Heart Camp
exploring meditation
with Andrew Chaikin


Heart Camp is a weekly meditation class in San Francisco.

Each class includes:

  • Guided meditation instruction
  • Discussion / Q+A
  • A short talk

The class is open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

When / Where

Thursdays  –  7 to 9pm

The Liberation Institute
1227 Folsom
(bt. 8th & 9th), SF
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Price: Free / by donation


May 26: Andrew Chaikin
June 2: Andrew Chaikin
June 9: Andrew Chaikin
June 16: Andrew Chaikin
June 23: Andrew Chaikin
June 30: Andrew Chaikin


The class explores various practices of mindfulness meditation from the vipassana (insight) tradition, part of the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism — the Theravada lineage — cultivated in Thailand, Burma, and elsewhere.

Practices and topics we explore:

  • Mindfulness of breath
  • Mindfulness of body
  • Mindfulness of thoughts + emotions
  • Loving-kindness practice
  • Mindful eating
  • Mindfulness of sound + other senses
  • Walking meditation
  • Wise speech
  • Wise livelihood
  • Social justice / activism
  • Gratitude practice
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • ... and so on.

In the talks and discussions, we explore the teachings of the Buddha, who offered these practices as part of a path towards liberation from suffering.

Working with these teachings through the direct experience of practice, we train the mind and heart, cultivating wisdom and compassion — nurturing well-being in ourselves, in our relationships, and in the world around us.

About Andrew

Andrew Chaikin has taught dharma, meditation and mindfulness in a wide variety of settings: prisons, the wilderness, tech startups, even the U.S. Congress.

He has taught adults, teens and kids at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Center, is the Coordinating Teacher of the meditation + yoga program at the San Francisco County Jail, and co-founded Heart of the Warrior, a teenage meditation / rite-of-passage / wilderness program.

A practitioner in the Theravada vipassana tradition since 2001, he has studied with Jack Kornfield, Eugene Cash, Phillip Moffitt, Sally Armstrong, Noah Levine, Bhikkhu Analayo, Ajahn Poh of Wat Suan Mokkh, and many other teachers in the US and Asia. His teaching path is guided by Richard Shankman.

A graduate of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners' Program, Andrew is currently training in Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program. He is also a Certified Teacher of Search Inside Yourself — the mindfulness / emotional intelligence / leadership development program born at Google.

Founder of the branding consultancy PHENOMENAL, Andrew works with companies and organizations on brand identity and positioning, and leads creative / strategic worksessions with executives and directors.

In the 2000's, he toured the world as a musician — singer, songwriter, beatboxer, producer — under his alter ego Kid Beyond, sharing stages with Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas, Imogen Heap, Keane, Steve Aoki, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and many more.

Since 1993, he has led workshops in vocal performance, beatboxing, music technology, creativity and play. A published game and puzzle designer, he has lectured at Harvard and MIT on game design.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University in Providence, RI.

Andrew offers private instruction to adults, teens, families, companies, and organizations. Contact him for more info.


(415) 929-8822