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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Being Present in the Body: Using Mindfulness to Work with Trauma
Pawan Bareja
Sunday, August 27, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $40 - $100. Please bring your lunch. Code PB4D17.
OPEN-Register Here

All Self-Identified People of Color Welcome.

In this daylong you will start to work with the traumatic responses in your body, which can inhibit your daily life through stress and anxiety. You will be empowered to hold your trauma responses using somatic (body-based) skills and mindfulness meditation tools. Specifically, the mindfulness practices of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity will be used to help you free up your energy so you feel more settled, grounded, and calm in your everyday life.

Working directly with your body, you may begin to heal the trauma by discharging the unresolved traumatic energy that gets bound in the nervous system in a variety of ways as body constriction and emotional reactivity. With the somatic and mindfulness tools offered in this class, your nervous system can begin to regain its innate capacity to self-regulate.

Appropriate for those who are new and experienced meditators. People of color of all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome.

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

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Practice mindfulness meditation techniques to develop body awareness, in ways that may be beneficial to clients.
  • Identify habitual response patterns in clients that are linked to past traumatic events.
  • Recognize differences between fight, flight and freeze responses.
  • Utilize mindfulness with clients as a resource to begin to work with traumatic responses.
  • Utilize Somatic Experiencing skills with clients to release physical and emotional tension.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $20.


General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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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 our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP10318 for 6 contact hours. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include movement. To be eligible to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the program in full. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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