Christiane Wolf, MD

Guest Teacher

Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD first encountered vipassana meditation in her late teens. She is passionate about translating ancient wisdom teachings into accessible and applicable modern-day language. She aims to live from the heart informed by the brain and inspires her students to explore the same.

Before transitioning full time to teaching the Dharma and mindfulness Christiane trained as an OB/GYN and received an PhD in psychosomatic medicine from the University of Berlin in Germany.

She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock/IMS/Insight Meditation Center teacher training and teaches retreats and classes in the US and in Europe. She is a MBSR teacher trainer for the UC San Diego Center For Mindfulness and the co-founder and lead instructor for VA CALM, the national mindfulness facilitator training program for clinicians at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Christiane is the author of “Outsmart Your Pain - Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Chronic Pain Behind” and the co-author of the classic training manual for mindfulness teachers “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness”.

She is a senior teacher at InsightLA in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and their three teenagers.

For many of us, the body doesn’t feel like a safe place, or parts of the body don’t feel like a safe place. Surviving and healing trauma is held in the body. And as we’re paying attention to the body, memories come up, and a lot of memories for most people are associated with one of our least favorite emotions, which is shame. Living in a female body is associated with a lot of shame or shaming in our society. So as we explore, I will invite you all (not just those who identify as female) to think about the messages you heard as a child about your body and who you are.
Christiane Wolf, Shame, Self-compassion and the Body

Dharma Library

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