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"When one thought ends, right before the next thought begins,
there is a tiny gap called 'now.' Over time we learn to expand that gap."

– Spring Washam

The Body, Movement and Music

The first foundation of mindfulness is mindfulness of the body. This is an awareness of the body as body. It is something experienced as breath, flesh and bone. Introduction to mindfulness is often focused on the breath, experiencing breath and being breath. As the ability to maintain awareness of breath gets stronger, the practitioner becomes aware of the whole body. Body awareness is taken into movement. Chanting and rituals are opportunities to be mindful of body as it moves, and in this way we train to be mindful even when not meditating. 

Some of the themes covered in this learning path include: walking meditation, yoga, qigong, dance, improv, chanting, aging, illness, injury, pain, dying.

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7/23/2017 The Joy of Letting Go
Pawan Bareja, Art Jolly
7/23/2017 Cultivating a Compassionate Heart during Troubling Times
Sharda Rogell, Sakti Rose
7/29/2017 Transforming Emotions with Qigong Sound Healing and Meditation
Mingtong Gu, Debra Chamberlin Taylor
8/27/2017 Being Present in the Body: Using Mindfulness to Work with Trauma - A Daylong for Self-Identified People of Color
Pawan Bareja
8/27/2017 The Pathless Path: The Paradox of Awakening in the Body
Ashley Sharp
9/1/2017 Self-Healing with Qigong and Sound Immersion
Isabelita Papa
9/3/2017 Green Tara Wisdom in Action: Women Embodying our Truth
Debra Chamberlin Taylor, Lama Palden Drolma
9/15/2017 The Sound of Dharma
Wes Nisker, Terry Vandiver
9/17/2017 Buddhist Goddess: Embodying the Divine Feminine Within
Erin Selover
9/18/2017 Finding Freedom in the Body - 6 nights, ends Sep 24
Bob Stahl, Anushka Fernandopulle, Christiane Wolf, Marcy Reynolds (qigong)
9/22/2017 Recovering Wholeness, Worthiness, and Emotional Balance:
Three Days of Restoration, Healing, and Self Discovery - Ends Sep 24

Ralph De La Rosa
9/23/2017 True Nourishment from Mind to Cell: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
Andrea Lieberstein, Elissa Epel, Jampa Sangmo Anderson
9/25/2017 Embodied, Empowered, and Awake: A Women's Meditation Retreat - 6 nights, ends Oct 1
Anne Cushman, Spring Washam, Erin Selover, Kate Johnson, Jennifer Berezan (musician)
9/30/2017 Women's Weekend Retreat - Ends Oct 1
Heather Sundberg
10/5/2017 Healing Trauma using Loving Kindness and Compassion - Ends Nov 16
Pawan Bareja
10/8/2017 The Wisdom of Aging: Mindfulness Meditation and the Feldenkrais Method
Wes Nisker, Dan Clurman
10/10/2017 Embodying Awakening: Yoga and Meditation - 5 nights, ends Oct 15
Anne Cushman, Pascal Auclair, Leslie Booker (yoga)
10/12/2017 Healing Trauma using Loving Kindness and Compassion - Ends Nov 16
Pawan Bareja
10/15/2017 Fall Family Day
Kate Munding, Eve Decker
10/16/2017 Self-Healing through Gentle Qigong - Ends Nov 20
Isabelita Papa
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