Groups: Sharing the 3 Principles in the Community

Drop-in Classes Open & Free to the Public 

  • Indian Health Center, 602 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA (1st floor, Sage Room) Mondays 10:00-11:30am. Facilitator: Marilyn Wendler/Marian Brown
  • Family of Friends, Art & Wellness Studio (Blue House) 146 South 10th Street, San Jose, CA Thursday 10:00-11:00am Facilitator: Cheryl Valdin
  • South Bay – Transcend, a Woman’s Group @ the Esperanza Center 544 So. Benito St., Hollister, CA Thursday 2:30-4:00pm Facilitator: Christine Henriques Quihuis-Cox
  • Santa Cruz Drop-in Group (small fee for this group).  Day & Time listed on website: Host/Facilitator: Ami Chen Mills-Naim
  • South San Francisco 3 Principles Group Meets two Saturdays a month, e-mail for scheduled dates and location, Facilitator: Ann Baldasseroni
  • East Bay – Oakland 3 Principles Meet-up Monday, 7:00-8:30pm 3936 Midvale Avenue, Oakland. Email for the next meet-up and to receive Rob’s email updates @,  Host Rob Friend
  • North Bay – Marin 3 Principles Meet-up Tuesday night 1x monthly 7:00-8:30pm.  Email Sandra Koenig through her website for exact date: Host: Sandra Koenig

Facilitators can sign court mandated attendance slips.

Classes Closed to the Public

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Elmwood Correctional Facility Twice a week without fail Irina Khovraleva walks into the correctional facility in Milpitas, California. Irina is a volunteer teacher for IHC and was given the opportunity to share the 3 Principles in a group setting on both the men’s and women’s side of the facility meeting for 1 ½ hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She states she does this because she has seen how transformative this understanding can be, especially for these populations at risk. The participants, she states, learn how to identify how they are making up their outlook through thought and that everything, including their time in jail, is what they make of it. She smiles when she shares that the participants, many of whom choose to come back each week, thank her stating they look forward to her group; she knows this time is for them so they can learn how to stop hurting and love themselves. Irina shared that she leaves the group feeling “inspired with renewed purpose to continue the work.”  To find out more about Elmwood Correctional Facility go to and search for Elmwood. You can read some poetry and thank you notes from the inmates at Elmwood here.


Marilyn Wendler

Mariposa Lodge Women’s Treatment Facility, Pathways Inc.: For more than twelve years Marilyn Wendler, an IHC volunteer, drives up a steep incline into the hills South of San Jose to Mariposa Lodge Women’s Treatment Center. She arrives every Thursday morning to share the 3 Principles with a group of 20-30 women who are residents for an average of six weeks. Marilyn, now fourteen years clean and sober returned to the facility where she first heard of the 3 Principles to share what she found to be life-changing. She often tells of how much she loves passing on what she learned with these women. Just before being discharged many of the women state they will be attending the open classes offered throughout the community or are enjoying some of the on-line resources and reading recommendations. Staff often report to Marilyn that the women love attending this group sharing that this understanding helps them see Thought and learned ideas as the root of their struggles.  For more about Marilyn, please go to our resource page for a list of her published poetry books.  For more information about Mariposa Lodge Women’s Treatment Center:  To read a comprehensive study conducted by the Santa Clara County Department of Alcohol and Drugs Services, 3 Principles Division at Mariposa Lodge:

DSCN7845Julian Street Inn, LifeMoves (formerly InnVision): Every Monday morning despite a busy schedule of work for the County of San Benito, school and family all in Hollister, Christine Henriques drives to downtown San Jose to share the understanding of the 3 Principles.  She does this at the only homeless shelter for men and women diagnosed with severe mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders.  Christine is grateful to do this voluntarily each week because of a profound insight she experienced which helped her to realize her own innate ability to be well while she struggled in recovery.  She shares that she would like to reach as many people as she can so that they are also able to hear of these 3 simple but life changing truths.  The program manager of this shelter along with the residents often thank Christine for sharing the Principles.  Christine feels that she is the one who should be thanking them for allowing her to continue the work she finds so gratifying and empowering.  To learn more about LifeMoves and Julian Street Inn go to


Community Information Sessions – Returning soon to the Bay Area

Drop-in Community Workshop with Linda, Marilyn & Marian

Drop-in Community Workshop with Linda, Marilyn & Marian

Offered monthly and free to the public these sessions provide a simple introduction to the 3 Principles.