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Location: Albuquerque Shambhala Meditation Center

Training for Meditation Instructors: Weekend Two (In Person and Online)

Hosted by Shambhala Online

Please join us at the Albuquerque Shambhala Center for 3 weekend trainings for Meditation Instructors and those interested in developing a Meditation Instructors. The weekends are being offered through Shambhala Online, but we will be participating in as a group in person at the Albuquerque Shambhala Center. If you are interested in joining us in person please contact Leslie Bailly.

Weekend Two is part of a series of 3 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.

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:

  • An overview of Mindfulness of Body
  • Discovering ease and joy in the physical posture of meditation 
  • Connecting our bodies to the body of the earth and the elements of our natural world
  • Feeling the energy of emotions in your body and holding your seat, with yourself and others
  • Communicating with others from an embodied place. 
  • Learning to work with physical discomfort through mindfulness of body
  • Exploration and familiarity with the Four Postures of Meditation
  • Tips on how to lead body-centered practices such as shamatha yoga with an emphasis on permission language and adaptations
  • Bringing “mindfulness of body” into everyday life


NOTE: This course is being offered through Shambhala Online. In order for Shambhala Albuquerque to receive a portion of the course price, please select “Albuquerque” as your center upon registration and use the course code: 2024CONTINUING50. If you have any questions about how to register or should you run into any issues, please contact Eric Zechman.

About the Teacher:

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.


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