Deepening Practice with Inquiry: A poly-vagal informed MBSR? 

September 17, 10:00 am

Online, anywhere in the world!

Deepening Practice with Inquiry: A poly-vagal informed MBSR? 


Online, anywhere in the world!

Deepening Practice with Inquiry: A poly-vagal informed MBSR? 

Skilful MBSR teaching emerges from our own deep engagement with the practices and teachings that inform this curriculum. This morning session offers an opportunity to come together as a community of teachers where we may deepen our skills and practice together. The session is highly experiential, reflective, connective and collaborative and offers a core framework, or teaching, to scaffold our continued learning and growth as MBSR practitioners and teachers. 

As MBSR teachers we stand on the shoulders of many giants, from early Buddhist teachings to modern-day neuroscience and psychological research evidence. We may call these the ‘elders’ of our MBSR community. In this session, we will explore, through practice and inquiry, polyvagal theory as a framework that can enhance our trauma-sensitive teaching and practice in MBSR. It sits alongside the ‘Window of Tolerance’ concept in practical ways. 

The polyvagal theory was developed by Dr Stephen Porges who proposes that engaging our social engagement system is the default strategy we use to regulate our stress responses. The social engagement system helps us to manage threat and danger in the world and involves the regulation of the muscles of the face, head and heart. We will explore the theory through experience and reflect on how this work can strengthen our skills as MBSR teachers.  We will trust in emergent learning as we share the joy of mindful movement together as a neural exercise that can help us to move from stressed to calm states and bearing witness to each others' insights and experiences. 

All are welcome to join this community circle, whether you are new to or deeply familiar with polyvagal theory or whether you are simply drawn to connect and be nourished in the connection of this community coming together.  

Offered by: Dr. Sheena Burke, Chartered Clinical Psychologist | Certified Mindfulness Trainer

Date: 17th September 2022.   9am - 1pm GMT+1/ 10am - 2pm CEST


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Price: 40€


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