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  • Sean Oakes
    Sean Oakes
    Visiting Teacher to Insight Santa Cruz

    Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, teaches Buddhism and Yoga focusing on the integration of meditation, trauma resolution, and social justice. He received teaching authorization from Jack Kornfield, and wrote his dissertation on extraordinary meditative states. His current research explores identity, ancestry, and rebirth, and working with the body in contemplative inquiry.


Online (originally Meditation Hall)


Aug 22 2020


Pacific Time
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing – August 22

Many people come to meditation and yoga to help heal old wounds, both physical and emotional. Trauma is a nervous system injury, caused by shocking or dangerous events as well as ongoing relational and systemic threat. Meditation and yoga, as nervous system interventions, can be helpful in healing, but like all interventions must be used with sensitivity.

In this class, we will explore current trauma resolution theory, and learn gentle embodiment practices that can support healing and resilience for everyone. The first half of the day will be focused on practice, and on working gently and skillfully with our own nervous systems. In the afternoon we’ll look in more detail at nervous system physiology and the relationship between the Buddhist teachings on liberation from suffering and the resolution of trauma, both individual and collective.

Online Meeting ID: 712 901 357

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