Ongoing Support Groups

Updated May 30th, 2022

Find meditation, devotional, and energy practices that will bring meaningful change into your life. In an ongoing small support group, we will explore how our emotional patterns, reactions to life situations, and meditation experiences can reveal what is asking to be healed.

Eastern contemplative practices assume that the practitioner loves her/himself, is relatively free from doubt and guilt, and is basically not neurotic. In our experience, many people harbor unconscious assumptions regarding their ability to significantly deepen their relationship with self, with truth, with Presence. Being in a supportive, small group setting will allow the uncovering of these assumptions and the discovery of the way to healing for each individual.

These will not be meditation groups, but groups which use meditation to facilitate deep inner work bringing a sense of connection — connection with other and with self. These will not be therapy groups, but groups that support opening directly to patterns that previously have blocked the experience of Presence. All that is asked of the participants is a desire to awaken.

Facilitated by Dale Borglum, PhD, Executive Director of the Living/Dying Project

Dale has extensively practiced in the Vipassana, Zen, Tibetan Vajrayana, and Dzogchen Buddhist traditions. Dale’s core practice is devotional, drawing from both his Christian roots and his immersion into Hinduism to a depth which is too personal to share in these few words. Having guided many hundreds of people approaching death, Dale developed the ability, in most cases, to see clearly what blocks the next step toward freedom, insight that enables a person to touch Awakened Mind. The groups explore deeply this inner work, this practical healing, this intersection of the spiritual and the psychological, and in this process awaken gratitude for the preciousness of life.

Registration & Support Group Structure

Clients may meet with Dale on an individual basis, exploring the intersection of spirituality and psychology as mentioned above and/or working with end-of-life issues.

Both the small groups and the individual sessions are for a fee at the moderate end of the scale.

The small, ongoing groups are restricted to 9 people. Participants in the groups are committed to ongoing, long term work.

Please call Dale if you wish to join one of these groups. (415) 456-3915 or email: dale@livingdying.org


Current Groups:

Monday Night Group

Group meets every Monday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. This group previously met in-person in San Francisco and is now a Zoom group. Currently space is full.

Love and prayer are learned in the hour When prayer becomes impossible and the heart turns to stone.
– Thomas Merton

Wednesday Night Group

Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30PM-8:30PM. This group previously met in-person in Marin and is now a Zoom group. Currently space is available.

It seems so natural, so effortless, and then I realized – I am now happy every day, and living in grace.
Jacqueline, Marin group

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
HH The Dalai Lama

Deep in the sea are riches beyond compare, But if it is safety that you seek, Stay upon the shore.
– Sa’di

Tuesday Late Afternoon Group

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 2:15 PM-4:15 PM. This group previously met in-person in Santa Rosa and is now a Zoom group. Currently space is full.

This group is a blessing, a mystery, and a miracle.
– Charles, Santa Rosa group

Overview of What We Do in These Groups (click here for larger PDF)

I just want to take a moment to tell you how very thankful I am to have you in my life, to have you for a teacher.  Our meetings are a highlight of my week and, I believe, help sustain me in ways I’m hardly conscious of.  I appreciate your faithfulness to Source, the seriousness with which you take a spiritual worldview, and I especially am drawn to your modest and unapologetically human way of being. By that I mean, you’ve always demonstrated to me a willingness to own your own shadow, mistakes, and less than noble side.  A great model. I feel very fortunate to be among your students right now.  Growing and learning with you has more than fulfilled my original purpose of expanding my capacity for conscious contact with my Higher Power.  It is allowing me to meet a variety of life challenges with more hope, strength, and wisdom than I otherwise would have had. Thank you again.
– Sandy