This course will situate sati as an embodied experience. It proposes “body-fullness” as a more accurate translation than “mindfulness” beyond the mind-body dualism. From this knowing, we recognize embodiment as a foundational, dynamic and fluid cognitive phenomena, culturally, historically, ecologically and socially embedded. We see the practice of sati as an ongoing “enactive” recomposition of awareness in our shared, lived environment.
The intention is to provide practitioners with access to a full-body/s exploration of the plasticity, relationality, and situatedness of our radically embodied condition–through movement, play, meditation, discussion, and reflection. Both meditation and movement practices reveal the ways in which we dynamically compose our experience, and offer tools to navigate the elements of awareness that comprise the creative and shared processes of being embodied in the world. It is our experience that somatic and aesthetically-based movement exploration, in right relation, can support our capacities for spaciousness, flexibility, sensitivity, agency, and empathy. Our focus will be to create an inquiring, yet safe space that nurtures the whole person, including basic practices for self-care and creative growth. For all the activities, a culture of consent will be facilitated, with options for adjusting the practices so they work for particular sensitivities, capabilities and physical needs.
We invite people from diverse backgrounds to attend; the workshop will provide space for both personal and collective inquiry, with attention to the potency of awareness to nurture inclusive, liberatory practices. All practices are offered with a trauma sensitive framework.
To become familiar with the framework of embodied/enactive cognition and its relationship to mindfulness and other contemplative modalities; practice a fuller sense of presence, creativity and a flexible sense of embodied awareness; promote a range of somatic and creative resources for resiliency in order to facilitate being embodied in the world; cultivate reciprocity, vitality and an expanded capacity for emotional regulation; embody creativity through personal and collective movement practices; and to provide an embodied framework for social cognition and the development of a critical ”practice.”
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.
Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.