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    • 13 Mar 2017
    • 03 Apr 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street Studio
    • 0

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    Have you heard enough about the benefits of Mindfulness to convince you to try it? This class is the perfect introduction for you! Mindfulness for Beginners is a 4 week workshop covering the basic elements of mindfulness meditation in a relaxed and no-pressure environment. 

    Participants can expect short instructive talks, group discussion and interactive mindfulness activities, including guided meditations. Each week a different aspect of the four foundations of mindfulness will be covered and you will be given practical ways to incorporate them into your daily life. 


    Class: 4 Mondays from 6PM to 7:15PM 

    Cost: $70 for non-members   $60 for members


    Instructor: Janka Livoncova
    Janka Livoncova has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2004. She has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine, professional training program and has been leading 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses at the Center for Mindful Living since January 2013. Janka maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends meditation retreats. 



    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 10

    This series will offer contemplative and meditations practices for those who are looking to deepen their spiritual practice. We will be learning to cultivate skillful intentions and actions of generosity, truthfulness and equanimity. These qualities when developed lead to contentment, peace and happiness.

    Each session will include guided meditations, instructive talks, group discussion, interactive mindfulness activities and written homework suggestions.


    The April 8th session will focus on Generosity: Sense of Connection and Belonging.

    When we live in a self-focused way, we distort reality and create stress for ourselves.By developing our minds to become more generous, we open the heart in a benevolent way, which allows us to see the reality of the shared world. We feel more connected, kind and compassionate.


    Led by Janka Livoncova, LMT, E-RYT500 is registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and licensed massage therapist. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2004. In 2007, Janka began studying meditation and mindfulness with Daeja Napier and with Thanissara and Kittisaro in 2010. She is currently enrolled in the 2 year Community Dharma Leader Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Janka is also a student in the Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Education program at Kinetic Learning Center in Durham, NC. She has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine, professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli, and has been leading 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses at the Center for Mindful Living since January 2013. Janka maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends meditation retreats. 
    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Center for Mindful Living
    • 18

    Join us for an afternoon of community and learning about the complicated human process known as PAIN! We are honored to welcome to Chattanooga two nationally known experts in pain, Dr. Howard Schubiner and Alan Gordon! 

    We will be locally premiering the movie All the Rage, a documentary about the complicated process of PAIN. Reported levels of chronic pain are reaching epidemic levels in the US and this movie follows one person's journey through chronic pain. After the movie, we will have a Q and A with Dr. Schubiner and Mr. Gordon. 

    Tickets are only $5 for members and $10 for non-members!

    Snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase.  

    Dr. Howard Schubiner is board-certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and internal medicine. He was a full Professor at Wayne State University for 18 years and now works at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Schubiner is known as a national expert in ADHD in adolescents and adults as well as mindfulness meditation and stress reduction. He has authored over 60 publications in scientific journals and books and performed research in the fields of adolescent health, ADHD and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Mental Health. He is currently the founding director of the Mind-Body Institute at Providence Hospital. 


    Alan Gordon is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain. Alan is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, has authored publications on the treatment of chronic pain, and has presented on the topic of pain treatment at conferences and trainings throughout the country. He served as the chair for the 2013 Mind-Body Conference at USC, and co-created the Treatment Outline and Training Protocol for the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association.


    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 30 May 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 17

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well researched, secular, intensive 8-week course designed to empower participants through meditative awareness to take an active role in the management of their health and wellness. MBSR teaches the practice of mindfulness through meditation, yoga, and awareness brought into our everyday lives. This course is modeled on the MBSR program pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Currently, there are over 200 medical centers in the United States and Europe that teach MBSR programs, plus many other health related organizations worldwide.

    8 weekly classes -  Tuesday evenings starting April 11, 2017 from 6PM to 8PM, except for the first and last class in the series which ends at 8:30 pm. One experiential retreat for this course is Saturday May 20, 2017; 10am-4pm.

    Who Will Benefit

    Two decades of published research indicate that the majority of people who complete the 8-week program report greater ability to cope more effectively with both short- and long-term stressful situations. By learning to actively participate in the management of health and well being, many participants report they are better able to manage stress, fear, anger, anxiety and depression both at home and in the workplace. People taking the MBSR class come from all walks of life, but they share one thing in common: the desire to find more balance, peace and happiness in their lives.

    What to Expect

    Weekly classes will include lecture, group discussion and experiential learning, with an all-day Saturday session after the 6th week. Participants are asked to practice mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement for 45-60 minutes a day. The 8-week course will include:

    • Guided instruction in a variety of mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful movement
    • Practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life
    • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life 
    • Email and phone support
    • Home practice materials (audio CDs and written handouts) 

    Instructors: Janka Livoncova, LMT, E-RYT500 is registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and licensed massage therapist. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2004. In 2007, Janka began studying meditation and mindfulness with Daeja Napier and with Thanissara and Kittisaro in 2010. She is currently enrolled in the 2 year Community Dharma Leader Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Janka is also a student in the Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Education program at Kinetic Learning Center in Durham, NC. She has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine, professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli, and has been leading 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses at the Center for Mindful Living since January 2013. Janka maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends meditation retreats. She also regularly leads and facilitates meditation and mindfulness classes in Chattanooga.


    Rod Francis -As well as a diverse career through international performing arts and business, Rod has been teaching for almost 30 years and coaching & mentoring for over a decade. He is currently working alongside leading mind/body expert Dr Mark Atkinson creating and delivering the Bulletproof Coach Training program, and has trained with numerous leaders from the worlds of coaching, personal development and Positive Psychology.

    Rod has had a meditation practice for approximately three decades and has sat many teacher led retreats in the Insight tradition including several with his guiding teacher Yanai Postelnik. Rod also sat the MBSR in Mind Body Medicine retreat with the program’s founder Jon Kabat-Zinn and is currently formally qualifying as an MBSR teacher with the Umass teacher program.

    Please contact Janka at 423-488-5406 or janka@breathingbodyyoga.com if you have any questions, prior to registration, about how this course is structured, the level of work involved, and any other inquiries you may have about what this course entails.

    Cost (includes materials):

    $350 non-members

    $325 members 

    Cancellation policy:
    Full refunds available up to 5 days before the start of the class.  

    Once you have registered, return here to download this information form MBSR application JL .docx and return to MBSR at the Center for Mindful Living by January 3rd. (This information is requested to help Janka tailor the class to participants and will be kept strictly confidential. If you do not wish to write down relevant information, please contact Janka, 423-488-5406) 


    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 15

     

    Compassion is a trait that can be developed or expanded! 

    Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) is a method for cultivating greater well-being. Developed at Emory University in 2004, CBCT was originally designed to address the rising mental distress of Emory students. It is based on centuries old techniques that have been researched and validated by modern science to create this contemporary and secular method.

    For people who have an existing mindfulness practice, This ONE DAY INTENSIVE will cover the essential teachings of CBCT - cultivating self- compassion, empathy and related mental states to increase your own sense of well-being. A perfect addition to your current practice or a great refresher for folks who have already completed the CBCT Training!


    Instructor, Amanda P. B. Evans, Ph.D., is a CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) teacher and a clinical psychologist, currently completing her postdoctoral residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Evans was trained at Emory University, and has dedicated her work to studying the role of contemplative practices in promoting well-being and alleviating psychological distress. Her doctoral research focused on teaching CBCT® to combat veterans struggling with emotional numbing and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Evans has also received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Clinically, she has a particular interest in working with individuals who have suffered from traumatic experiences. Dr. Evans has taught CBCT® to combat veterans, female prisoners, university students, and adolescents in the Atlanta foster care system

    Members: $90      Non-members: $100     

    Please feel free to bring your lunch which can be kept refrigerated at the Center or you may walk to several restaurants close by during the lunch break. 

    IMPORTANT:  Once you have registered, return here to download this waiver form required by Emory University CBCT Liability Waiver ETP.pdf and return to the Center for Mindful Living.  


    • 17 Apr 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Center for Mindful Living
    • 15
    Led by DB Reisen, this workshop addresses pain and stiffness in the joints.  Using specific therapeutic yoga poses, assisted stretch and self massage, you will be guided to gently alleviate pain and stiffness in neck, shoulders, back, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet.  We will address as many issues as time allows. 
    • 21 Apr 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 11

    What do you do when anger, frustration, obsessive worry, fear, or prolonged sadness show up in your meditation time? Are there harmful or bad emotions? These 90-minute classes invite you to experience mindful practices that creatively honor all of our feeling states.  

    Bring your lunch and experience the transformational powers of self-compassion, art and community. Group work will be psycho-educational in nature, with a focus on practical ways to deal with our emotions, not the causes of our emotions. 

    Offered to accommodate our busy schedules, feel free to attend one class or all, as registration is being offered per class. See below for a complete list of topics and dates:

    1. April 21, 2017 - Grief and Sadness
    2. May 5, 2017 - Anxiety & Fear
    3. May 19, 2017 - Frustration & Anger

    This series will be offered monthly. You are currently registering only for the class - Grief and Sadness.

    Led by Julie L. Brown, LPC, a Vanderbilt trained therapist with over 20 years experience working with trauma, emotions and contemplative practices.



    • 24 Apr 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 10

    The Labyrinth as a Walking Meditation

    An ancient archetypal pattern, the labyrinth can be used as a meditative tool to calm the mind, de-stress the body and activate the soul. Join us for an afternoon walk and learn about the origins, history and symbolism of this sacred path. Come with an open mind and open heart. There are no wrong choices or decisions to make; a labyrinth is designed to help you find your way. Time for quiet reflection and journaling will be included. 

    Led by Margy Oehmig. 


    • 26 Apr 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37408

    This event is a gathering of Chattanooga community open to the possibility of health and well-being through positive change. With multiple daily-life stressors that affect us all, and in light of recent tragedies that have put our community in global news, the Center for Mindful Living presents an opportunity to respond in a positive and life-affirming way. 


    Keynote speaker, Terry A Gordon, exemplifies adversity as a catalyst for positive change. 

    Dr. Gordon, a Cleveland Clinic trained, award winning cardiologist and author of No Storm Lasts Forever, understands that life is precious and can change in an instant. The American Heart Association named him Physician of the Year in 2002. 

    Dr. Gordon has learned through personal experience that when adversity comes our way, it is how we respond to that difficulty that determines who we become. Rather than lamenting these adversities, we can choose to make them a CATALYST for positive change. 

    As a leading health advocate, Dr. Gordon is an active speaker and was featured several times by Dr. Wayne Dyer, one of his former patients. With wisdom and humor, he will touch your heart and inspire new ways of being. 

    Doors Open at 5PM

    5:30PM Cocktails and Heavy hors d' oeuvers 

    6:15PM Program Begins

    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Meditation Studio
    • 12

    This class will begin with some gentle movement followed by a good, long restorative. Restorative Yoga is designed activate the parasympathetic nervous system which calms the body and mind. The poses are done on the floor and are held in stillness, typically for 5-15 minutes. Blankets, blocks, and bolsters assist the body to be comfortable. Restorative Yoga poses were developed by yoga master BKS Iyengar  for people who had injury, illness, or trauma but has come to be a popular practice for anyone wanting to relax deeply. It is sometimes confused with Yin yoga which is not the same, but the practices can be complimentary.


    Registration is being limited to 12 participants to maximize relaxation, so register today to ensure your spot. 

    Led by Sue Reynolds

    • 01 May 2017
    • 22 May 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Meditation Studio
    • 20

    In the midst of our dualistic political climate, it’s especially challenging to honor another’s differences while managing the emotions of our own convictions. Learn to create the ability to hold the tension of differences in others while being authentic to yourself.

    Dialogue is a speaker-listener practice between two people. Communologue is a speaker-listener technique among three or more people. Both methods open the door to emotional safety in relationships and allow personal insight.

    This interactive workshop is packed with relationship wisdom, hands-on learning experiences, and mindful communication practices. Enhance mental and emotional well-being through this four-week course. Each session is reinforced by two additional hours per week of online home learning and experiences.  

    Through speaker-listener techniques of dialogue and communologue, participants will learn
    ways to:

    • Turn conflict into connection
    • Stagnation into growth
    • Negativity into opportunity
    • Opposition into understanding

    Participants will also learn empathic communication practices:

    1. How to mirror another person (reflective listening)

    2. How to hold reactions in a healthy way (deep breathing)

    3. How to use “I” statements (own reactions and emotions)

    4. How to recognize and avoid “Master Talk” (increase awareness of emotionally safe phrases)


    Format: dialogue and communologue practices, guided meditation; deep breathing; relaxation, journaling and experiential homework.

    Judy Herman is an Imago-trained relationship therapist you can think of as a soul cheerleader or couples coach. She helps couples, families, and groups create connection through dialogue methods that invite repair in otherwise power/control driven patterns. She’s a licensed professional counselor and mental health service provider. You can download her free ebook, “Relationship Dignity Manifesto” through her website is http://judycounselor.com


    • 05 May 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 12

    What do you do when anger, frustration, obsessive worry, fear, or prolonged sadness show up in your meditation time? Are there harmful or bad emotions? These 90-minute classes invite you to experience mindful practices that creatively honor all of our feeling states.  

    Bring your lunch and experience the transformational powers of self-compassion, art and community. Group work will be psycho-educational in nature, with a focus on practical ways to deal with our emotions, not the causes of our emotions. 

    Offered to accommodate our busy schedules, feel free to attend one class or all, as registration is being offered per class. See below for a complete list of topics and dates:

    1. April 21, 2017 - Grief and Sadness
    2. May 5, 2017 - Anxiety & Fear
    3. May 19, 2017 - Frustration & Anger

    This series will be offered monthly. You are currently registering only for the second class - Anxiety & Fear.


    Led by Julie L. Brown, LPC, a Vanderbilt trained therapist with over 20 years experience working with trauma, emotions and contemplative practices.




    • 06 May 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 15

    This series will offer contemplative and meditations practices for those who are looking to deepen their spiritual practice. We will be learning to cultivate skillful intentions and actions of generosity, truthfulness and equanimity. These qualities when developed lead to contentment, peace and happiness.

    Each session will include guided meditations, instructive talks, group discussion, interactive mindfulness activities and written homework suggestions.


    The May 6th session will focus on Truthfulness: Clear Awareness and Deep Honesty.

    When we check out the nature of our thoughts, attitudes and biases through introspection and meditation, we begin to get a feel for the pressure that our preferences and expectations create; and also, how to get free of that. Clear awareness and deep honesty dispel the confusion and ignorance that make us feel insecure and fearful.


    Led by Janka Livoncova, LMT, E-RYT500 is registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and licensed massage therapist. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2004. In 2007, Janka began studying meditation and mindfulness with Daeja Napier and with Thanissara and Kittisaro in 2010. She is currently enrolled in the 2 year Community Dharma Leader Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Janka is also a student in the Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Education program at Kinetic Learning Center in Durham, NC. She has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine, professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli, and has been leading 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses at the Center for Mindful Living since January 2013. Janka maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends meditation retreats. 
    • 13 May 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 400 East Main Street
    • 28

    Pain Matters

    neuroscience, power & potential

    Living with chronic pain has become a way of life for millions of people in the United States. Often their doctors cannot adequately identify or address the causes of this pain. The result is the heavy reliance on prescription pain killers, with doctors writing 282 million prescriptions in 2012, or one for every American. Loss of jobs, reduced quality of life and addiction are too often the result. 

    But there is new cause for hope. Recent neuroscience has uncovered exciting new evidence about the complex phenomena that is PAIN. This information is being used to help reduce perceived pain, reduce dependency on opioids and other medications, increase mobility and return individuals to their pre-pain productive selves. 

    Join us for an exciting workshop, led by medical professionals adept at working with and treating chronic pain, as we explore what the latest science has uncovered about how pain starts and why pain persists.

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    9:30AM - 3:30PM (lunch included)

    Members: $40

    NonMembers: $50

    This workshop will give you the latest scientific information, new ways to work with your body, rather than against, and other techniques to help control your pain. You will leave empowered, with new understanding and new tools!


    Matt McClanahan, DO is a board certified physician treating both Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at the Integrative Medicine Associates, a part of the CHI Memorial Network. Dr. McClanahan's unique perspective often make him effective at healing a number of challenging conditions such as chronic low back/joint pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, IBS, etc.. 

    Jason Therrien, DPT is a doctorate level board certified physical therapist, specializing in the treatment of complex and persistent pain conditions. He is trained as a certified Therapeutic Pain Specialist. He is a devoted rehabilitation professional, healthcare advocate, and wellness coach. He is a partner at Chattanooga Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic clinic in downtown Chattanooga.  


    Janka Livoncova has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2004. She has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine, professional training program and has been leading 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses at the Center for Mindful Living since January 2013. Janka maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends meditation retreats. 

    Tyler Orr is a national certified counselor at Tamarisk: A Center for Mind-Body Therapy. Tyler utilizes mindfulness approaches and EMDR to treat physical pain, anxiety, and trauma. 


    Establishing a new pain paradigm, based on advancements in pain neuroscience and research, our goal is to encourage active patient participation, shifting their perception from one of fragility to empowerment through knowledge of their pain experience, awareness of their strengths, and a way forward to restore resiliency to their lives.


    • 19 May 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 14

    What do you do when anger, frustration, obsessive worry, fear, or prolonged sadness show up in your meditation time? Are there harmful or bad emotions? These 90-minute classes invite you to experience mindful practices that creatively honor all of our feeling states.  

    Bring your lunch and experience the transformational powers of self-compassion, art and community. Group work will be psycho-educational in nature, with a focus on practical ways to deal with our emotions, not the causes of our emotions. 

    Offered to accommodate our busy schedules, feel free to attend one class or all, as registration is being offered per class. See below for a complete list of topics and dates:

    1. April 21, 2017 - Grief and Sadness
    2. May 5, 2017 - Anxiety & Fear
    3. May 19, 2017 - Frustration & Anger

    This series will be offered monthly. You are currently registering only for - Frustration and Anger. 


    Led by Julie L. Brown, LPC, a Vanderbilt trained therapist with over 20 years experience working with trauma, emotions and contemplative practices.




    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street, Suite 150
    • 15

    This series will offer contemplative and meditations practices for those who are looking to deepen their spiritual practice. We will be learning to cultivate skillful intentions and actions of generosity, truthfulness and equanimity. These qualities when developed lead to contentment, peace and happiness.

    Each session will include guided meditations, instructive talks, group discussion, interactive mindfulness activities and written homework suggestions.


    The June 3rd session will focus on Equanimity: Even-minded Acceptance.

    Mind without equanimity is constantly trying to get to the pleasant and the exciting and move away from or block everything it perceives as unpleasant. When even-minded acceptance spreads over the mind, there is no need to struggle. We can deeply rest in the knowing, ‘I can be with this’.


    Led by Janka Livoncova, LMT, E-RYT500 is registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and licensed massage therapist. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2004. In 2007, Janka began studying meditation and mindfulness with Daeja Napier and with Thanissara and Kittisaro in 2010. She is currently enrolled in the 2 year Community Dharma Leader Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Janka is also a student in the Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Education program at Kinetic Learning Center in Durham, NC. She has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine, professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli, and has been leading 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses at the Center for Mindful Living since January 2013. Janka maintains a daily meditation practice and regularly attends meditation retreats. 
    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150

    Connecting with Intuition 

    June 12, 19, 26 Three Mondays from 6 -7:30

    In this three-session workshop, we will explore the intuitive process and these questions: What is intuition? How do we experience it? How can mindfulness help clear our intuitive windows? How can we become more aligned with our intuition?

    We will share experiences and participate in exercises attuned to using our intuition. 

    You may want to bring a journal.

    Krista is a lifelong seeker. She taught high school English for many years and enjoys sharing in groups in the roles of both leader and participant. Intuition has provided guidance throughout her life, and her meditation practice has helped her be more attuned to it.


    • 23 Jun 2017
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • 400 E Main Street, Suite 150
    • 29

    Green Tara Retreat  June 23-25, 2017 with Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

    Hosted by Chattanooga Tara Mandala Sangha

    Join us to embody Green Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, who provides protection from fears and obstacles. She sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, thus embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day contemplative life. In this retreat, you will learn the Green Tara practice from the Luminous Secret Vajra Treasury, a treasure cycle of Adzom Drukpa. No previous experience of Buddhism or meditation is required to attend.

    This retreat will be offered by Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam who was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006. She teaches meditation and Buddhist practices in the US and abroad, and served as Executive Co-Director and Board member of Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center. Together with her husband she leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha. Charlotte received her Masters from Harvard Divinity School and is an Instructor and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University. In 2016 she received the title of Magyu Lopön, leader of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala by Lama Tsultrim.  

    Retreat Schedule

    Friday 6/23 from 6-8pm will be a free and Open to the Public talk on Compassion

    Saturday 6/24 and Sunday 6/25 will be the teaching days from 10am-5pm

    Retreat Fee

    $55 for members/$60 for nonmembers, includes Saturday catered lunch and all retreat materials.  

    We would gratefully ask that Registration to be handled by the Center with a maximum of 30 people allowed. Our intention is to Contract as Chattanooga Tara Mandala Sangha with the Center for Mindful Living.

    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 400 East Main Street Suite 150
    This daylong event is an opportunity for a period of extended practice, silence and mindfulness. Janka Livoncova will be facilitating the day's schedule. There will be alternating periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and a mid-day lunch break to practice mindful eating. Some meditation and/or mindfulness experience is suggested, as instructions will be minimal so that the emphasis will be on cultivating one's practice. Silence will be maintained throughout the day. Bring your lunch, wear comfortable clothing, and bring any additional appropriate props you will need for your sitting meditation practice (the Center has cushions, bolsters and chairs).


    Appropriate for all tradition backgrounds. Come join us for the entire day or for a couple of hours, to deepen your practice, support and be supported by the practice of others, and to spend the day intentionally cultivating our capacity to be present.

    Suggested Donation $25

                                                 
   
Center for Mindful Living                       400 East Main, Suite 150
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