Spring is a perfect time to energize the heart, mind, and body through the harmonizing practice of yin and the healing tools of essentials oils. This workshop will focus on renewing yin poses to detoxify the mind, nourish the heart, and open up the body’s connective tissues. Essential oils will be diffused and applied throughout the workshop to enhance the body’s healing capacity, cleanse the heart of emotional toxins, and gently rejuvenate the body from the inside out.
Pre-Registration $35 / $40 at the door
What does it mean to be mindful — is it simply noticing whatever arises?
If you ask a Buddhist, the answer is yes and also no. Mindfulness without kindness, openness and curiosity is just concentration and although concentration holds many benefits, it doesn’t relieve stress, suffering or usually open the door to compassion for oneself or others.
Mindfulness can be in the service of insight, compassion and profound wisdom if we practice with that intention and view.
This introduction to mindfulness will include entering the practice with kindness, and an open, curious and generous view of our mind and what comes into our awareness.
We’ll engage and rest into the present moment through the doors of both the mind and the body. Mindfulness of the body practices will be offered as a vehicle to settle the mind, and be more at ease with whatever arises, and passes away.
Open to any level of practice from absolute beginner to years of mindfulness practice.
Cost: $30 before May 21st / $35 day of
About the instructor:
Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher, wellness program director, speaker and coach. Jill’s integration of mindfulness andembodiment practices include yoga, yoga therapy and contemplative psychology. She has been in the field of integrative healthcare for over 35 years. This dedication to health and wellness was born from having lived through (and thrived from) multiple surgeries and years of chronic pain. Jill’s direct and hard won experiences have come from intimately knowing illness and pain, sitting over 150 silent meditation retreats and having worked on the front lines of at risk and in need communities for decades.
Jill is the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation and mindfulness of the body practices from the Buddhist tradition. Named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun Magazine.
Jill is also the founder of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need. SCA trains nurses, physicians, substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, meditation, yoga and school teachers how mindfulness may best apply to: people in chronic pain and illness, those suffering from PTSD, addictions of all kinds, and at- risk youth. SCA also provides workshops on self -regulation, compassion and grief relief to best prepare and maintain good health, longevity and sanity to healthcare providers.
Jill is a founding faculty member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training, a guest of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center trainings, the Somatic Yoga Therapy Training in Marin California, and many others. Jill was scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center in 2004. With her teacher Ajahn Amaro, Jill was the first to bring mindful yoga onto silent meditation retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Society over 20 years ago. She recently completed the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training.
She has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, UK’s Yoga Magazine, Happinez NL/FR, Tricycle Magazine, Shambhala Sun amongst others. She contributed to the book “ Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind” by Michael Stone, and is currently composing her own book.
Do you want more peace-of-mind in your life? Are you interested in developing a daily meditation practice? Would you like to dive deeper into the foundations of mindfulness practice? Would you like a boost in creativity, focus, and clarity? Would you like to be less reactive?
This day-long event will be held at Green Gulch Retreat Center. Located in Muir Beach, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Green Gulch farm is nestled in a secluded valley that opens to the endless Pacific Ocean.
Together, we’ll explore how the ancient concepts of Ayurveda, a 5,000 year old system of traditional East Indian Medicine, can help us with our issues of stress, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, aches, pains, stiffness and sluggishness.
Learning Ayurvedic concepts helps us cope with modern stressors by teaching us to align ourselves with Nature. In this two-hour workshop we will learn about the five elements, the three doshas, and how they empower us to promote good health and a sense of well-being.
Cost: $30 before June 17th / $35 day of
About the instructor:
Aparna Dandekar, Family Medicine, Osteopathy & Ayurveda, board certified family physician trained in three medical sciences–Western (Allopathic) Medicine, Osteopathy, and Ayurveda.
The philosophy that I adhere to is simple: nature knows best. My inherent faith in nature’s self-regulating wisdom is further strengthened by my Osteopathic and Ayurvedic training. Simultaneously, my experience as an allopathic physician has given me the utmost respect for modern science. I believe that balanced health can be better achieved by aligning ourselves with the guidelines handed down from ages past, while availing ourselves to the benefits of today’s technological advancements.