Sep
2
to Dec 30

A Year in Mindfulness with Dandelions of the Heart Sangha

A Year in Mindfulness
with Dandelions of the Heart Sangha

Mondays 1:00-2:30p
$5-20 suggested dhana (donation)

 
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We are a community of practitioners who come together for meditation and dharma sharing. Our practice is inspired by the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as well as other teachers within the Buddhist tradition. Newcomers are always welcome.

This year guiding teacher Yenkuei Chuang will offer her teachings and support for our sangha with a program called “A Year In Mindfulness".

We will create a strong practice of mindfulness by:
1) looking deeply into ourselves and our conditioning,
2) reading and studying the teachings of the historical Buddha and modern mindfulness teachers,
3) paying attention to the truth we find in everyday life, and
4) creating a community of practitioners to support each other on this path.
As a result of this practice, we will transform some of our more challenging mental habits and find more ease and joy in daily life. Yenkuei will be available to meet with you one-on-one to discuss any questions about your practice and process what comes up as you transform.

Drop-ins welcome although regular attendance is strongly recommended for the whole year.

Dr. Yenkuei Chuang is a mindfulness-based licensed psychologist and an ordained member of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing. She received her M.Ed. in Human Development from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University. Also a Fulbright Fellow, she wrote her dissertation on Bicultural Competence. Previously she worked as a clinical psychologist at Harvard University Health Services and a diversity consultant at Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. Dr. Chuang is keenly interested in helping people transform their suffering across life transitions; and cultural, gender, racial and other perceived differences and separations. She enjoys being a mother to her four children, writing, cooking and dancing. Dr. Chuang has also been a long-term student in Iyengar Yoga, and she happily integrates her studies of yoga and Buddhist meditation.


 

$5-20 suggested dhana (donation)

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. 

 
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Sep
10
to Dec 17

Building Resilience through Love & Compassion

Building Resilience through Love & Compassion

Tuesdays 7:45p-9:00p
9/17-12/17

Open House - 9/10

Investment: $15
Supporting Investment: $25
Student/ Affordability Investment: $10

 

Resilience is like the old metaphor of having a good pair of boots instead of trying the pave the Earth. It’s the ability to adapt and respond to distress, challenges, and traumas.

Love is wishing for others to be happy.


Compassion is wishing for others to be without suffering.

The cultivation of love and compassion,for self and others, aids in the development of key aspects of resilience:


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- building effective relationships


- managing challenging emotional and mental experiences
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- building strengths and a positive self image


- creating and maintaining hope, flexibility, and openness

This group will be an opportunity to learn, practice, discuss, and support one another in this process of learning to thrive in difficult times. 


Investment $15

Supporting Investment: $25

Student/ Affordability Investment: $10

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer either donation based or a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes.

About the facilitator:
Noel Coakley is an independently licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with a Master's degree both in Counseling from Lesley University and Special Education from UMass Boston.

He founded the BCCP to create a welcoming space for anyone to explore their personal experience and discover how they can contribute to expanding consciousness in their community & the world as a whole.

Noel is also a certified yoga instructor, and has been practicing meditation and yoga for 25 years. He is a student of Dan Brown, Tsering Ngodup, Rahob Tulku (Thupten Kalsang Rinpoche), and David Nichtern. 

He is a father, husband, brother, musician, and friend to a dog named Jerry. he serves as a therapist for individuals, families, and groups offering Buddhist influenced psychotherapy in the Greater Boston area.

 

Investment: $15
Supporting Investment: $25
Student/ Affordability Investment: $10

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. 

 
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Sep
12
to Dec 19

Gentle Flow Yoga for Emotional Resiliency

Gentle Flow Yoga for Emotional Resiliency

Thursdays from 6:15-7:15p


General Investment $20
Supporting Investment $25
Student/Financial Hardship Investment $15

 
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Yoga can be a powerful tool to bring a greater sense of balance to the mind and body. We are often drawn to the practice for one specific reason, but find multiple benefits and reasons to return to the mat.

In this class, we will move slowly to warm the muscles, joints, and fascia in order to find greater space and freedom in the body. We will bring attention to the breath and alignment in order to focus the mind and balance the nervous system. We will create a safe space for the emotions that can arise when we move our bodies and breath. Class will end with restorative poses and deep relaxation.

About Instructor:

Dominique Malebranche, PhD, RYT-200, is excited to offer trauma sensitive yoga classes for the community. She completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri and a 200-hour Vinyasa yoga certification in the Bay Area. She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in mind-body interventions for complex trauma and PTSD at the Trauma Center at JRI and a 300-hour certification in the Evidence Based Practice of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). She brings authentic presence and a passion for social justice issues and access to mindful healing, wellness and body-based practices for diverse populations. She is a mindfulness meditation and yoga practitioner, with special interest in Ayurveda and traditional healing practices.

 

General Investment $20
Supporting Investment $25
Student/Financial Hardship Investment $15

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Sep
13
to May 30

200 Yoga Teacher Training

200 Yoga Teacher Training

 
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A Unique Approach to Education

To the best of the trainers knowledge, this is the first 200-hour yoga teacher training to be completely free. The creators of this training, Noel Coakley (he/him), and Ling Beisecker (she/ her), are committed to social justice and strive to be of service to each other, our community, and the world. Noel and Ling strived to find a way to support individuals who may not normally be able to afford the education required to become a yoga teacher trainer. By donating their time, resources, and energy, the two collaborated to offer a free teacher training for for serious students and aspiring teachers.

Have you always wanted to deepen your yoga practice and become a teacher, but the financial strain of committing to a teacher training (~3000+ in Boston) was too much?

Do you have a mission and goal of how you intend to share the practice with others?

The expectation is that you will be giving back during the training (i.e. volunteering in your community) in exchange for education.

Are you in a place where you can commit to 9 weekend trainings (Sat + Sun) from Sept 2019 - May 2020 in Newton, MA?

If you answered yes to the previous questions, please email Ling Beisecker, E-RYT 200, at labeisecker@gmail.com to apply for the teacher training. The application process is two-fold with a screening application followed by invitations for in-person interviews. Space is limited.

 

$5-20 suggested dhana (donation)

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. 

 
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Sep
13
to Dec 27

Gentle Yoga & Yoga Nidra

Gentle Yoga & Yoga Nidra

Fridays from 9:30a-10:45a
9/20-12/27
Open House 9/13

General Investment $20
Supporting Investment $25
Student/Financial Hardship Investment $15

 
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Gentle Yoga - this class moves at a slower pace allowing you space to connect to your breath and physical body with a sense of wonder and curiosity.

About Instructor:

Alexandra is a 500hr RYT with a strong background in classical Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra and meditation. Coming from the Virgin Islands, she began her yogic journey 9 years ago which lead her to study Yoga and meditation in Bali, India and upstate New York. Alexandra is a practicing Reiki Master Teacher and Sound Healer, weaving her knowledge and skills as a Reiki Master into her yoga and Sound Healing sessions.

 

General Investment $20
Supporting Investment $25
Student/Financial Hardship Investment $15

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Sep
13
to Dec 27

Yin Yoga and Sound Healing

Yin Yoga and Sound Healing

Fridays from 7:00-8:15p
9/20-12/27

Open House 9/13


General Investment $25
Supporting Investment $30
Student/Financial Hardship Investment $20

 
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Yin yoga is a long slow practice. It assists with deepening you postures and encourages an understanding of meditation and stillness through yoga. The poses are typically helps for 3-5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of the of the body and introspection into your inner self. 

 The Tibetan Singing Bowls, which are tuned to musical notes that correspond to the different chakras of the body - restoring your balance of energy. Since the body is made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect of the Tibetan Singing Bowls feels like a full body cellular message. 

This is a perfect practice for letting go, breathing through sensations, and allowing powerful transformation and healing to take place, both in the body and mind.

The practice begins with Yin Yoga and ends with a relaxing transformative Sound Bath. 

About Instructor:

Alexandra is a 500hr RYT with a strong background in classical Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra and meditation. Coming from the Virgin Islands, she began her yogic journey 9 years ago which lead her to study Yoga and meditation in Bali, India and upstate New York. Alexandra is a practicing Reiki Master Teacher and Sound Healer, weaving her knowledge and skills as a Reiki Master into her yoga and Sound Healing sessions.

 

General Investment $25
Supporting Investment $30
Student/Financial Hardship Investment $20

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Sep
15
to Dec 29

Recovery Dharma Boston

Recovery Dharma Boston

Sundays 7:00p-8:15p
Starting September 15th.


Dhana (donation) only.

 
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Weekly we meditate, read and discuss how we can apply original Buddhist teachings to our daily life and heal the pain and suffering of all addictions. Recovery Dharma offers a dynamic set of tools and techniques that anyone can use to transform the mind. We are a community of empowerment and don’t ask anyone to believe in anything other than our own potential to transform, heal and awaken. Recovery Dharma supports all pathways to recovery.

In respect of privacy, there is no pre-registration for this group.

Dhana (donations) only.

Facebook: @recoverydharmaboston

 

Dhana (donation) only.

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 

In respect of privacy, there is no pre-registration for this group.

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Sep
23
to Dec 30

Healing through Embodied Yoga

Healing through Embodied Yoga

Mondays from 6-7p


General Investment $20
Supporting Investment $25
Student/Financial Hardship Investment $15

 
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This inclusive yoga journey supports individuals who have experienced chronic stress, distress and/or trauma. When this is our experience, we often also experience heightened perceived threat and disconnection from others and our own bodies. Through the healing practice of trauma-sensitive yoga (TCTSY), individuals will be invited to explore their own body, make choices on the mat and gain agency and control. This class series is designed specifically to cultivate safety and restore the mind and body impacted by chronic and traumatic stress. It is open to every body, while specific under-represented communities (e.g., People of Color, LGBTQIA communities, people living with disability or illness) are highly encouraged to participate.

About Instructor:

Dominique Malebranche, PhD, RYT-200, is excited to offer trauma sensitive yoga classes for the community. She completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri and a 200-hour Vinyasa yoga certification in the Bay Area. She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in mind-body interventions for complex trauma and PTSD at the Trauma Center at JRI and a 300-hour certification in the Evidence Based Practice of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). She brings authentic presence and a passion for social justice issues and access to mindful healing, wellness and body-based practices for diverse populations. She is a mindfulness meditation and yoga practitioner, with special interest in Ayurveda and traditional healing practices.

 

General Investment $20
Supporting Investment $25
Student/Financial Hardship Investment $15

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Reiki Level One Training with Liz Elia
Oct
12
to Oct 15

Reiki Level One Training with Liz Elia

Reiki Level One Training

Saturday 10/12
9a-5:30p


General Investment: $125
Supporting Investment: $175
Student/Affordability Investment: $75

 
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Reiki is a system of healing energy work which originated over 2,500 years ago. It was discovered over a century ago in Buddhist texts by a Dr. Mikao Usui from Japan.

Rei (universal) Ki (energy) is a focused transmission of healing from one person to another that does not drain energy from the practitioner. It stimulates the body's natural abilities to heal itself and is a healing modality accessible to all- no experience, beliefs, or previous knowledge required! Even children can learn how to practice Reiki. It is simple, easy, and the work can be practiced hands-on or hands-off. 

Reiki 1 is a powerful addition to any caregiver's practice, or can be used to enhance an individual's self care. It is a simple tool that helps to ease suffering and bring vitality to oneself, family, friends, and animals.

In this level 1 training and certification you will:

- Become attuned to Reiki energy 
- Learn the history of Reiki

- Become a Reiki 1 practitioner

- Activate personal healing tools
- Practice energy scanning- detecting imbalances in the subtle energy fields
- Learn a Reiki self-care routine

- Practice giving Reiki to others

- Learn Reiki meditation techniques

 


General Investment: $125
Supporting Investment: $175
Student/Affordability Investment: $75

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Parents of Extraordinary Children Monthly Peer-Support Group

Parents of Extraordinary Children
Monthly Peer-Support Group

Tuesdays 10/22, 11/26, 12/10 6:00p-7:45p

Donation Only:
(
Suggested Donation $10/Family)

 
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For the parent of a child with significant needs, there can often be extremely challenging experiences - the emotional turmoil around uncertainty, changes in how life may have been viewed or planned, feeling isolated, large scale traumas along with daily traumas, renegotiation of family relationships and responsibilities, fear, anger, sadness.

We would like to welcome you to a special gathering where parents of children with significant needs can form a supportive community. We will meet to share, listen, and support one another through challenging times. This is a peer led group where no one is ultimately the expert - other than everyone being the expert of their own individual experience.

 

Donation Only:
(
Suggested Donation $10/Family)

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

“Creativity, Spirituality, & Making a Buck” - Workshop and Book Signing with David Nichtern

“Creativity, Spirituality, & Making a Buck”
Workshop and Book Signing
with David Nichtern

October 24th
Time 7p-9p


$25 Workshop Only
$35 Workshop, including Book

 
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Based on Nichtern’s new multi-tiered book, Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck (release by Wisdom Publications Oct 2019), participants will each and together explore our individual life puzzle through the lens of personal well-being, creative expression and the development of tangible business skills.

Incorporating meditation practices drawn from the Buddhist tradition, we will learn to develop clarity, precision, and stability as well as a friendly and inquisitive attitude – as the ground for transformation and personal evolution.

Open to all levels, the workshop includes meditation instruction & practice, talk and discussion, as well as individual and group process.

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David Nichtern was one of the original Western students of renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche upon his arrival to America in 1970. Nichtern has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont (USA), Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center (NYC), Director of the Dharmadhatu Meditation Center in Los Angeles, and co-founder of True Nature Meditation in Japan. He currently teaches workshops and teacher training programs around the world and mentors individual students in person and online.

A four-time Emmy winner and two-time Grammy nominee, David wrote the classic song, “Midnight at the Oasis.” A highly-regarded composer (records, film TV), producer and guitarist, Nichtern has played/recorded with greats like Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Christopher Guest and Krishna Das, among many others. He has also been a successful entrepreneur, worldwide sales director for New England Digital Corp, and has owned and operated two record labels and several music production and publishing companies.

He has authored two books for Wisdom Publications: Awakening From The Daydream; Re-imaging The Buddha’s Wheel of Life (2016). and his much anticipated second book, “Creativity Spirituality and Making A Buck” (Oct 2019). Within it he helps readers identify their creative path, how to manifest the right circumstances to actually get paid for it, and stay sane at the same time. Early reviews have likened it to “A next-gen Artist’s Way”  

For more information about David, go to www.davidnichtern.com or facebook.com/davidnichtern

 


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It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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"From Darkness to Dawn: Staying Grounded and Hopeful in Challenging Times"
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

"From Darkness to Dawn: Staying Grounded and Hopeful in Challenging Times"

"From Darkness to Dawn:
Staying Grounded and Hopeful
in Challenging Times"

With Courage

Sunday 11/3
9:00a-5:00p


General Admission $95
Supporting Admission $145
Student/Financial Hardship $45

 
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Our lives are bound together. It takes extraordinary courage to stay open, connected and hopeful in dark times. War, violence, poverty, growing economic inequity, rising corporate greed, grave social injustices, and an impending massive ecological crisis threaten the well-being and survival of all. It is critical that we find ways of coming together collaboratively to promote care, justice, equity, and flourishing.

Yet as the world burns, we are keenly aware that there is love and beauty all around. While we need more folks who can do the truth-seeing and truth-telling in our institutions and our movements, we must work to counterbalance our awareness of pain, stress and suffering in the world, with our inclination to celebrate and center life-giving qualities of joy and pleasure. This is not a call to put on rose-colored glasses, but to help us remember there is always more than suffering here.

Our work at Courage is oriented around this seeming paradox. We are committed to helping people stay in touch with the fact of suffering while also not losing sight of the truth of beauty, love and deep ‘okayness’ in this world. We see this as the core of spiritual practice.

This workshop is designed to support all who care about our world—spiritual practitioners, educators, parents, counselors, social workers, medical professionals, human rights activists, eco-justice activists, caring citizens and so on--find the strength and hope to sustain in their work in life-giving ways.

Through contemplative and somatic practice, reflection, journaling, movement and play, we will explore practices that help us learn to:

1) LOVE in more nurturing, joyful ways;
3) SEE the profound interconnectedness of all things and develop a greater appreciation of our agency and potential to effect change;
3) HEAL from burnout, hopelessness and despair and reconnect to fundamental sources of joy;
4) ENVISION the beautiful world we know is possible by reclaiming our capacity for hope, imagination and creativity; and
5) ACT in responsive, life-giving ways that affirm the beauty and sacredness in and around all of us.

About Courage of Care
We launched in 2016 in order to provide a community and platform to help social service and caring professionals, activists, community leaders, parents and all others who care about our world deepen their profound capacity for compassion and creativity and also to learn ways of critically assessing, navigating and transforming complex systems within which they are embedded with a strong sense of purpose and agency. We see the integration of contemplative training, critical pedagogy and systems thinking as critical to our project of collective liberation.
We know that contemplative and spiritual development is central to helping us not only reconnect, but to survive and flourish. We also feel strongly that transformative social justice requires more than just personal transformation. Our liberation is contingent upon our ability to understand structures and systems of oppression, domination, and inequity that inhibit our capacity to realize a more caring, just world. If our contemplative training is not coupled with a critical social and systemic analysis, we may not only fail to transform oppressive systems, but we may end up reproducing them.
We therefore developed an integrated model that weaves tools for both personal and social transformation to help us all develop the courage and skills necessary to realize and sustain our shared visions.
Our diverse, interdisciplinary, intergenerational and interfaith team—with years of experience in education, health care, social work, trauma-informed care, contemplative studies, and social activism—offers education, training, consulting and advocacy services across the country to help individuals, communities and organizations realize their courageous, caring potential.
Learn more about us www.courageofcare.org


General Admission $95
Supporting Admission $145
Student/Financial Hardship $45

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

About the Facilitators
Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating personal and social transformation through relational compassion training, anti-oppressive pedagogies and systems and community organizing tools.

Brooke holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies and Cognitive Science from Emory University, an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University and a BA in Religion and Psychology from Barnard College. Her academic work focuses on the diversity of contemplative models for cultivating compassion and mindfulness.

She is a consultant to the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies AMA Project in Potsdam, Germany and is co-developing curricula and pedagogy to support sustainable systemic transformation. She served as a lecturer at San Francisco State University for several years where she taught a contemplative-based course on compassion and social justice. She also served as a consultant to Teacher’s College, Columbia University's new initiative on Spirituality and Education and was the Senior Education Consultant to Mind & Life's Ethics, Education, and Human Development Initiative. Brooke founded a compassion and equity learning community in the Bay Area and was a member of the Initiative for Contemplation, Equity and Action (ICEA). She previously consulted for the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University and the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley.

Through her work at Courage, Brooke regularly leads compassion-based, anti-oppressive trainings and consultations. In addition, Brooke co-developed a relational model for training compassion, called Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT). She is also trained in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), Compassionate Mind Training (CMT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and has taught and adapted these programs in a variety of educational and clinical settings. Brooke now splits her time between Berlin, Brooklyn and the Bay Area and travels regularly to lead compassion-focused workshops and retreats in the US and abroad.

Juliana Santoyo, M.Ed. is core faculty at Courage of Care and is the fo-founder of the Black Lotus Collective in Boston, a space centering the healing of people of historically oppressed backgrounds. She holds a B.A in Human Development from Boston College and an MEd degree from Boston University. Her professional background is as a teacher in public schools in Boston and New York where she works to design and implement new models of education that integrate a liberatory education approach that centers the voices of the historically marginalized in literature and history while providing opportunities for healing and processing of intergenerational trauma in the classroom through the use of contemplative practices, and by encouraging the reclaiming of their voice and power.
Over the past several years, Juliana has been exploring sustainable models for healing and peacebuilding not just in schools, but also in communities in the United States and in Colombia, her country of birth. This has prompted her to think more critically about how contemplative institutions might evolve to offer more inclusive space for people from historically marginalized backgrounds without recreating the violence that white supremacist and hierarchical organizational models impart on those with less power.
Additionally, with a an interest in how these models may be used in the global context, Juliana is co-designing a contemplative-practice based peacebuilding curriculum for use in the context of the Colombian armed conflict. Through this new endeavor she continues to enrich her professional focus, exploring how contemplative practice, a decolonized education of our collective history, and scientific methodologies can come together to explore new and sustainable ways of living.

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"Waking Up to This Day" with Paula D'Arcy
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

"Waking Up to This Day" with Paula D'Arcy

"Waking Up to This Day" with Paula D'Arcy

Sunday 11/3
9:00a-1:00p


General Admission $150
Supporting Admission $175
Student/Financial Hardship $125

 
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Paula D'Arcy is the author of thirteen books and President of Red Bird Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping those in need of healing and hope. Paula's work includes Women's Rites of Passage, leading pilgrimages to Chartres Cathedral in France, spiritual retreats and facilitating "Circles" of men and women who are ready to open their hearts and live as a presence of love and change in this world.

On Sunday, November 3rd, from 9-1pm, Paula will offer an experience for 12 men and women which will include encouraging a deep listening to life and others, periods of silence and reflection, simple writing exercises to bring forth authentic feelings and an exploration of ways we might move beyond our usual conversations and perceptions into living in a larger way.

A former psychotherapist in private practice, Paula's own interior journey was deepened in 1975 (and the years following) when she survived an automobile accident that took the lives of her husband and two year old daughter. Paula was three months pregnant at the time, and her second daughter, Beth, was born six months later.

 


General Admission $150
Supporting Admission $175
Student/Financial Hardship $125

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Skillful Means - Monthly Sangha

Skillful Means - Monthly Sangha

Mondays Sept 2nd, Oct 7th, Nov 4th , Dec 2nd
7:30p-9:00p


General Investment: $12
Supporting Investment: $24
Student/Affordability Investment: $6

 
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1st Mondays 7:30-9:00

9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2

The first 30 minute of class will be a silent meditation (5 minutes guided). The second half of the class will be a mixture of group support on applying mindfulness to personal life, studying Buddhist texts, group discussions on recent meditation research and having a safe space to discuss how your really feel about things. This group will be focused on cultivating a space where people can practice together and share different beliefs, struggles and successes with leading a more intentional life.

 


General Investment: $12
Supporting Investment: $24
Student/Affordability Investment: $6

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Meditation-Based Group Supervision for Licensure (LMHC & LICSW)
Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

Meditation-Based Group Supervision for Licensure (LMHC & LICSW)

Meditation-Based Group Supervision for Licensure (LMHC & LICSW)


Investment: $50/session

6 session - $250

 
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Monthly counseling licensure supervision group (LMHC & LISCW), the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30p-7:30pm, starting 10/. This group will emphasize peer support and be strongly influenced by Buddhist psychology and meditation practice.

Please complete the brief form to participate.

 

Investment: $50/session

6 session - $250

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Reiki Level Two Training with Liz Elia

Reiki Level Two Training

Saturday 11/9
9a-5:30p


General Investment: $125
Supporting Investment: $175
Student/Affordability Investment: $75

 
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Reiki is a system of healing energy work which originated over 2,500 years ago. It was discovered over a century ago in Buddhist texts by a Dr. Mikao Usui from Japan.

Rei (universal) Ki (energy) is a focused transmission of healing from one person to another that does not drain energy from the practitioner. It stimulates the body's natural abilities to heal itself and is a healing modality accessible to all- no experience, beliefs, or previous knowledge required! Even children can learn how to practice Reiki. It is simple, easy, and the work can be practiced hands-on or hands-off. 

This Level 2 training (Reiki Second Degree) is open to all who have completed Reiki 1, even if it was with another teacher.

In this training you will:
-  Become a certified Reiki 2 practitioner  
- Receive attunements to 3 powerful Reiki Keys (Symbols)
- Learn to do distance healing  
- Practice giving Reiki to others using the symbols
- Gain access to more powerful Reiki energy and focus the energy for specific purposes

 


General Investment: $125
Supporting Investment: $175
Student/Affordability Investment: $75

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Nov
9
6:30 PM18:30

Reiki Share

Reiki Share

Saturday 11/9
6:30p-8:00p


Suggested Donation $5-$10

 
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Open to all Reiki practitioners! Whether you have First, Second, or Third Degree training you are welcome to come and practice giving Reiki to others, or receive from those wanting to share.

Please come and enjoy sharing Reiki energy with fellow practitioners and build community with others.

This class will immediately follow a Reiki training, but it is not a required part of the training.

 


Suggested Donation $5-$10

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Skillful Means - Rejuvenator
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Skillful Means - Rejuvenator

Skillful Means - Rejuvenator

Sunday 11/17 10a-11:30a

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Join us in this community space as we support one another in cultivating our well-being. The Authentic Self mindfulness practice helps us to gain a bird's eye view into our lives as a whole before starting on the path to the future we want to create. If we expect to see changes in our lives without first addressing our thoughts and state of mind, we will continuously be disappointed. Only once we begin to change the patterns of our mind, will we see change manifest in our lives.

We are excited to welcome William Jackson, PsyD renowned mindfulness therapist, meditation teacher for 15+ years, former Buddhist monk, clinical health psychologist, researcher at Tufts and Cambridge Health Alliance, and Co-Founder of Authentic Self as leader for this event.

Event Schedule:

Introductions

Streamline Your Mind Practice

Intentional Living Exercise

Accountability Partner and Group Sharing

Socialize

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

Parents of Extraordinary Children Monthly Peer-Support Group

Parents of Extraordinary Children
Monthly Peer-Support Group

Tuesdays 10/22, 11/26, 12/10 6:00p-7:45p

Donation Only:
(
Suggested Donation $10/Family)

 
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For the parent of a child with significant needs, there can often be extremely challenging experiences - the emotional turmoil around uncertainty, changes in how life may have been viewed or planned, feeling isolated, large scale traumas along with daily traumas, renegotiation of family relationships and responsibilities, fear, anger, sadness.

We would like to welcome you to a special gathering where parents of children with significant needs can form a supportive community. We will meet to share, listen, and support one another through challenging times. This is a peer led group where no one is ultimately the expert - other than everyone being the expert of their own individual experience.

 

Donation Only:
(
Suggested Donation $10/Family)

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

Skillful Means Half Day Meditation Retreat

Skillful Means Half Day Meditation Retreat

Mondays 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7 , 10/21
12am-1pm, Each Day


General Investment: $ 70
Supporting Investment: $90
Student/Affordability Investment: $50

 
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Mindfulness is an essential part of the meditation practice. When it is cultivated many benefits are experienced for oneself and for those around you, a great sense of awareness and appreciation, calm and clarity to name a few.

Whether you are an experienced practitioner looking for a new perspective or you are new to meditation practice, this one day retreat is designed to give you a refreshing day of meditation, dharma, yoga and a chance to meet other people dedicated to healthy authentic living.

Schedule
9:00am Introductions and Intentions for Practice
9:30am Dharma Talk
10:00am Coming to our Senses (Mindfulness Exercise)
10:30am Break
10:45am Guided Sitting Meditation (Anapanasati)
11:30am Guided Walking Meditation
11:45am Sitting Meditation
12:15am Insights and Gratitude

 


General Investment: $ 70
Supporting Investment: $90
Student/Affordability Investment: $50

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Dec
2
7:30 PM19:30

Skillful Means - Monthly Sangha

Skillful Means - Monthly Sangha

Mondays Sept 2nd, Oct 7th, Nov 4th , Dec 2nd
7:30p-9:00p


General Investment: $12
Supporting Investment: $24
Student/Affordability Investment: $6

 
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1st Mondays 7:30-9:00

9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2

The first 30 minute of class will be a silent meditation (5 minutes guided). The second half of the class will be a mixture of group support on applying mindfulness to personal life, studying Buddhist texts, group discussions on recent meditation research and having a safe space to discuss how your really feel about things. This group will be focused on cultivating a space where people can practice together and share different beliefs, struggles and successes with leading a more intentional life.

 


General Investment: $12
Supporting Investment: $24
Student/Affordability Investment: $6

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Meditation-Based Group Supervision for Licensure (LMHC & LICSW)
Dec
3
6:30 PM18:30

Meditation-Based Group Supervision for Licensure (LMHC & LICSW)

Meditation-Based Group Supervision for Licensure (LMHC & LICSW)


Investment: $50/session

6 session - $250

 
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Monthly counseling licensure supervision group (LMHC & LISCW), the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30p-7:30pm, starting 10/. This group will emphasize peer support and be strongly influenced by Buddhist psychology and meditation practice.

Please complete the brief form to participate.

 

Investment: $50/session

6 session - $250

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Parents of Extraordinary Children Monthly Peer-Support Group

Parents of Extraordinary Children
Monthly Peer-Support Group

Tuesdays 10/22, 11/26, 12/10 6:00p-7:45p

Donation Only:
(
Suggested Donation $10/Family)

 
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For the parent of a child with significant needs, there can often be extremely challenging experiences - the emotional turmoil around uncertainty, changes in how life may have been viewed or planned, feeling isolated, large scale traumas along with daily traumas, renegotiation of family relationships and responsibilities, fear, anger, sadness.

We would like to welcome you to a special gathering where parents of children with significant needs can form a supportive community. We will meet to share, listen, and support one another through challenging times. This is a peer led group where no one is ultimately the expert - other than everyone being the expert of their own individual experience.

 

Donation Only:
(
Suggested Donation $10/Family)

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Dec
11
to Dec 13

21 Nails - Bon Dzogchen Teaching

21 Nails - Bon Dzogchen Teaching

December 11th, 12th, 13th
Times TBA


Pricing TBA

 
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21 Nails - Bon Dzogchen Teaching

with Chongtul Rinpoche and Dan Brown

December 11th, 12th, 13th

Pricing and Exact Times TBA

21 Nails is the profound instructions of meditation on the mind.

It contains a large variety of wisdom from the experiences of the 21 rainbow body Masters. After becoming an expert on Sutra and Tantric practice, Dzogchen is the main principle teaching method of how to attain the rainbow body.

Dzogchen is the highest teaching in the Nine Ways of Bön. All existing phenomena rise in the mind, remain in the mind, and dissolve in the mind - all phenomena are manifestations of mind.

This is a training of mind to experience how can we calm down and make peace the source of happiness, and thereby naturally heal all stress, anxiety and energy blockages, and transform them into a rainbow.

This teaching of the 21 Nails is one of the most special teachings of Dzogchen and will be very special and meaningful for both Dzogchen practitioners and experienced mindfulness & meditation practitioners.

 


Pricing TBA

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

Reiki Share

Reiki Share

Saturday 10/12
6:30p-8:00p


Suggested Donation $5-$10

 
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Open to all Reiki practitioners! Whether you have First, Second, or Third Degree training you are welcome to come and practice giving Reiki to others, or receive from those wanting to share.

Please come and enjoy sharing Reiki energy with fellow practitioners and build community with others.

This class will immediately follow a Reiki training, but it is not a required part of the training.

 


Suggested Donation $5-$10

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Oct
7
7:30 PM19:30

Skillful Means - Monthly Sangha

Skillful Means - Monthly Sangha

Mondays Sept 2nd, Oct 7th, Nov 4th , Dec 2nd
7:30p-9:00p


General Investment: $12
Supporting Investment: $24
Student/Affordability Investment: $6

 
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1st Mondays 7:30-9:00

9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2

The first 30 minute of class will be a silent meditation (5 minutes guided). The second half of the class will be a mixture of group support on applying mindfulness to personal life, studying Buddhist texts, group discussions on recent meditation research and having a safe space to discuss how your really feel about things. This group will be focused on cultivating a space where people can practice together and share different beliefs, struggles and successes with leading a more intentional life.

 


General Investment: $12
Supporting Investment: $24
Student/Affordability Investment: $6

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Ma Satsang: A Gathering for Family Spiritual Growth

Ma Satsang: A Gathering for Family Spiritual Growth

Sundays Oct 6th, Nov 10th , Dec 22nd
1:00p-3:00p


General Suggested Donation: $20/family
Supporting Donation: $30/family
Student/Affordability Donation: $10/family / pay what you can at the door

 
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1st Mondays 7:30-9:00

9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2

Please join Lisa Prajna Hallstrom and Preeta Banerjee to practice nurturing our inner world—integrating mind, body, soul and spirit—while in community. Come join a space created for families—kids, parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends—that introduces a variety of activities such as storytelling, movement (yoga and dance), song (kirtan), breath, meditation and arts & crafts to experience a deeper awareness of who we really are—spiritual beings having a human experience.
We welcome everyone! Come and experience our divinity together!

Our meetings will be informed by our lineage and study of Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982) who once said: “A small infant…stretches out his arms wanting to be taken on his mother; slap; and because a baby does not know any better, the mother cleans and washes him carefully and then smilingly lifts him to her bosom. Such is the law of selfless love and tenderness. Where complete self-effacement is the sādhana, no other mantra or tantra is required. Try to become as a little child and, without any other effort on your part, the Great Mother of the world will take you into Her Arms.” (from Sad Vani: Teachings on Anandamayi Ma).

 


General Suggested Donation: $20/family
Supporting Donation: $30/family
Student/Affordability Donation: $10/family / pay what you can at the door

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Meditation-Based Group Supervision for Licensure (LMHC & LICSW)
Oct
1
6:30 PM18:30

Meditation-Based Group Supervision for Licensure (LMHC & LICSW)

Meditation-Based Group Supervision for Licensure (LMHC & LICSW)


Investment: $50/session

6 session - $250

 
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Monthly counseling licensure supervision group (LMHC & LISCW), the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30p-7:30pm, starting 10/1. This group will emphasize peer support and be strongly influenced by Buddhist psychology and meditation practice.

Please complete the brief form to participate.

 

Investment: $50/session

6 session - $250

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Sep
28
to Sep 29

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy : Foundations Training

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy : Foundations Training

9/28, 9/29
9a-5pm, Each Day


Investment: $285 POC Rate: $213.25

 
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Join Alex Bauermeister for an introductory training in trauma-informed YOGA THERAPY for mental and emotional resiliency. Whether you're a yoga teacher looking to hold deeper healing space, or a mental health professional looking to get clients out of their head and into their body, this training will equip you with foundational tools for bridging the mind-body-emotional connection that is essential for healing trauma. Through group yoga therapy classes, demo's, partner exchanges, presentation and discussion, you'll learn the defining elements and benefits of yoga therapy, and gather tools that you can immediately apply to your work and life.

COURSE CONTENT: Over the course of 2 days, we will:

Define trauma-informed yoga therapy, understand how it's different from modern postural yoga instruction, and see it in action through group yoga therapy classes and 1-on-1 sessions.

Learn cues and dialogue prompts to take clients beyond physical yoga (asana) instruction to facilitate mind-body-emotional connection, meditative awareness, and radical presence.

Refine posture guidance that helps clients sense and befriend their body, energy and nervous system, instead of fighting, dissociating and overriding.

Explore hands-on bodywork coupled with 1-on-1 dialogue to practice ongoing consent, trauma-responsiveness, and nervous system soothing.

Illuminate tools, concepts and ways of being that not only support personal healing, but also help shift oppressive systems and culture.

PREREQUISITES: No previous experience of yoga therapy required, but please come with some experience of yoga. This training is ideal for current and aspiring yoga teachers, as well as therapists. For students of yoga who wish to take this training to deepen their own practice, please inquire with alex@intrayogatherapy.com.

TRAINING HOURS & COST: 9am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday. Lunch break 1 - 2pm. Training costs $285 and totals 16 contact hours. Continuing education credits available for yoga teachers (YA) and yoga therapists (IAYT). In support of diversifying yoga leadership, people of color registering for this training can use discount code diverseleadership and receive 25% off. For financial aid application request, please email alex@intrayogatherapy.com.

ABOUT YOUR TRAINER: Alex Bauermeister is a certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT). Her own training background includes Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Soulful Yoga Therapy, Kripalu School of Yoga, Susanna Barkataki's Integrating Equity Program, Trauma-Responsive Innovations for Mind-Body Program (TIMBo), Prana Power Yoga, and Interaction Institute for Social Change. She teaches public classes and workshops at JP Centre Yoga and Coolidge Yoga Brookline. Intra Yoga Therapy is her private yoga therapy practice in Roslindale, where she specializes in helping clients through their trauma, anxiety and depression. Learn more about Alex at www.intrayogatherapy.com.

 


Investment: $285

POC Rate: $213.25

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Sep
17
to Sep 24

Yoga & Meditation for Children Nurturing the Body, Mind, & Heart

Yoga & Meditation for Children:

Nurturing the Body, Mind, & Heart

8 Session Series


General Investment $136

Supporting Investment $176

Student/Financial Hardship Investment $96

 
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8 Session Series - Tuesdays
September 17 through November 12

(excluding November 5)
2p-2:45p

Ages 7-10

This class will offer children a joyful yoga and meditation experience. Children will develop a practice that engages the body through yoga poses, balance, strength, and flexibility. Partner and group activities, movement, and games will encourage awareness of the body, cooperation, and support for one another. Breath work, short meditations, and Savasana will invite children to experience a sense of calm and connection. Confidence, self-esteem, concentration, a strong mind/body connection, and a sense of freedom and joy are just a few of the many benefits of a yoga and meditation practice.

About the Instructor:
Michelle Bissanti has been an elementary educator and a yoga and meditation teacher in both public and private elementary schools for over 20 years. She has spent the last 10 years developing a Yoga and Meditation program for elementary age children. She holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University and is a Radiant Child Yoga instructor. Michelle is dedicated to nurturing a child’s connection to his or her true nature and the development of a sound body, a conscious mind, and a compassionate heart.

You can learn more about Michelle and her work at https://www.heartseedwisdompractices.com Or contact her directly at michelle@heartseedwisdompractices.com

 

General Investment $136

Supporting Investment $176

Student/Financial Hardship Investment $96

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Yoga, Mindfulness & Inquiry: A Monthly Insight Yoga Practice

Yoga, Mindfulness & Inquiry:
A Monthly Insight Yoga Practice

Sundays Sept 15th, October 13th, November 10th, December 15th
10:00am-12:00pm


General Investment: $20
Supporting Investment: $25
Student/Affordability Investment: $15

 
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Insight yoga is an integrated practice where complimentary streams of yoga, Buddhism, and spiritual psychology are interwoven to enhance physical, energetic, mental, and emotional health. We invite meditators interested in exploring the body as another door in, as well as yoga practitioners interested in incorporating more meditation into their routines, and practitioners of multiple methods or of any level of experience, to gather for this monthly opportunity to spend two hours with a variety of skillful means to tap-root our inherent wisdom and compassion and access the self as it actually is: luminous and full of potential.

We will open with a 10-minute sit, land acknowledgement, and vows; move into pranayama, yin yoga, contemplative inquiry, and slow flow yoga; and we will close with savasana and a 20-minute sit. The amount of guidance and silence at the start of each meditative period and during yin yoga will be tailored to the needs of the practitioners in the room, with the intention of providing an equally supportive and spacious holding environment.

Sarah Jane studied Eastern religions from an historical perspective as an undergraduate a decade before circling back and discovering how yogic and Buddhist methods can serve as radically nourishing supports in modern times. After hundreds of hours in trainings and retreats in ying/yang yogas and the Insight meditation tradition, and earning several certifications, Sarah Jane shares her recipe for living with vitality, peace, and purpose: Nourish the body, heal the heart, and train the mind. By retreating annually with esteemed teachers, studying at the evolving intersections of Buddhism and science, and working to uncover her unconscious bias, she keeps her practice and teaching fresh and responsive. Sarah Jane is also a stepmother, book editor, and musician. She offers deep gratitude to her teachers Sarah Powers (who endorsed her to teach Insight Yoga), Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach (with whom she is currently studying teaching), Ty Powers, Barbara Benagh, and Natasha Rizopoulos. For more information: www.sjswellness.com.

 


General Investment: $20
Supporting Investment: $25
Student/Affordability Investment: $15

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Sep
12
to Sep 19

Unwind Yoga: ease your heart and mind: 6 Session Series

Unwind Yoga: ease your heart and mind
6 Session Series

Course Dates:
Thursdays 8:30a-9:30a
9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 10/31

Open House 9/12 3:30am


General Investment 6 Session Series: $120
Supporting Investment 6 Session Series: $150
Student/Financial Hardship Investment 6 Session Series: $90

 
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This Hatha Yoga class will bring more peace, joy and freedom to your body and mind. Practice traditional breathing exercises (pranayama), postures (asana) and relaxation techniques (savasana, Yoga Nidra.) Dive into a meditation in motion and stillness that will help you connect more authentically with yourself and the world around you. Perfect for newbies and seasoned Yogis alike.

About Instructor:

Jill Braverman is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor known for her gentle, non-judgmental approach. Her passion is helping you learn how to practice Yoga safely, even with injuries or limitations, how to tune into your own body’s wisdom, and how to deeply rest and rejuvenate. You will benefit from her training in Yin Yoga, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra and Yoga for Anxiety & Depression, as well as her background as a Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist.

 

General Investment 6 Session Series: $120
Supporting Investment 6 Session Series: $150
Student/Financial Hardship Investment 6 Session Series: $90

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Contemplative Yoga Practice: 8 Session Series

Contemplative Yoga Practice: 8 Session Series

Mondays from 9:30a-10:30a
9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
8-Sessions General Investment: $100
8-Sessions Supporting Investment: $160

 
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Join us for an eight week contemplative yoga session to explore the true essence of yoga and bring the mind in balance. We will explore and study the ancient teachings of Sage Patanjali as described in the Yoga Sutras using gentle body movements and breath exercises. Using meditation, we will lead ourselves to a calmer state of mind.

About Instructor:
Anushri Singhvi teaches Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Yoga Philosophy. She is a long-time meditation practitioner with a deep interest in sharing her experience in using yoga, meditation and mindfulness as a tool for stress reduction and overall wellbeing. She completed a year long 200 Hour Teacher Training at the Himalayan Yoga & Meditation Center, IL (March 2016-2017). She also completed an 8-week MBSR course (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) in 2017 and attended a 10 day silent Vipassana retreat in April 2019.

 

8-Sessions General Investment: $100
8-Sessions Supporting Investment: $160

Drop Ins Welcome
Drop In General Investment: $15
Drop In Supporting Investment: $25
Drop In Student/Financial Hardship: $10

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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Sep
6
to Sep 8

Structural Essentials: Abdomen, Chest and Breath

Anatomy Trains: Structural Essentials: Abdomen, Chest and Breath

9/7, 5-9p,

9/8 & 9/9 9a-5p


General Investment: $400

 
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The Structural Essential series is a set of intensive soft-tissue technique courses divided into functional regions. Combining movement and manual techniques for the most efficient and long-lasting results, and using the latest research on the interaction between skeleton, muscles, joints, and fascial proprioceptors, this series of workshops will take you to a new level in therapy.

Designed with the busy manual therapist in mind, each Structural Essentials event gives you a new understanding of the relevant area. The content will outline how the structural and functional anatomy relates to many common issues as well as to the rest of the body. Based on many new and established approaches this series will give you the skills in palpation, BodyReading and functional analysis needed for the modern multidisciplinary therapist.

Abdomen, Chest & Breath

The breath is an essential food for life and its passage in and out of the body can be compromised by structural issues in the trunk. The trunk must also act to support the shoulders as well as the neck and head. Its position and relationship with the pelvis can therefore be vital for correct mechanics of the upper limbs and head, neck and jaw.

This course focuses on ribcage and thoracic spine mechanics, and includes:

- The anatomy and physiology of the breath
- Various therapeutic views of the ‘normal’ breath
- Techniques for abdominal fasciae, ribs, vertebral rib joints, and mediastinal visceral tissues, scalenes, and lumbar muscles
- Techniques for facilitation of the ‘breath wave’ into the front, back, and sides, as well as into each ‘quadrant’ of the rib cage

Note: It is strongly recommended to take the Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function course before taking the SE courses. Familiarity with the Anatomy Trains lines and concepts is key to getting the most from the program.


 


Investment: $400

 
 
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Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

Living Meditation with Dan Brown & "Pointing Out Way Sangha"

Living Meditation with Dan Brown

Select Wednesdays 7:30-9:30p
9/18/19

$25 drop in

 
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This ongoing class and practice community meets every Wednesday evening, 7:30-9:30pm, under the guidance of Dr Daniel P. Brown and John Churchill. It offers the opportunity to explore the path and meditations to understand and awaken to the True Nature of the Mind.

This realization frees awareness from obstruction and reactivity and allows awareness to be natural, unbounded and free. This freedom allows for the flowering of the positive qualities of mind and behavior that lead to a life of joyful service in the world; living meditation.

It has been our experience that the transformation to living meditation does not take time, just sincere practice and motivation. We welcome you to come journey with us.

Pointing Out Way Sangha
For students who have completed a Level 1 Retreat with Dan Brown or any of the Pointing out Way teachers, there is an ongoing sangha that meets any Wednesday night when there is no teacher.

Daniel Brown is the author of 15 books including Transformations of Consciousness (with Ken Wilbur & Jack Engler), and a book on Mahamudra, Pointing Out the Great Way: The Mahamudra Tradition of Tibetan Meditation-Stages (Wisdom Publications), and two books on public dialogues with H.H. The Dalai Lama. He is also the co-author of a book on the Bon A Khrid lineage of Bon Great Completion Meditation.

In graduate school at The University of Chicago he studied Sanskrit with Hans van Beutenen, and also studied Tibetan, Buddhist Sanskrit, and Pali languages in the Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison WI. He spent 10 years translating meditation texts for his doctoral dissertation on Tibetan Buddhist Mahamudra meditation.

He has studied meditation practice for about 45 years, beginning with reading Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and its main commentaries in the original Sanskrit with the great historian of religion professor Mircea Eliade, as well as practicing Patanjali's stages of meditation directly with Dr. Arwind Vasavada. At the same time, Dr. Brown studied the Burmese Theravadin Buddhist mindfulness meditation, first with Western teachers in the United States like Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Christopher Titmus, and then directly with the originator of the Burmese mindfulness tradition, Mahasi Sayadaw in Rangoon, Burma and other masters like Tungpulo Sayadaw and Achaan Cha.

Most of his meditation experience has been squarely centered within the Indo-Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist tradition. He lived with his Tibetan root lama, the Venerable Geshe Wangyal summers between school for about a 10-year period. Geshe Wangyal, H.H. the Dalai Lama, and the Venerable Denmo Locho Rinpoche, former Head Abbott of Namgyal Monastery, the Dalai Lama’s monastery were the main students of senior teacher Ling Rinpoche in the Gelukpa lineage.

Dr. Brown first learned Indo-Tibetan concentration and insight meditation with Geshe Wangyal, and then years later co-taught concentration and insight meditation with Denmo Locho Rinpoche and Yeshe Tapkay at Geshe Wangyal's retreat house over a 15-year period. Dr. Brown learned Mahamudra from numerous Tibetan lamas mainly in the Tilopa/Marpa tradition and its subsidiary traditions, such as the Dwags-po/Karma or 'Seat' lineage, the 'Bri gung' or 'Five Parts' lineage, and the Drug pa or 'One Taste' lineage, and also from the ecumenical Rime movement wherein Mahamudra and Gelukpa emptiness practices were integrated and Mahamudra and Great Completion practices were integrated.

Dr. Brown spent 10 years translating meditation texts from Tibetan and Sanskrit, including translating Tashi Namgyal’s great commentary on the Mahamudra, Moon Beams, as well as translating most of the important Mahamudra meditation practice texts found in Jamgon Kongtrul’s great collection of meditation texts, The Treasury of Instructions.

As a Western psychologist he spent 10 years conducting outcomes research on beginning and advanced meditators.

He has taught meditation retreats for 20 years.

More recently, Dr. Brown has been studying the Nyingma Dzogs Chen [Great Completion] lineage from Garab Dorje and Vairocana with Rahob Tulku Rinpoche, and the Bon po A Khrid and Zhang Zhung snang gyud lineages of Dzogs Chen [Great Completion] lineages with H.H. the 33rd Menri Trizin, Abbott of the Menri Bon Monastery, Donaji, H.P. India, and spiritual head of the Tibetan Bon religion.

Dr. Brown is currently translating both the A Khrid and Six Lamps Bon po Dzogs Chen teachings into English.

danielbrownphd.com

pointingoutway.org


 
 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. 

 
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Sep
2
7:30 PM19:30

Skillful Means - Monthly Sangha

Skillful Means - Monthly Sangha

Mondays Sept 2nd, Oct 7th, Nov 4th , Dec 2nd
7:30p-9:00p


General Investment: $12
Supporting Investment: $24
Student/Affordability Investment: $6

 
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1st Mondays 7:30-9:00

9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2

The first 30 minute of class will be a silent meditation (5 minutes guided). The second half of the class will be a mixture of group support on applying mindfulness to personal life, studying Buddhist texts, group discussions on recent meditation research and having a safe space to discuss how your really feel about things. This group will be focused on cultivating a space where people can practice together and share different beliefs, struggles and successes with leading a more intentional life.

 


General Investment: $12
Supporting Investment: $24
Student/Affordability Investment: $6

 

It is the mission of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice to provide balanced financial accessibility to our services. We believe that what we offer should be for everyone. We offer scholarships for our professional trainings and we offer a 3-tiered, self-selecting pricing system for events and classes. Please contact info@thebccp.com if there are ever any concerns around financial accessibility.

 
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