Prerequisite: Participants need to have some beginning training in mindfulness meditation.
As we develop our meditation practice, we may meet with barriers that inhibit our practice and be unsure why. This 5-week class will join skills of Somatic Experiencing and meditative practices to explore traumatic activation which can inhibit our spiritual practice on the path.
By identifying these responses in our body and by using somatic (body-based) skills, individuals can recognize and reduce the painful effects of trauma and thereby free up energy for mindfulness meditation, as well as all of our activities.
By recognizing the particular symptoms and by working directly in the body, the trauma can be healed through specifically discharging the unresolved energy of the trauma that gets bound in the nervous system in a variety of ways -- as body constriction, emotional reactivity, and spiritual disturbances. With the educational tools taught in this class, one's nervous system can begin to regain its capacity to self-regulate.
This class is offered for meditation students who may need a more direct
approach to skillfully work with a variety of intense symptoms / sensations / moods / thoughts that may be caused by unresolved trauma. There will be didactic presentations, discussions and optional interactive practices to explore our work together. It is offered also as a helpful review and support for people who have already taken this course.
Some of the skills we will be learning are based on the body of teachings by Dr. Peter Levine. We will encourage people to use Dr. Levine's book, Healing Trauma, as the reference for this course.
Young Adults (18 - 26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend this class series for $25.
Please Carpool! Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.
Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.
Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”
Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.