An Online Course with Jill Satterfield

The Body as Home: A Journey of Somatic Wisdom 

29 October - 24 November, 2019

Our new course with Jill Satterfield is a unique opportunity to explore the deep wisdom of the body with one of the leading embodied mindfulness teachers in the US.

The course includes 3.5 hours of recorded teachings and four hours of live, interactive student-teacher contact. Ask questions, engage in dialogue and explore deep experiential practice to discover the wisdom unlocked within the body.

We spend most of our lives, and most of our energy, invested in what we see and what we think.  

The world we live in encourages us to pay most of our attention to our external landscape.  

To those things we can only touch and see.  

Most of us feel that we need or want to attune more deeply to ourselves, but we often don’t know how.  

The practices and teachings of inner awareness, as offered in this course, can become the bedrock to understanding how we begin the inner journey, and what that may feel like.  

Opening our awareness to the vast inner landscape of our somatic, or felt life, is a fascinating journey of exploration, insight and homecoming.  

The three primary facets of our consciousness; the thinking mind, the feeling heart and the sensory body, are in constant interplay.  

Can we awaken to their conversations and reflective opportunities?  

How do we bridge back to the narratives and insights waiting for us, within our bodies?  

How do we understand and interpret the silent language of sensation?  

The somatic sense of our internal landscape is our weather vane which turns and moves depending on the external world and how we are meeting it.  

This new course invites you to pause the constant movements of outward “looking” and restricted “thinking” cycles, to instead begin deeply dropping into the body. Into radical practices which center around the liberating wisdom of the unseen, yet felt.  

MODULE ONE

The Breath: Mirroring the Mind

The breath is our lifelong companion, with us all the time, yet we often forget it’s even there, responding to everything we encounter.  

Keeping us alive.  

A finely tuned mirror, the breath is constantly reflecting our inner and outer states.

The body feels a thought or a feeling before the mind actually recognizes it.  

In order to sense this constant phenomenon, we need to become more sensitive to sensations, which begins with the breath.  

As we attune to the four movements of the breath, each movement becomes a window into our somatic world.  

A window into our somatic wisdom.  

This allows us to see clearly and respond wisely to the discomfort and unease within that often goes unattended.  

The First Foundation of Mindfulness explores this fascinating discovery. Noticing sensations and separating them from a thought or a feeling is a skill that can be learned.  

This teasing apart of thoughts from sensations is a practice whose benefits can be noticed immediately, with profound openings which accumulate over time.  

In this opening module, Jill, provides frameworks for this type of investigation with guided and silent mindfulness practices of body and breath, and restorative postures to help us reconnect our body and mind.  

MODULE TWO

The Silent Language of the Body

In this module, we develop the skill of listening to the body’s language of sensation.  

Learning a new language enables us to hear, listen and understand much more than before. This new language gives us the choice to liberate ourselves from mental, emotional and often physical ties that bind us.  

Ties that wear us down, keeping us endlessly wishing things were different from what they are.  

With new eyes we begin to see this truth. The truth of the full landscape of ourselves.  

With this new language, with these new eyes, we see our full somatic lives, the whole territory of ourselves which reveals much that we had either forgotten or ignored.  

In this module Jill introduces practice which sensitises ourselves to thoughts and emotions in the body as they are occurring, as well as discussing the gift of working with the Second Foundation of Mindfulness.  

These practices help us to both:

  • recognize our stories: feeling into where it’s being held or played out in the body
  • and to know how and when to cut the story: stopping it endlessly repeating especially once we have heard it enough times.  
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

MODULE THREE

The Heart-Body-Mind: A Care-Taking Relationship

How do we hold ourselves?  

How do we hold all the experiences and sensations we notice unfolding within us, across all territories of “myself”, with kindness, empathy and compassion?

How do we observe our feeling lives, with an easeful attention?  

A great deal of freedom opens up when we develop the skills to hold both our personal and interpersonal experiences in awareness.  

By becoming more familiar with our own landscapes and how the different facets of our being work together, respond together and affect each other, we begin to deeply appreciate how the landscapes of others are also undergoing the same movements and processes  

  • we see how they connect
  • we see how we relate 
  • we see how we can take greater care of ourselves and others.  

With practice, we have greater choices around how and when we respond, and how to take care.  

We develop and hold empathy, compassion and appreciation for the human experience, the experience of having a breathing body, and a thinking mind.  

In this module Jill guides us through loving kindness and self compassion practices, all done while seated, walking and lying down, as a way to hold our our personal and interpersonal worlds in warmth and care.  

MODULE FOUR

The Body as Home: Our Somatic Journey

In this final module, we'll learn skillful tools to help free us from challenging thoughts, emotions or stories.  

There are times when a resetting, renewing and regenerative practice is helpful.  

There are times when an instant checking in with ourselves is enough.  

Other times just bearing witness to whatever is present provides the spaciousness and conditions to allow things to naturally pass, without creating a stuck pattern in the body or mind.  

These can be seen as guests coming and going through our home, the body.  

In this final module, Jill offers a practice to integrate the experience and understanding of inner awareness for self care and self regulation. 

This supports us to increase our emotional intelligence, concentration and mental acuity, so we can access the somatic wisdom within us.  

Course Details

Four Recorded Video Teachings

Filmed in high definition with teachings and guided practices to help you deeply embody the material. Released each Tuesday during the course, these teachings can be watched at your own pace throughout the week. Each recorded teaching is between 35-45 minutes.  

Four Live Sessions of 60 Minutes  

This is your chance to connect with Jill live, ask questions, clarify your understanding and share what’s coming up for you in the course. Ask your questions on screen using your webcam, or via text. The power of being included and heard can offer great benefit in your process.

Live Session Dates

All sessions are 60 minutes long, and start at 9am PT (Los Angeles), 12pm ET (NY), 5pm UK (London), 6pm CET (Paris)

Interactive 1: Sunday 3 November Interactive 2: Sunday 10 November Interactive 3: Sunday 17 November Interactive 4: Sunday 24 November 

All live sessions will be recorded and made available for those who are not able to attend the live times.  

Online Forum  

Join in a virtual online sangha where you can come together with other likeminded souls, learning with, inspiring, and supporting each other.  

About Jill

Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher, named “one of the 4 leading (mindful movement) and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Lion’s Roar. Her integration of embodied mindfulness and meditation includes somatic practices and contemplative psychology. Teaching for over 35 years, Jill approaches her work with the intention of empowering people from all walks of life, backgrounds and dispositions. Jill leads Trainings at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, was a founding faculty member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training and is a mentor for Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Teacher Training. Student of Ajahn Amaro, Jill trained as a Buddhist Chaplain at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, a contributing author to “ Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind” by Michael Stone, and is currently composing her own book.  

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