Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

August 13th—December 31st

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    A community event for Shambhala members and newcomers—please invite your friends! Each week, a Shambhala teacher leads a discussion on a contemporary topic of concern and inspiration. Includes meditation instruction, meditation practice, and a social reception. Come engage, practice and mingle—a perfect way to start the week! Every Monday from 7-9pm, drop-in and free.

    Upcoming Gatherings 

    August 13: Melanie Klein
    Enlightenment vs. enlightenment

    The 18th-century Western cultural movement known as the Enlightenment brought great changes. Its emphasis on science and reason gave us amazing technologies and freed society from blinding superstition—but at what cost? As a recovering scientist, BSC Center Director Melanie Klein will lead an interactive exploration into the unseen worlds of intuition, blessing, and benevolent power that we Western rationalists have all but left behind.

    August 20: Erika Berland & Margot Iseman
    Self-Care for Challenging Times: A Somatic Approach

    How can our body-minds absorb the conflict, groundlessness and confusion that we experience day-to-day while also taking care of ourselves? Erika Berland and Margot Iseman will lead a discussion and guided exercises that focus on understanding our nervous systems’ responses to stress and anxiety. Both Erika and Margot have been Body-Mind Centering® Practitioners for almost 30 years, and they integrate this body-based, somatic approach into their teaching at Naropa University and in their private practices. 

    Erika Berland is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, licensed massage therapist, registered movement therapist, and Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. She is on the faculty of Naropa University, where she teaches meditation, movement and somatics in the MFA Contemporary Performance program. She is an instructor in Naropa Compassion Training, a pilot program for the public sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education. Her first book, Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation, was published this year.
    Margot Iseman is a senior teacher in the Shambhala lineage. She received her masters degree from Naropa University in Dance Therapy in 1989 and has taught Body-Mind Centering® and meditation practicums there for 24 years. She has had a private practice in body-centered psychotherapy for 29 years, during which time she has also been a drug and alcohol counselor.