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Upcoming Shows and Talks

  • Dec 14

    Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living

    San Diego

  • Dec 17

    Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living

    San Diego

  • Dec 21

    Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living

    San Diego

  • Jan 7

    The Chopra Center - Omni La Costa Resort

    Carlsbad

Other Media

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

John Denver Tribute - The Folkey Monkey - 7:00-10:00
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join me, singer-songwriter Joe Rathburn, and percussionist Jeff Stasny for our annual tribute to the music of John Denver. Always a crowd favorite, this show warms our hearts and wraps us up in a cozy blanket of folk song goodness.

Advance tickets at Folkey Monkey

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Guest Speaking at Sunday Morning Service - Jesus and Non-Duality - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

Join me for Sunday morning service at this warm and wonderful spiritual community in the heart of Mission Valley where I'll be the guest speaker. We'll explore the way the teachings of Jesus align with a fundamentally non-dualistic worldview, and what that might mean for all of us in our everyday lives.

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The Last Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for the final installment of our Satsang, 90 minutes of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Meditation moves you deeper into your own stillness, wellness, and best life. Come enjoy the inestimable benefits of this ancient practice in a supportive environment where we keep it simple and trust the best outcome to arise on its own. Thanks for a great three years San Diego! But for now, after this session, the Satsang is on hiatus, indefinitely.

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

The Chopra Center - Omni La Costa Resort
The Heart of Vedanta - Conscious Living Sessions - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2013 Costa Del Mar Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
USA
(760) 494-1600
Price: $20

I'm honored to have been invited to lead a Conscious Living Session at the world famous Chopra Center on the grounds of the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad. And I'm thrilled to be presenting on one of my favorite topics, the wisdom of Vedanta.

Between 800-200 B.C.E. Indian sages recorded their discourses and dialogues about the wisdom found in the earlier Vedas. Known as the Upanishads, these collected texts form the core of the Vedic worldview, known in the west as Hinduism. At the center is a simple idea, that all is one. The eternal, formless, sacred ground of being, known as Brahman, takes form in the field of time as matter, energy, and consciousness. In this sense, everything is Brahman, including us. This beautiful and challenging portrait of reality makes of the whole world a holy place, and our own lives temples. Join us for a transformative exploration of the bracing ramifications of this ancient worldview.

To register, CLICK HERE

Past Dates

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for 90 minutes of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Meditation moves you deeper into your own stillness, wellness, and best life. Come enjoy the inestimable benefits of this ancient practice in a supportive environment where we keep it simple and trust the best outcome to arise on its own.

Friday, December 1st, 2017

The Mythology of Christmas - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two-hour multimedia presentation on the real meaning, or should I say meanings of Christmas. Christians all around the world celebrate the birth of Christ in myriad ways. Here in the United States Christmas has snowballed into something so massive, so powerful, that its gravitational pull draws together elements from disparate cultures and traditions all over the world. Christians celebrate the birth of a 1st century Israeli Jew with Roman rituals, Germanic symbols, Norse mythology, Dutch folk tales, British customs, American pop culture and, by now, just about everything but the kitchen sink. Join us as we explore the many tendrils and roots of this beautiful holiday and tease out the underlying mythological significance and spiritual meaning of  these familiar images, icons, and songs. Did early Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus? What sort of gift-giving god is Santa Claus? Why cut down a tree, drag it in the house, and cover it with lights? Caroling door to door? Reindeer? Mistletoe? Getting drunk at the company Christmas party? Ugly sweaters? Turns out all of these customs have ancient roots. Is Christmas even a “Christian” holiday? It seems simple enough, but nothing this good is ever simple.

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for 90 minutes of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Meditation moves you deeper into your own stillness, wellness, and best life. Come enjoy the inestimable benefits of this ancient practice in a supportive environment where we keep it simple and trust the best outcome to arise on its own.

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Old Templar's Hall
Peter Bolland and Nathan Welden - 7:30-9:30
14134 Midland Rd
Poway, California 92064
(858) 668-4576
Price: $15-$18

San Diego Folk Heritage presents Peter Bolland and Nathan Welden in concert at the atmospheric Old Templar's Hall in Poway, California.

Tickets at https://www.ticketweb.com/event/perter-bolland-nathan-welden-templars-hall-in-old-poway-tickets/7683275

 

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Unity of El Cajon
Thanskgiving and the Consciousness of Gratitude - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
311 Highland Ave
El Cajon 92020
(619) 579-9586
Price: $15

Join me for this two-hour multimedia Oasis lecture on the consciousness of gratitude at Unity of El Cajon. The Thanksgiving holiday is an ideal time to reflect on the meaning and power of gratitude. A traditional harvest festival, Thanksgiving gives us a communal opportunity to consciously shift out of our normal worried mind stuck, as it usually is, on how there’s never enough – never enough money, never enough time, never enough love – and move instead into the awareness that we have everything we need. “Gratitude,” wrote the Roman philosopher Seneca “is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” In other words, developing the consciousness of gratitude opens the door to the cultivation of all of the virtues – compassion, kindness, courage, serenity, and satisfaction. Is gratitude an endpoint, a state only realized after I get everything I want, or is it a decision I make in the here and now regardless of outer conditions? Join us as we explore this and other questions surrounding the transformative power of the consciousness of gratitude.

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Vedanta Comes to America - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two-hour multimedia presentation of the story of how Indian philosophy entered the American mainstream. From the very beginning, American spirituality has been shaped by the philosophies of ancient India. Jefferson studied accounts of the Hindus, and a generation later Emerson and Thoreau encountered the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita at Harvard. But in 1900 things really took off. The twentieth century was an unprecedented time of philosophical and religious globalization. By the time the sixties came along Hindu and Buddhist teachers were everywhere running yoga retreats, satsangs, and ashrams. And the Beatles put it all in the hearts and minds of every teenager on earth. Vedanta, the philosophy of oneness at the heart of Hinduism, belongs to everyone now and is in many ways revitalizing the spiritual practice of the Abrahamic faiths. Join us as we trace this remarkable narrative. Namaste!

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for 90 minutes of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Meditation moves you deeper into your own stillness, wellness, and best life. Come enjoy the inestimable benefits of this ancient practice in a supportive environment where we keep it simple and trust the best outcome to arise on its own.

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Four Weeks of Wisdom - The Wisdom of Jesus - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
3900 Cleveland Ave
San Diego, California 92103
(619) 295-4146
Price: $15

Join us for this fourth and final installment of our Four Weeks of Wisdom series at University Christian Church.

For two millennia our understanding of Jesus has been shaped and controlled by a complex, diverse and patriarchal religious establishment called Christianity.  What if Jesus was not the founder of Christianity but rather its unwilling figurehead?  What if the traditional view of Jesus is based on a misunderstanding?  Taking a fresh, courageous and unorthodox look at the teachings of Jesus reveals a startling portrait of a radical spiritual teacher who dared to not only question the prevailing religious, philosophical and political structures of his time, but through the brilliant use of metaphors and parables drew his audience into an unmediated experience of the divine, a spirituality unmoored from institutionalized religion and its man-made doctrines.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Unity of El Cajon
Guest Speaking at Sunday Morning Services - Why Gratitude Matters - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
311 Highland Ave
El Cajon 92020
(619) 579-9586
Price: Offering

I am honored and privileged to be the Sunday morning guest speaker at this vibrant and welcoming spiritual community, Unity of El Cajon. I will be speaking about "Why Gratitude Matters."

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Follow Your Bliss ~ The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two-hour multimedia presentation on everyone's favorite scholar of mythology Joseph Campbell. Leading scholar of mythology and intellectual firebrand Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was famous for advising his students to “follow their bliss.” In the sixties and seventies he was dismayed to learn that in mainstream usage his popular saying had come to mean little more than “do your own thing” – a mantra of self-centered hedonism – the polar opposite of his intention. What did Campbell mean by “bliss?” How was this assertion rooted in his wide-ranging study of the world’s religious, philosophical, literary, and mythological traditions? It turns out bliss, (ananda in Sanskrit), has little to do with private happiness. Following your bliss has more to do with uncovering your sacred purpose than it does with blindly following your whims and desires. Bliss, not to be confused with pleasure, is found only in fully-realized, authentic lives where fear and artifice are stripped away revealing our innate divinity. Join us as we explore Campbell’s essential role in the Human Potential movement of the 20th century and in the continuing spiritual awakening of our own time. 

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland -Bring a Friend For Free! - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for an hour of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Meditation moves you deeper into your own stillness, wellness, and best life. Come enjoy the inestimable benefits of this ancient practice in a supportive environment where we keep it simple and trust the best outcome to arise on its own.

Happy Birthday to us! In celebration of our third birthday, we're offering a special promotion for the entire month of October. Bring a friend for free! When you bring a friend who's never been with us before, they get in free of charge! Now's the perfect opportunity to share our group meditation experience with that certain someone.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Four Weeks of Wisdom - A Meditation Workshop - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
3900 Cleveland Ave
San Diego, California 92103
(619) 295-4146
Price: $15

Join us for our third installment of our Four Weeks of Wisdom series at University Christian Church.

What is meditation? Is it deep thinking, a mystical state, a deep trance? Is it a religious ritual, or can it be practiced apart from any specific religious tradition or ideology? What are the benefits of a regular meditation practice? Join us for an introductory lecture on the principles of meditation, a look at some different approaches and techniques, and the philosophy behind it all, including a guided meditation experience.

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Guest Speaking at Sunday Morning Service - The Names of God - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

It is my honor and privilege to be the Sunday morning guest speaker at this vibrant and welcoming spiritual center. My talk is called "The Names of God."

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Emerson and the Rise of American Spirituality - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two-hour multimedia presentation on a towering figure in American thought, Ralph Waldo Emerson. In the early 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson blazed a trail. In a young country with rich ties to the Old World and a pioneering spirit of self-reliance, Emerson bravely re-envisioned Christianity as a mystical tradition, rightly set alongside the non-dualistic pantheism of India and the Idealism of the European Romantic movement. Like Jefferson before him, Emerson saw Jesus not as a unique incarnation of God, but as a teacher of the divinity inherent in all of us. But for Emerson it was the breathtaking beauty of the natural world that most vividly reminded us of the immanence of the divine. Emerson’s lectures electrified a nation, and his essays shaped the continuing spiritual revolution of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Every important voice in American spirituality and philosophy counts Emerson as an essential influence. Join us as we glean the core insights of Emerson’s work and explore their context in an emerging American spirituality.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Four Weeks of Wisdom - Thoreau, Gandhi, and King: The Politics of Right Action - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
3900 Cleveland Ave
San Diego, California 92103
(619) 295-4146
Price: $15

Join us for this second installment of our Four Weeks of Wisdom series at University Christian Church.

The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented war, chaos, and human suffering. But it also ushered in an unprecedented era of non-violence. In India, Mahatma Gandhi led a non-violent revolution defeating the most powerful empire on earth. In America, Martin Luther King led the civil rights movement and forever changed the racial and spiritual landscape of America. Both Gandhi and King cite Thoreau’s essential essay “Civil Disobedience” as a manifesto of moral political action. Join us as we trace the spiritual and philosophical roots of these three remarkable leaders and search for solutions to today’s vexing social and political problems.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Buddhist Ethics - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two-hour multimedia presentation on Buddhist ethics. Like all of the great religious philosophies of the world, Buddhism has a point of view when it comes to ethics and morality. If the goal of Buddhism is to break the spell of conditioned, unenlightened consciousness and awaken into wisdom, then how does this transformation look in the real world of action? By synthesizing wisdom (prajna) and compassion (karuna), Buddhist enlightenment shapes the way we move through the world. Rather than offering a rigid list of dogmatic commandments, and in the absence of a deity to oversee them, Buddhist ethics instead offers a guideline called upaya (skillful means) as a mode of behavior that adapts actions to specific contexts and situations, with loving-kindness at the core. Join us as we explore this vibrant, inspiring, and perennially relevant ethical path, perhaps more urgently needed now more than ever.

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland -Bring a Friend For Free! - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for an hour of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Meditation moves you deeper into your own stillness, wellness, and best life. Come enjoy the inestimable benefits of this ancient practice in a supportive environment where we keep it simple and trust the best outcome to arise on its own.

Happy Birthday to us! In celebration of our third birthday, we're offering a special promotion for the entire month of October. Bring a friend for free! When you bring a friend who's never been with us before, they get in free of charge! Now's the perfect opportunity to share our group meditation experience with that certain someone.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Four Weeks of Wisdom - Jesus and the Gospel of Thomas - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
3900 Cleveland Ave
San Diego, California 92103
(619) 295-4146
Price: $15 ($50 for the whole series)

Join me for the first of four multi-media lecture presentations at this new venue, University Christian Church: Jesus and the Gospel of Thomas. Discovered in 1945, the Gospel of Thomas offers a fresh look at Jesus and his teachings.  Join us as we compare the traditional gospels and the mainstream Christian doctrines that emerged from them with the startling version of Jesus revealed in the Gospel of Thomas.  Who was Jesus and what was he really teaching?

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

The Goddess Archetype - 11:00 a.m.
1440 Upas Street
San Diego, California 92103
(619) 291-9377
Price: Offering

Join me at the Vedanta Monastery of San Diego for this one hour multi-media lecture presentation on The Goddess Archetype as found throughout the world's wisdom traditions.

Throughout history cultures all over the world personified the sacred source as a feminine energy. Join us as we survey key examples of this universal archetype, paying special attention to the mythologies of India and Classical Greece and Rome. In Hinduism, Devi, the Great Mother, is understood as the generative energy behind all of the other gods and goddesses, while the Olympian goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome personified the myriad powers we find within ourselves. If all god and goddess personifications are externalizations of the energies of our own psyches, then our study of goddesses leads inexorably to increasing self-knowledge.

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Buddhism 101 - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two-hour multimedia presentation on the core principles and teachings of Buddhism, one of the world’s most respected wisdom traditions. Who was Buddha? What did he teach? What do Buddhists believe? What do Buddhists do? Are there aspects of Buddhist philosophy and practice that can help us live better lives, no matter what our religion?

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for an hour of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Meditation moves you deeper into your own stillness, wellness, and best life. Come enjoy the inestimable benefits of this ancient practice in a supportive environment where we keep it simple and trust the best outcome to arise on its own.

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Confucius and the Harmonious Society - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two-hour multimedia presentation on Confucius, arguably the most influential philosopher in human history. Confucius articulated a vision of a harmonious society based on ethical conduct and social responsibility. As we learn about Confucianism we deepen our understanding of Asian civilization and inspire our search for new remedies to heal the modern world.

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Folkey Monkey -- Neil Young Tribute - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join me and fellow singer-songwriter Joe Rathburn alongside percussionist Jeff Stasny for our annual tribute to the music of Neil Young. Joe and I will swap Neil songs, and stir up a lot of memories while we're at it. Neil's career spans decades, and you're sure to hear all your favorites and maybe even some you've never heard before.

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Ethics: The Good Life -- a Six Week Course - 3:00-4:50 p.m.
5250 Campanile Drive, Ste. 2503
San Diego 92182
(619) 594-5152
Price: $99 ($69 for members)

Join me for this six-week course on ethics. Meeting six Mondays in a row beginning on September 11, with a second session beginning on October 23, this course introduces all of the major ethical theories in western philosophy by grounding them in everyday, real-life examples. To register, please visit the Osher Life Long Learning Institute website, at the College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for an hour of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Meditation moves you deeper into your own stillness, wellness, and best life. Come enjoy the inestimable benefits of this ancient practice in a supportive environment where we keep it simple and trust the best outcome to arise on its own.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The Wisdom of Stoicism -- Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join us for this fourth and final installment of our Four Weeks of Wisdom series. In the first century after Christ, two Roman philosophers gave voice to a bracing new way to see the world. One was a slave, the other an Emperor. Epictetus earned his freedom from slavery and became a philosophical teacher. A generation later, the emperor Marcus Aurelius, enflamed by his reading of Epictetus and every other philosophical text he could get his hands on, put his own personal spin on the wisdom we have come to know as Stoicism. At the heart of it is this notion – that we control almost none of the circumstances of our lives, but we have absolute autonomy over our reactions to them. For 2,000 years thinking men and women have been inspired by this philosophy of courage, forbearance, patience, acceptance, and freedom. Like Buddhism in the east, Stoicism offers clear, down to earth, and straightforward guidance for how to navigate this challenging life.

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Peter Bolland in Concert - 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for a 90 minute solo acoustic folk music concert in an inviting listening space at Oasis San Diego.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

The Wisdom of Jesus -- Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join us for week three of our Four Weeks of Wisdom series. For two millennia our understanding of Jesus has been shaped and controlled by a complex, diverse and patriarchal religious establishment called Christianity.  What if Jesus was not the founder of Christianity but rather its unwilling figurehead?  What if the traditional view of Jesus is based on a misunderstanding?  Taking a fresh, courageous and unorthodox look at the teachings of Jesus reveals a startling portrait of a radical spiritual teacher who dared to not only question the prevailing religious, philosophical and political structures of his time, but through the brilliant use of metaphors and parables drew his audience into an unmediated experience of the divine, a spirituality unmoored from institutionalized religion and its man-made doctrines.

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The wisdom of the Tao -- Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join us for the second installment of our Four Weeks of Wisdom series at Vision. The ancient Chinese wisdom tradition of Taoism offers surprisingly contemporary and relevant insight on how we can better navigate the challenges of our modern lives. Join us as we study its key text the Tao te Ching and explore the possibility of living in harmony with the ever-changing conditions around us.

Friday, August 11th, 2017

The Great Debate in Ethics - Utilitarianism vs. Deontology - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

In western philosophy the field of ethics has been dominated by two competing theories – utilitarianism and deontology. Utilitarianism, first formulated by Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, argues that the good is that which leads to the best outcome – the greatest benefit for the greatest number of people. Deontology on the other hand, formulated by Emmanuel Kant, argues the opposite – that an action’s morality is dependent not on its consequences but on its adherence to rational principles. These two enormously influential ethical theories are found in daily application all around us, in our politics and in our personal lives. Join us as we explore the foundations and ramifications of these two powerful approaches to the perennial question: What is the good and how do we achieve it?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The Wisdom of the Buddha -- Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join us for the first of our Four Weeks of Wisdom series on four consecutive Wednesday evenings in August. Twenty five centuries ago an Indian teacher named Siddhartha Gautama courageously challenged the prevailing wisdom of his time through an arduous process of self-examination and experimentation. Known to us as the Buddha, or “the awakened one,” he spent his life teaching others a clear and simple method of breaking free from habitual, conditioned thinking and awakening into the here and now. We will examine the central hub of all Buddhist philosophy and practice – the Four Noble Truths – and bring these ancient, down to earth insights to bear on the everyday problems of our lives.

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Guest Speaking at Sunday Morning Services - 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
2324 Miller Avenue
Escondido, California 92029
(760) 737-0393
Price: Offering

Join me in this vibrant spiritual community as I serve as guest minister at both Sunday morning services.

Friday, August 4th, 2017

God and the Problem of Evil - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

In Western religion, God is understood as all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-good. And yet, evil exists in the world. This paradox is known as the problem of evil. Join us as we examine this classic conundrum – how can God be good if he knows about evil and is capable of stopping it, and yet chooses not to? Why does God allow suffering? Either there is no God, God is indifferent, God is incompetent, or God’s plan is beyond human comprehension. We’ll explore the myriad ways this vexing contradiction has been expressed, addressed, and framed by the great theologians and philosophers like Plato, Epicurus, Augustine, Aquinas, Malthus, Hume, and others, including contemporary voices.

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Speaking at Sunday Morning Services - 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
8999 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 689-6500
Price: Offering

Join me in this vibrant spiritual community as I serve as guest minister for both Sunday morning services.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
The Great Awakening: The Dawning Harmony of Science and Spirituality ~ A Dialogue with Peter Bolland and Keith Mesecher - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: Offering

A free flowing conversation between philosopher and scholar of religion and mythology, Peter Bolland and ordained Zen Buddhist practitioner and cosmologist, Keith Mesecher, about where we are now in the evolutionary journey of the universe and how science, the arts, and spirituality can contribute to our response to the situation we find ourselves in at this moment on planet earth, when everything seems to be at stake and our way forward seems so tenuous.

We will talk about how science, the arts, and spirituality can help ground us in the magnificent earth and universe we find ourselves in and evoke the better angels of our nature to bring forth “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible,” to quote the title of Charles Eisenstein’s latest book.

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Plato and Aristotle - 1:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
5250 Campanile Drive, Ste. 2503
San Diego 92182
(619) 594-5152
Price: $15 member/$45 non-member

It is sometimes said that the entire Western philosophical and intellectual tradition rests on the backs of two Athenian friends. Plato explored knowledge, reality, beauty, justice, and political science through a series of bracing dialogues, nearly all of them featuring his deceased teacher Socrates in the lead role. When Aristotle was seventeen years old he enrolled at the Platonic Academy and stayed for 20 years, first as a student and later as a faculty member. No one was more familiar with the master’s work than his master student. Yet when Plato died Aristotle was passed over as the new head of the Academy. He went on to found his own School and create a body of work equally as impressive as his mentor’s. Aristotle learned much from Plato, but he disagreed with him on a bedrock, fundamental idea, and that disagreement would take him in an entirely new direction, founding the science of logic and laying the foundation for the entire scientific revolution to come. To this day it is still possible, reasonable, and relevant to ask, “Are you a Platonist or an Aristotelean?” Join us as we sketch the essential themes of these two profoundly important thinkers and find the vibrant relevance of their work in our own lives.

Prior online registration required. Register HERE.

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The Bhagavad Gita - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Join us as we explore India’s most beloved sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita. Composed around the time of Christ, the Gita is the plain-talking culmination of the rich philosophical traditions begun in the earlier Vedas, Upanishad,  and Buddhist texts. Like all literature, it is best approached in layers. What does the Bhagavad Gita teach about God, duty, ethics, war, society, consciousness, human nature, violence, and the beauty of being alive? A favorite book of Gandhi who carried chapter two in his pocket his whole life, and of Thoreau who brought only one book to Walden Pond, his copy of the Gita borrowed from his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. Very few books have had this long a reach or this profound an impact. Let’s find out why.

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Socrates, Plato, and the Allegory of the Cave - 1:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
5250 Campanile Drive, Ste. 2503
San Diego 92182
(619) 594-5152
Price: $15 member/$45 non-member

Many young Athenians flocked to the agora to hear the eccentric orator Socrates challenge conventional wisdom and perfect the art of philosophical investigation. One of those followers, Plato, would devote his literary career to chronicling and lionizing his mentor, and along the way became the single most important philosopher in the western canon. Plato wrote a lot of important dialogues, nearly all of them featuring his teacher Socrates in the lead role, but the most important of all is his longest work The Republic. Join us as we tell the story of these two very different and remarkable men, and trace their philosophical expressions, most notably the immortal “Allegory of the Cave” from The Republic. Plato deftly moves between literature, mythology, psychology, political science, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and mysticism blending them all into a seamless whole. There’s a reason prominent 19th century philosopher Alfred North Whitehead famously quipped, “All of Western philosophy is but a footnote to Plato.” Come see why.

Online preregistration required. Register HERE.

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

The Heart of Islam - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

Islam is many things. Perceptions of Islam, especially here in the west, vary wildly. Many Americans and Europeans hold a negative view of Islam. Yet Islam is the second largest religion in the world, and one of the three Abrahamic faiths alongside Judaism and Christianity. Muslims worship the same God as Jews and Christians, and Islam reveres all of the earlier prophets like Jesus, Moses, and Abraham. Join us as we go beyond the smoke and noise to reveal the heart of Islam, a spiritual way of life that honors faith, family, morality, virtue, and service. Extremists may get all the attention, but all over the world 1.6 billion Muslims live inclusive, pluralistic lives in harmony with their Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and secular neighbors.

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Speaking at Sunday Morning Service - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

Join us in this vibrant spiritual community for the Sunday morning service where I will be guest minister.

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Death and Resurrection in World Mythology - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

The dying god motif is a central archetype found throughout the world’s religions and mythologies, most famously in Christianity. The story of a divine being willingly dying to bestow gifts on the human race is a ubiquitous theme repeated over and over again. Join us as we examine various examples of this universal idea and explore its many possible underlying meanings. Why do we gravitate to this narrative? What larger purpose does it serve? How do these stories help us navigate our own perilous journey through life and death?

Friday, June 9th, 2017

The God Archetype - The Meaning Behind the Mask - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269
La Mesa, California 91942
(619) 881-6262
Price: $15

The idea of God is an archetype found all over the world.  In one way or another human beings have struggled to conceptualize and personify the source of existence, the mystery of mysteries behind the veil of perception. Our concepts and personifications of God are masks that hide as much as they reveal.  As we compare and contrast God-concepts from around the world we get closer to understanding the meaning behind the masks.  Join us as we splash around on the edge of deep waters where the rivers of philosophy, religion and spirituality converge.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Folkey Monkey -- Bruce Springsteen Tribute - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join me and host Joe Rathburn alongside percussionist Jeff Stasny as we present the music of Bruce Springsteen at San Diego's premier folk music series The Folkey Monkey. Advance tickets HERE.

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Note: This will be the only Satsang this month. June 15 is cancelled. We will resume our normal bi-monthly schedule in July.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
The Heart of Islam - Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: $10 at the door

Join us for our fourth installment of Four Weeks of Wisdom at First Universalist Unitarian Church in San Diego, The Heart of Islam.

Islam is many things. Perceptions of Islam, especially here in the west, vary wildly. Many Americans and Europeans hold a negative view of Islam. Yet Islam is the second largest religion in the world, and one of the three Abrahamic faiths alongside Judaism and Christianity. Muslims worship the same God as Jews and Christians, and Islam reveres all of the earlier prophets like Jesus, Moses, and Abraham. Join us as we go beyond the smoke and noise to reveal the heart of Islam, a spiritual way of life that honors faith, family, morality, virtue, and service. Extremists may get all the attention, but all over the world 1.6 billion Muslims live inclusive, pluralistic lives in harmony with their Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and secular neighbors.

 

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Standing in the Light - A Benefit Concert - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
8999 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 689-6500
Price: $15 advance, $20 at the door

Join us for an afternoon of music, poetry, and the arts celebrating our power to create and inspire, all to benefit the Livingkindness Foundation, and featuring Robin Adler & David Blackburn, Lisa Sanders, Peter Bolland, Peggy Watson, Janet Hammer, Shaina Pugh, Hilary Dunning, Andy Anderson, Nathan Fry, Alyce Smith Cooper, Jaime Jones, Johnnierenee Nelson, and Judy Sundayo. Visit Livingkindness.org for discounted advance tickets.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Monday, May 15th, 2017

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Why Religion? - Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: $10 at the door

Join us for the third installment of Four Weeks of Wisdom at First Universalist Unitarian Church of San Diego, called Why Religion?

What is religion? Has it runs its course? Are we entering a post-religious age? Has science replaced, or enhanced religion? Why do a growing number of people report that they are “spiritual, but not religious?” What does that mean? Join us for an inquiry into these and other questions as we search for ways to adapt the ancient forms of religion to the ever-changing realities of the dawning new age.

Monday, May 8th, 2017

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Emerson and the Rise of American Spirituality - Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: $10 at the door

Join us for the second installment of our Four Weeks of Wisdom at First Universalist Unitarian Church in San Diego, Emerson and the Rise of American Spirituality. 

In the early 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson blazed a trail. In a young country with rich ties to the Old World and a pioneering spirit of self-reliance, Emerson bravely re-envisioned Christianity as a mystical tradition, rightly set alongside the non-dualistic pantheism of India and the Idealism of the European Romantic movement. Like Jefferson before him, Emerson saw Jesus not as a unique incarnation of God, but as a teacher of the divinity inherent in all of us. But for Emerson it was the breathtaking beauty of the natural world that most vividly reminded us of the immanence of the divine. Emerson’s lectures electrified a nation, and his essays shaped the continuing spiritual revolution of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Every important voice in American spirituality and philosophy counts Emerson as an essential influence. Join us as we glean the core insights of Emerson’s work and explore their context in an emerging American spirituality.

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Hands of Peace Lecture - 5:00 p.m.
7807 Centella Street
Carlsbad, California 92009
760-753-3290
Price: Free

I'm honored to have been invited to give a lecture at this wonderful event sponsored by Hands of Peace, a national interfaith organization dedicated to nurturing and empowering young Palestinian, Israeli, and American leaders to create partnerships, build peace, and co-create a world that works for everyone. My talk will explore building peace with insights from the world's wisdom traditions. What practical advice do the world's religions and philosophies offer when it comes to the vexing problem of mending old wounds and healing painful conflicts? It is often lamented that our religious diversity is the source of so much of the animosity in the world, but the fact remains, it is from deep within those very same spiritual and religious traditions that the medicine comes to heal our woundedness. Please join us for this insightful, thought-provoking and engaging exploration!

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Monday, May 1st, 2017

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
The Goddess Within - Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: $10 at the door

Join us for the first installment of our Four Weeks of Wisdom series at First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Diego -- The Goddess Within.

Before God became a man, God was a woman. Throughout history cultures all over the world personified the sacred source as a feminine energy. Join us as we survey key examples of this universal archetype, paying special attention to the mythologies of India and Classical Greece and Rome. In Hinduism, Devi, the Great Mother, is understood as the generative energy behind all of the other gods and goddesses, while the Olympian goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome personified the myriad powers we find within ourselves. If all god and goddess personifications are externalizations of the energies of our own psyches, then our study of goddesses leads inexorably to increasing self-knowledge.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditators alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Peter Bolland in Concert - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
11555 Via Rancho San Diego
El Cajon, California 92019
(619) 660-5370
Price: Free

Join me for a free one hour concert of original songs on the patio of the beautiful Rancho San Diego Library.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Heart of Islam - Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join us for our last installment of our series Four Weeks of Wisdom -- The Heart of Islam

Islam is many things. Perceptions of Islam, especially here in the west, vary wildly. Many Americans and Europeans hold a negative view of Islam. Yet Islam is the second largest religion in the world, and one of the three Abrahamic faiths alongside Judaism and Christianity. Muslims worship the same God as Jews and Christians, and Islam reveres all of the earlier prophets like Jesus, Moses, and Abraham. Join us as we go beyond the smoke and noise to reveal the heart of Islam, a spiritual way of life that honors faith, family, morality, virtue, and service. Extremists may get all the attention, but all over the world 1.6 billion Muslims live inclusive, pluralistic lives in harmony with their Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and secular neighbors.

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Wisdom of Buddhism -- Six Week Course - 3:00-4:50 p.m.
5250 Campanile Drive
San Diego 92182
(619) 594-5152
Price: $99 ($69 for members)

Join us in the College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University, in the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute for this six week course on the wisdom of Buddhism. Buddhism is many things: an often elaborate world religion, an ancient psychological healing modality, and a simple set of spiritual practices, to name a few. At the heart of all of Buddhism’s iterations is the central question: What is the primary cause of our dissatisfaction, suffering, and anxiety? Join us for a six-week inquiry into Buddhism’s challenging response to this question and others. What is the nature of consciousness? What is ultimate reality? How are all events interconnected? What does Buddhism teach about compassion, meditation, and mindfulness? How are these insights and practices expressed in the various Buddhism of India, China, Japan, and increasingly, the West? Contemplate and reflect on your own relationship with suffering, impermanence, and loss, and the joy underlying all of it.

This course meets six consecutive Monday afternoons from 3:00-4:50 starting March 27th and ending on May 1st.

Click HERE for more information on OSHER and click HERE to register.

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

The Interdependency of Spirituality and Activism - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1440 Upas Street
San Diego, California 92103
(619) 291-9377
Price: Offering

Join me at the venerable Vedanta Society Monastery in San Diego for a one hour talk followed by a Q&A.

Ideological conflict is a part of there being a world at all. Good people disagree about how to create justice in the world. Sometimes our disagreements even turn violent. The Bhagavad Gita offers a portrait of how to simultaneously honor the Oneness of the divine in all its manifestations, and still find the courage to act decisively in the field of action. Spirituality without action runs the risk of degenerating into escapism, while activism without spirituality too easy devolves into the egoic compulsion to control outcomes. The Gita, as Gandhi and many others claim, offers a blueprint for how to navigate the apparent contradiction of oneness-consciousness and doing one’s duty in the field of action. The Jewish book of wisdom the Talmud reminds us that when we witness an injustice and do nothing, we are complicit in the injustice. And Bishop Desmond Tutu reminds us that “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”  We cannot escape action, nor should we long for inaction Krishna reminds us. Arjuna would have preferred not acting, but Krishna spends 17 chapters of the Gita explaining to him, and to us, why we must act. But never in the service of our ego or anger – only in the service of our dharma or sacred duty, and always without attachment to specific outcomes. Now, more than ever, the teachings of the Gita serve as a powerful blueprint for how we are to deepen our spirituality while simultaneously working peacefully for a world that works for everyone.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Jesus and the Gospel of Thomas - Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join us for week three of our series called Four Weeks of Wisdom -- Jesus and the Gospel of Thomas

Discovered in 1945, the Gospel of Thomas offers a fresh look at Jesus and his teachings. Join us as we compare the traditional gospels and the mainstream Christian doctrines that emerged from them with the startling version of Jesus revealed in the Gospel of Thomas. Who was Jesus and what was he really teaching?

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Peter Bolland in Concert - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
13137 Poway Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 513-2900
Price: Free

Join me for a free one hour concert in the community room of the Poway Branch Library -- a perfect chance for you and I to catch up and enjoy some new songs and old songs.

Friday, March 10th, 2017

A Meditation Workshop - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

What is meditation? Is it deep thinking, a mystical state, a deep trance? Is it a religious ritual, or can it be practiced apart from any specific religious tradition or ideology? What are the benefits of a regular meditation practice? Join us for an introductory lecture on the principles of meditation, a look at some different approaches and techniques, and the philosophy behind it all, including a guided meditation experience.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Folkey Monkey -- Bob Dylan Tribute - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join me and host Joe Rathburn alongside percussionist Jeff Stasny as we present the music of Bob Dylan at San Diego's premier folk music series The Folkey Monkey. Advance tickets HERE.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The Nature of Love - Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join us for our second installment of Four Weeks of Wisdom - The Nature of Love.

For millennia, philosophers have wondered about love. It is obviously a central, formative and essential human experience. But what is it exactly? What are the different kinds of love? What kinds of errors occur when we mistakenly conflate or mistake one kind of love with another? Do we misuse the word “love?” What are the distinctions between compassion, altruism, aesthetic appreciation, erotic attraction, family or tribal bonding, personal need, pathological obsession, kindness, etc? Working with classical sources and contemporary examples we will examine the experience of love from a number of perspectives and bring clarity to the complex and multi-faceted phenomenon of love.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The Wisdom of the Tao - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

The ancient Chinese wisdom tradition of Taoism offers surprisingly contemporary and relevant insight on how we can better navigate the challenges of our modern lives. Join us as we study its key text the Tao te Ching and explore the possibility of living in harmony with the ever-changing conditions around us.

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The Goddess Within - Four Weeks of Wisdom - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join us for week one of our Four Weeks of Wisdom series. This one's called "The Goddess Within."

Before God became a man, God was a woman. Throughout history cultures all over the world personified the sacred source as a feminine energy. Join us as we survey key examples of this universal archetype, paying special attention to the mythologies of India and Classical Greece and Rome. In Hinduism, Devi, the Great Mother, is understood as the generative energy behind all of the other gods and goddesses, while the Olympian goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome personified the myriad powers we find within ourselves. If all god and goddess personifications are externalizations of the energies of our own psyches, then our study of goddesses leads inexorably to increasing self-knowledge.

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Sunday Morning Speaker - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

I'm honored to be the guest speaker for the Sunday morning service at this warm and welcoming spiritual community in the heart of Mission Valley.

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The Wisdom of Stoicism - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

In the first century after Christ, two Roman philosophers gave voice to a bracing new way to see the world. One was a slave, the other an emperor. Epictetus earned his freedom from slavery and became a philosophical teacher. A generation later, the emperor Marcus Aurelius, enflamed by his reading of Epictetus and every other philosophical text he could get his hands on, put his own personal spin on the wisdom we have come to know as Stoicism. At the heart of it is this notion – that we control almost none of the circumstances of our lives, but we have absolute autonomy over our reactions to them. For 2,000 years thinking men and women have been inspired by this philosophy of courage, forbearance, patience, acceptance, and freedom. Like Buddhism in the east, Stoicism offers clear, down to earth, and straightforward guidance for how to navigate this challenging life.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Mysticism - The Sacred Fire at the Heart of Religion - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

In the vast world of religion and spirituality there is a nether region called mysticism far outside the mainstream, yet hidden in plain sight. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam each have their mystics. But by claiming an intimate and direct experience of God within, mystics often find themselves at odds with the mainstream of their own tradition, branded as blasphemers and heretics. Join us as we tell the stories of these brave and challenging men and women whose love for God burned like a flame illuminating new paths while threatening to burn down the hierarchical institutions that birthed them. Their argument is simple – Jesus wasn’t following anybody; he had his own experience. Mohammad wasn’t following anybody; he had his own experience. Buddha wasn’t following anybody; he had his own experience. And so should we.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

All You Need is Love -- The Love Songs of the Beatles - 7:00-10:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $25

Join us for our fifth annual concert of Beatles love songs for Valentine's Day, featuring three song sets from Robin Adler & David Blackburn, Mark DeCerbo, Christopher Dale, John Foltz, Jerry Gontang, Larry Grano, Christine Parker, Joe Rathburn, Michael Tiernan, and Peter Bolland. This show will sell out, so get your tickets now! Click here.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Thpreau, Gandhi, and King - The Politics of Right Action - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented war, chaos and human suffering. But it also ushered in an unprecedented era of non-violence. In India, Mahatma Gandhi led a non-violent revolution defeating the most powerful empire on earth. In America, Martin Luther King led the civil rights movement and forever changed the racial and spiritual landscape of America. Both Gandhi and King cite Thoreau’s essential essay “Civil Disobedience” as a manifesto of moral political action. Join us as we trace the spiritual and philosophical roots of these three remarkable leaders and search for solutions to today’s vexing social and political problems.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our bi-monthly gathering of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. Designed for beginning and advanced meditaters alike, each session is an opportunity to deepen into the healing and wisdom that we are. Come and experience what so many are already enjoying -- increased clarity, reduced stress, emerging wellness, and budding joy.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The Goddess Within - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

Before God became a man, God was a woman. Throughout history cultures all over the world personified the sacred source as a feminine energy. Join us as we survey key examples of this universal archetype, paying special attention to the mythologies of India and Classical Greece and Rome. In Hinduism, Devi, the Great Mother, is understood as the generative energy behind all of the other gods and goddesses, while the Olympian goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome personified the myriad powers we find within ourselves. If all god and goddess personifications are externalizations of the energies of our own psyches, then our study of goddesses leads inexorably to increasing self-knowledge.

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

NO SATSANG TONIGHT! - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

There will be no satsang tonight. Sorry! See you in two weeks on January 19th.

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our twice-monthly Satsang, the first and third Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is Sanskrit for "a gathering around Truth," and is a 3,000 Indian practice of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. For beginners and experienced meditators alike, our Satsang is a perfect place to go deeper into your meditation practice in a place that honors all faith-paths, all ideologies, and all perspectives.

Friday, December 9th, 2016

The Mythology of Christmas - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

Join us for this multimedia presentation on The Mythology of Christmas. Christians all around the world celebrate the birth of Christ in myriad ways. Here in the United States Christmas has snowballed into something so massive, so powerful, that its gravitational pull draws together elements from disparate cultures and traditions all over the world. Christians celebrate the birth of a 1st century Israeli Jew with Roman rituals, Germanic symbols, Norse mythology, Dutch folk tales, British customs, American pop culture and, by now, just about everything but the kitchen sink. Join us as we explore the many tendrils and roots of this beautiful holiday and tease out the underlying mythological significance and spiritual meaning of  these familiar images, icons, and songs. Did early Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus? What sort of gift-giving god is Santa Claus? Why cut down a tree, drag it in the house, and cover it with lights? Caroling door to door? Reindeer? Mistletoe? Getting drunk at the company Christmas party? Ugly sweaters? Turns out all of these customs have ancient roots. Is Christmas even a “Christian” holiday? It seems simple enough, but nothing this good is ever simple.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Folkey Monkey -- The Songs of John Denver - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join singer-songwriter Joe Rathburn, percussionist Jeff Stasny, and me for an evening of the immortal songs of John Denver, and maybe even a few of our own, all played with a free-wheeling improvisational spirit sure to entertain. This annual favorite is one of our biggest draws of the year, and it's easy to see why. John Denver music just makes you feel good!

For advance tickets and details, please visit FolkeyMonkey.com

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The Mythology of Christmas - 1:00-3:00 p.m.
1275 Main Street
Ramona, California 92065
(760) 788-5270
Price: Free

Join us for this multimedia presentation on The Mythology of Christmas. Christians all around the world celebrate the birth of Christ in myriad ways. Here in the United States Christmas has snowballed into something so massive, so powerful, that its gravitational pull draws together elements from disparate cultures and traditions all over the world. Christians celebrate the birth of a 1st century Israeli Jew with Roman rituals, Germanic symbols, Norse mythology, Dutch folk tales, British customs, American pop culture and, by now, just about everything but the kitchen sink. Join us as we explore the many tendrils and roots of this beautiful holiday and tease out the underlying mythological significance and spiritual meaning of  these familiar images, icons, and songs. Did early Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus? What sort of gift-giving god is Santa Claus? Why cut down a tree, drag it in the house, and cover it with lights? Caroling door to door? Reindeer? Mistletoe? Getting drunk at the company Christmas party? Ugly sweaters? Turns out all of these customs have ancient roots. Is Christmas even a “Christian” holiday? It seems simple enough, but nothing this good is ever simple.

A presentation of San Diego Oasis.

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our monthly Satsang, the first Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is Sanskrit for "a gathering around Truth," and is a 3,000 Indian practice of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. For beginners and experienced meditators alike, our Satsang is a perfect place to go deeper into your meditation practice in a place that honors all faith-paths, all ideologies, and all perspectives.

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our twice-monthly Satsang, the first and third Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is Sanskrit for "a gathering around Truth," and is a 3,000 Indian practice of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. For beginners and experienced meditators alike, our Satsang is a perfect place to go deeper into your meditation practice in a place that honors all faith-paths, all ideologies, and all perspectives.

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Templar's Hall
San Diego Folk Heritage Fundraiser Concert - 3:00 p.m.
14134 Midland Road
Poway, CA 92064
Price: $25 Suggested Donation

I'm honored to be invited to perform at this venerable annual event benefiting the San Diego Folk Heritage Society featuring Fred Benedetti, Peggy Watson, Deborah Liv Johnson, Robin Henkel, and myself. Come spend a delightful Sunday afternoon with us as we celebrate and support folk music in San Diego. For details CLICK HERE.

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Zen Buddhism - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

Join us for this multimedia presentation on Zen Buddhism. There are many fascinating forms of Buddhism thriving in the world today, and perhaps the most fascinating of all is Zen.  Like all forms of Buddhism, Zen roots back to the teachings of the Buddha, a sixth century B.C.E. Indian reformer and spiritual teacher.  What makes Zen unique and deeply appealing to people everywhere, especially here in the west, is its practicality, its simplicity, and its willingness to challenge the authority of our institutionalized thinking.  Zen is a paradox.  At once ancient and modern, disciplined and liberal, deeply traditional and wildly irreverent, Zen strips away from us all that is artificial until only our authentic nature remains.  Join us as we uncover the practices and principles of this profoundly spiritual and eminently practical wisdom tradition. 

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our monthly Satsang, the first Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is Sanskrit for "a gathering around Truth," and is a 3,000 Indian practice of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. For beginners and experienced meditators alike, our Satsang is a perfect place to go deeper into your meditation practice in a place that honors all faith-paths, all ideologies, and all perspectives.

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our twice-monthly Satsang, the first and third Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is Sanskrit for "a gathering around Truth," and is a 3,000 Indian practice of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. For beginners and experienced meditators alike, our Satsang is a perfect place to go deeper into your meditation practice in a place that honors all faith-paths, all ideologies, and all perspectives.

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Vedanta Comes to America - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two hour multimedia presentation on Vedanta Comes to America. From the very beginning, American spirituality has been shaped by the philosophies of ancient India. Jefferson studied accounts of the Hindus, and a generation later Emerson and Thoreau encountered the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita at Harvard. But in 1900 things really took off. The twentieth century was an unprecedented time of philosophical and religious globalization. By the time the sixties came along Hindu and Buddhist teachers were everywhere running yoga retreats, satsangs, and ashrams. And the Beatles put it all in the hearts and minds of every teenager on earth. Vedanta, the philosophy of oneness at the heart of Hinduism, belongs to everyone now and is in many ways revitalizing the spiritual practice of the Abrahamic faiths. Join us as we trace this remarkable narrative. Namaste!

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Vedanta Comes to America - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two hour multimedia presentation on Vedanta Comes to America. From the very beginning, American spirituality has been shaped by the philosophies of ancient India. Jefferson studied accounts of the Hindus, and a generation later Emerson and Thoreau encountered the Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita at Harvard. But in 1900 things really took off. The twentieth century was an unprecedented time of philosophical and religious globalization. By the time the sixties came along Hindu and Buddhist teachers were everywhere running yoga retreats, satsangs, and ashrams. And the Beatles put it all in the hearts and minds of every teenager on earth. Vedanta, the philosophy of oneness at the heart of Hinduism, belongs to everyone now and is in many ways revitalizing the spiritual practice of the Abrahamic faiths. Join us as we trace this remarkable narrative. Namaste!

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our twice-monthly Satsang, the first and third Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is Sanskrit for "a gathering around Truth," and is a 3,000 Indian practice of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. For beginners and experienced meditators alike, our Satsang is a perfect place to go deeper into your meditation practice in a place that honors all faith-paths, all ideologies, and all perspectives.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Folkey Monkey -- The Songs of Neil Young - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join singer-songwriter Joe Rathburn, percussionist Jeff Stasny, and I for a two hour tribute to the mastery of Neil Young. We'll play a whole bunch of his songs, and maybe even a few of our own, in a free-wheeling improvisational style sure to entertain. Advance tickets and details at FolkeyMonkey.com

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Peter Bolland and Jeff Berkley - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
3536 Adams Ave
San Diego 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: $10

Come join the fun as me and the great Jeff Berkley split a night at everybody's favorite coffee house folk music venue, Java Joe's. When you get these knuckleheads together, no telling what's going to happen. Don't wait for the "You shoulda been there" testimonials -- see it for yourself. Jeff and I like to have fun and never take ourselves too seriously, but we are both deadly serious about crafting and performing the best possible Americana folk music we know how to make.

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The Wisdom of the Buddha - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

Join me for this two hour multimedia presentation on The Wisdom of the Buddha. Twenty five centuries ago an Indian teacher named Siddhartha Gautama courageously challenged the prevailing wisdom of his time through an arduous process of self-examination and experimentation.  Known to us as the Buddha, or “the awakened one”, he spent his life teaching others a clear and simple method of breaking free from habitual, conditioned thinking and awakening into the here and now.  We will examine the central hub of all Buddhist philosophy and practice – the Four Noble Truths – and bring these ancient, down to earth insights to bear on the everyday problems of our lives.

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our monthly Satsang, the first Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is Sanskrit for "a gathering around Truth," and is a 3,000 Indian practice of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. For beginners and experienced meditators alike, our Satsang is a perfect place to go deeper into your meditation practice in a place that honors all faith-paths, all ideologies, and all perspectives.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Ecstatic Poetry - The Voice of God - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Four Weeks of Wisdom -- a four week series of multi-media lectures at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living designed to draw you deep into an inquiry around some of the most pressing philosophical, spiritual, and mythological issues of all time. This week, (week 4), we're discussing Ecstatic Poetry: The Voice of God. The art form of poetry is ideally suited for exploring the ineffable mystery of the transcendent as revealed in the ordinary details of our everyday lives. No other literary form so powerfully disarms our defensive intellect and opens our hearts to truths beyond the conceptual realm. Join us for an exploration of the spiritual poetry of Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Rumi, Hafiz, and others.

To register, please visit the Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living website:http://www.visioncsl.org/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&layout=show&id=1384:class-ecstatic-poetry-the-voice-of-god&Itemid=146

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

The Zen Den ~ House Concert CANCELLED
Peter Bolland in Concert ~ CANCELLED

We sincerely apologize, but this show has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled on a later date. Sorry!

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Why Religion? - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
10301 Scripps Lake Drive
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 538-8159
Price: Free

Join us for this San Diego Oasis event at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library.

What is religion? Has it runs its course? Are we entering a post-religious age? Has science replaced, or enhanced religion? Why do a growing number of people report that they are “spiritual, but not religious?” What does that mean? Join us for an inquiry into these and other questions as we search for ways to adapt the ancient forms of religion to the ever-changing realities of the dawning new age.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Follow Your Bliss - The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Four Weeks of Wisdom -- a four week series of multi-media lectures at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living designed to draw you deep into an inquiry around some of the most pressing philosophical, spiritual, and mythological issues of all time. This week, (week 3), we're discussing Follow Your Bliss: The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell. Leading scholar of mythology and intellectual firebrand Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was famous for advising his students to “follow their bliss.” In the sixties and seventies he was dismayed to learn that in mainstream usage his popular saying had come to mean little more than “do your own thing” – a mantra of self-centered hedonism – the polar opposite of his intention. What did Campbell mean by “bliss?” How was this assertion rooted in his wide-ranging study of the world’s religious, philosophical, literary, and mythological traditions? It turns out bliss, (ananda in Sanskrit), has little to do with private happiness. Following your bliss has more to do with uncovering your sacred purpose than it does with blindly following your whims and desires. Bliss, not to be confused with pleasure, is found only in fully-realized, authentic lives where fear and artifice are stripped away revealing our innate divinity. Join us as we explore Campbell’s essential role in the Human Potential movement of the 20th century and in the continuing spiritual awakening of our own time. 

To register, please visit the Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living website: http://www.visioncsl.org/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&layout=show&id=1383:class-follow-your-bliss-the-wisdom-of-joseph-campbell&Itemid=146

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Emerson and the Rise of American Spirituality - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Four Weeks of Wisdom -- a four week series of multi-media lectures at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living designed to draw you deep into an inquiry around some of the most pressing philosophical, spiritual, and mythological issues of all time. This week, (week 2), we're discussing Emerson and the Rise of American Spirituality. In the early 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson blazed a trail. In a young country with rich ties to the Old World and a pioneering spirit of self-reliance, Emerson bravely re-envisioned Christianity as a mystical tradition, rightly set alongside the non-dualistic pantheism of India and the Idealism of the European Romantic movement. Like Jefferson before him, Emerson saw Jesus not as a unique incarnation of God, but as a teacher of the divinity inherent in all of us. But for Emerson it was the breathtaking beauty of the natural world that most vividly reminded us of the immanence of the divine. Emerson’s lectures electrified a nation, and his essays shaped the continuing spiritual revolution of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Every important voice in American spirituality and philosophy counts Emerson as an essential influence. Join us as we glean the core insights of Emerson’s work and explore their context in an emerging American spirituality.

To register, please visit the Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living website: http://www.visioncsl.org/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&layout=show&id=1382:class-emerson-and-the-rise-of-american-spirituality&Itemid=146

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Peter Bolland - Songs and Stories - 1:00-3:00 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $20

Join award-winning singer-songwriter Peter Bolland for a rare day-time concert at San Diego Oasis -- two hours of songs and the stories that inspired them.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Thoreau, Gandhi, King: The Politics of Right Action - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15, or $50 for all four lectures

Four Weeks of Wisdom -- a four week series of multi-media lectures at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living designed to draw you deep into an inquiry around some of the most pressing philosophical, spiritual, and mythological issues of all time. This week, (week 1), we're discussing Thoreau, Gandhi, and King: The Politics of Right Action. The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented war, chaos and human suffering. But it also ushered in an unprecedented era of non-violence. In India, Mahatma Gandhi led a non-violent revolution defeating the most powerful empire on earth. In America, Martin Luther King led the civil rights movement and forever changed the racial and spiritual landscape of America. Both Gandhi and King cite Thoreau’s essential essay “Civil Disobedience” as a manifesto of moral political action. Join us as we trace the spiritual and philosophical roots of these three remarkable leaders and search for solutions to today’s vexing social and political problems.

To register, please visit the Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living website: http://www.visioncsl.org/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&layout=show&id=1382:class-emerson-and-the-rise-of-american-spirituality&Itemid=146

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Plato and Aristotle - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

It is sometimes said that the entire Western philosophical and intellectual tradition rests on the backs of two Athenian friends. Plato explored knowledge, reality, beauty, justice, and political science through a series of bracing dialogues, nearly all of them featuring his deceased teacher Socrates in the lead role. When Aristotle was seventeen years old he enrolled at the Platonic Academy and stayed for 20 years, first as a student and later as a faculty member. No one was more familiar with the master’s work than his master student. Yet when Plato died Aristotle was passed over as the new head of the Academy. He went on to found his own School and create a body of work equally as impressive as his mentor’s. Aristotle learned much from Plato, but he disagreed with him on a bedrock, fundamental idea, and that disagreement would take him in an entirely new direction, founding the science of logic and laying the foundation for the entire scientific revolution to come. To this day it is still possible, reasonable, and relevant to ask, “Are you a Platonist or an Aristotelean?” Join us as we sketch the essential themes of these two profoundly important thinkers and find the vibrant relevance of their work in our own lives.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for our monthly Satsang, the first Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is Sanskrit for "a gathering around Truth," and is a 3,000 Indian practice of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. For beginners and experienced meditators alike, our Satsang is a perfect place to go deeper into your meditation practice in a place that honors all faith-paths, all ideologies, and all perspectives.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Songs and Stories: An Evening with Peter Bolland - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15 advance, $20 at the door

Join Peter Bolland in this impeccable venue for an evening of songs and the stories that inspired them. If you missed us a few months ago at Grassroots Oasis, this is a second chance to attend this unique concert experience and hear Bolland stripped down, simple, and real. Two sets -- enough time to play all of the new songs and few of the most-requested numbers off of all the award-winning albums that came before. And, a chance to learn more about the songwriting process, and the crazy things, little and big, that spark songs.

For discounted advance tickets, click HERE.

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Plato and Aristotle - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

It is sometimes said that the entire Western philosophical and intellectual tradition rests on the backs of two Athenian friends. Plato explored knowledge, reality, beauty, justice, and political science through a series of bracing dialogues, nearly all of them featuring his deceased teacher Socrates in the lead role. When Aristotle was seventeen years old he enrolled at the Platonic Academy and stayed for 20 years, first as a student and later as a faculty member. No one was more familiar with the master’s work than his master student. Yet when Plato died Aristotle was passed over as the new head of the Academy. He went on to found his own School and create a body of work equally as impressive as his mentor’s. Aristotle learned much from Plato, but he disagreed with him on a bedrock, fundamental idea, and that disagreement would take him in an entirely new direction, founding the science of logic and laying the foundation for the entire scientific revolution to come. To this day it is still possible, reasonable, and relevant to ask, “Are you a Platonist or an Aristotelean?” Join us as we sketch the essential themes of these two profoundly important thinkers and find the vibrant relevance of their work in our own lives.

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Thoreau, Gandhi, King: The Politics of Right Action - 5:30-6:30 p.m. PDT
Price: Free

Join me for a free webinar called "Thoreau, Gandhi, King: The Politics of Right Action." Is it possible to be both spiritual and political at the same time? We turn to Thoreau, Gandhi, and King to see how these three thought leaders blended the seemingly disparate realms of spirituality and politics into a powerful, world-changing force. Registration is easy, it's free, and it only takes a few seconds. Click below to register, and for more information on all of the other wonderful offerings in this web series, presented by AGNT (Association for Global New Thought).

Don't miss this rare opportunity to work with me from where ever you are!

CLICK HERE

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Coffee With Kafka: Kafka and the Upanishads Featuring Peter Bolland - 4:00-6:00 p.m.
506 21st Street
San Diego, CA 92102
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Join us for a lovely salon-style gathering at Pan's Garden, the backyard refuge at the home of Kathi Diamant and Byron LaDue. "Coffee with Kafka" is a wonderful community of people interested in literature and learning. All are welcome to join us as we explore the influence of ancient Indian philosophical ideas on our modern world, and how some of those mystical teachings are connected with Kafka's writings, in particular with his aphorisms, which resonate with many different spiritual paths. There will be a dramatic reading from the Katha Upanishad. I will offer some insights on the core themes of Vedanta philosophy. And we'll discuss how all of this resonates with Kafka's work. Light refreshments will be offered.

Please register here to reserve a place.

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Socrates, Plato, and the Allegory of the Cave - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

Many young Athenians flocked to the agora to hear the eccentric orator Socrates challenge conventional wisdom and perfect the art of philosophical investigation. One of those followers, Plato, would devote his literary career to chronicling and lionizing his mentor, and along the way became the single most important philosopher in the western canon. Plato wrote a lot of important dialogues, nearly all of them featuring his teacher Socrates in the lead role, but the most important of all is his longest work The Republic. Join us as we tell the story of these two very different and remarkable men, and trace their philosophical expressions, most notably the immortal “Allegory of the Cave” from The Republic. Plato deftly moves between literature, mythology, psychology, political science, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and mysticism blending them all into a seamless whole. There’s a reason prominent 19th century philosopher Alfred North Whitehead famously quipped, “All of Western philosophy is but a footnote to Plato.” Come see why.

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for satsang -- an hour of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. We meet the first Thursday of every month at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living in Mission Valley. This spiritually experiential workshop is designed for everyone, no matter your faith family of origin or current ideology, and no matter if you're a beginner or life-long practitioner.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Peter Bolland, Berkley Hart, Veronica May, and Robin Henkel - 8:00 p.m.
3536 Adams Ave
San Diego 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: $10

An evening of San Diego singer-songwriters at San Diego's legendary singer-songwriter venue.

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Socrates, Plato, and the Allegory of the Cave - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

Many young Athenians flocked to the agora to hear the eccentric orator Socrates challenge conventional wisdom and perfect the art of philosophical investigation. One of those followers, Plato, would devote his literary career to chronicling and lionizing his mentor, and along the way became the single most important philosopher in the western canon. Plato wrote a lot of important dialogues, nearly all of them featuring his teacher Socrates in the lead role, but the most important of all is his longest work The Republic. Join us as we tell the story of these two very different and remarkable men, and trace their philosophical expressions, most notably the immortal “Allegory of the Cave” from The Republic. Plato deftly moves between literature, mythology, psychology, political science, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and mysticism blending them all into a seamless whole. There’s a reason prominent 19th century philosopher Alfred North Whitehead famously quipped, “All of Western philosophy is but a footnote to Plato.” Come see why.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Folkey Monkey -- The Songs of Bob Dylan - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join me, singer-songwriter Joe Rathburn, and percussionist Jeff Stasny as we pay homage to the music of Bob Dylan at San Diego's longest running and most revered acoustic music series The Folkey Monkey.

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

The Third Buddha -- Sunday Service - 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
8999 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 689-6500
Price: Offering

In Mahayana Buddhism there is a concept called Trikaya. The teaching is that Buddha exists in three different forms. At both Sunday morning services, we'll explore these three forms, especially the third known as Dharmakaya, or Buddha-consciousness. It's an honor and a privilege to be the guest speaker at The Unity Center, one of the best New Thought communities in the country.

Friday, June 10th, 2016

A Meditation Workshop - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $15

What is meditation? Is it deep thinking, a mystical state, a deep trance? Is it a religious ritual, or can it be practiced apart from any specific religious tradition or ideology? What are the benefits of a regular meditation practice? Join us for an introductory lecture on the principles of meditation, a look at some different approaches and techniques, and the philosophy behind it all, including a guided meditation experience.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for satsang -- an hour of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. We meet the first Thursday of every month at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living in Mission Valley. This spiritually experiential workshop is designed for everyone, no matter your faith family of origin or current ideology, and no matter if you're a beginner or life-long practitioner.

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Emerson and the Rise of American Spirituality - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $12

In the early 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson blazed a trail. In a young country with rich ties to the Old World and a pioneering spirit of self-reliance, Emerson bravely re-envisioned Christianity as a mystical tradition, rightly set alongside the non-dualistic pantheism of India and the Idealism of the European Romantic movement. Like Jefferson before him, Emerson saw Jesus not as a unique incarnation of God, but as a teacher of the divinity inherent in all of us. But for Emerson it was the breathtaking beauty of the natural world that most vividly reminded us of the immanence of the divine. Emerson’s lectures electrified a nation, and his essays shaped the continuing spiritual revolution of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Every important voice in American spirituality and philosophy counts Emerson as an essential influence. Join us as we glean the core insights of Emerson’s work and explore their context in an emerging American spirituality.

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Follow Your Bliss - The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $12

Leading scholar of mythology and intellectual firebrand Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was famous for advising his students to “follow their bliss.” In the sixties and seventies he was dismayed to learn that in mainstream usage his popular saying had come to mean little more than “do your own thing” – a mantra of self-centered hedonism – the polar opposite of his intention. What did Campbell mean by “bliss?” How was this assertion rooted in his wide-ranging study of the world’s religious, philosophical, literary, and mythological traditions? It turns out bliss, (ananda in Sanskrit), has little to do with private happiness. Following your bliss has more to do with uncovering your sacred purpose than it does with blindly following your whims and desires. Bliss, not to be confused with pleasure, is found only in fully-realized, authentic lives where fear and artifice are stripped away revealing our innate divinity. Join us as we explore Campbell’s essential role in the Human Potential movement of the 20th century and in the continuing spiritual awakening of our own time.  

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Peter Bolland - Songs and Stories - Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show's about 8:00
3130 Moore Street
San Diego, California 92110
Price: $15 advance, $20 at the door

Join singer-songwriter Peter Bolland for a solo concert as we gather around the power of song and the stories that inspired them. Grassroots Oasis is a wonderful venue near Old Town. It's not a bar or a nightclub, rather, it's a listening and gathering space with a great stage and great sound -- a perfect place for an acoustic singer-songwriter show. Get tickets in advance and details at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2539245

Watch this brief video for more insight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AthjTwYf5zg

 

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for satsang -- an hour of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. We meet the first Thursday of every month at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living in Mission Valley. This spiritually experiential workshop is designed for everyone, no matter your faith family of origin or current ideology, and no matter if you're a beginner or life-long practitioner.

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Jesus and the Gospel of Thomas - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $12

Discovered in 1945, the Gospel of Thomas offers a fresh look at Jesus and his teachings.  Join us as we compare the traditional gospels and the mainstream Christian doctrines that emerged from them with the startling version of Jesus revealed in the Gospel of Thomas.  Who was Jesus and what was he really teaching?

Click or call for reservations.

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Ecstatic Poetry -- The Voice of God - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $12

The art form of poetry is ideally suited for exploring the ineffable mystery of the transcendent as revealed in the ordinary details of our everyday lives. In honor of National Poetry Month, join us for an exploration of the spiritual poetry of Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Rumi, Hafiz, and others.

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Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for satsang -- an hour of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. We meet the first Thursday of every month at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living in Mission Valley. This spiritually experiential workshop is designed for everyone, no matter your faith family of origin or current ideology, and no matter if you're a beginner or life-long practitioner.

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The Folkey Monkey -- The Songs of Bruce Springsteen - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, California 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join me, guitarist Joe Rathburn, and percussionist Jeff Stasny as we pay tribute to the music of Bruce Springsteen (with a few of our originals thrown in for good measure). For details and advance tickets, please visit www.folkeymonkey.com

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Why Religion? - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $12

What is religion? Has it runs its course? Are we entering a post-religious age? Has science replaced, or enhanced religion? Why do a growing number of people report that they are “spiritual, but not religious?” What does that mean? Join us for an inquiry into these and other questions as we search for ways to adapt the ancient forms of religion to the ever-changing realities of the dawning new age.

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Friday, March 11th, 2016

Why Religion? - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $12

What is religion? Has it runs its course? Are we entering a post-religious age? Has science replaced, or enhanced religion? Why do a growing number of people report that they are “spiritual, but not religious?” What does that mean? Join us for an inquiry into these and other questions as we search for ways to adapt the ancient forms of religion to the ever-changing realities of the dawning new age.

Click or call for reservations.

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Jeff Berkely, Peter Bolland, and Yours Truly Michele - 8:00 p.m.
3536 Adams Ave
San Diego 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: $10

Singer songwriters Jeff Berkley, Peter Bolland, and Yours Truly Michele take the stage at Java Joe's for an evening of songs, stories, and one-of-a-kind roots rock folk Americana entertainment. Don't miss this show!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
4780 Mission Gorge Place SD 92120
San Diego, California 92120
619-303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

Join us for satsang -- an hour of guided meditation, spiritual inquiry, and meaningful dialogue. We meet the first Thursday of every month at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living in Mission Valley. This spiritually experiential workshop is designed for everyone, no matter your faith family of origin or current ideology, and no matter if you're a beginner or life-long practitioner.

 

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Sunday Service -- "Be Still and Know" - 10:00 a.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

I'm guest-speaking at this vibrant spiritual community and my topic is how to find peace in the midst of conflict. I'll be digging deep into the 46th and 23rd Psalms and looking for ways to celebrate and expand peace both in our inner lives and in the outer world around us.

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Singer Songwriter Showcase - 8:00 p.m.
3536 Adams Ave
San Diego 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: $10

Join me and a lot of other singer songwriters for this showcase featuring three song sets from The Lovebirds, Lisa Sanders, Robin Henkel, Nathan Welden, Ricky Ruis, Jimmy Lunsford, Marion Law, and yours truly.

Friday, February 12th, 2016

The Nature of Love - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $12

For millennia, philosophers have wondered about love. It is obviously a central, formative and essential human experience. But what is it exactly? What are the different kinds of love? What kinds of errors occur when we mistakenly conflate or mistake one kind of love with another? Do we misuse the word “love?” What are the distinctions between compassion, altruism, aesthetic appreciation, erotic attraction, family or tribal bonding, personal need, pathological obsession, kindness, etc? Working with classical sources and contemporary examples we will examine the experience of love from a number of perspectives and bring clarity to the complex and multi-faceted phenomenon of love.

Click or call for reservations.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

All You Need is Love -- The Love Songs of the Beatles - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $20

Join us as we warm up for Valentine's Day by paying tribute to the lovely love songs of the Beatles. Artists include Peter Bolland, Michael Tiernan, Christopher Dale, Joe Rathburn, Mark DeCerbo, John Foltz, Christine Parker, Jerry Gontang, Larry Grano, Jim Reeves, Robin Adler, and David Blackburn. For advance tickets and more information, please visit http://folkeymonkey.com/

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

An hour-long gathering featuring guided meditation, thoughtful inquiry, and spiritual dialogue. We do this the first Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is a Sanskrit word meaning "gathering around truth." It's not just meditation, it's not just a lecture, it's not just dialogue, but it's a little bit of all three, and so much more. Make this a part of your increasing commitment to well-being and spiritual growth.

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

A Meditation Workshop - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $12

What is meditation? Is it deep thinking, a mystical state, a deep trance? Is it a religious ritual, or can it be practiced apart from any specific religious tradition or ideology? What are the benefits of a regular meditation practice? Join us for an introductory lecture on the principles of meditation, a look at some different approaches and techniques, and the philosophy behind it all, including a guided meditation experience.

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Friday, January 15th, 2016

A Meditation Workshop - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

What is meditation? Is it deep thinking, a mystical state, a deep trance? Is it a religious ritual, or can it be practiced apart from any specific religious tradition or ideology? What are the benefits of a regular meditation practice? Join us for an introductory lecture on the principles of meditation, a look at some different approaches and techniques, and the philosophy behind it all, including a guided meditation experience.

Click or call for reservations.

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 Suggested Tuition

An hour-long gathering featuring guided meditation, thoughtful inquiry, and spiritual dialogue. We do this the first Thursday of every month. "Satsang" is a Sanskrit word meaning "gathering around truth." It's not just meditation, it's not just a lecture, it's not just dialogue, but it's a little bit of all three, and so much more. Make this a part of your increasing commitment to well-being and spiritual growth.

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Songs of Peace 2015 - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $20

A concert to benefit the Peace Alliance and their efforts to establish a US cabinet level Department of Peace. This is not an anti-war rally, but rather a night of song dedicated to thoughts of peace and living harmoniously in a more enlightened world. Join Peter Bolland, Cahill & Delene, Harold Payne, Joe Rathburn, James Lee Stanely. For advance tickets visit www.folkeymonkey.com

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The Mythology of Christmas - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

Christians all around the world celebrate the birth of Christ in myriad ways. Here in the United States Christmas has snowballed into something so massive, so powerful, that its gravitational pull draws together elements from disparate cultures and traditions all over the world. Christians celebrate the birth of a 1st century Israeli Jew with Roman rituals, Germanic symbols, Norse mythology, Dutch folk tales, British customs, American pop culture and, by now, just about everything but the kitchen sink. Join us as we explore the many tendrils and roots of this beautiful holiday and tease out the underlying mythological significance and spiritual meaning of these familiar images, icons, and songs. Did early Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus? What sort of gift-giving god is Santa Claus? Why cut down a tree, drag it in the house, and cover it with lights? Caroling door to door? Reindeer? Mistletoe? Getting drunk at the company Christmas party? Ugly sweaters? Turns out all of these customs have ancient roots. Is Christmas even a “Christian” holiday? It seems simple enough, but nothing this good is ever simple.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Folkey Monkey - John Denver Tribute - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join host Joe Rathburn, percussionist Jeff Stasny, and me as we swap John Denver songs and a few of our own, in the improvisational spirit the Folkey Monkey is known for. This annual December show is sure to warm your heart.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m,
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 suggested tuition

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Guest Speaking at The Unity Center - 9:00-10:00 and 11:00-12:00
8999 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 689-6500
Price: Free, offering

I"ll be guest speaking at both Sunday morning services at this remarkable spiritual community. The title of my talk is "Why Gratitude Matters."

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Thanksgiving and the Consciousness of Gratitude - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p..m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

The Thanksgiving holiday is an ideal time to reflect on the meaning and power of gratitude. A traditional harvest festival, Thanksgiving gives us a communal opportunity to consciously shift out of our normal worried mind stuck, as it usually is, on how there’s never enough – never enough money, never enough time, never enough love – and move instead into the awareness that we have everything we need. “Gratitude,” wrote the Roman philosopher Seneca “is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” In other words, developing the consciousness of gratitude opens the door to the cultivation of all of the virtues – compassion, kindness, courage, serenity, and satisfaction. Is gratitude an endpoint, a state only realized after I get everything I want, or is it a decision I make in the here and now regardless of outer conditions? Join us as we explore this and other questions surrounding the transformative power of the consciousness of gratitude.

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Peter Bolland in Concert - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
540 Cornish Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-7376
Price: Free

Join me for this free, early evening, hour long concert in the beautiful community room at the Encinitas Library.

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Folkey Monkey: 10th Anniversary Show - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $20

Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of San Diego's longest running and most beloved folk music series, the Folkey Monkey. I'll be joining a stellar line up of guests including Gregory Page, Jeff Berkley, Peggy Watson, David Beldock, John Foltz, Jeffery Joe Morin, Jim Hinton, Jeff Lee, Patty Zlaket, and of course host Joe Rathburn and house percussionist Jeff Stasny. For advance tickets (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) go to www.folkeymonkey.com

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 suggested tuition

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Follow Your Bliss -- The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

Leading scholar of mythology and intellectual firebrand Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was famous for advising his students to “follow their bliss.” In the sixties and seventies he was dismayed to learn that in mainstream usage his popular saying had come to mean little more than “do your own thing” – a mantra of self-centered hedonism – the polar opposite of his intention. What did Campbell mean by “bliss?” How was this assertion rooted in his wide-ranging study of the world’s religious, philosophical, literary, and mythological traditions? It turns out bliss, (ananda in Sanskrit), has little to do with private happiness. Following your bliss has more to do with uncovering your sacred purpose than it does with blindly following your whims and desires. Bliss, not to be confused with pleasure, is found only in fully-realized, authentic lives where fear and artifice are stripped away revealing our innate divinity. Join us as we explore Campbell’s essential role in the Human Potential movement of the 20th century and in the continuing spiritual awakening of our own time.  

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 suggested tuition

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Why Wisdom? - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

The search for wisdom is humanity’s oldest quest. But what is wisdom? And how is it different from knowledge? Is wisdom a body of information? Is it universal or culturally specific? Can it be transferred from one person to another? What does a wise person know? How do they act? Is wisdom an internal cognitive shift, or a behavioral mode? Why do so many wisdom traditions agree that wisdom is difficult, if not impossible to put into words? Philosophy, the academic discipline generally tasked with this inquiry, is rife with conflicting perspectives on these most pressing questions. Join us as we survey the landscape of wisdom and move closer toward articulating its mysterious power.

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Guest Speaking at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living - 10:00 a.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Free, offering

I'm the Sunday morning guest speaker at this remarkable spiritual community. The title of my talk is "Your Greatest Treasures," based on chapter 67 of the Tao to Ching.

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Rock Valley House Concerts
Peter Bolland in Concert - Doors at 7:00, Show at 8:00-10:00 p.m.
7170 Rock Valley Court
San Diego, CA 92122
858-452-1539
Price: $15

Join me for a solo show at one of San Diego's most beloved house concert venues, Live at Rock Valley. I'll be playing old songs, new songs, and a few choice covers. House concerts are really the best way to get up close and personal with performing artists and the community of music lovers that gather for one reason -- the music.  

Please email host Carol Branch for reservations and details, at wonderwoman@san.rr.com

 

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Islam: The Serenity of the God-Centered Life - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

In this introduction to the religion of Islam we will learn the central and essential beliefs and practices of this rapidly growing world religion.  What is Islam’s relationship with Judaism and Christianity?  Who was Muhammad?  What is the Qur’an (Koran) and what does it say?  What are some of the various movements within Islam?  Can Islam thrive in a modern, secular world?

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Guest Speaker at the Unity Center - 9:00-10:00 and 11:00-12:00
8999 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 689-6500
Price: Free, offering

I'll be speaking at both services Sunday morning, September 13 at this remarkable spiritual community. The title of my talk is "Your Greatest Treasures," based on chapter 67 of the Tao to Ching.

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Folkey Monkey - Neil Young Tribute - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join host Joe Rathburn, percussionist Jeff Stasny, and me as we swap Neil Young songs and a few of our own on the Folkey Monkey stage, San Diego's beloved and long-running folk music series.

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Songwriter Showcase - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
3536 Adams Ave
San Diego 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: $10

Join me and a gaggle of San Diego's finest singer-songwriters for a series of short sets -- a great way to get to know all of us at once.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 suggested tuition

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Emerson and the Rise of American Spirituality - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

In the early 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson blazed a trail. In a young country with rich ties to the Old World and a pioneering spirit of self-reliance, Emerson bravely re-envisioned Christianity as a mystical tradition, rightly set alongside the non-dualistic pantheism of India and the Idealism of the European Romantic movement. Like Jefferson before him, Emerson saw Jesus not as a unique incarnation of God, but as a teacher of the divinity inherent in all of us. But for Emerson it was the breathtaking beauty of the natural world that most vividly reminded us of the immanence of the divine. Emerson’s lectures electrified a nation, and his essays shaped the continuing spiritual revolution of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Every important voice in American spirituality and philosophy counts Emerson as an essential influence. Join us as we glean the core insights of Emerson’s work and explore their context in an emerging American spirituality.

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 suggested love offering at the door

Satsang is a Sankrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Peter Bolland in Concert - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

Award winning folk singer and songwriter Peter Bolland brings his guitar to Oasis for a rare day-time concert appearance.  As a solo artist, a session musician as well as the leader of the San Diego Music Award winning Americana band The Coyote Problem, Bolland is an integral part of the renowned San Diego acoustic music scene.  In this special appearance you’ll get a chance to get behind the songs, learn about the songwriting process and enjoy a unique musical performance. 

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Hinduism 101 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

Studying the ancient philosophies of India offers a fascinating opportunity to catch a glimpse into one of humanity’s boldest and most influential wisdom traditions.  Join us as we examine the core teachings of the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita on the nature of the universe and our place in it.  Your understanding of familiar concepts such as meditation, yoga and karma will deepen as we challenge our conventional thinking with the open-hearted teachings of this venerable array of traditions and perspectives known collectively as Hinduism.

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Songwriter Showcase - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
3536 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: $10

An all-star sampler platter of singer-songwriters featuring Peter Bolland, Sara Petite, Frank Lee Drennen, Veronica May, Robin Henkel, and a few surprise guests...

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Zen Buddhism - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

There are many fascinating forms of Buddhism thriving in the world today, and perhaps the most fascinating of all is Zen.  Like all forms of Buddhism, Zen roots back to the teachings of the Buddha, a sixth century B.C.E. Indian reformer and spiritual teacher.  What makes Zen unique and deeply appealing to people everywhere, especially here in the west, is its practicality, its simplicity, and its willingness to challenge the authority of our institutionalized thinking.  Zen is a paradox.  At once ancient and modern, disciplined and liberal, deeply traditional and wildly irreverent, Zen strips away from us all that is artificial until only our authentic nature remains.  Join us as we uncover the practices and principles of this profoundly spiritual and eminently practical wisdom tradition.   

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Peter Bolland in Concert - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
11555 Via Rancho San Diego
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 660-5370
Price: Free

An intimate early evening solo concert in the beautiful listening room of the Rancho San Diego Library in El Cajon, California.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 suggested love offering at the door

Satsang is a Sankrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Folkey Monkey: Bob Dylan - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join me, host Joe Rathburn, and percussionist Jeff Stasny for an evening of folk music. We'll be celebrating the master Bob Dylan and playing a few of our own too.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Sunday Talk -- Fathering Energy - 10:00 a.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

Help us celebrate Father's Day as we think through the question, "What, exactly, is a father?" In the world's spiritual traditions, the ultimate Source of all things is often conceived as a father, while other traditions emphasize the feminine, matriarchal power of the divine. What, in the end, does it mean to father something? And how can any of us embody this loving, creative power?

Friday, June 19th, 2015

The Wisdom of the Tao - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

The ancient Chinese wisdom tradition of Taoism offers surprisingly contemporary and relevant insight on how we can better navigate the challenges of our modern lives. Join us as we study its key text the Tao te Ching and explore the possibility of living in harmony with the ever-changing conditions around us.

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The Wisdom of the Buddha - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $8

Twenty five centuries ago an Indian teacher named Siddhartha Gautama courageously challenged the prevailing wisdom of his time through an arduous process of self-examination and experimentation.  Known to us as the Buddha, or “the awakened one”, he spent his life teaching others a clear and simple method of breaking free from habitual, conditioned thinking and awakening into the here and now.  We will examine the central hub of all Buddhist philosophy and practice – the Four Noble Truths – and bring these ancient, down to earth insights to bear on the everyday problems of our lives.

Monday, June 8th, 2015

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Peter Bolland in Concert - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: $10

Award winning folk singer and songwriter Peter Bolland brings his guitar to First Unitarian Universalist Church for a rare concert appearance.  As a solo artist, an in-demand session musician as well as the leader of the San Diego Music Award winning Americana band The Coyote Problem, Bolland is an integral part of the renowned San Diego acoustic music scene.  In this special appearance you’ll get a chance to get behind the songs, learn about the songwriting process and enjoy a unique musical performance. 

This is an all-ages event. No advance registration is required, but please RSVP with Mike Dorfi by emailing mdorfi@cox.net or calling 619-466-5952

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Donation

Satsang is a Sankrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Monday, May 25th, 2015

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
The Nature of Love - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: $10

For millennia, philosophers have wondered about love. It is obviously a central, formative and essential human experience. But what is it exactly? What are the different kinds of love? What kinds of errors occur when we mistakenly conflate or mistake one kind of love with another? Do we misuse the word “love?” What are the distinctions between compassion, altruism, aesthetic appreciation, erotic attraction, family or tribal bonding, personal need, pathological obsession, kindness, etc? Working with classical sources and contemporary examples we will examine the experience of love from a number of perspectives and bring clarity to the complex and multi-faceted phenomenon of love.

Join us for this all-ages lecture. No advance registration is required, but please RSVP with Mike Dorfi by email at mdorfi@cox.net or by phone at 619-466-5952

Monday, May 18th, 2015

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
The Bhagavad Gita - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: $10

Join us as we explore India’s most beloved sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita. Composed around the time of Christ, the Gita is the plain-talking culmination of the rich philosophical traditions begun in the earlier Vedas, Upanishads and Buddhist texts. Like all literature, it is best approached in layers. What does the Bhagavad Gita teach about God, duty, ethics, war, society, consciousness, human nature, violence and the beauty of being alive? A favorite book of Gandhi who carried chapter two in his pocket his whole life, and of Thoreau who brought only one book to Walden Pond, his copy of the Gita borrowed from his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. Very few books have had this long a reach or this profound an impact. Let’s find out why.

Join us for this all-ages lecture. No advance registration is required, but please RSVP with Mike Dorfi by emailing mdorfi@cox.net or by calling 619-619-466-5952

Monday, May 11th, 2015

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
The Masks of God - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: $10

The idea of God is an archetype found all over the world.  In one way or another human beings have struggled to conceptualize and personify the source of existence, the mystery of mysteries behind the veil of perception. Our concepts and personifications of God are masks that hide as much as they reveal.  As we compare and contrast God-concepts from around the world we get closer to understanding the meaning behind the masks.  Join us as we splash around on the edge of deep waters where the rivers of philosophy, religion and spirituality converge.

Join us for this all-ages lecture. No advance registration is required, but please RSVP with Mike Dorfi via email to mdorfi@cox.net or by calling 619-466-5952

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Sonwriting Clinic with Peter Bolland and Dave Howard - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
3536 Adams Ave
San Diego 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: $10

Two of San Diego's most recognized veteran singer-songwriters join forces to bring you an evening of smart, sharp, hard-hitting songs in San Diego's most venerable singer-songwriter venue. Part concert, part songwriting clinic, Peter and Dave will share the stage for two hours swapping songs and sharing stories and insights about the songwriting process. Come to learn about the craft, or come just to enjoy the music.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10 suggested love offering at the door

Satsang is a Sankrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Thoreau, Gandhi, King: The Politics of Right Action - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-9978
Price: $10

The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented war, chaos and human suffering. But it also ushered in an unprecedented era of non-violence. In India, Mahatma Gandhi led a non-violent revolution defeating the most powerful empire on earth. In America, Martin Luther King led the civil rights movement and forever changed the racial and spiritual landscape of America. Both Gandhi and King cite Thoreau’s essential essay “Civil Disobedience” as a manifesto of moral political action. Join us as we trace the spiritual and philosophical roots of these three remarkable leaders and search for solutions to today’s vexing social and political problems.

Join us for this all-ages lecture. No advance registration required, but please RSVP with Mike Dorfi via email at mdorfi@cox.net or by calling 619-466-5952 

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Peter Bolland in Concert - 1:30-2:15
3536 Adams Ave
San Diego 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: Free

As you take in the rest of the incredible free, two day music festival that is the Adams Avenue Unplugged Festival, be sure to drop by Java Joe's on Saturday, April 25 at 1:30 for my 45 minute set.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The Bhagavad Gita - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

Join us as we explore India’s most beloved sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita. Composed around the time of Christ, the Gita is the plain-talking culmination of the rich philosophical traditions begun in the earlier Vedas, Upanishads and Buddhist texts. Like all literature, it is best approached in layers. What does the Bhagavad Gita teach about God, duty, ethics, war, society, consciousness, human nature, violence and the beauty of being alive? A favorite book of Gandhi who carried chapter two in his pocket his whole life, and of Thoreau who brought only one book to Walden Pond, his copy of the Gita borrowed from his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. Very few books have had this long a reach or this profound an impact. Let’s find out why.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Ecstatic Poetry: The Voice of God - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

The art form of poetry is ideally suited for exploring the ineffable mystery of the transcendent as revealed in the ordinary details of our everyday lives. In celebration of National Poetry Month, join us for an exploration of the spiritual poetry of Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Rumi, Hafiz, and others.

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The Wisdom of Jesus - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

For two millennia our understanding of Jesus has been shaped and controlled by a complex, diverse and patriarchal religious establishment called Christianity.  What if Jesus was not the founder of Christianity but rather its unwilling figurehead?  What if the traditional view of Jesus is based on a misunderstanding?  Taking a fresh, courageous and unorthodox look at the teachings of Jesus reveals a startling portrait of a radical spiritual teacher who dared to not only question the prevailing religious, philosophical and political structures of his time, but through the brilliant use of metaphors and parables drew his audience into an unmediated experience of the divine, a spirituality unmoored from institutionalized religion and its man-made doctrines.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

Satsang is a Sankrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Folkey Monkey: Bruce Springsteen - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $15

Join me and host Joe Rathburn as we pay tribute to the songs of Bruce Springsteen in San Diego's longest running folk music series. Joining us as always is percussionist extraordinaire Jeff Stasny.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Sunday Talk - 10:00 a.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

I'll be guest speaking Sunday morning at this at this remarkable spiritual community.

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Death and Resurrection in World Mythology - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

The dying god motif is a central archetype found throughout the world’s religions and mythologies, most famously in Christianity. The story of a divine being willingly dying to bestow gifts on the human race is a ubiquitous theme repeated over and over again. Join us as we examine various examples of this universal idea and explore its many possible underlying meanings. Why do we gravitate to this narrative? What larger purpose does it serve? How do these stories help us navigate our own perilous journey through life and death?

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Peter Bolland and Cindy Lee Berryhill - 7:30
170 Calle Magdalena
Encinitas, CA 92024
Price: $18 (Members $15)

The venerable San Diego Folk Heritage presents two of California's finest working singer-songwriters Cindy Lee Berryhill and Peter Bolland in a rare double bill. Cindy Lee Berryhill is a novelist, activist, and a founder of the “antifolk” movement. She has put out six albums since 1988, earning four-star reviews in Rolling Stone, among others. She “combines a deeply personal point of view and an edgy wit leavened with a compassion for the world around her” and counts among her influences Brian Wilson, Patti Smith, and Woody Guthrie. Cindy Lee is preparing to record her first full length album since 2008, containing songs about love and desire as a tribute to her late husband Paul Williams.

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Jesus and the Gospel of Thomas - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

Discovered in 1945, the Gospel of Thomas offers a fresh look at Jesus and his teachings.  Join us as we compare the traditional gospels and the mainstream Christian doctrines that emerged from them with the startling version of Jesus revealed in the Gospel of Thomas.  Who was Jesus and what was he really teaching?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

Satsang is a Sankrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Friday, February 20th, 2015

God and the New Atheism - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

Join us as we explore the idea of God and the resurgence of atheism in the post 9/11 world as evidenced by the popularity of books such as The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Which of the many concepts of God to atheists commonly attack? Is there a way to move past the old animosity between science and religion?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

All You Need is Love III: The Beatles Love Songs - 7:00-10:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $20

Join us for our third annual tribute to the love songs of the Beatles. A roster of local all-star musicians perform three song sets of all your favorites. What a great way to slide into Valentine's Day.

With

Robin Adler & Dave Blackburn
Peter Bolland
Christopher Dale
Mark DeCerbo
John Foltz
Jerry Gontang
Patty Hall
Christine Parker
Joe Rathburn
Michael Tiernan

With the house band:
John Foltz - piano
Larry Grano - drums
Jeffrey Stasny - percussion
Joe Rathburn - guitar
Jim Reeves - bass

Tickets available HERE.

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The Nature of Love - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

For millennia, philosophers have wondered about love. It is obviously a central, formative and essential human experience. But what is it exactly? What are the different kinds of love? What kinds of errors occur when we mistakenly conflate or mistake one kind of love with another? Do we misuse the word “love?” What are the distinctions between compassion, altruism, aesthetic appreciation, erotic attraction, family or tribal bonding, personal need, pathological obsession, kindness, etc? Working with classical sources and contemporary examples we will examine the experience of love from a number of perspectives and bring clarity to the complex and multi-faceted phenomenon of love.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

Satsang is a Sankrit word that means "gathering around truth." Join me for this experiential hour of deep inquiry, guided meditation, and dialogue. This inclusive spiritual and philosophical gathering is just the sort of open-ended, centering experience your soul has been asking for. In Satsang we honor all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives by democritizing the normally authoritarian teacher-student dynamic -- in Satsang we are all teachers and we are all students. As we gather around important questions wisdom begins to well up through cracks in our own lives.

This ongoing event occurs the first Wednesday of every month. Make it a regular part of your practice.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Thoreau, Gandhi, King: The Politics of Right Action - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented war, chaos and human suffering. But it also ushered in an unprecedented era of non-violence. In India, Mahatma Gandhi led a non-violent revolution defeating the most powerful empire on earth. In America, Martin Luther King led the civil rights movement and forever changed the racial and spiritual landscape of America. Both Gandhi and King cite Thoreau’s essential essay “Civil Disobedience” as a manifesto of moral political action. Join us as we trace the spiritual and philosophical roots of these three remarkable leaders and search for solutions to today’s vexing social and political problems.

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Sunday Morning Service - Christmas Remembrance - 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
8999 Activity Road, San Diego, CA 92126
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 689-6500
Price: Offering

Join us Sunday morning at The Unity Center where I'll be guest speaking for senior and founding minister Wendy Craig-Purcell who is away. It's the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, a perfect time to reflect on the core of Christmas and the way this beautiful holiday season also triggers a lot of raw emotion for us. Reflecting together on what we've lost and how growth and abundance can only emerge from the empty space loss leaves open, we'll lean on each other and send ourselves into Christmas with full hearts and open eyes.

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The Mythology of Christmas - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

Christians all around the world celebrate the birth of Christ in myriad ways. Here in the United States Christmas has snowballed into something so massive, so powerful, that its gravitational pull draws together elements from disparate cultures and traditions all over the world. Christians celebrate the birth of a 1st century Israeli Jew with Roman rituals, Germanic symbols, Norse mythology, Dutch folk tales, British customs, American pop culture and, by now, just about everything but the kitchen sink. Join us as we explore the many tendrils and roots of this beautiful holiday and tease out the underlying mythological significance and spiritual meaning of  these familiar images, icons, and songs. Did early Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus? What sort of gift-giving god is Santa Claus? Why cut down a tree, drag it in the house, and cover it with lights? Caroling door to door? Reindeer? Mistletoe? Getting drunk at the company Christmas party? Ugly sweaters? Turns out all of these customs have ancient roots. Is Christmas even a “Christian” holiday? It seems simple enough, but nothing this good is ever simple.

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Folkey Monkey - John Denver Theme - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10

Join me and singer-songwriter Joe Rathburn as we swap John Denver songs, a few of our own, and tell stories from the road, with percussionist Jeff Stasny weaving our spirited improvisations together into a heartening tapestry sure to warm your heart like a mountain campfire.

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

Join me for a rich opportunity to deepen your spiritual practice, no matter your tradition of origin or belief system. We'll begin with a guided meditation followed by a brief talk. Then we'll spend most of the hour in discussion and dialogue led by your questions, insights, and experience. We'll close the evening with another guided meditation. This is where many of us are being led -- into deeper, more experiential spiritual practice. The Sanskrit word "Satsang" means "gathering in community around truth." Satsang democratizes the normally authoritarian teacher/student model and celebrates the fact that we are all teachers and students and that wisdom wells up through the cracks in our own lives when we gather in open-minded, open-hearted, supportive dialogue.

It is an honor to be a part of Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living's new Wednesday night series called "Spiritually Speaking." Each Wednesday evening brings a different facilitator around a similar format. 

I'll be taking the month of January off, but beginning February 4, 2015 I'll be leading a Satsang at Vision the first Wednesday of  each month. Let's make it a regular thing!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Woodstock -- The Concert - 8:00 p.m.
15498 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 748-0505
Price: $34 adults / $14 youth 18 and under

In the spirit of The Last Waltz and Oh Berkley Where Hart Thou?, the Poway Center presents a live tribute to Woodstock, the 1969 rock festival that changed the way the world views rock concerts. The “Three Days of Peace and Music” brought about a documentary film, several soundtracks, reunion concerts, and a museum. Featuring local musicians Eve Selis, Tim Flannery, Berkley Hart, Peter Bolland, The Back to the Garden Band and dozens of special guests, Woodstock: the Concert pays homage to the music of Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Sly Stone, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Richie Havens and many, many more.

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Thanksgiving and the Consciousness of Gratitude - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

The Thanksgiving holiday is an ideal time to reflect on the meaning and power of gratitude. A traditional harvest festival, Thanksgiving gives us a communal opportunity to consciously shift out of our normal worried mind stuck, as it usually is, on how there’s never enough – never enough money, never enough time, never enough love – and move instead into the awareness that we have everything we need. “Gratitude,” wrote the Roman philosopher Seneca “is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” In other words, developing the consciousness of gratitude opens the door to the cultivation of all of the virtues – compassion, kindness, courage, serenity, and satisfaction. Is gratitude an endpoint, a state only realized after I get everything I want, or is it a decision I make in the here and now regardless of outer conditions? Join us as we explore this and other questions surrounding the transformative power of the consciousness of gratitude.

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Islam: The Serenity of the God-Centered Life - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

In this introduction to the religion of Islam we will learn the central and essential beliefs and practices of this rapidly growing world religion.  What is Islam’s relationship with Judaism and Christianity?  Who was Muhammad?  What is the Qur’an (Koran) and what does it say?  What are some of the various movements within Islam?  Can Islam thrive in a modern, secular world?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

Join me for a rich opportunity to deepen your spiritual practice, no matter your tradition of origin or belief system. We'll begin with a guided meditation followed by a brief talk. Then we'll spend most of the hour in discussion and dialogue led by your questions, insights, and experience. We'll close the evening with another guided meditation. This is where many of us are being led -- into deeper, more experiential spiritual practice. The Sanskrit word "Satsang" means "gathering in community around truth." Satsang democratizes the normally authoritarian teacher/student model and celebrates the fact that we are all teachers and students and that wisdom wells up through the cracks in our own lives when we gather in open-minded, open-hearted, supportive dialogue.

It is an honor for me to be a part of Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living's new Wednesday night series called "Spiritually Speaking." Each Wednesday evening brings a different facilitator around a similar format. I'll be there the first Wednesday of the month through the end of the year. Let's make it a regular thing!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Peter Bolland and Dave Howard in Concert - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
3536 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: $10

When you look back over the storied history of the singer-songwriter movement in San Diego, two things have cast a long shadow -- Java Joe's and Dave Howard. Java Joe's has been the go-to venue since the early nineties (in its various locations). And Dave Howard has been writing and performing songs of singular power. (I'm in there somewhere too).

I'm thrilled to be able to share the stage with my old friend Dave. We've played and sang on each other's records, we've written songs together, and we've walked the line between career, family, and art. Dave's songs are smart, brilliantly crafted, accessible, challenging, cerebral, soulful, and toe-tapping all at the same time.

Please join us for this rare double bill.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Confucius and the Harmonious Society - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

Arguably the most influential philosopher in human history, Confucius articulated a vision of a harmonious society based on ethical conduct and social responsibility.  As we learn about Confucianism we deepen our understanding of Asian civilization and inspire our search for new remedies to heal the modern world.

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Creation Myths - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

All over the world human beings have told tales of the mythical origins of the universe. These stories contain essential clues about the people who composed them – their views of the universe, human nature, and the forces behind the masks of the gods. When we ask Who made the world? and Why? what we are really asking are deeply existential questions about our own nature. Combing through the Hebrew creation accounts in Genesis, the Sumerian creation account in the Enuma Elish, the Egyptian creation account in the Pyramid Texts and the Mayan creation account in the Popul Vuh, and more, we come to see creation myths less as historical records and more as metaphysical poetry designed to move us into accord with the universe.

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Satsang with Peter Bolland - 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

Join me for a rich opportunity to deepen your spiritual practice, no matter your tradition of origin or belief system. We'll begin with a guided meditation followed by a brief dharma talk. Then we'll spend most of the hour in discussion and dialogue led by your questions, insights, and experience. We'll close the evening with another guided meditation. This is where many of us are being led -- into deeper, more experiential spiritual practice. The Sanskrit word "Satsang" means "gathering in community around truth." Satsang democratizes the normally authoritarian teacher/student model and celebrates the fact that we are all teachers and students and that wisdom wells up through the cracks in our own lives when we gather in open-minded, open-hearted, supportive dialogue.

This is the inaugural event in Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living's new Wednesday night series called "Spiritually Speaking." Each Wednesday evening brings a different facilitator around a similar format. After this Wednesday's event, I'll be there the first Wednesday of the month through the end of the year. Let's make it a regular thing!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The Hero's Journey -- World Mythology as a Guide to Life's Transitions - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

In 1949 Joseph Campbell published his first book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces.  It not only launched his career as the world’s preeminent scholar of mythology, it also had a deep and lasting impact on the disparate fields of literature, film, psychology, religion and spirituality.  If, as Campbell claims, “each of us is the hero of our own lives,” then studying the universal themes of the hero’s journey takes us on a profoundly important journey of self-discovery.  Join us as we chart the transformational stages of the hero within each of us.

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Peter Bolland in Concert - 4:00 p.m.
Adams Street
San Diego, CA 92119
Price: Free

Join me for this one hour set at Java Joe's 3536 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116, in conjunction with the Adams Avenue Street Fair.

 
 

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Folkey Monkey - Neil Young Theme - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10

Tonight I'm Joe Rathburn's guest for his long-running folk music series The Folkey Monkey, with Jeff Stasny on percussion. Come hear Joe and I swap Neil Young songs and a few of our own for an evening of improvisation, originality, and loving tribute to the Canadian master.

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Sunday Talk -- Choicless Awareness - 10:00 a.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Offering

"Choiceless Awareness" was a term coined by Krishnamurti and later used by Ramana Maharshi to describe that state of consciousness utterly free of judgment, craving, resentment, and hence suffering. Join us for Sunday service in this vibrant and welcoming spiritual community as we meditate, reflect, and deepen into the possibilities offered by choiceless awareness.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Music on the Mountain -- Peter Bolland - 1:00 p.m.
1850 Highway 78
Julian, CA 92036
760-765-0370
Price: Free

Join me for this free one hour performance at Julian's long-time music series "Music on the Mountain."

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

"Playing for Change" Event - 7:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego 92120
(619) 303-6609

I'm honored to be a part of this remarkable world music concert and consciousness-raising event, the goal of which is to raise awareness and funds for "Playing for Change," an international music education program. Please watch this brief video to learn more. Join me and host of other musicians for this inspiring and uplifting concert. You can be a part of the healing of the world. See you there.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Peter Bolland and Chad Taggart in Concert - 8:00-10:00 p.m.
3536 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 882-0902
Price: $10

Come hear me play at Java Joe's, the original, venerable San Diego acoustic music venue that is the eye of the hurricane of the southern California singer-songwriter scene. And opening the show is the remarkable Chad Taggart, a true keeper of the flame and the real deal.

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The God Archetype -- The Meaning Behind the Mask - 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

The idea of God is an archetype found all over the world.  In one way or another human beings have struggled to conceptualize and personify the source of existence, the mystery of mysteries behind the veil of perception. Our concepts and personifications of God are masks that hide as much as they reveal.  As we compare and contrast God-concepts from around the world we get closer to understanding the meaning behind the masks.  Join us as we splash around on the edge of deep waters where the rivers of philosophy, religion and spirituality converge.

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Peter Bolland in Concert - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
124 S. Mission Road Fallbrook
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(750) 731-4650
Price: Free

Join us at the Fallbrook branch of the San Diego Library for this free Sunday afternoon performance.

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Jesus and the Gospel of Thomas - 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

Discovered in 1945, the Gospel of Thomas offers a fresh look at Jesus and his teachings. Join us as we compare the traditional gospels and the mainstream Christian doctrines that emerged from them with the startling version of Jesus revealed in the Gospel of Thomas. Who was Jesus and what was he really teaching?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Folkey Monkey - Bob Dylan Theme - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10

Join me and Joe Rathburn for another installment of San Diego's longest running folk music series. Tonight's theme is the timeless music of Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The Bhagavad Gita - 10:00-11:50 a.m.
5250 Campanile Drive, Ste. 2503
San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-5152
Price: $15 members/$29 non-members

Join us as we explore India’s most beloved sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita. Composed around the time of Christ, the Gita is the plain-talking culmination of the rich philosophical traditions begun in the earlier Vedas, Upanishads and Buddhist texts. Like all literature, it is best approached in layers. What does the Bhagavad Gita teach about God, duty, ethics, war, society, consciousness, human nature, violence and the beauty of being alive? A favorite book of Gandhi who carried chapter two in his pocket his whole life, and of Thoreau who brought only one book to Walden Pond, his copy of the Gita borrowed from his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. Very few books have had this long a reach or this profound an impact. Let’s find out why.

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Songwriters Acoustic Nights - 7:30 p.m.
1531 Tyler Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
858-550-8088
Price: $8

Come hear four of San Diego's most outstanding singer-songwriters in the round, swapping songs and telling stories in an evening sure to be full of great music and surprises. Featuring Peter Bolland, Michael Tiernan, Joe Rathburn, and Sven-Erik Seaholm.

For reservations please email Mitch Feingold at RESERVATIONS@MFP.com

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Peter Bolland in Concert - 7:00-10:00 p.m.
3423 N Mountain View Drive
San Diego, CA 92116
Price: $20

A special, intimate solo house concert in the Normal Heights area of San Diego, with special guest Sven-Erik Seaholm.

THANKS SAN DIEGO! WE'RE SOLD OUT!!!

 

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Peter Bolland in Concert - 1:00-3:00 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

Join us for an unusual day concert at San Diego Oasis on the third floor of the Mission Valley Macy's.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Death and Resurrection in World Mythology - 1:00-2:50 p.m.
5250 Campanile Drive, Ste. 2503
San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-5152
Price: $15 members/$29 non-members

The dying god motif is a central archetype found throughout the world's religions and mythologies, most famously in Christianity. The story of a divine being willingly dying to bestow gifts on the human race is a ubiquitous theme repeated over and over again. Join us as we examine various examples of this universal idea and explore its many possible underlying meanings. Why do we gravitate to this narrative? What larger purpose does it serve? How do these stories help us navigate our own perilous journey through life and death? Deepen your understanding of the universal human quest to confront death and wrest meaning from the life/death cycle by examining numerous examples of the archetypal dying god motif.

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Official "Two Pines" CD Release Concert - 7:00 p.m.
8999 Activity Rd
San Diego, CA 92126
858-689-6500
Price: $20 adults/$10 kids

The official CD release concert for the new album "Two Pines" with Marc Twang (guitar), Jim Reeves (bass), and Bob Sale (drums). The Unity Center is a big, beautiful venue right in the middle of San Diego, close to everything, and I'm thrilled to be bringing these new songs, (and all the old ones too) to life with this amazing band. Plus, this will be your first chance to buy this long-awaited new album. See you there!

CLICK HERE FOR RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS.

Sangha Cafe opens at 6:00, theater doors open at 6:30, and the concert goes from 7:00-8:30.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Peter Bolland in Concert - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
3001 School Lane
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
(619) 463-9819
Price: Free

Free early evening concert.

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Peter Bolland in Concert - 1:30-2:30 p.m.
700 Eucalyptus Ave
Vista, CA 92084
(760) 643-5100
Price: Free

A free afternoon concert.

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Peter Bolland in Concert - 7:00 p.m.
Address available after ticket purchase
Poway, CA
(858) 842-4155
Price: $20

Join us for an intimate house concert in a warm and welcoming environment. Click the Harmony Playground House Concert link for details.

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Java Joe's
Peter Bolland in Concert - 5:00-5:45 p.m.
3536 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116

After you catch my set on the Park Stage from 1:45-2:30 at Adams Avenue Unplugged, walk down the street and catch my set here at the new Java Joe's.

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Peter Bolland in Concert - 1:45-2:30 p.m.
Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA
Price: Free

I'll be playing a set on the Park Stage immediately following festival headliners Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson. Chris Hillman is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of the Byrds, and was a member of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manasas, and a founding member along with Pederson of the Desert Rose Band. (Think I can get them to stick around and jam with me?)

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Unity of El Cajon
The End of Sin - Sunday Service - 10:00 a.m.
311 Highland Ave
El Cajon 92020
(619) 579-9586
Price: Free

I'll be speaking on behalf of Reverend Sharon Connor for Sunday service in this lovely El Cajon church. You won't believe the amazing Tiffany window!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Death and Resurrection in World Mythology - 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

This two hour lecture is open to anyone 50 years or older and is  held in the Oasis center on the third floor of the Mission Valley Macy's.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The Wisdom of Jesus - 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

This two hour lecture is open to anyone 50 years or older and is held in the Oasis center on the third floor of the Mission Valley Macy's.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living
Folkey Monkey - Bruce Springsteen Theme - 7:00 p.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: $10

Join me and Joe Rathburn for San Diego's longest running folk music series, the Folkey Monkey, where two singer-songwriters swap songs, dividing their time between Bruce Springsteen songs and their own originals.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

The End of Sin - Sunday Service - 10:00 a.m.
6154 Mission Gorge Rd #100
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 303-6609
Price: Free

I'll be speaking for Reverend Patti Paris during the Sunday service at this open-minded and heart warming spiritual community.

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Zen Buddhism - 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

This two hour lecture is open to anyone 50 years or older and is held in the Oasis center on the third floor of the Mission Valley Macy's.

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Thoreau, Gandhi, and King: The Politics of Right Action - 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

This two hour lecture is open to anyone 50 years or older and is held in the Oasis center on the third floor of the Mission Valley Macy's.

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Emerson and the Rise of American Spirituality - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $12

In the early 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson blazed a trail. In a young country with rich ties to the Old World and a pioneering spirit of self-reliance, Emerson bravely re-envisioned Christianity as a mystical tradition, rightly set alongside the non-dualistic pantheism of India and the Idealism of the European Romantic movement. Like Jefferson before him, Emerson saw Jesus not as a unique incarnation of God, but as a teacher of the divinity inherent in all of us. But for Emerson it was the breathtaking beauty of the natural world that most vividly reminded us of the immanence of the divine. Emerson’s lectures electrified a nation, and his essays shaped the continuing spiritual revolution of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Every important voice in American spirituality and philosophy counts Emerson as an essential influence. Join us as we glean the core insights of Emerson’s work and explore their context in an emerging American spirituality.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Creation Myths - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1702 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
619-881-6262
Price: $7

All over the world human beings have told tales of the mythical origins of the universe. These stories contain essential clues about the people who composed them – their views of the universe, human nature, and the forces behind the masks of the gods. When we ask Who made the world? and Why? what we are really asking are deeply existential questions about our own nature. Combing through the Hebrew creation accounts in Genesis, the Sumerian creation account in the Enuma Elish, the Egyptian creation account in the Pyramid Texts and the Mayan creation account in the Popul Vuh, and more, we come to see creation myths less as historical records and more as metaphysical poetry designed to move us into accord with the universe.