With Jill Satterfield
$25 members / $40 Visitors / Register Online
Meditation in motion is compassion in action.
By moving mindfully through our practices we develop the ability to move mindfully throughout our day – awake to what is and open to what comes. With this ability to pause, slow the thoughts, and find the space between them, we are able to take care of ourselves because we can actually hear what our heart, mind and body needs. This deep inner listening is a developed skill. Self - compassion is also developed – it’s not necessarily innate. Many of our practices are just that – practicing to have in hand at a moments notice - a pause, the ability to listen to our own needs, and take care of ourselves. This is not taught in our Western education, it is something we are pursuing now as a spiritual path.
Join yourself in this workshop. Join your body, heart and mind so that all your glorious components of the whole of your being are in communication, can listen and respond kindly. We will practice a variety of ways to respond to what we see and hear – with mindful asana, meditation and contemplation practices.
• Develop awareness of where self - compassion is needed in your life
• Cultivate the ability to deeply listen to your needs
• Experience a variety of ways to integrate self-compassion into your practices and your day
• Remain more content and at ease through taking good care of yourself regularly
Jill Satterfieldis the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of yoga and Buddhism that combines meditation, yoga and contemplative practices. Named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun Magazine, the VY+M trainings were the first to integrate Buddhism and meditation directly into asana practice in New York City in 2002. Jill has instigated mindful and creative educational programs for over 28 years.
She is also the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need. SCA is a not for profit that trains teachers, psychologists and health care providers to integrate mind and body practices into their professions. SCA also provides classes to people in chronic pain, with illness, those suffering from PTSD, and at- risk youth. SCA is now taught and practiced across the country and in Europe.
Jill turned to meditation and yoga over 35 years ago to successfully heal from a debilitating physical condition with acute pain that she was told could never be healed. Her personal triumph became the inspiration and drive to guide as many people as possible in utilizing and understanding their own mind, heart and body to help themselves.
Jill is a founding faculty member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindfulness for Yoga Training, the Somatic 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 yoga and meditation teacher to bring yoga onto silent meditation retreats at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts over 16 years ago. She continued to break ground on Tibetan retreats with respected teachers such as Mingyur Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. At the time, this was very unusual and not always welcomed – this blending of traditions has come a long way! Vajra Yoga now moves with ease into yoga centers, hospitals, addiction centers, Buddhist monasteries and corporate headquarters.
The Vajra Yoga and School for Compassionate Action teacher trainings have been held at NYC’s famed Tibet House for 12 years and are now being led in Europe. Jill has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, UK’s Yoga Magazine, Happinez Magazine of Holland and Tricycle Magazine amongst others. She contributed to the book “ Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind” by Michael Stone, and is currently composing her own book.
Join us for a screening of the award winning documentary Bitter Seeds with Director Micha Peled.
Donation at Event / All Proceeds to support Micha's work / Reserve Online
Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself in despair because he can no longer provide for his family. Will Ramkrishna be next? A cotton farmer at the epicenter of the suicide crisis region, he is struggling to keep his land. Manjusha, the neighbors' daughter, is determined to overcome village traditions and become a journalist. Ramkrishna's plight is her first assignment. BITTER SEEDS raises critical questions about the human cost of GMO agriculture within a gripping character-based narrative. This is the final film in the Globalization Trilogy, following the award-winning STORE WARS and CHINA BLUE.
Micha X. Peled is an award winning documentary film director and producer based in San Francisco. His previous films (China Blue, Bitter Seeds) have aired on PBS and 32 other television channels, won over 20 international awards and screened in theaters, festivals and community events on every continent.
Introductory instruction in sitting and walking meditation, with emphasis on settling the body into a comfortable, sustainable upright posture. Includes two 20-minute periods of sitting meditation, with walking meditation in between. Offered one hour before each weekend workshop -- if you have registered for a workshop, please consider also coming to Introduction to Meditation.
Register Online / Donations Welcome at Event
Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Espe Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, then moved to San Francisco. After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now serving as a visiting teacher to various SFZC-affiliated sanghas. Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area. Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.
With Valorie Beer
Suggested donation: $ 25 members, $40 non-members. No-one turned away for lack of funds. Register Online
The Buddha's sangha included laymen and laywoman. "Staying home and following the way" is a foundation of Buddhist practice -- one doesn't need to become a monastic in order to actively and mindfully reduce suffering in the world. This class will focus not on practices that should be added to our busy lives, but on how we can bring practice to every moment during our day. Practices taught may include meditation, mindfulness, bodywork, and yogic practices.
Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, when she moved to City Center. After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now temporarily supporting a Branching Streams sangha in New Rochelle, NY. Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a twenty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.
Academic and Training Background: Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.
Once a month, ZaZen offers a quiet, gentle half-day of meditation, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation from three traditions (Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan). Each sitting period is 25 minutes. Cushions and chairs are available, or you may bring your own. Brief instruction will be given. If you are new to meditation, you may prefer to attend the more detailed Introduction to Meditation first.
$25 members, $40 non-members, Limited income donation option available.
Starts September 2015 - February 2016 / 11 Weekends in San Francisco / 4-day closing retreat
The Vajra Yoga + Meditation/ Embodied Mind 200 Hour Teacher Training at ZaZen, San Francisco is a seamless blend of mindfulness and yoga asana for a sane and practical practice that will nourish and support your heart, mind and body.
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