This series of workshops will be an introduction to and practice of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: mindfulness of the body, of feelings, of mental activity and mindfulness conjoined with wisdom. Mindfulness practice cultivates open and kind awareness of the present moment, supporting waking up to what is and being less caught in mental and emotional struggle.
open to all
available to book as a full weekend or as individual workshops
Practising while seated, standing, walking and lying down the first three foundations will be examined and experienced, mining the sanity, clarity and practicality of these teachings. The fourth foundation will be explored in conjunction with each of the other three.
mindfulness of the breath
fri 22 september 2017 7.30pm – 9.30pm
In this workshop, we will concentrate on Mindfulness of the Breath. We’ll see how breath, and sensations in general can be a guide to and mirror of thoughts and emotions. It will include: seated meditation and mindfulness, some restorative yoga postures, gentle/accessible yoga postures and embodiment practices done on the mat and on the cushion or chair, some inquiry and plenty of time for questions and answers.
mindfulness of sensations + tone
sat 23 september 2017 10.00am – 4.00pm
In this workshop, we will open from the breath and sensations into feeling tone. We’ll notice and discuss how everything experience is colored by a tone of pleasant, unpleasant or neutral – what it signifies in the larger view of knowing leading to letting go of self made suffering and stress. It will include: seated meditation and mindfulness, some restorative yoga postures, gentle/accessible yoga postures and embodiment practices done on the mat and on the cushion or chair, some inquiry and plenty of time for questions and answers.
integrating the four foundations of mindfulness
sun 24 september 2017 10.00am – 2.00pm
In this workshop, we will gather the elements of breath, sensation and feeling tone into observing mind states. We’ll take a look at them, know how and why some lead to being uncomfortable and unhappy, and some lead towards ease and happiness. It will include: seated meditation and mindfulness, some restorative yoga postures, gentle/accessible yoga postures and embodiment practices done on the mat and on the cushion or chair, some inquiry and plenty of time for questions and answers.
ABOUT JILL SATTERFIELD
Jill Satterfield — Vajra Yoga & Meditation – named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by the Shambhala Sun Magazine – is the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation and yoga, contemplative and compassion in action practices. She is also the founder of the School for Compassionate Action: Mindfulness, Embodiment Practices and Contemplative Psychology for Communities in Need.
As a pioneer in the field of mind body awareness, Jill has been teaching internationally, consulting and instigating mindful and creative educational programs for over 35 years.
Jill is founding faculty of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Training and a guest teacher for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. She was the scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center and has consulted and taught for many leading organizations leading professional trainings and workshops internationally. Jill has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, Yoga Magazine UK and NL and Happinez Magazine NL amongst others. Jill is a recent graduate of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies Chaplaincy Training.
ABOUT AJAHN AMARO
Born in England in 1956, Ven. Amaro Bhikkhu received a BSc. in Psychology and Physiology from the University of London. Spiritual searching led him to Thailand, where he went to Wat Pah Nanachat, a Forest Tradition monastery established for Western disciples of Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah, who ordained him as a bhikkhu in 1979. Soon afterwards he returned to England and joined Ajahn Sumedho at the newly established Chithurst Monastery. He resided for many years at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, making trips to California every year during the 1990s.
In June 1996 he established Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California, where he was co-Abbot with Ajahn Pasanno until 2010. He then returned to Amaravati to become Abbot of this large monastic community.
Ajahn Amaro has written a number of books, including an account of an 830-mile trek from Chithurst to Harnham Vihara called Tudong – the Long Road North, republished in the expanded book Silent Rain. His other publications include Small Boat, Great Mountain (2003), Rain on the Nile (2009) and The Island – An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana (2009) co-written with Ajahn Pasanno, a guide to meditation called Finding the Missing Peace and other works dealing with various aspects of Buddhism.