Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Many people come to meditation and yoga to help heal old wounds, both physical and emotional. Trauma is a nervous system injury, caused by shocking or dangerous events as well as ongoing relational and systemic threat. Meditation and yoga, as nervous system interventions, can be helpful in healing, but like all interventions must be used with sensitivity.
In this class, we will explore current trauma resolution theory, and learn gentle embodiment practices that can support healing and resilience for everyone. The first half of the day will be focused on practice, and on working gently and skillfully with our own nervous systems. In the afternoon we’ll look in more detail at nervous system physiology and the relationship between the Buddhist teachings on liberation from suffering and the resolution of trauma, both individual and collective.
Wednesday-Sunday, Sept 9-13, 2020
Our home retreat experiences have been really lovely so far this year, so we’ll continue to offer them. These retreats are conducted entirely online and are mostly self-paced, with meditations and practice instructions to work with on your own, plus 3 daily group calls on the Zoom video platform. The content is structured as an online course through our website, so that you can easily flow through the material and keep track of your progress.
The retreat will work best for experienced practitioners of Yoga and meditation, meaning that students should be able to take themselves through simple practices of both meditation and postural Yoga without external guidance. Students will be encouraged to make as much space for being on retreat as possible, given the conditions, but everyone’s situation is different, and the various elements of the retreat can be done in any schedule that works for you.
Details and registration coming soon.