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Embodied Awakening through Meditation and Sacred Dance (MONDAY ONLY)
Donald Rothberg, Heather Munro Pierce
Monday, June 23, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Hall
$35 - $108 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) Add $5 at the door. Please bring your lunch. Code DR8D14.
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Join us for an experientially-based exploration of awakening in and through the body for two days in the summer! Such an embodied awakening is crucial for contemporary Western practitioners, living in a culture in which we are often disembodied, virtual, and disconnected from the earth body. This embodied awakening is also foundational in the teachings of the Buddha: "Which one thing is to be developed? Mindfulness of the body." (Digha Nikaya 34)

In this two-day non-residential retreat, we will weave together several types of body-oriented meditative practices with spaciously guided free-form dance (with a musical background) led by Heather Munro Pierce, an acclaimed teacher of sacred dance. Through both formal sitting and walking meditation and moving dance meditation, we will awaken and stabilize body awareness in a number of ways, including exploring the four elements of earth, water, fire, and air-in order to invite awakening in our bodies and to nourish a joyful, grounded awareness.

Both beginning and experienced meditators and movers are welcome, including those with limited movement capacities. Attendance for both days is strongly encouraged, but attendance for just Monday is possible. CEs are available.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend these daylongs at a rate of $20.

Teachings are appropriate for individuals as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

The workshop on Monday is designed to help participants:

  • Practice the general approach of mindfulness and be able to share techniques to develop mindfulness with clients.

  • Practice ways to steady the mind when it is distracted, using principles and practices from Buddhist psychology, and be able to share these techniques with clients.

  • Practice developing mindfulness of the body in several different ways (developing mindfulness of the breath, the whole body, the elements of the body, etc.) and be able to share these techniques with clients.

  • Apply the basic tenets of Buddhist psychology, about the roots of suffering, and how to transform suffering.

The workshop on Tuesday is designed to help participantls:
  • Practice developing mindfulness of the body in several different modes (sitting, walking, dancing, standing, and lying), and be able to share these techniques with clients.

  • Recognize how the above practices can be used when there is physical or emotional pain, difficulty, or loss, and how to use these practices to support themselves and others.

  • Recognize how to bring these perspectives and practices into all activities, including one's work-in part through connecting the meditations with the movement and dance activities, as well as other activities.

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 volunteering@spiritrock.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.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit: 6 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses from SRMC-SCRC for $45. Prepayment available on website. For more information, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.



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