SEPTEMBER 26, 2019—SEPTEMBER 29, 2019
Josh Korda, DharmaPunx NYC, and Jessica Morey: The Science and Somatics of Self-Care
A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available in support of this program. For more information, please refer here.
The Science and Somatics of Self-Care:
Contemplative Practices to Reset our Nervous Systems
Embodied calm and ease is challenging to achieve given that we are surrounded by the pace of modern life and stimuli that light up our survival instincts. Relaxation is especially elusive when we’ve experienced emotional wounds, traumas, or relational abandonments that have set our nerves on high alert. While we try to calm our aroused or chronically shut-down nervous systems, we can be bombarded with messages “to just relax,” as if it’s simply a matter of pushing a button.
On this retreat we’ll address the underlying psycho-biological mechanisms that establish our core emotional settings, integrating early Buddhist wisdom with contemporary insights from neuropsychology and attachment theory. We’ll explore a wide variety of ancient and modern techniques to establish states associated with the eight Cs: Connected; Curious; Calm; Clear; Confident; Courageous; Compassionate; Creative.
This 3-day retreat will include a variety of contemplative practices that support self-soothing, including guided somatic meditations, dharma talks, relational exercises, and movement techniques. There will be multiple opportunities to ask questions of teachers, as well as times set aside to explore the beautiful hiking trails surrounding the retreat center.