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The Path of Wellbeing Program
January 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - March 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Support for Stress, Physical Pain, and Emotional Struggles
Jan 10 – Mar 30, 2019 | Registration Deadline January 2
Wellbeing is available to everyone, no matter what the circumstances. When we are physically or emotionally struggling, we believe our life is on hold until we are cured or our problems are resolved. The Path of Wellbeing is the understanding that despite adverse conditions we can learn to develop compassion, wisdom, and even appreciation for our situation and our lives. With practice we can come to regard our struggles as an opportunity to deepen our relationship with ourself and others.
The Path of Wellbeing program is a course of study and meditation developed as a training to help you relate to your body and mind with acceptance and openness. Many of us experience physical and emotional pain that we are unable to change, despite our best efforts to do so. This can cause frustration and disappointment, and sometimes a sense of shame that we can’t fix or correct our problems. Sometimes we struggle for years trying to get better, and yet remain sick, in pain, emotionally distressed, or injured. Our struggle to get well can result in even greater disconnection from, and hostility towards, our bodies and our hearts..
We can all (re)discover a sense of peace and ease in our lives that doesn’t depend on eradicating pain, generating pleasant feelings, or creating ideal circumstances. Through a unique blend of embodiment practices, lovingkindness meditation, discussion, and experiential exercises, we will learn to transform experiences of suffering and stress into openness and self-acceptance, while approaching all aspects of ourselves with kindness, compassion, and wisdom.
Please note: the object of this program is not to prevent you from getting better. Rather the object is to deeply understand that allowing the present moment to arise without resisting it and/or fighting against it will profoundly change the way you relate to our struggles and bring a sense of freedom and ease to each moment.
- Mindfulness instruction and practice
- Body awareness and posture skills drawn from the Alexander Technique
- Lovingkindness meditation instruction and practice
- An understanding of self-compassion, self-acceptance, and equanimity
- Techniques to work with physical pain and discomfort
- Ways to activate your body’s natural relaxation response
- Ways to work with difficult emotions
- Discussion of stress, its causes and prevention
- Peer support
January 10, 7:30-9pm – Interactive Online Orientation
February 1, 7-9pm
February 2, 10-4pm
March 8, 7-9pm
March 9, 10-4pm
March 29, 7-9pm
March 30, 10-4pm
This program is offered on a sliding fee scale. Please select the highest amount you can comfortably afford to support this and other donation-based initiatives. Scroll below for scholarship opportunities. Space is limited. Please register early to save your seat.
- Supported $200: suggested for students, seniors, and unemployed
- Basic $400
- Patron $550: suggested for those who can pay the full cost of this program, and wish to help support scholarship students
Limited scholarship funds are available and are awarded in order of request.
Click here to apply for a Work-Study Position.
Click here to apply for a Person of Color Scholarship.