Embodied Emotional Awareness

Daylong Retreat with Eve Ekman and Tenzin Namsel

July 9th

10am -5pm


We wouldn’t want a life without the pull of our emotions—whether we are experiencing love and joy or grief and sadness, our emotions help us navigate our lives, discern what we need, and relate to others. Yet, overwhelming emotions can leave us feeling triggered, drained, and unable to engage in the fullness of life. When the pull of our emotions becomes too strong, we get caught in reactivity when what we truly long for is safety and connection.

But we can use our emotional life as a tool for transformation. As we gain a richer understanding of the inner-workings of emotion, and come to understand how to drop in to our own experiences with awareness and ease, we create space between stimulus and reaction—expanding our capacity to be with our suffering, connect with others, and show up for life.

In this experiential training you will learn about contemplative and western scientific approaches to understanding emotions. You will be guided through meditation training in non-distraction and an embodied experience of our emotions. There will be discussion and reflective writing throughout the day. Join us, bring your emotions.

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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Eve Ekman is currently a Post Doctoral Scholar at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Ekman’s research interests were inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital coupled with her training in the applied emotion regulation and mindfulness intervention: Cultivating Emotional Balance, CEB. At the Osher Center for Integrative medicine Eve continues to refine the conceptual framework, research and training in the areas of meaning, empathy and burnout. In addition to research Eve provides training based in Cultivating Emotional Balance to a wide array of clients in technology, health care, criminal justice, law and education both domestically and internationally.

Tenzin Namsel is an American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He holds a bachelor of music degree in performance from the Berklee College of Music. He took his monastic ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2008 and has developed his Buddhist studies and practice under an array of well-respected Tibetan Buddhist masters and in a variety of solitary meditation retreats. Namsel teaches meditation and Buddhist philosophy throughout the United States. He also supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor and leads review sessions during teaching retreats with Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Namsel seeks to explore the intersection of religious and secular values and is passionate about building bridges of compassionate connection for individuals, communities and the greater world.

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