Tickets are now officially on-sale for our 10th anniversary event with Jack Kornfield. We’re taking over Nile Hall in beautiful Preservation Park in Downtown Oakland on Saturday, December 10.
Program: Saturday, December 10, 11:30am-1pm (Doors at 11am)
Location: Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 Thirteenth Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Free Parking: City Center West Garage. Entrance: Martin Luther King Way @ 12th Street
Tickets to the general program are $25-$50 sliding scale (people are most welcome to pay more; this is a fundraiser). Tickets to the general program are available via Brown Paper Tickets; get ‘em before there gone. Also, Bakesale Betty pastries and coffee will be available for those who get there early.
GIVEAWAYS: Everyone in attendance will receive an MBA sticker and an audio CD containing two 45 minute mindfulness/emotional literacy curriculum modules for youth. These were co-produced by MBA, the Insight Out Project and Stronghold Sound and feature the voices of former San Quentin inmates discussing violence, forgiveness and contemplative practice as it applies to young people. Also, Oakland legend Freddy Corbin of Temple Tattoo will be unveiling his new MBA t-shirt design. Shirts will be on sale before and after the event.
We’ll begin the meditation, talk and program in Nile Hall @ 11:30am. Jack will remind us that mindful awareness and the path of service have a primordial relationship. Vinny, Chris and Iamani I. Ameni will speak about the significance of teaching meditation to young people over the past decade; in that time period, the mindfulness and youth movement has gone from a few isolated teachers to a nation-wide movement in schools, youth services agencies and other community-based sites. What’s changed? Is it working? What’s next? We’ll have some youth on hand from several of MBA’s programs in bay area schools and juvenile detention centers to help answer these questions in their own words.
There will also be a reception 10:30am-11:30am with Jack, Vinny Ferraro, and the entire MBA crew. We’ll be doing a traditional tea service courtesy of Teance and Jon Oda of Tea Alchemy. Brian Kimball of the Magic Curry Kart – a pillar of the Bay Area street food movement – will be serving his world famous breakfast sandwich. We’ll also have some excellent pastries on hand courtesy of Bakesale Betty, and some visuals and brunch beats courtesy of Stronghold Sound and Rafael Altman.
Reception tickets start @ $100 (includes admission to main program).