Mindfulness of Body is the first Foundation of Mindfulness that the Buddha taught 2,500 years ago. Direct experience of our physical being is the ground, or support for our meditation practice, both on and off the cushion. Through guided contemplations and practices we will explore what that really means to us and how we can embrace the felt sense as a pathway to full presence.
Erika Berland has been a Meditation Instructor since 1986 and a Shambhala Training Director since 1989. 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 also 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 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. She is a Licensed Massage therapist, Registered Movement Therapist and a Certified Body-MInd Centering(R) practitioner.