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Embodying Our Values In Times of Change

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

What does it mean to take a strong seat, whether you’re sitting, standing, or moving? What does it feel like to stand for something in the world from your own center?

Join Buddhist teachers Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Śvani Erica Grevemeyer and access an engaged, embodied practice that gets you out of your head and into direct experience, where your true wisdom lies. Through discussion, physical movement, small group sharing, and journaling, you will explore:

  • How the body stores patterns and habits created by trauma and limiting beliefs, and ways to engage in conversation that disrupt these limiting story lines
  • Awareness and breathing techniques to guide you in developing a deeper relationship with your center and how to return to it—and your truth—when facing conflictful situations
  • Embodiment practices and centering presence exercises to help you align how you show up in the world with your values and beliefs
  • Experiential exercises to manifest the liberating potential of expressing and living from an embodied foundation of aligned values.

In a supportive community of others motivated to be of service in the world, you will learn to find courage, confidence, and useful information right where you are—no matter what seat you’re in—so you can face stress-inducing situations. You will take home a greater sense of clarity about your values and an embodied, non-conflicted way to express them in all areas of your life.

angel Kyodo williams | Svani Erica Grevemeyer

January 28 - February 2, 2018
Sunday-Friday , 5 nights

$400 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

What does it mean to take a strong seat, whether you’re sitting, standing, or moving? What does it feel like to stand for something in the world from your own center?

Join Buddhist teachers Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Śvani Erica Grevemeyer and access an engaged, embodied practice that gets you out of your head and into direct experience, where your true wisdom lies. Through discussion, physical movement, small group sharing, and journaling, you will explore:

  • How the body stores patterns and habits created by trauma and limiting beliefs, and ways to engage in conversation that disrupt these limiting story lines
  • Awareness and breathing techniques to guide you in developing a deeper relationship with your center and how to return to it—and your truth—when facing conflictful situations
  • Embodiment practices and centering presence exercises to help you align how you show up in the world with your values and beliefs
  • Experiential exercises to manifest the liberating potential of expressing and living from an embodied foundation of aligned values.

In a supportive community of others motivated to be of service in the world, you will learn to find courage, confidence, and useful information right where you are—no matter what seat you’re in—so you can face stress-inducing situations. You will take home a greater sense of clarity about your values and an embodied, non-conflicted way to express them in all areas of your life.

Faculty Bio

angel Kyodo williams

Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer, and founder of the Center for Transformative Change. Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, for over 15 years Rev. angel has dedicated herself to practicing her belief that transforming society is transforming our lives.

She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield.

She published her second book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, in 2016. Now one of only three black women Zen teachers, she applies wisdom teaching to social issues, and is a leading voice for transformative social change. She received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths. “Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters,” angel notes. Whether in writing, teaching, or speaking, her voice is unique.

 

Svani Erica Grevemeyer

Śvani Erica Grevemeyer began practicing yoga as a support for her sitting meditation practice. Her playful and inquisitive nature comes forth in her classes as she supports her students in reclaiming dignity, balance, and perspective through the practice of yoga.

A graduate of the Yoga Room’s Iyengar-based Advanced Studies Program in Berkeley, Erica continues to deepen and refine her practice by constantly exploring the question of how her practice reflects the rest of life.

She was ordained as a priest in the new Dharma lineage in 2013. Erica’s teaching reflects lessons learned from those who paved the way and continue to shine lights along the path: Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Donald Moyer, Ada Lusardi, and Sandy Blaine.

Erica’s practice has always been about coming back to being human. She has her feet on the ground, is practical and pragmatic, and is more interested in meeting you where you are than in getting you to contort yourself into something you are not.

 

Why Attend

  • Learn what it means to reclaim your center through a steady, comfortable, rooted, and embodied posture—be it sitting, standing, or moving.

  • Translate your best intentions into your life by living from your deepest truth and breaking out of habits and behaviors deeply held in your body.

  • Face awkwardness, misalignment, and limitations with humility, humor, and acceptance of your humanity—the gateway to your freedom rather than attributes to fear.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    Be in relatively good physical condition; not easily winded.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    This program is useful for people in leadership of communities of practice.

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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