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

Releasing Trauma's Hold on our Meditation: Review & Deepening
Sakti Rose
5 Mondays, May 1 - 29, 10am - 12pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $125 - $200. Code SR2C17.
Registration has now closed for this class.

As we develop our meditation practice, we may meet with barriers that seem to inhibit our practice and be unsure why. In this 5-week class series, you will learn skills of Somatic Experiencing (SE) to explore traumatic experiences which give rise to stuck patterns of fight, flight and freeze. Traumatic events leave physiological and emotional scars that alter neurological structures and functions. By developing SE skills, individuals can recognize and reduce the painful effects of trauma and thereby free up energy for mindfulness meditation.

By recognizing the particular symptoms and by working directly in the body, the trauma can be healed through discharging the unresolved energy of the trauma that gets bound in the nervous system in a variety of ways, such as body constriction, emotional reactivity, and spiritual disturbances. With the tools taught in this class, one's nervous system can begin to regain its capacity to self regulate.

This is a continuation of the Releasing Trauma’s Hold winter class series. It is offered for meditation students who may need a more direct approach to skillfully work with a variety of intense symptoms, sensations, moods and thoughts that may be caused by unresolved trauma. There will be optional interactive practices to explore our work together.

Some of the skills we will be learning are based on the body of teachings by Dr. Peter Levine. You are encouraged to use Dr. Levine's book, Healing Trauma, as a reference for this course.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this class series when working with clients. 8 hours of Continuing Education credit will be available for those who complete the minimum attendance requirements for the course. No partial or per class credit will be offered. To qualify for the 8 CE credits, participants must attend at least 4 of the 5 classes. Participants must arrive within 15 minutes of the beginning of each class for their attendance to be counted, and stay until the end. Participants will be required to sign in and out of every class. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals- Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe three elements of somatic practice to heal trauma;
  • Identify aspects of meditation practice that are resourcing;
  • Describe 2 components of the autonomic nervous system and how they function together;
  • Explain trauma from a body perspective;
  • Describe how tracking sensations is used to regulate the nervous system;
  • Describe how you would utilize meditation to heal trauma;
  • Identify unique aspects of meditation that can benefit healing.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this class for $75.

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 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 8 CE credits for $80 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 8 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 extended silent meditation nor movement. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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