Visiting Teacher - Scott Tusa - Half-Day Retreat
10:00 AM10:00

Visiting Teacher - Scott Tusa - Half-Day Retreat

Calm Body, Clear Mind:

Finding Joy Through Embodied Awareness

Half-Day Meditation Retreat with Visiting Teacher - Scott Tusa

Date: Saturday, March 9th

Time: 10AM - 3PM

Location: 3123 Gallatin Pike

Suggested Donation: $45 to $75 (sliding scale)

Pay via Paypal by clicking HERE

Or, pay via the mobile app Venmo by sending payment ($45 - $75) to @wildheartnashville & commenting with “Scott Tusa - March 9th”


"To stop your mind does not mean to stop the activities of mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body." – Shunryu Suzuki

"Bodhisattvas should not seek omniscience dissociated from their own bodies which arise in/as/of the four elements." – Manjushri in The Sūtra on Eliminating Ajātaśatru's Remorse

Meditation happens in the body. I think we can all mostly agree on that. Yet why when so many of us sit down to meditate we so easily forget this and end up endlessly cycling in and trying to catch and subdue an out of control thinking mind?

In our quest for more mental and spiritual clarity, we often leave the body behind. This makes it difficult to develop a connection to deeper states of meditative awareness that enable consistent progress along the Buddhist path.

In this half-day meditation retreat we will dive deep into embodied awareness practices that engage a sustainable and joyful spiritual journey. Through periods of silent meditation and discussion we will explore and develop our connection to a calmer and more resilient state of being and how to better overcome mental and emotional habits that cause unnecessary suffering.

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Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology extensively in group and one-to-one setting

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Day Retreat: The Foundations of Buddhist Meditation
10:00 AM10:00

Day Retreat: The Foundations of Buddhist Meditation

“The Foundations of Buddhist Meditation: A Day of Retreat Practice”

Facilitated by Andrew Chapman

Date: Saturday, February 23rd

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: 3123 Gallatin Pike

Suggested $45 Donation

Pre-register via Paypal by clicking HERE

Or, you can pre-register via the mobile app Venmo by sending $45 to @wildheartnashville with the comment - “2/23/19”.

Description: Taking time for retreat practice provides us with an opportunity to deepen awareness and carefully attend to the impact of our day to day lives. During this day of retreat, we will explore the core tenets and methods of Buddhist meditation through formal practice. The retreat is open to everyone & no experience is necessary. Please plan on attending the entire day. The retreat schedule will be comprised of periods of guided meditation along with periods of silent sitting and walking meditation. A lunch break will be provided.

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Introduction to Mindfulness Class Series
to Nov 17

Introduction to Mindfulness Class Series

Our beloved group leader, Jess DiNisco will be offering an "Introduction to Mindfulness" class series at Wild Heart Meditation Center this Fall.

4 Class Series
Saturdays: 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Dates: 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, & 11/17
You can register for one, some or all!
Suggested Donation:
$25 per class
$75 for entire series

To register for the FULL SERIES, please follow the link located HERE

You can also pre-register for a single class:

10/27 - CLICK HERE


11/10 - CLICK HERE

11/17 - CLICK HERE

Or, you can register by commenting "Intro to Mindfulness Class Series" on Venmo @wildheartnashville

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Visiting Teacher - Scott Tusa - July 13 & 14
to Jul 14

Visiting Teacher - Scott Tusa - July 13 & 14

July 13th - Friday Evening Public Talk w/ Scott Tusa

Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

"Working Skillfully with Emotions"

Description: Life doesn't always go the way we want. Rather than checking out when difficulties arise, meditation offers us an opportunity to look towards in order to find true contentment. Contentment does not come from ignoring suffering, but rather happens when we are able to meet and be curious about our fuller human experience. Eventually the kindness and space we can provide towards our own suffering becomes the kindness and compassion we can express towards others. In this evening talk, and through periods of meditation, experiential learning, and discussion, we will explore how to meet our difficult emotions with more awareness, compassion, and ease. 


July 14th - Saturday Half-Day Workshop w/ Scott Tusa

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm

"The Dharma that Liberates"

2,600 years ago an Indian prince awoke to a truth (dharma), one so simple yet so subtle, he felt the need to stay silent and that no one would be able to comprehend it. Entreated to teach, the prince who would eventually come to be known as the Buddha or awakened one, turned the wheel of the teachings on this profound truth, ushering an abundance of spiritual wealth and goodness into our world. All of this benefit and goodness was not the result of material progress or social upheaval, but instead was the fruit born of one man’s inner transformation.

In this half-day workshop we will dive deep into the heart of the Buddha’s inner transformation and the spiritual tradition that arose from it. Through a combination of experiential learning, guided meditation, and discussion we will explore how to access and develop a grounded sense of inner well-being, a more available and open space of mindful awareness, and deeper insight into how to better overcome mental and emotional habits that cause unnecessary suffering. 

We will have a lunch break from 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Light snacks will be provided.

Anyone is welcome to attend this event! No experience necessary.

Suggested $40 Donation

Please pre-register for the event via Paypal by clicking HERE.

You can also pre-register via the app Venmo - @atsnashville - comment with "Scott Tusa"

You can also show up the day of event. Pre-registration is helpful but not mandatory to attend.

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Summer Of Love Retreat Series - June - September
to Sep 22

Summer Of Love Retreat Series - June - September

The Summer of Love Retreat Series

This summer, spend one Saturday a month from June – September in meditation and dialogue exploring the qualities of kindness, compassion, gratitude, and equanimity. Meditation retreats provide a great opportunity to deepen your practice and connect with community.

The Four Brahmaviharas – i.e. Heart Practices – are essential practices for meeting the most beautiful and challenging aspects of our everyday lives. These traditional Buddhist practices are fundamental for tending to and overcoming the common fears and pain of our lives, while also helping us to delight in the often missed opportunities for genuine joy. 

Facilitated by Andrew Chapman & Mikey Noechel


Come practice with us this summer!

All are welcome to attend and no experience is necessary.

Where: Against the Stream Nashville – 3123 Gallatin Pike Nashville, TN 37216

When: 4th Saturday of Every Month from June – September

-       6/23 – Kindness Retreat

-       7/28 – Compassion Retreat

-       8/25 – Gratitude Retreat

-       9/22 – Equanimity Retreat

You may register for one, some, or all of these retreats – with a discounted rate if you choose to register for all four.

$40 per retreat

OR $120 for all 4 retreats.


FULL Summer of Love Retreat Series [June - Sept] - PAYPAL HERE 

Or Pay on Venmo @atsnashville, comment with “Summer of Love“

INDIVIDUAL Retreat Registration:

6/23 - Kindness [PAYPAL HERE] Or Venmo @atsnashville, comment "Kindness Retreat"

7/28 – Compassion [PAYPAL HERE] Or Venmo @atsnashville, comment "Compassion Retreat"

8/25 – Gratitude [PAYPAL HERE] Or Venmo @atsnashville, comment "Gratitude Retreat"

9/22 – Equanimity [PAYPAL HERE] Or Venmo @atsnashville, comment "Equanimity Retreat"


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ATS Boston Teacher - Chris Crotty - Day Retreat at ATS Nashville
10:00 AM10:00

ATS Boston Teacher - Chris Crotty - Day Retreat at ATS Nashville

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Where: Against the Stream Nashville – 3123 Gallatin Pike

Time: 10am – 3pm

Suggested Donation: $40

The Noble Truth of Freedom:  Insight that Destroys Suffering

Through insight meditation we calm the mind and investigate the root cause of suffering.  Through practice, we learn that genuine freedom is not a complicated path, despite the confusion we experience in our own life.  The depth of the Buddha’s liberation teachings are in their simplicity: radical transformation is found in our capacity to be with experience as it is; we don’t need to change anything! This day-long retreat will explore the highest ideal of Buddhist teachings – freedom from suffering – through simple meditation techniques and an emphasis on ease and self-acceptance.

**Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome**

Retreat will include guided meditation, silence, and discussion with an opportunity to ask questions.

Please bring a lunch, light snacks will be provided.

Register via Paypal by clicking HERE.

You may also register via Venmo: @atsnashville

Pre-registration is helpful, but not necessary in order to attend. You may show up on the day of the event.


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7:00 PM19:00

ATS Boston Teacher - PUBLIC TALK

An Evening with Chris Crotty - Public Event
When: Friday, March 23rd
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: ATS Nashville 3123 Gallatin Pike


Please join us at Against the Stream Nashville as Chris Crotty offers an evening of meditation, a Dharma Talk, and discussion.

This event is open to the public & no registration is necessary. We suggest a $15 donation for the event to help support ATS-N & Chris Crotty. You can offer payment during the event or via venmo @atsnashville (use the comment: "An Evening With Chris Crotty").

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ATS Founder, Noah Levine, in Nashville! - Meditation, Dharma Talk & Discussion
7:00 PM19:00

ATS Founder, Noah Levine, in Nashville! - Meditation, Dharma Talk & Discussion


This event is sponsored by Montford Hall, a non-profit residential recovery program for teenage boys in Asheville, NC.

For more information about Montford Hall, Click HERE.

Event Cost: $20 - please pre-register for the event by clicking HERE.

You can also pre-register via Venmo - @atsnashville - use the comment "Noah Levine"

Join us at ATS Nashville for an evening of Meditation, Dharma, & Discussion with Against the Stream Founder, Noah Levine!

When: Thursday, January 25th

Time: 7pm - 8:30pm (plz come early, as seats may fill up)

Noah Levine is the author of Dharma Punx, Against The Stream, The Heart of the Revolution and Refuge Recovery. He is also a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. Noah has created a Buddhist approach to addiction recovery called Refuge Recovery, that includes peer led meetings as well as a professional treatment center. He is also the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, with centers in Los Angeles and San Francisco and over 20 affiliated groups around North America. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats internationally. Noah holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology and lives in Los Angeles.



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A Day of Practice w/ Los Angeles ATS Facilitator, Kate Spina
10:00 AM10:00

A Day of Practice w/ Los Angeles ATS Facilitator, Kate Spina

A Clear Heart and Mind: Setting Intention for the New Year

Suggested $35 Donation

Pre-Register By Clicking HERE. 

You can also pre-register via Venmo - @atsnashville - use the comment "Kate Spina"

(Pre-registration is helpful but not necessary, you can just show up the day of the event)

As a new year begins it can be a good time to delve into practice and to set intentions for the coming year. During this day of practice, ATS Los Angeles Facilitator, Kate Spina will guide us through an exploration of different meditations to help us see our intentions clearly. We will look at the Buddhist path factor of 'Wise Intention' and see how these 2600 year old teachings can apply to our lives today. This daylong is open to all. Some snacks will be available but please bring whatever food your body will need for the 6 hours, our lunch break will be brief.

BIO: Kate Spina, LCSW, is a Facilitator at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. She has trained with Noah Levine, JoAnna Harper and Vinny Ferraro. Her primary teacher is Matthew Brensilver. Kate began practicing meditation and Buddhism in 2006 and has been practicing in the Theravada tradition since 2012. Her primary area of interest is applying Early Buddhist teachings to 21st Century life.

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