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How Not to Be a Hot Mess
Dates: Jul 23, 2020 - Sep 02, 2020
Online Course

Instructor(s): Craig Hase, Devon Hase

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In this freely-offered six-week course, Devon and Craig will take participants through the six core pieces of Buddhist advice outlined in their first book, How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life:

1. Meditate

2. Don’t Be a Jerk

3. Give a Little

4. Say What’s True

5. Make Sex Good

6. Stay Clear

Along the way, there will be time to explore together what these basic principles, drawn from traditional Buddhist teachings, yet framed in contemporary terms, might mean for us. For instance, does meditating actually make us less antsy? Does committing to non-harm help us stay stable in the spin? Would a little generosity right now go a long way? How’s our speech? And our sex? And what could help us stay clear, right here, right now, right in the middle of it all?


This course is 6 weeks long. A new module of content will be released each Monday, and can be accessed independently at any time throughout the week. Meetings will be held on the Zoom video conferencing platform on on Sundays, 5:00 - 6:30 PM EDT and Wednesdays, 8 - 9:30 PM EDT between July 23 and September 2. Course content will be made available on Thursday, July 23. 

  • Attendance to at least one weekly meeting is expected but meetings will be recorded for those who need to miss a meeting

Meeting dates are Sunday July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Wednesday July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26 and September 2.

  • Craig Hase, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher. He began intensive meditation training in 1994, and lived at a Zen monastery for six years before earning a PhD from UW-Madison's counseling psychology program, where he had the good fortune to learn from renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson. He has designed mindfulness-based curricula for hospitals and schools, teaches meditation on Simple Habit, and leads meditation workshops with his partner Devon in the US and Europe.

  • Devon Hase, MAT, MFA, began meditation training in 2001. After spending a decade as a classroom teacher of high school and community college students, she entered a two-year period of retreat. Following this, Devon was invited to be a part of the IMS teacher training. Currently, Devon coaches meditators on the 10% Happier app, writes curriculum for Healthy Minds, assists retreats at IMS and Spirit Rock, and leads trainings in the US and Europe.