Body as House

A Daylong Retreat with Jill Satterfield
Saturday, March 11th
San Francisco


Every body has a story — our every bone has history, every muscle can be patterned in a unique way, our every breath a wind generated from our thoughts and emotions, distinct and emblematic. Our bodies hold an individuated interior that records and stores our time on earth, no two are the same and yet we have much in common.

The body is the house from which our story is created and carried out — from birth to death. Our identity is not only composed and gathered within it, but actually shapes it – often eccentrically, sometimes painfully, and much of the time with no awareness that we have a choice in how it’s being shaped at all.

This workshop will introduce experiential embodiment practices that are intended to direct and connect awareness between the body and it’s heart/mind. Through practice and discovery, we will examine the subtle, unseen and interoceptive body and its direct correlation to the mind. With aimed awareness and intention, we can re-arrange, re-shape our body – internally and externally. With awareness we can choose what to hold onto and what to let go of – mentally and emotionally and therefore in many cases, physically as well.

The practices will include:

  • Mindfulness of the body while seated, walking and lying down
  • Visualization practice to reveal and stimulate understanding of the subtle body
  • Breathing practices to enhance and encourage internal conscious awareness
  • Inquiry practice to impart the significant impact of thoughts and emotions on physical tissue

This workshop is intended for yoga and meditation students, psychotherapists, health care practitioners, substance abuse counselors and anyone intrigued by interoception and the mind body connection.

Open to all.

Cost: $35-75 sliding scale, plus dana (donation) to support the teacher. Scholarships are available. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher, wellness program director, speaker and coach. Jill’s integration of mindfulness and embodiment practices include yoga, yoga therapy and contemplative psychology. She has been in the field of integrative healthcare for over 35 years. This dedication to health and wellness was born from having lived through (and thrived from) multiple surgeries and years of chronic pain. Jill’s direct and hard won experiences have come from intimately knowing illness and pain, sitting over 150 silent meditation retreats and having worked on the front lines of at risk and in need communities for decades.

Jill is the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation and mindfulness of the body practices from the Buddhist tradition.  Named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun Magazine.

Jill is also the founder of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need. SCA trains nurses, physicians, substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, meditation, yoga and school teachers how mindfulness may best apply to: people in chronic pain and illness, those suffering from PTSD, addictions of all kinds, and at- risk youth. SCA also provides workshops on self -regulation, compassion and grief relief to best prepare and maintain good health, longevity and sanity to healthcare providers.

Jill is a founding faculty member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center trainings, the Somatic Yoga Therapy Training in Marin California, and guest teaches in many others. Jill was scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center in 2004. With her teacher Ajahn Amaro, Jill was the first to bring mindful yoga onto silent meditation retreats at  Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society  over 20 years ago. She recently completed the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training and works at Kaiser in Oakland, CA.

She has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, UK’s Yoga Magazine,  Happinez NL/FR, Tricycle Magazine, Shambhala Sun amongst others. She contributed to the book “ Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind” by Michael Stone, and is currently composing her own book.

This daylong retreat will be held at Against the Stream San Francisco
2701 Folsom Street 415.695.2864