Sundays 4pm-6pm May 1 – June 5
Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Fee: $120 – $160 (includes teacher support)
Scholarship deadline: Apr 16, 2011
Registration deadline: Apr 23, 2011
(Download the color flyer/registration form here or register with the link below.)
All human beings experience trauma. In childhood, last year, yesterday. This course is appropriate for people with a history of trauma, anxiety, depression, or chronic pain issues. As well as for those just seeking a deeper and more settled feeling in responding to the ups and downs of life.
In this six-week secular course we will experientially explore trauma and healing from trauma using techniques of mindfulness, meditation, group work, and home study. This non-religious course will draw upon meditation techniques and practices from Buddhism, Mindfulness, yoga, psychology, and experiential education.
Practices will include:
* body awareness and gentle yoga
* sitting, walking, and lying down meditation
* journalling and other writing experiments
* conversation and dialog
* gratitude and compassion practices
* community-based healing
* healing the inner child
A safe environment for deep exploration will be created to take a fresh look at our minds and hearts in this present moment. Neither denying nor pushing away, nor trying to fix, our traumatic memories but rather exploring our relationship to memory, thinking and identity in a safe and supportive environment.
Participants must commit to attending all 6 weeks and be able to consistently set aside 30-60 minutes per day for home practices.
Led by Buddhist Priest and mindfulness teacher Nomon Tim Burnett. The idea for this course arose from Tim’s private work as a Zen teacher with students recovering from trauma as well as his work teaching mindfulness to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Tim has been practicing meditation for nearly 25 years under the guidance of the well known Zen teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer (author of Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up, Sailing Home: Using Homer’s Odyssey to Navigate Life’s Perils and Pitfalls, and other books) with whom he will complete Dharma Transmission later this year.
Tim has also completed the Foundational Trainings for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School founded by Jon Kabbat-Zinn (author of The Full Catastrophe, Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life and other books).
Tim strongly believes that the deceptively simple body-centered practices of mindfulness and meditation when done with community support and a spirit of inquiry have the possibility for deep transformation and healing. And that all people can benefit from this work whether working with acute trauma or the accumulated stresses of daily life.
With questions about the course content please contact Tim directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-223-0687. Questions about registration please see the registration information below.