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Putting Out the Fires: Increasing Resiliency, Decreasing Reactivity

Online Program
Dates: Dec 03, 2022 - Dec 04, 2022

Instructor(s): Heather Sundberg

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Course Description:

A mind-heart which is flexible and at ease in the midst of the chronically stressful conditions of our lives is a tremendous gift to ourselves and others. Developing the ability to be fully embodied and open-hearted in the face of difficulty, and connected with awareness of mind in our activities will decrease our reactivity and increase resiliency

Enjoy a weekend of quiet sitting and walking meditation, which allow our body & mind to settle down and our hearts to open to an inner wisdom. In addition to insight meditation practice, Heather will offer teachings based on the Buddha’s teaching of the Fire Sermon and guided meditations on the theme, as well as optional Qi Gong practice and discussion about how to live these teachings in our daily lives.

In this online weekend retreat, we will explore:

  • Five Somatic Practices to support a Resilient nervous system, particularly in the face of long-term collective reactivity
  • Applying the Buddha’s teaching of the Fire Sermon to practicing in a world full of triggers and reactions
  • Gratitude, Compassion, and Equanimity practices
  • Reflections and dialog on our toolkit to work with internal, interpersonal, and collective reactivity.

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. We encourage you to participate as fully as you are able. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Saturday, December 3

11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Opening Session 

3:00 – 4:30 pm. Afternoon Session 

7:00 – 8:30 pm, Evening Session

Sunday, December 4

11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Morning Session 

3:00 – 4:30 pm, Closing Session 

Please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date will incur a $25 cancellation fee. For intensive, application-based programs, the cancellation fee is $50.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Heather Sundberg has taught insight meditation since 1999, completed the Spirit Rock/IMS Teacher Training program under Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, and is currently a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council.  For the last three decades, Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation and Vajrayana traditions, completing 3 accumulated years of retreat.  Her teaching emphasizes embodiment, heart practice, and wisdom-awareness practices.  www.heathersundberg.com.