March 2019

09Mar(Mar 9)10:00 AM10(Mar 10)4:30 PMEmbodied Awakening: Trauma, Healing, and Collective Liberation10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (10) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, SEP; Leslie Booker No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Date: March 9 – 10, 2019; 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sliding Scale:
$150 – 400. Code BF1M19.
6 CE credits available for $60, for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

Open to all levels.

At the heart of both Buddhist and Hindu Yoga practices is liberation from suffering, and the awakening of wisdom and universal love. As we work to uproot suffering, we encounter both our personal hindrances and the ancient demons sustained in our communities and cultures: abusive power, oppression, bias and discrimination.

Embodiment as the heart of practice weaves together the healing of individual and collective traumas. In this study and practice weekend, we will explore nervous system physiology, individual practice and collective action, and connection to suffering and its alleviation as an integral expression of the Buddhist path.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. Through discussion, as well as contemplative and embodied wisdom practices, health care providers will learn tools to redirect the sympathetic nervous systems when activated by trauma, and reestablish homeostasis. Care providers will be able to better work with both inner and outer conflicts, and share these perspectives with their patients and clients. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for attendance requirements and more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe conditions that support or impede access to the body through sensation, the role of sensation tracking in nervous system regulation, and contraindications for sensation tracking as a clinical intervention;
  • Describe the physiological effect of trauma on the nervous system;
  • Describe how cultural factors contribute to the persistence of trauma symptoms, especially for people and communities subject to systemic oppression;
  • Discuss how cultural conditioning results in unconscious bias and habitual reactivity, perpetuating systemic oppression as well as stress and anxiety.

Continuing Education content level: Introductory

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


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Continuing Education

This program offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing board to see if credits from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.

– The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
– Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.
– The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
– The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.


Schedule with CE credit sessions noted:

Saturday, March 9
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction to the day and meditation practice
10:30 – 11:30 Talk 1: Trauma Physiology (CE credit)
11:30 – 12:30 Experiential Exercise
12:30 – 1:00 Q+A (CE credit)
1-2pm LUNCH
2:00 – 2:30 Meditation practice
2:30 – 3:30 Talk 2: Community & Relationship, Collective (CE credit)
3:30 – 4:30 Experiential Exercise
4:30 – 5:00 Q+A (CE credit)


Sunday, March 10
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction to the day and meditation practice
10:30 – 11:30 Talk 3: Mindfulness & Somatics (CE credit)
11:30 – 12:30 Experiential Exercise
12:30 – 1:00 Q+A (CE credit)
1-2pm LUNCH
2:00 – 2:30 Meditation practice
2:30 – 3:30 Talk 4: Appropriate Response (CE credit)
3:30 – 4:30 Experiential Exercise
4:30 – 5:00 Q+A (CE credit)


Attendance Requirements:
– Sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the program;
– Stay until the end of the program;
– Sign out.


Continuing Education (CE) credit available for applicable content. Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include yoga or extended silent meditation. See below for attendance requirements and more information. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please visit the CE Credit information page.


Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.


  • Leslie Booker

    Leslie Booker

    Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, embodied practice, and activism. She began working with system-involved populations in 2005 and was a senior teacher and Director of Trainings with Lineage Project for 10 years, and facilitated an intervention on Riker's Island from 2009-2011 through NYU. Booker shares her expertise nationally on creating culturally responsive environments and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has spoken at Mind&Life Institute’s International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, and Mindfulness in Education conferences, as well as at universities across the country. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report on Gender & Trauma, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and Sharon Salzberg's book Happiness at Work. Booker is on faculty with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and Off the Mat Into the World. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020. View Booker's upcoming programs.

  • Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, E-RYT, SEP

    Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, E-RYT, SEP

    View Sean's upcoming programs or profile.

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