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Meeting Trauma and Finding Balance: A Somatic Approach to Spiritual Practice, at Green Gulch Farm

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Rev. Jiko Jane Lazar, SEP
An Interview with Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner Jane Lazar
with Rev. Jiko Jane Lazar, SEP
in the Wheelwright Center at Green Gulch Farm
CE credits available (see note* below.)

Sunday, May 17, 2015
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.

Fees*: $110; $99 current SFZC members; $88 limited income. 

*Note about CE credits: SFZC is able to offer 6 CE credits for MFTs/LCSWs (Provider #3978) to those attending the entire workshop. A CE administrative fee of $15 should be paid at time of registration. For more information, please contact our Programming Department. For some events San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center team together to offer CE credit to MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. SRZC 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 their website or contact David Lukoff, Ph.D. at 707.763.3576.

To Register: Use the Register Online button above (available soon) to register online. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
Enrollment is limited to 20 people.

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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* with a private practice in Berkeley, CA, she sees her work as helping others to heal trauma and to face difficult karma with presence and compassion. Jane was a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication between 1995 and 2000, and she holds a blackbelt in Aikido.