Awakening Joy

James Baraz -Teaching Schedule


San Francisco Time is Used

(UTC-7 and UTC-8 during Daylight Savings Time)


James' Weekly Meditation Group - Online

Every Thursday

7:30 - 9:00 PM


Weekly Meditation Session with Dharma talk and discussion, sponsored by Insight Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Annual Awakening Joy Course - Online starting Each Year in January

Every Other Tuesday

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Starting Jan. 31
Ending June 6

2023 Awakening Joy Course runs for 5 months, January 31 - June 6

Receive Notice of the Opening of Registration in December

Ten themes are presented and practiced.

Recordings of online sessions are available through the end of 2023.

If interested in the accompanying Teacher Training, email

Participants may join during the course.

Register for the Awakening Joy Course.


January 31

6:30 - 8:30 PM


First Live Zoom session for the Awakening Joy Course

Register here for the Awakening Joy Course. Registrations accepted after the course begins.

January 26

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Online Session with James:" Finding Joy in Tough Times", sponsored by The Inner Work Center

For additional information and registration: The Inner Work Center


Feb. 1 -
Feb. 29



February Month-Long Silent Meditation Retreat, sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Woodacre, CA

This retreat is full. Keep an eye out for early registration next year: Spirit Rock Meditation Center Calendar

MARCH 2023

Mar. 10 - 12


Weekend at Esalen, “Awakening Joy: Finding Well-Being in Difficult Times”, sponsored by Esalen Institute
with James and Jane Baraz

Big Sur, CA

Information and Registration:

APRIL 2023

Apr. 22


Earth Day: “From Heartbreak to Inspired Engagement”, sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center
with James and friends

Woodacre, CA

Information and registration:

Apr. 30 -
May 7

Weeklong Retreat: “Magic of Awareness”
with James, Anam Thubten Rinpoche, Trudy Goodman

Information and Registration:

MAY 2023

May 27 - 29



Weekend Non-Residential Hybrid Retreat (in-person and online), “Devotion to the Sacred: Awakening Wholesome States as Spiritual Practice”, sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center
with James and Alexa Redner

Woodacre, CA

Information and registration:

JUNE 2023

June 10 - 16

6:15 PM




Online retreat, sponsored by Australia Sangha Association, representative body for monks and nuns of the Buddhist Tradition
with Suzie Brown, Zoe Zohs and Nadine Levy


Information and registration:

USA West Coast time:

Saturday, 10th Jun 2023 starting at 6:15 pm, ending Friday, 6th June at 7:30 pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

The retreat schedule at the above link is listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time. The main city to use in this time conversion tool is Brisbane.

JULY 2023

July 2 - 9


Weeklong residential rmeditation retreat, sponsored by Nirodha
with James, Juha Pentilla, Kerstin Deibert

Kruusila, Finland

Information and registration::

July 16 - 23


Weeklong Metta Retreat, sponsored by Arbor Seminare
with James and Jane Baraz

Rahden, Germany

 Information and registration:

July 31 - Aug. 1


Weekend workshop: "Awakening Joy with Mindfulness", sponsored by Trauma Institute
with James and Jane Baraz

Salzburg, Austria

Additional information and registration:


Aug. 30 -
Sept. 4


Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat, sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center
with James, Leslie Booker, Howie Cohn

Woodacre, CA

Additional information and registration:


Sept. 12 -
Oct. 17

6 Tuesdays

6:30 - 8:30 PM PDT
(18:30 - 20:30 UTC-7)


Introduction the Insight Meditation

6-week Online Course

Information and Registration

This live, online course will help you establish an Insight (mindfulness) meditation practice in your life and understand the teachings upon which mindfulness meditation is based.


Oct. 15

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Pacific Daylight Time
(10:00 - 16:30 UTC-7)


Answering the Call: Exploring Our Offering to Life at this Critical Time 
Online Daylong Climate Workshop
with Shoshana Alexander

Oct. 19

9:00 - 10;00 AM PDT
(9:00 UTC-7)


Free Talk by James on Cloud Sangha
Introducing a practice group focused on his course and book 'Awakening Joy'.

Information and RSVP on Cloud Sangha

Oct. 20 - 22

"Devotion to the Sacred",

Online Retreat at Insight Meditation Society (IMS)
Barre, Massachusetts

Oct. 27 - 29

"Being Present for Your Life“

A workshop at Esalen with James Baraz, Big Sur, California

Oct. 31 -
Nov. 21

4 Tuesdays

6:30 - 8:30 PM PT
18:30 - 20:30
First class UTC-7 Other classes UTC-8)


The Four Buddisht Heart Practices (Brahma Viharas)
4-week Online Course

Information and Registration

This live, online course will focus on opening the heart, as a complement to Insight (mindfulness) meditation practice.