Weekend two of this training is part of a series of three weekend trainings that are designed as continuing education for already authorized Meditation Instructors, as well as meditation practitioners who are interested in developing as Meditation Instructors. Each weekend is designed to support those interested in sharing the practice of meditation with others to cultivate the understanding and skills to assist others along their meditation path.
You do not need to attend all three weekends. These weekend trainings are ideal for Groups and Centers to include within a mentoring program for those seeking a Meditation Instructor authorization at a local level.
Weekends One and Two are open to all. Weekend Three is for authorized Meditation Instructors and those being mentored into the role.
Weekend two will focus on embodiment—both generally and in meditation practice. The following topics will be discussed, as well as how to convey a sense of the experience of embodiment to others and how to guide people towards being embodied in their meditation practice:
Open to all. Weekends One and Two are open to all. Weekend Three is for authorized Meditation Instructors and those being mentored into the role only.
Erika Berland has been a Meditation Instructor since 1986 and a Shambhala Training Director since 1989. She taught in the original Ngedön School in NYC and has been teaching in the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies for many years and currently. She also presents on Shambhala Online, talks and podcasts on meditation and the body. She created and directed a two year Meditation Practicum for Naropa University’s MFA Contemporary Performance Program that integrated meditation, somatic movement training and dharma art principles from 2004-2020. She is part of the founding faculty of Naropa University’s Mindful Compassion Course, WELCOME, a secular training offered by CACE (Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education) and has been teaching in that program since its inception in 2017. She is the author of Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation published in 2017 and has presented numerous workshops based on her book throughout the US including Boulder, Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, Washington DC as well as Montreal, Canada. She also offers regular workshops and teaching on Zoom and information on these can be found both on beaversberlandworkshops.com and erikaberland.com. Her work has also been published in a number of books on performance training and movement as well as Discovering Sanity (Ratna Peace Initiative), a publication for the incarcerated.