with Zesho Susan O'Connell and Dr. David Bullard
Sunday, November 17
1 - 5 pm In the Wheelwright Center at Green Gulch Farm
Disappointments, arguments and fights, feeling misunderstood and distant from one another, getting or giving the “silent treatment”—we often find these dynamics woven into interactions with the family, friends and partners we love and care for.
This workshop will provide roadmaps for having healing conversations after the breakdowns created by disappointment or anger in intimacy. We will discuss specific concepts that can help us break through the impasses often experienced in emotionally close relationships, to help us become more present and to increase resilience after reactivity and defensiveness, all while deepening our wisdom and compassion.
Together we will study how to better engage and embody relevant Zen practices, paired with practical teachings learned from many years of offering “couples therapy.” A concise amount of written workshop materials will be provided.
Singles as well as couples, therapists and non-ists are most welcome. (CEUs are available—see below.*) Fees:
$40; $36 current SFZC members; $32 limited income. Some partial scholarships available; see About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
*Add $15 administration fee for CEUs. *Note about CEUs:
Four CE units will be awarded for those requesting it. The San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center team together offer CE credit to MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. SFZC offers CE credit to MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #PCE1851). SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education activities for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. SCRC also offers CE credit to nurses (California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP11909). For complete information, visit their website
or contact David Lukoff, PhD, at 707.763.3576. Pre-registration
is required. Use the ticket table below. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362). Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
Zesho Susan O'Connell
Zesho Susan O'Connell is a Zen teacher with 25 years of meditation experience. She has lived at Zen Center since 1995, was ordained as a priest in 1999 by Tenshin Reb Anderson, and currently serves as president. She started, with two other partners, her own business as an independent feature film producer with offices in San Francisco and L.A., and continued that business for 25 years. She has helped to produce over 10 video/film projects about Zen Center and its teachers.
David Bullard, PhD
David has had a psychotherapy practice in San Francisco with individuals and couples for over 35 years, and enjoys writing and providing workshops about couples and intimacy for other therapists and health professionals. He is grateful for having had the opportunity of learning about Tibetan Buddhism from Robert Thurman , and about the poetry of life from David Whyte. He is clinical professor in medicine and medical psychology (psychiatry) at UCSF.