How the course works…
You begin with a one day training in my studio as a group, where you learn each of the six meditations. Then the rest of the course takes place in your own time at home over the following six weeks. With each meditations available as a video that will guide and support you in learning to meditate every day.
The support of this course work and the discussions with the rest off the group will help you stay committed and practicing and enable you to develop an ongoing daily meditation practice. Which is really the biggest and most effective mental and emotional support you can ever have.
This course requires you to practice for 30 minutes a day, this can be at any time of the day. But I recommend committing to a regal time at first to get established
Each weeks meditation practice will be available on the course page on my website. This will be updated each week with a meditation practice video, plus explanation videos, and some talks and movement classes that relate to that weeks practice. There will also be a few questions to get you thinking.
Then half way through the course I will hold a meditation class in my studio for participants to join if they wish, to help stay on track and get some support from me and the group. There will also be a group conference call available mid way through the course, for those that would like to connect with me and the group, this will be useful if you were not able to get to the mid course class.
Also as another way of staying engaged with the practices and connected to others on the course…There is a secure closed discussion board on my website available to participants. This is another way to stay connected with each other and me over the six weeks, to share experiences, problems and thoughts as your practice develops.
These are a few of the videos from the first weeks practice…
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A Somatic Meditation Course
Starting in January 2020
Your soma is your body as you feel it from the inside, your alive, breathing, beating, buzzing body. Somatic practices connect you with the feelings, the wisdom, the open spaciousness and wholeness of your body. Somatic meditations focus on and in the body, keeping you grounded and deeply connected to yourself…As you learn to journey deeper and further into the space of meditation that is held inside each and everyone of us.
Having a regular meditation practice will support your life in many deep and transformative ways. Research continues to show that meditation is essential for our mental and physical health. Its a practice that will improve your life in quality and longevity.
Meditation is and can be very enjoyable and even addictive. Once you have an established practice you will never look back.
But…Learning to meditate is difficult, challenging, it brings up lots of resistance and can be very confronting. So it requires really good instruction, support and lots of practice.
The meditations I am offering are inspired and supported by the practices I have learnt from Reggie Ray of Dharma Ocean, a tibetan buddhist Lineage. I am also inspired by and we will be working with parts of Yoga Nidra, developmental movement, Feldenkrais, traditional yoga, pranayama practices and my own sense and personal feel for the ‘meditation state’.
There are 6 somatic meditations that all build on the experience gained from the previous practice. Each meditation begins lying down and with some movement, to help you learn to settle into a relaxed stillness. Then the end of the meditation is taught sitting up, with the final meditation being a sitting 30 minute practice.
Where, When and how Much?
Study day on Saturday 18th January. From 10am till 5pm. On this day you will learn the six 30 min long meditations. 3 practices in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, with time between for explanations, questions and discussion. This study day is held in Flow Yoga in Clonakilty.
The two optional group gatherings during the course:
Catch up meditation class on Wednesday 5th February at 7 till 8.30pm.
Group ‘Zoom’ call on Wednesday 12th February at 7pm.
The cost of this course is €225. This includes: The study day, all course work material, meditation practices and talks. The mid course class and conference call. Plus an end of course phone call with Jess to answer questions.
This course is designed to work as a remote training. So participants do not need to attend the study day and mid course class. You can just engage with the practices and connect with the group from home. Please get in touch if this option would suit you.
The first weeks practice is a ‘Tense and Release’ body scan, here is how I explain some of what the practice is about and what you might encounter…