Quieting the Mind 

The mind requires our attention before it will quiet. Natalie Goldberg, writer and lifelong student of Zen, says “To stay close and intimate with experience is to stay close to the mind; the nitty gritty mind of the way things really are.” So this quieting the mind workshop does not provide a secret password to a calm mind, but tools to bring compassionate, silent attention to what is happening inside. And when the mind is calm, it’s easier to attend to family, friends, coworkers, and clients.

If mindfulness is a new concept for you, this workshop is a great introduction; if mindfulness is already part of your practice, this weekend will support and deepen your work. You will learn how to attend, with compassion and curiosity, to the many voices within. Mindfulness provides tools for accessing deep material and can lead to a state of inner peace and equanimity.

What to expect

The workshop is comprised of short presentations alternating with exercises (done solo, one-on-one, or as a group), and is presented in a step-by-step format, allowing plenty of time to take in the material. Hakomi certified teachers are available and offer direction and feedback in a manner consistent with Hakomi principles.

What to bring

• A notebook and pen (if you like to take notes.)
• A sack lunch (unless you prefer to go out for lunch). The lunch break is 60-90 minutes.

What you’ll take with you

• A practice that provides a potential for awareness of inner unexamined beliefs.
• A powerful skill for tending your own mind, and being present for others.
• Access to a sense of deep relaxation

Cost

• Tuition is $195.00 ($220.00 after the early registration deadline which is two weeks prior to the workshop).