an alternative way to meet other single people.  Meet real people, in real time, face-to face, who share a common interest in meditation.

  • This day long retreat will consist of sitting meditation, discussion, talks, and a chance to meet other single people interested in the path of meditation.
  • It is for all ages and orientations.
  • Topics of discussion will include: making friends with fear, loneliness as a path to awakening, respectful communication, how to engage in the dating world with confidence and kindness.

The day ends with a celebratory reception.

David Fraioli has been practicing and studying the Shambhala teachings since 1999. He began his studies in New York, where he was a co-founder of QueerDharma, a meditation group for the LGBT community.  Before moving to LA, he lived and worked at Karmê Chöling, a retreat center in Vermont, where he worked in the Programs department, coordinating meditation retreats for all levels of practice. He is a meditation instructor, and is on the council of Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles.

Katharine Bainbridge is a Certified Jungian Analyst, long time Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and student of Sakyong Mipham Ripoche.  Ms. Bainbridge recently traveled to Tibet and has a private psychotherapy practice in Encino. She has begun to study the ancient/indigenous wisdom tradition ways of healing psychological "dis-ease".  She also loves to practice Argentinian Tango.

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The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

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Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers a rich array of ongoing meditation programs free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →