at Santa Monica Meditation Center, (1430 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90404)
Please join visiting teacher Dr. David Treleaven for a daylong exploring the ways in which trauma-sensitive wisdom can inform mindfulness practices with the ultimate goal of doing no harm.
Anywhere mindfulness is being practiced ― whether in a meditation class or a classroom ― someone in the room is likely to be struggling with trauma. A majority of us will experience a traumatic event in our lifetime, and up to 20% of us will develop posttraumatic stress.
At first glance, this may appear to be a perfect opportunity for healing. Trauma creates stress, and mindfulness is a proven stress-reduction tool. But the reality is not so simple. When practiced without an awareness of trauma, mindfulness practice can exacerbate symptoms of traumatic stress. When instructed to pay close, sustained attention to their inner world, survivors can experience flashbacks, dissociation, and even retraumatization.
This raises a crucial question for those of us teaching and practicing mindfulness in a variety of settings: How can we minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness for survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits?
In October this year, educator and trauma professional David Treleaven will draw on a decade of research and clinical experience to discuss safe, transformative ways of teaching and practicing mindfulness with an awareness of trauma. David will review of the histories of mindfulness and trauma, including the way modern neuroscience is shaping our understanding of both, and explore case studies and examples illustrating the ways mindfulness can help―or hinder―trauma recovery. Participants will learn about modifications designed to support survivors’ safety and stability that can be applied to higher education settings. The result is a groundbreaking and practical approach for practicing mindfulness in a safe, transformative way.
This event is for anyone interested in the relationship between trauma and mindfulness, whether from your personal experience or from work in a professional context with people who have expereinced trauma.
There will be an evening workshop on this topic on Thursday, October 11th from 7p-9p. To register for the workshop, click here.
To register for the daylong, click the registration button below.
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