Classes and Workshops

June 13, 6:30-8:30 pm PT : San Diego Insight

Somatically Sensing: Knowing Thoughts and Emotions through Sensations

This investigation of the felt sense of thoughts and emotions has the potential to relieve and release them without wandering into blame, criticism, identification or complication. A different approach emphasized in the Buddha’s Satipatthana Sutta is to mine the sensations of feeling tones, thoughts and emotions in the wordless language of sensations.

“As we inhabit our body with increasing sensitivity, we learn its unspoken language and patterns, which gives us tremendous freedom to make choices. The practice of cutting thoughts and dispersing negative repetitive patterns can be simplified by attending to the patterns in the body first, before they begin to be spun around in the mind”.
~ Jill Satterfield, Tricycle Magazine

Living with a chronic illness and or pain can not only be debilitating but becomes the unrequested focal point of life.

Fortunately there are tools to support living with chronic pain or illness, many coming from the mindfulness and meditation traditions. Equally fortunate is that more teachers of meditation and mindfulness have utilized these tools to help themselves, so the skills have been personally tried and tested over time.

We are emphasizing the direct experience of living with chronic pain and illness because what each of us is teaching is not conceptual – it’s what has worked. Read more…

Continuing in Community: Developing Practice and Teaching Skills for MMTCP Grads

This is an invitation to join me and fellow MMTCP grads in diving freely and further into the somatic and Dharmic landscapes with a variety of practices, selected short readings, interesting research, all within a community of like minds.

If you are interested in discovering how the body reflects the heart and mind, speaks in a non-verbal yet informative language and is territory that can be mined for conscious and sub conscious resources, insights and keys to liberation, please join me.

These groups are independent of any organization, they are gathered by word of mouth or by having worked with me in the past.

There will be sessions with dyads and repeating questions for inquiry, deep listening practices to cultivate inner awareness and interoception, embodied mindfulness and meditation and open awareness practices.

There will also be ample opportunities for you to guide the session topics so that they are current and suitable to your needs and interests.

Current Events:

February 26 11am PT 2pm ET , Hosted by Sangha Live
Awareness Shift: Knowing the Nature of the Body, Heart/Mind through the 5 Elements

Fridays, April 8th – 29th, 2022 from 3:00 -4:30 pm PT/ 6:00pm – 8:30pm ET
Sensing the Subtle Body in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Practices to Cultivate Embodied Awareness hosted by NY Insight

Some Past Events:

Sensing the Subtle Body in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Practices to Cultivate Embodied Awareness
A Four Part Series, January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 2022 . Can be taken separately and recordings will be available for 90 days.

Anxiety: It’s Not All in Your Mind, Resourcing the Body Somatically, Hosted online by Spirit Rock Meditation Center

The Embodied Mind: The Somatic Language of Thoughts and Emotions. Hosted by Spirit Rock Meditation Center
February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021

Anxiety, stress, anger, joy and love all affect the body on a moment-to-moment basis. Some thoughts and emotions soften the body, others contract it, the body is constantly tracking what is in our hearts and minds.

Becoming embodied brings awareness of the somatic landscape and how it is being affected as it is being affected. We can choose contracting or softening by taking the emphasis off the story and placing it directly in the felt sense. The body has a wordless intelligence symbiotic and parallel with cognition.

By sensing tension or spaciousness we have the opportunity to know what is helpful or harmful and move towards having choice. These 4 daylong workshops will introduce skillful means to address and re-dress the body to tend to the mind and heart directly and deeply.

This class series includes:
Class 1: Somatically Sensing – Knowing Thoughts and Emotions through Sensations
Class 2: Stress and Sense – How Thoughts and Emotions Shape the Physical Body
Class 3: Resting and Relaxing – Opportunities to Restore the Nervous System for Ease in the Mind
Class 4: Inner Awareness – A Key to Self-Regulation and Care

March 20

Somatically Sensing: Know thoughts and Emotions as Expressed in the Body

Supported by Sangha Live

June 12,  10-1 PT, 1 – 4 pm ET

Somatically Sensing: Knowing Thoughts and Emotions Through the Body (this will be recorded and available for 90 days) 

Through NY Insight Meditation Center

June 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm PT/9-10:30 pm ET

Change Your Breath to Change Your Mind: Practice and Dharma talk hosted by Napa Insight

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“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
~ Gautama Buddha

A Sample of Past Events

February 3, 2018, 10am – 5pm: Loving Kindness and Self Compassion: The Development and Embracing of Both

February 9, 201810am – 4:30pm: Inner Awareness for Emotional Intelligence at Spirit Rock

March 5, 2018,  5:30pm – 6:30pm: Integrating Mindfulness into Your Profession, San Francisco

March 23, 2018,  4pm – 5:30pm: Open House Integrating Mindfulness into your Profession, Oakland 

April 13, 2018,  10am – 4:30pm: Anxiety: It’s Not All in Your Mind, at Spirit Rock

May 5 – 6, 2018,  Chronic Pain: The Choices and the Burdens, UCLA 

May 19 – 20, 2018,  Working with Stored Emotions and Trauma Somatically and Safely, UCLA 

June 15, 2018, The Body as House, De Nieuwe Yoga School, Amsterdam

June 16, 2018,  Self Compassion, De Nieuwe Yoga School, Amsterdam

June 17, 2018,  Integrating Mindfulness: Anxiety, Yoga Moves, Utrecht

June 22, 2018 Inner Awareness, Triyoga, London

June 23, 2018,  Body as House: A Somatic Exploration of the Mind Body Relationship, Triyoga, London

June 24, 2018,  10am – 5pm: Mindfulness in Motion – Integrating Mindfulness into Asana: For Teachers, London

July 13 – 15, 2018, 10:00am – 4:30pm: Recharge & Reconnect: Inner Awareness, Resilience, and Self Care for Care Providers, Spirit Rock

August 22, 2018, Grand Rounds at Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA

August 28, 2018,  7 – 8:30pm: Napa Insight Dharma Talk

September 29, 2018,  10 -4: Napa Insight: Cultivating Our Inner Awareness: The Practices and the Benefits

September 22 – 24, 2018 The Foundations of Truth, A weekend at Triyoga, London with Venerable Ajahn Amaro

October 8 – 13, 2017, A Chronic Pain Management Conference for Healthcare Professionals,with Jill Satterfield, Lorimer Moseley, Fadel Zeidan and more. at the Kripalu Center for Yoga + Health, Lenox, MA

October 22, 2017, 11:30 – 12:30, Mindfulness at the Berkeley Museum of Art BAMPFA, Mindfulness at the Berkeley Museum of Art, BAMPFA