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Meeting Trauma and Finding Balance: A Somatic Approach to Spiritual Practice, GGF 10/13

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Rev. Jiko Jane Lazar, SEP
Patricia Meadows, SEP
with Rev. Jiko Jane Lazar, SEP, and Patricia Meadows, SEP
Sunday, October 13, 2013
10 am - 5 pm

(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 20 people.

Fees: $110; $99 current SFZC members; $88 limited income. Lunch is included. *Add $15 to receive CE credit. Some partial scholarships available; see About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations.

Note about CEUs: *6 CEUs available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. The $15 fee can be paid at the time of registration. San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) 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, PhD, at 707-763-3576. For more information, please contact our Programming Department.

To Register: Use the ticket table below. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).


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Related Bio(s):

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.