Half Day with Dr. Stephen Dansiger and Mary Stancavage
May 21, 2016
Clinical Dharma is a series of 12 classes designed by Dr. Stephen Dansiger to help helpers to infuse their self care, and their care of others, with the 4 Noble Truths and the 8 Fold Path of the Buddha. Also featured as part of Clinical Dharma is the opportunity to go on short retreats with Dr. Steve and guest teachers, where the focus will be on how our work practice is fed by our practice of Buddhist mindfulness. For the month of May, our guest teacher for this Half Day Retreat is Mary Stancavage.
Often in the recovery community and in other healing communities one is instructed to “put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping others in the cabin.” Clinical Dharma workshops and retreats are designed to assist those in the helping professions to take care of others while also taking care of themselves. Through retreat practice pointed at the issues and concerns of professional helpers, as well as workshops and classes that help helpers understand the usefulness and power of Buddha’s 4 Noble Truths and the 8 Fold Path, participants grow in understanding about the importance of self-care; get real life skills related to that self care; grow in understanding of the teachings of the Buddha and how they relate to providing care for others; and become able to translate their retreat experiences and workshop lessons into an improved ability to facilitate healing, and develop a practice and way of life that feeds and informs their own personal path.
These retreats and workshops are geared to professional healers of all kinds, while they will also apply to those who are helping and healing others without it being their vocation.
Cost: Sliding Scale: $25-$60 and the offering of dana to the teacher. Please click here for information on the tradition of dana. Scholarships and work-study are available. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. WALK-INS ARE WELCOME.
Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT has been a practicing Buddhist since 1989. Steve practiced in the Zen tradition for most of that time, including numerous retreats and a one-year residency at a Zen Buddhist monastery. He has taught mindfulness for over 20 years in a variety of settings, including meditation centers, schools, businesses, government agencies and treatment centers. He now teaches classes regularly at Against the Stream Meditation Society in Los Angeles, and also leads short retreats and workshops locally and nationally. In addition, Steve has served as Clinical Director of Refuge Recovery Centers, the premiere Buddhist addictions treatment center that he helped to establish along with Noah Levine. More about Steve can be found at drdansiger.com.
Mary Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for almost 30 years. She began studying with Noah Levine in 2005, and in 2009 completed his first teacher training program. She currently serves as Director of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. In January 2016 she became Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project. She has taught meditation at recovery centers in Los Angeles, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has a weekly class at ATS. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Mary sits on the board of the Buddhist Insight Network. In addition, Mary has a Masters from UCLA, and worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East.
This daylong will be held at 1001a Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. Click on the address for info on parking around the Santa Monica Center.