Regulating Wild Feelings & Emotions:
Learning self-help EMDR techniques to reprocess negative memories
(EMDR = Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing psychotherapy)
with Lama Linda (AKA Linda Hochstetler)
Friday, November 1st to Sunday, November 3rd (optional, Monday, November 4th)
As many Dharma practitioners know, sitting on a meditation cushion can unleash some wild and crazy feelings and emotions. Meditation isn't always relaxing, and it doesn't always feel good. It's considered a positive step in the awakening process when negative memories surface, or when the body releases some of the pain and suffering that it's been holding from traumatic experiences in the past. Learning to calm the overstimulated mind and body requires mastery of specific techniques borrowed from trauma-informed psychotherapy.
This retreat will introduce students to several different self-help EMDR techniques that they can apply to their own emotional disturbances. Retreatants will be encouraged to apply these techniques throughout the weekend, and also later during meditation sits and retreats, as well as in response to stressful situations in life. Weekend activities will include group classes to learn and practice the techniques, as well as meditation sits.
For students wanting to experience EMDR psychotherapy with a trained psychotherapist, there will be individual sessions available to persons extending their retreat an extra day and pre-booking for a Sunday afternoon or Monday session. The one-on-one EMDR session will build on techniques and strategies learned throughout the weekend and can be applied to a single highly-emotional personal event.
Lama Linda (aka Linda Hochstetler) has studied both mindfulness meditation and Vajrayana Buddhism for more than 20 years. She trained in mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 90’s, and studied under Namgyal Rinpoche (the first Canadian-born Rinpoche) from 1995 until his death in 2003. She currently studies Vajrayana Buddhism with Senseis Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, and received permission to teach in the Namgyal lineage in 2014. Silent meditation retreats are a central part of her study and practice, and since 1995, she has completed retreats of between 1 week and 2 months in length every year.
Registration for this course is being handled fully by Awaken in Toronto. Please direct your correspondence or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and not the Dharma Centre of Canada.
The first class will be held on Friday at 8pm, so please plan to arrive between 3-5pm on the first day. The retreat ends after lunch on Sunday, except for people staying on the additional day to experience the one-on-one session.
Prices includes single accommodation and all meals. They do not include instructor fees. Linda is sharing her experience within the traditional Buddhist understanding of Dana. To understand more about Dana, please read the following:
What is Dana?
Teachers give the teachings of awakening (Dharma) freely so that anyone, no matter their financial means can attend classes. Each time one receives teachings, it is an opportunity to consciously practice generosity. Giving money and other means of support expresses gratitude and support to the teacher and helps to ensure that these teachings continue. Each person receiving Dharma teachings determines the kind and amount of Dāna according to one’s heart and one’s financial means. When deciding how much to offer, one should think about what these teachings mean to you and try to give accordingly. It is recommended that students make an offering of dāna at the beginning of a class or retreat to establish the intention to make the most of this opportunity for one’s own progression and for the benefit of all others.
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Registration is 100% refundable until October 24th. No refunds are available after this date.
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