wondering how to get started with meditation?  
...Or how to keep going once you start?

Join Melissa Lau & Jake Martin for a series of events designed to help you develop a meditation practice that helps you navigate the pace and demands of modern life.

We’ll meet Thursday evenings in November and December for practical, personal instruction, a shared guided meditation, and an opportunity to connect with a community of other thoughtful high-achieving people on the same path toward showing up at our best for ourselves and the people who matter to us

What can you expect?

We’ll provide some context around the history, neuroscience and practice of meditation
We’ll meditate together in a comfortable space in Hayes Valley

Timing: 7:30-9:00pm+

We’ll start with brief introductions and a little context 7:30-8pm
We’ll share a guided meditation from 8-8:30pm
After that, we'll have a time for discussion/Q&A and mingling over tea 8:30-9pm
(You're welcome to stay past 9:00 if you're enjoying the conversation)

All are welcome. Please feel free to share this invitation with friends who might be interested.


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Jake Martin has spent a lifetime trying to sit still. His personal practice is deeply grounded in the Zen tradition he was raised in, the yogic tradition he was trained in, and the western experimental method. While failing to sitting still, Jake studied at Columbia, taught at UCLA, and has held senior positions in marketing and business development with global consulting firms, startups, and Fortune 500 enterprises. He is humbled to share what little he knows with anyone seeking steadiness and clarity in a modern context.  

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Melissa Lau is a Harvard Business School and Yale educated Leadership Coach & Consultant who previously held senior roles at Silicon Valley startups (e.g., running Evernote’s enterprise product) and is a former McKinsey consultant.  She initially came to mindfulness 8 years ago in the midst of a particularly stressful period.  While these practices brought her calm and clarity, she also realized through her 1000+ hours of mindfulness training that it built her capacity as a leader to handle even greater demands, solve problems creatively, and be more interpersonally skillful.  She believes she’s learned more about leadership from mindfulness practice than what she learned at Harvard Business School.      .  
You can learn more about Melissa here.



Do I need experience with meditation? 
No.  This series of workshops is designed to support both beginners and experienced meditators. 

What should I wear?
Anything you'd feel comfortable sitting in for 30 minutes.  You'll have the option to sit on a chair or the floor.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Street parking is available (especially in the surrounding residential streets).  The Performing Arts Garage is also nearby (360 Grove St, $1/hour).  Alternately, it's a brief walk from the Muni station at Van Ness, and along the route of the 21 bus.  It's also a 10 minute walk from the Civic Center Bart station. 

I can't make it, how do I continue to learn / sustain a meditation practice?
Sign up for the online Meditation program that Melissa developed here