About One Mind Dharma Center

Our Story

One Mind Dharma started in 2010 as an online meditation community offering blogs, guided meditations, and inspirational emails. About four years ago we expanded into teaching in person classes at various places. We have held groups at yoga studios, addiction treatment centers, therapy offices, and even a fitness studio. It always been our dream to one day have our own location that is dedicated to meditation where we could offer classes.

The wonderful community of people who meditate with us both online and in person have now made it possible to open a One Mind Dharma center. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our community for making this dream become a reality. Our center is located in Petaluma, CA and open to everyone who is looking for meditation groups.

The Name

We chose the name One Mind Dharma because it reflects the interconnectedness that we all share. We all have these minds that experience joy, pain, tenderness, delusion, and understanding. Once we see that our minds all work like this, it can lead to a profound sense of connection. We are not separate. Rather, we are all seeking a way to meet these human minds with wisdom.

The second part of our name is the word dharma. This word roughly translates to the the truth or the path. The beautiful thing about Buddhism and meditation is that they offer a way for us to meet our minds with wisdom and compassion. They offer a path of practice that can help us reduce our suffering. We at One Mind Dharma have seen that this path truly does work. However, you do not need to take our word for it. We invite you to come and investigate the dharma for yourself.

Donation Model

All of our classes at the center are offered on a donation basis. We chose to offer our groups by donation because we never want money to get in the way of someone accessing meditation. When we were teenagers starting on this path we had very little money for meditation classes. The reason we were able to go to groups is because we went to a center where they were offered by donation. When we had a little money we donated because we were truly grateful for the teachings. When we had no money we donated our time by volunteering instead.

The bottom line is this: no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds. You might see a registration fee for a daylong event. If you want to come to something that has a registration fee please contact us about scholarship or volunteer options. When we do have registration fees we offer them on a sliding scale. We do this so that people can pay what feels generous within their means. By paying at the high end of the sliding scale you are making it possible for us to provide scholarship opportunities to people who need them.

The donations that you make go toward paying rent, paying utilities, up-keeping the space, and compensating us for our time. This is part of the way that we make our living and we cannot think of a more rewarding way to do that. We appreciate all of your generosity supporting us and our center.

Statement of Inclusion

We are committed to promoting the principles of fairness, social justice, and equity. We invite all people to come meditate with us regardless of race, age, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, faith, immigration status, economic circumstance, social status, physical or mental ability, criminal background, or any other diverse identity.

We recognize that our different community members have unique skills and perspectives. We believe that community and collaboration are the best way to foster inclusion and respect. We therefore welcome any feedback in order to improve our center and make it a safe place for diverse peoples to practice.

Teachers

Elizabeth Sockolov

Elizabeth Sockolov

Elizabeth leads guided meditation groups at the One Mind Dharma center and at addiction treatment centers in Marin county. She is currently getting her master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Sonoma State university. Right now she is working on her pre-master’s clinical hours at Credo High School where she is a therapist. She has sat retreats with Against the Stream, Spirit Rock, and Deer Park. Elizabeth has a strong interest in the psychology of meditation.

Matthew Sockolov

Matthew Sockolov

Matthew teaches about meditation and the dharma at our center and works individually with people for meditation coaching. He graduated from Spirit Rock’s community dharma leader program and completed facilitator training with Against the Stream. Matthew has sat retreats with Spirit Rock, Against the Stream, Deer Park, Metta Forest, and more. He has worked with many notable Buddhist teachers and his current teacher is Kevin Griffen.

Guest Teachers

Courtney Lynn Weixel

Courtney is a teacher and author, dedicated to empowering young women through spirituality, psychology, holistic wellness, and creative expression. She holds a BA in Child and Adolescent Psychology, and is a graduate of Gabrielle Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie Masterclass (Levels 1 & 2). Courtney authored an e-book for young women titled So, You Want to Be a Spiritual Diva?

Finding The Center

One Mind Dharma is located on the east side of Petaluma. The Address is 921 Transport Way, suite 29A, Petaluma, CA 94954. When you arrive please use street parking. You can then walk up the driveway, follow the driveway to the right, and walk around the corner of the building. The entrance to our suite is on the outside of the building.