Skills for Living: Mindfulness and Meditation Tools
to Teach those with Chronic Health Conditions

with Jill Satterfield

Due to the experiential nature of mindfulness and meditation, this training is limited to those with a dedicated meditation practice of two years or more, or already teaching meditation and mindfulness or currently in a teacher training. 

Classes will be online through Zoom, recorded and available to those who sign up. 

There will be an optional peer group meeting in between each session. 

Space is limited.

Cost: $ 425 per weekend, $1200 for all 3

If you are experiencing chronic health conditions there are 6 week cycles of classes available, please sign up for our mailing list to receive notice about the next cycle of classes. 

Day One will be experiential, Day Two will be tools to teach others from your experience.

Living Well (LW) One:
Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 10 – 3 

The Foundation: Embodying Kindness and Compassion for yourself to lead others into the same
This module is composed of kindness and compassion practices that can be accessed through the body. Through a variety of somatic and subtle body practices, we’ll access feelings of spaciousness which can give room for current conditions to be more lightly embraced. With somatic   tenderness the body can soften which moves to release excess tension around areas of discomfort or illness. By beginning the process of becoming friends with a body that’s not functioning as one might wish, we alter the relationship and therefore open to possibilities of ease and understanding. 

LW Two:
Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 10 – 3 

Awareness of Inner Speech
The harmful and or helpful effects of the language of thoughts, and the wordless language of the body. Awareness imbued with kindness allows us to notice when we are not internally kind. Thoughts with words can condition the body and the body shapes itself as a reflection of thoughts and feelings over time.

LW Three:
Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, 10-3

Opening the window of tolerance
As we’ve explored, we tend to judge and dislike anything uncomfortable or not as we wish it to be. Either sentiment creates a struggle to being with what is. With kindness and compassion towards ourselves we can change our relationship to our body, heart/mind. With a more caring relationship we can begin to move toward discomfort slowly and considerately. This weekend will be comprised of a variety of somatic and subtle body practices, as well silent, written and spoken conversations with our body in journaling, through visualizing and with each other in dyads.

Jill Satterfield:

Jill sought out meditation after being repeatedly told that her chronic pain was all in her mind. Discovering that she indeed had choices about how her mind responded and related to her body, how her mind and heart could include physical (mental and emotional) pain not be ruled by it, and that she could cultivate a kinder relationship to her mind/body she was hooked.

She began teaching after years of retreat and living the benefits of meditation practice, somatic psychology and better understanding of the subtle body.

Together Cynthia and Jill have the passion and intention to share as much of their personal and teaching experience with others as they can so that many more might share tools to be of benefit to communities with compromised health.

These 3 modules will be led by Jill Satterfield and Cynthia Wilcox
Dates will be announced soon

LW Four:

Medical trauma and self-advocacy
When we give over control of our body to others as is necessary in medical settings, we might experience difficult feelings from the past arising. By honoring our emotions in the moment, fully inhabiting our body, bringing strong self-compassion, and speaking on our own behalf, we can negotiate these challenging moments in such a way that new layers of trauma are not laid down. If we have experienced medical trauma, we can bring our healing presence to the held patterns that serve to protect us, but that also separate us from ourselves.

LW Five:

Finding deep knowing and self-advocacy
Listening in the stillness to the inner voice of wisdom in our body is a valuable skill to cultivate when living with chronic health conditions. Practicing inner listening is the first step. Learning to trust that wisdom and give voice to it is the next step. The focus of this module includes subtle energy practices that help us to stand on our foundation and embody our own empowered presence so we can speak on our own behalf.

LW Six:

Finding support in community
Cultivating the skills presented in each of these modules is an ongoing practice when we live with chronic health conditions. Having the support of community supports our compassion for self and others, enhances our capacity for accepting what is and for speaking our truth. This module is about the teaching skills for holding space for all of this to emerge.

Cynthia Wilcox
Cynthia Wilcox is a psychologist and a mindfulness and meditation teacher. Working from the wisdom of multiple traditions: embodied meditation, somatic therapy, and mindful awareness, she empowers students to navigate their way toward healing as they learn the skills to work with strong emotion and reactivity, as well as physical symptoms and pain. Her personal spiritual journey includes coming to live from embodied presence and listening to the wisdom of the body. Her health journey is lifelong, including symptoms and illnesses not identified or understood for many years, and a more recent significant and challenging diagnosis. Her aspiration is to live well with chronic illness, rather than framing the journey in terms of battling, winning, or losing. All of these experiences are teachers on the path of awareness, allowing, and deep compassion.

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to Teach those with Chronic Health Conditions

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