Sitting, the Physical Art of Meditation

with Erika Berland

March 23rd

Date details +
  • $125.00 Program Price
  • Pay What You Can Afford
Room: West Loop Shambhala Center, 37 N. Carpenter St.

The program is available in two parts, which may be taken separately or together.  To register for a half day, please put the amount ($75) in the "Pay What You Can Afford" box on the registration page, and tell us which half you plan to attend in the Comments section.

Part 1 – 9:00am – Noon    $75.00

Erika will present principles of alignment, breathing and experiential anatomy, including guided exercises offering imagery to release tension and stress.  She will offer a special focus on the role of the heart as a physical and emotional support for one’s mindfulness practice.

Part 2 – 1:30 – 5:00pm      $75.00

The afternoon offers an opportunity to deepen experience and understanding of “somatization” through the posture of meditation.  The experience of direct sensing and feeling of one’s body has the potential of rousing past experiences of trauma.  Erika will bring attention to how mental/physical health providers, yoga and meditation instructors can support themselves and their clients/students through a deeper sense of embodiment.  Participants will learn practical techniques for grounding and self-soothing when experiences of trauma arise in meditation practice.

Parts 1 & 2 (entire day)      $125.00

Includes a copy of Erika’s book Sitting: the Physical Art of Meditation

CEUs available for LCPC, LCSW, LMFT and Clinical Psychologists ($25 additional fee)

Authorized Shambhala MIs, SPMIs, and SGs are invited to attend by donation. Please register if you decide to attend!

Co-sponsored by the Chicago Center for Integration & Healing (CCIH)

Erika Berland is a member of a pioneering generation of somatic movement educators.  As a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering, a licensed Massage Therapist, and Registered Movement Therapist, she is a founding faculty and co-creator of the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance Program at Naropa University where she has been at the forefront of creating new techniques and applications of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s groundbreaking work, Body-Mind Centering.  Erika is also a senior teacher of meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.