Holding and Grounding: How to Work with the Activation of Trauma

February 17th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    The purpose of this series of workshops is to offer psychoeducation on the nature of trauma to the Boulder Shambhala community, as well as to teach pragmatic techniques for grounding oneself when experiencing "triggering" from trauma, either due to events in our community or prior events in one's personal life, both within Shambhala and the larger world.

    When we are activated, there can be a tendency to shut down, numb one's feelings or be reactive. This makes it difficult to process what is going on, as we don't know what we're responding to. When flooded with emotions, it is difficult to think or converse coherently. We just react.

    Understanding what is actually happening on a mind-body level can be extremely helpful. In learning about the nature of trauma, we develop the ability to recognize when we're being activated. With this recognition we can apply the skills for grounding and calming our mind/body and heart.

    We will teach various practical methods of self-soothing, grounded in our meditative training. There will be opportunities for learning, discussion and practice. Our goal is to help our community come together from a place of kindness and groundedness, so that we can take care of ourselves and each other as we move forward during this difficult time.

    You are welcome to attend one or both of the remaining workshops, each led by practitioners and teachers who work in the larger community with a Mind/Body approach and an understanding of trauma.

    This series is intended mostly for community members, both current and in our larger sangha, as an opportunity to process and learn about trauma, particularly as it affects BSC members and participants in our programs. As mentioned, we will also teach a variety of grounding techniques. The presenters include therapists, trauma-informed educators and mind-body practitioners. They are also teachers and meditation instructors within the Shambhala community. Please see their bios for more specific information and credentials, both within Shambhala and in the larger community.

    Tea will follow each gathering.

    No charge; donations appreciated.

    Sunday, Jan. 20th, 2–4pm with Margot Iseman and Wendy Conquest

    Sunday, Feb. 17th, 2–4pm with Rose Sposito and Erika Berland

    Presenter Bios

    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. Her credentials are CAC III and LPC (licensed professional counselor).

    Wendy Conquest is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and CSAT Supervisor, and has served as Director, Clinical Director, and Clinical Supervisor for treatment facilities along the front range of Colorado. She is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP), and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). She has developed numerous addiction treatment programs for organizations including Boulder Community Hospital, Compass House, and Colorado Sexual Recovery Center. She has been in practice 19 years.

    Rose Sposito has more than 20 years' experience as a healthcare provider in Five Element Oriental medicine, is a longtime practitioner and teacher of meditation, and is a certified teacher and practitioner of embodied wisdom, the method of Focusing, a body based awareness process.

    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 has also been participating as an instructor in a pilot program for the public, Naropa Compassion Training, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education. She wrote the book Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation.