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Self - Compassion: the Ultimate Radical Pursuit

  • Zazen 2219 Filbert St San Francisco, CA, 94123 United States (map)

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.