In our foundational formal practice we set aside dedicated time to look within and develop the capacity to witness. Branching from this developed sustained attention we have the ability to activate choices based on what we observe. Formal practice is then the optimal foundation for how we are the rest of our day.
During the rest of the day, as in informal practice, our cultivated foundation really matters. It’s during normal waking hours that we can continue to be awake and keenly interested in our conditioned behavior and actions as they are arising. We can actually make choices. This is when choice reigns supreme.
And honestly, no matter how long we have practiced sometimes there’s times of dryness or being stuck and not wanting to look within and this group is for those times as well. Being in the company of like heart/minds and guided by someone who has done something substantially longer than you have can open doors of perception, curiosity and Virya, the joyful energy we all need to boost necessary stamina and energy for meeting life with all it’s difficulties and joys, as it is right now.
Monthly 90 minute group meetings on Zoom:
These meetings will offer a breathing practice, a guided meditation, a short talk for context and philosophy and sharing time with group members.
Monthly 45 minute one on one private session with Jill:
These meetings will be tailored to you; where you are, where you’ve been and what you are seeking now going forward. There will be a guided practice (recorded just for you) possibly a breathing practice or restorative yoga posture(s), opportunities to balance your nervous system and vagal nerve, and ways to frame and or reframe how you are meeting yourself and life.
Optional Monthly 60 minute peer-led group meeting on Zoom
Recordings of all practices, from your private session and the group sessions.
Connect anytime- Have a question about your practice?, no problem. Email or phone access to Jill when needed.
Resources for additional readings, research and avenues of pursuit.
All within the context of Buddhist philosophy and psychology and somatic psychology and yogic practices.
A dedicated meditation practice for at least 2 years is required. Priority will be given to those whom have done a 7 day or longer silent Insight retreat.
What some of the participants have said about the course:
“With wisdom, creativity and tenderness, Jill has opened a door to practicing with imagination. Practice has become a joy. She has been masterful harmonizing experiential and conceptual embodiment, supporting and validating each member of our group is on their path while underscoring the importance of trust and faith of the path”
“Being part of Jill’s group has been a wonderful gift. I have deepened my awareness and experience of embodied mindfulness. Her teaching and support has enabled me to have more trust in my practice and to be freer with myself. She has broadened my understanding of what meditation can be . Working in a small group and having private mentoring sessions with a skilled teacher like Jill has been both a great learning opportunity and a joyful experience for me”
“I love meeting monthly with our small group of practitioners, it is a safe and intimate place for expanding and sharing our meditation practices and experiences. Our sessions with Jill’s guidance and intelligence always opens a new door into the wisdom held within my body, heart and mind. From our group, I am learning that when the teachings and the practices become embodied expressions they are always available as tools to bring stillness and spaciousness in meeting moments of uncertainty, it is a gift”
“Jill brings a rare opportunity to practice in group setting, and receive more personalized guidance and attention. She builds on foundational mindfulness practices in creative ways that help deepen understanding. And, her unique focus on subtleties and nuance of somatic awareness helps foster balanced states of body, heart and mind both my personal practice and in my role as teacher”
NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION:
Friday’s, January 12, February 9, March 22 (changed from March 8 ), April 12 10-11:30 am PT/1-2:30 pm ET
Cost: $1,250 (create a payment plan if needed)
Please send information about yourself and your practices and why you are interested in joining this group to Jill. A 15 minute connection meeting will be set up followed by a registration form. Looking forward to getting to know you better!
A sliding scale is offered for those with financial need.
Please contact Jill for details.