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Meeting Trauma and Finding Balance: A Somatic Approach to Zen Practice (Sep/ CC)
Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
10 am - 5 pm
with Rev. Jiko Jane Lazar, SEP and Patricia Meadows, SEP
Conference Center, 308 Page Street
6 CE credits available - see below.*
Both in our meditation practice and in our daily lives, we may encounter situations or internal states that are difficult to meet with compassionate presence. This could be the result of accumulated stress or trauma, which may leave our physiology in a habitual or easily triggered state of fight, flight or freeze. We may experience this as constriction in the body, emotional reactivity, or intrusive thinking. Even those who don't identify with trauma may touch upon layers of overwhelm or distress in their systems as they practice and may benefit from the skills taught in this workshop.
In this one-day workshop, we will use mindfulness of the body to develop our capacity to be gently present with stuck survival energies. These then tend to release, restoring our physiology to a more balanced state.
Some of the skills taught in this workshop are based on Somatic Experiencing®, an approach to resolving life stress or trauma, developed by Dr. Peter Levine.
There will be optional experiential exercises as well as presentation and discussion. Skills presented can be practiced on your own.
Enrollment will be limited to 25 people.
Add $15 to receive CE credit.*
*Six CEUs available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. The $15 fee for CE credit can be paid at the time of registration. San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center team together to offer CE credit to MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. SCRC offers CE credit to MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #PCE1851). SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education activities for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. SCRC also offers CE credit to nurses (California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP11909). For complete information visit spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, Ph.D. at 707.763.3576. For more information, please contact our Programming Department.
Rev. Jiko Jane Lazar, SEP
Rev. Jiko Jane Lazar, SEP*, was ordained as a Zen Priest in 2005 by Tenshin Reb Anderson and has trained residentially at Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara for eleven years. She served as shuso with Abbot Steve Stücky in the Fall of 2009. Having discovered her own unresolved trauma through zazen, she found Somatic Experiencing® (SE) to be of profound help and a strong complement to Zen practice. Now a certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner*, she sees her work as helping others to develop the capacity to face difficult karma with presence and compassion. Jane was a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication between 1995 and 2000.
Patricia Meadows, SEP
Patricia Meadows, SEP*, is a certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner* and a holistic nurse counselor. She brings 40 years experience in nursing, nursing and healthcare education, counseling, healing and trauma resolution work. Currently, in her integrative private practice, she facilitates a somatic and process-oriented approach to healing and living more fully and authentically in the present. Patricia integrates Somatic Experiencing® with other modalities that trust the inherent wisdom and organic movement toward integration and wholeness within each of us. Some of these modalities include: biodynamic craniosacral therapy, prenatal and birth trauma therapy, energy healing, Authentic Movement and embodied psychospiritual inquiry. Her work is informed by long-term spiritual practice, including meditation and the Diamond Approach, as well as doctoral studies in East/West Psychology.
Zen Center Resident Discounts
Current San Francisco Zen Center residents attend at a discount.
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San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)
Established in 1962 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and his American students, San Francisco Zen Center is a Soto Zen Buddhist community with three practice places in the SF Bay Area: City Center, an urban temple in the heart of San Francisco; Green Gulch Farm, in Marin County, where fertile fields meet the ocean; and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen training monastery in the West, in the Ventana Wilderness inland from Big Sur. At San Francisco Zen Center, zazen, study, and work practice are available to a diverse population of students, visitors, lay people, priests, and monks. All are welcome!