The Embodied Mind

A Daylong with Jill Satterfield

Sunday May 22, 2016

10am – 4pm

We often hear people speaking about embodiment, or being “in” the body– but what does that really mean? And how can we become more embodied? More aware? Join us for a daylong retreat with Jill Satterfield to learn more!

Both ancient contemplative practices and modern science tell us that awareness of sensations externally (called proprioception) as in feeling heat or coolness on the skin for instance or the body in space, coupled with the ability to feel what’s occurring internally (called interoception) such as tension in the chest or when we’re holding our breath, supports an emotional and mental landscape of ease, confidence and presence. This inner and outer awareness is also the capacity to recognize how our environment, conversations, job, and daily stressors affect us at the deepest level.

Embodied mindful awareness is a foundation for emotional stability, self – regulation and presence – all of which are an antidote to anxiety, depression, fear, burnout and compassion fatigue. These skills of embodied awareness are developed, and with practice we can release tension and negativity as it occurs, leaving no lingering detriment to overall health.

This workshop will introduce a variety of skillful means to cultivate embodied awareness including:

  • Mindfulness of the body while seated, standing and walking
  • Restorative yoga postures to calm and connect body and mind
  • Interactive inquiry to develop awareness of internal sensations while in conversation
  • Breath practices to release felt tension anywhere and anytime

There will be ample time for silence, discussions and questions. This workshop is intended for anyone interested in becoming more embodied, but can be particularly helpful for healthcare providers, social workers, psychotherapists and anyone in care giving fields. Some meditation experience is helpful.


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 the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation and yoga, contemplative and compassion in action practices. She was named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by the Shambhala Sun Magazine, and is also the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need.

As a pioneer in the field of mind body awareness, Jill has been teaching internationally, consulting and instigating mindful and creative educational programs for over 29 years. Jill is a founding faculty of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindfulness Meditation for Yoga Training and a guest teacher for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. She leads professional teacher trainings and workshops internationally.

She was the scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center and has consulted with many leading mindfulness organizations. Jill has featured in the
New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, Yoga Magazine UK and
NL and Happinez Magazine NL amongst others. She teaches and has created Integrative Mind Body programs in hospitals, addiction centers, alternative to incarceration facilities, on silent meditation retreats and in many yoga centers worldwide.

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