INVITING CHRONIC PAIN AND ILLNESS TO TEA
Pain and trauma can shape the relationship we have with our minds, bodies and hearts. This course is for those seeking to change their relationship with a chronic struggle that they may perceive as an obstacle to living life fully.
Research has shown that the cultivation of mindfulness practices can have a dramatic effect on the reduction of the experience of pain, yet many of us find that the trauma and/or pain interferes with our mindfulness practice. Informed by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Judith Blackstone, Tara Brach and others, this course will provide tools participants can use to reframe their experience and embrace what is.
Through experiential exercises, meditations, group discussions, community-building and home practice, participants will learn to deepen their awareness of themselves as much more than the pain or illness.
This 17-week course offers 9 bi-weekly classes where new content will be offered, and 8 bi-weekly practice sessions to integrate learning and cultivate community. This course is designed for an extended length in order to help participants more fully integrate the teachings and practices into their lives.
The course includes:
Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
Gentle stretching and mindful movement
Group dialogue and discussions aimed at community-building and working through challenges
Daily home practice, including guided meditations
Bi-weekly sessions to support integration of learning
Fifteen recorded guided meditations and a home practice manual
This course is offered as a video conference course for convenience to participants as well as to allow for participation from various locations.
Tuition: $550, includes nine 2-hour experiential sessions, eight 1-hour practice sessions, workbook, and fifteen guided meditations (in mp3 format). Scholarship is available—contact me.
UPCOMING CHRONIC PAIN AND ILLNESS COURSES
NEW COURSE STARTING IN JANUARY 2021
Free Introductory Class: Thursday, December 10, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. ET
Free Introductory Class: Thursday, January 7, 2021, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. ET
Two-hour teaching sessions, Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. ET, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6
One-hour practice sessions, Thursdays, 7 - 8 p.m. ET, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29
REVIEWS FROM CHRONIC PAIN AND ILLNESS PARTICIPANTS
Course organization, delivery, and content were among the best I’ve taken to effect behavioral change. The exercises, meditations, and homework addressed many of the challenges I have with chronic pain in the way I perceive, feel, and communicate with myself and others. Stan’s teaching was tops. His focus on intent, self-kindness, and self-compassion enabled me to explore my thoughts and feelings without falling down the rabbit hole of self-condemnation and hopelessness. I smiled a few days last week for no reason. I know that I smiled a lot, and that others noticed. Even this weekend, when I experienced a high level of pain, I could still turn up the corners of my mouth and smile.
The course was comprehensive, methodical and clear. Each step of the training built upon what had come before. Stan is a gifted teacher who hears his students deeply and helps the group bond. The guided meditations were particularly helpful, as were the supporting written materials. But most importantly the course has heart. Stan was in the moment flexible with what was working or not working with the group, adjusting and adapting as needed. In our interviews, he asked skillful questions to evoke perspectives and discussion when I was stuck in knowing what I wanted to talk about. The email daily gratitude practice, which our group continued, was rich and became the most important part of the course for me. Of course it would not have worked so well without everything else. I really appreciated Stan recording the two sessions I was not able to attend. It made a big difference not missing that material.