Pride Celebration: The House of the Divine Abodes – a daylong for the Alphabet community
Saturday June 17th 2023
10 AM – 2 PM PST (Time Zone Converter) Closed Captioning Provided
Come celebrate Pride by taking refuge in the Divine Abodes (Love, Compassion, Joy, and Peace). We will offer guided meditations and interactive activities to help co-create the healing that is possible when we gather in queer community.
All registered participants will receive a link to join us via Zoom with their EventBrite confirmation email.
Melvin Escobar (he/him) is a core teacher at EBMC. He has walked the path of service for most of his life, drawing on his life experiences as a cisgender queer man of color from an immigrant working-class background. He continues daily to learn the revolutionary potential of body-centered contemplative practices based in Buddhism, Yoga and other wisdom traditions for personal and social healing.
If you would like to make a gift to Melvin, please do so via:
Kinshasa (she/her). Queer, African-American, pet parent. Psychologist by day. Magic weaver by night (and also day). Currently integrating sitting, dancing, praying, and vocal meditation practices. Incorporating ritual, indigeneity, and authenticity into my life as a Buddhist and keeping sangha in my heart. Launched from EBMC in 2009 and Spirit Rock in 2011. You can find me watching Sci-fi, women’s sports, or dancing in my living room.
Rascal Roubos LCSW (they/them) – Rascal is white transmasculine therapist based in Oakland, CA who integrates dharma into daily life through an anti-oppression lens and somatic focused approaches. As a graduate of the Dedicated Practitioners Program, a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction instructor, and a recent graduate of the Spiritual Teacher and Leadership training program at East Bay Meditation Center, Rascal loves collaborating to share the dharma in community. They feel most connected to dharma and at home in their being when practicing in nature, or when dancing. A favorite recent experience was playing with giant bubbles with their three kids, partner and friends in the redwoods in Oakland.
If you would like to make a gift to Rascal, please do so via:
My name is Ramón Honea (He/They/Them). With deep roots in the Bay Area, I am biracial gay man who finds service and joy in holding space for education and meditation. I have been in public school education for twenty years as both teacher and administrator. I hold a Master of Science in Educational Leadership, a teaching and administrative credential as well as a Mindfulness teaching certificate and a Mindfulness Mentoring Certificate from the Cloud Sangha. I am recently graduated from the first cohort of EBMC’s 2-year Spiritual Teacher and Leadership training. I am working with Braided Wisdom and Carol Cano, co-teaching and zoom-hosting various classes. Connecting that braiding of my cultural learnings with the Buddha-dharma and the teaching of Mindfulness is my focus. Covid took me from my job as a residential Retreat Manager at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and my current aspiration is to build a residential retreat center, both urban and accessible, for black and brown men+ and to run week long Mindfulness Retreats.
Support the Teacher/Artist
Paypal: paypal.me/RamonHonea (phone ends 0967)
To make a gift to sustain the work of East Bay Meditation Center, please do so via Paypal: paypal.me/eastbaymeditation or our website: eastbaymeditation.org/dana 100% of our programming is sliding scale and no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds. Thank you for the gifts of your generosity and for supporting the work of East Bay Meditation Center and our beloved teachers who have volunteered their time.
For those wishing to practice in person, space will be limited to 40 people to allow ample space for social distancing. Participants will be asked to wear N95 or KN95 face masks and be fully vaccinated against covid19, which at this time means having received the covid bivalent booster no less than two weeks before the event. (N95 face masks will be available at EBMC.)
To attend in person, you need to be completely free of fragranced body and clothing products — more information and a list of fragrance free products, including those that are especially good for people of color, appears on our website:
East Bay Meditation Center is a scent free / fragrance free space and is wheelchair accessible.