Program Details

Holding and Grounding: How to Work with the Activation of Trauma


December 15 / 2:00 PM - February 17 / 4:00 PM

The purpose of this series of workshops is to offer psychoeducation on the nature of trauma to the Boulder Shambhala community, as well as to teach pragmatic techniques for grounding oneself when experiencing "triggering" from trauma, either due to events in our community or prior events in one's personal life, both within Shambhala and the larger world.


When we are activated, there can be a tendency to shut down, numb one's feelings or be reactive. This makes it difficult to process what is going on, as we don't know what we're responding to. When flooded with emotions, it is difficult to think or converse coherently. We just react.


Understanding what is actually happening on a mind-body level can be extremely helpful. In learning about the nature of trauma, we develop the ability to recognize when we're being activated. With this recognition we can apply the skills for grounding and calming our mind/body and heart.


We will teach various practical methods of self-soothing, grounded in our meditative training. There will be opportunities for learning, discussion and practice. Our goal is to help our community come together from a place of kindness and groundedness, so that we can take care of ourselves and each other as we move forward during this difficult time.


You are welcome to attend one or all of the workshops, each led by practitioners and teachers who work in the larger community with a Mind/Body approach and an understanding of trauma. Our six leaders are Shastri Cal Aston, Nicki Dayley, Margot Iseman, Wendy Conquest, Rose Sposito and Erika Berland.


This series is intended mostly for community members, both current and in our larger sangha, as an opportunity to process and learn about trauma, particularly as it affects BSC members and participants in our programs. As mentioned, we will also teach a variety of grounding techniques. The presenters include therapists, trauma-informed educators and mind-body practitioners. They are also teachers and meditation instructors within the Shambhala community. Please see their bios for more specific information and credentials, both within Shambhala and in the larger community.


Tea will follow each gathering.


No charge; donations appreciated.


Saturday, Dec. 15th, 2–4pm
with Shastri Cal Aston and Nicki Dayley


Sunday, Jan. 20th, 2–4pm
with Margot Iseman and Wendy Conquest


Sunday, Feb. 17th, 2–4pm
with Rose Sposito and Erika Berland

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