The Embodied Narrative: "Moving out of our past and into the present." With Perry Lisker & Rik Center

"We can't create a new past though we can create a new future, and it begins by being in the present."

Please check the calendar for the next upcoming class or email us.

We each carry a narrative story within us that can often run our lives with an adverse effect. In this daylong retreat we will unfold and begin to dis-assemble parts of our story that are not useful (and not us) and yet we cling to them because we may feel lost without them. It's often scarier to move into the unknown than to stay with known.

In this workshop Perry & Rik will work within a mindful-somatic awareness process that enables attendees to feel and see more clearly the benefit of "releasing" old painful stories and "moving forward" into new possibilities of clam and joy.

“As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.” -Eckhart Tolle

MCC Workshops are offered on a dana/donation basis. We are supported by the practice of shared generosity. No one turned away due to lack of funds. Our programs are for everyone to gain new insights into life, themselves and inner healing.


Perry Lisker, JD, MSW and LCSW/Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For the past 12 years, Perry has been affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center where he provides crisis intervention, anticipatory grief work and supporting counseling as well as appropriate implementation and coordination of discharge plans for patients and their families. Perry has initiated behavioral rounds with a multidisciplinary medical and therapy team to focus on patients identified as experiencing psychological and emotional challenges, and to assist nursing staff in determining intervention options.

Rik Center is Co-Founder of the MCC/Mindfulness Care Center, SE/Somatic Experiencing Stress and Trauma Counselor/Practitioner, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and serves as a Buddhist/Interfaith Chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital. His private practice focuses on healing high levels of stress, unresolved traumatic anxiety and PTSD along with offering grief and spiritual counseling. Rik began a buddhist meditation practice in the late 80’s.

Scholarship Availability

A variety of our drop-in meditation classes are offered on a donation/dana basis. Our Mindfulness Programs offer partial and/or full scholarships for those with financial difficulty. Contact our office or the course teacher for further details on our scholarship offerings.

Additionally, we offer Somatic Experiencing ® therapeutic counseling sessions on a limited basis.

For further information please contact us at or call 415-786-5456.

Please keep perfumes, oils and scents to a minimum. We have people who are sensitive to chemicals and odors attending our classes. We appreciate your cooperation.

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