Meeting Trauma and Finding Balance: A Somatic Approach, CC 11/18

With Rev. Jiko Jane Lazar, SEP
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street
CE credits available

Saturday, November 18, 10 am – 5 pm

In our daily lives and our spiritual practices, 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 our body, emotional reactivity, or intrusive thinking, and it may manifest in many other ways. 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 develop our innate resources for calming activated states of fight, flight, and freeze, and restoring a sense of balance and flow. Using your resources this way is a skill which you can practice immediately in your daily life. It is beneficial for everyday stress as well as unresolved traumatic stress, and because these somatic practices cut through discursive thought, they can help deepen meditation states.

We will also discuss how mindfulness is actually the basis of these skills, and how to take care not to reinforce painful traumatic symptoms in the name of mindfulness.

The principles and skills taught in this workshop are based on mindfulness teachings and on Somatic Experiencing®, an approach to resolving life stress or trauma, developed by Dr. Peter Levine. These skills can be practiced on your own. There will be optional experiential exercises as well as presentation and discussion.

Enrollment will be limited to 18 people.

Fees: $100; $90 current SFZC members; $80 limited income. Lunch is included. Add $30 to receive CE credit.*

*Note about CE credits: 5 CE credits available for nurses. The $30 fee can be paid at the time of registration. San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) have teamed 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 or contact David Lukoff, PhD, at 707.763.3576. For more information, please contact our Programming Department at

To register, please call the City Center main office at 415.863.3136 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 888.743.9362 or 415.475.9362.

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