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Mindfulness, self-compassion, concentration and lovingkindness—All these are practices that greatly benefit couples, families, and therapists themselves. Relational Meditation offers the techniques to bring these to clients and to ourselves. Susan Gillis Chapman’s book The Five Keys to Mindful Communication will serve as the basis for practice.
In Relational Meditation, we use meditation as a participatory practice. It enhances the way we engage with the world as well as how we are in the clinical setting. It offers skills to retain a meditative, balanced relationship with the world.
In this interactive and collaborative workshop, we’ll use lectures, practice and discussion to explore a variety of techniques for clients and clinicians. Several frameworks and traditions for viewing meditation will be discussed, including Buddhism, postmodern theories, systems theory and neuroscience. Participants will be invited to share their own work (with clients and with meditation), as well as to present clinical issues and questions.
As a result of taking this program, the program participants will be able to:
a. Learn about meditation as a relational practice
b. Learn skills applying meditation practices and strategies for working with couples and families
c. Develop and enhance your meditation practice.
d. Learn different conceptual frameworks for viewing meditation
e. Share in a healthy community setting to promote both personal and professional development from a collaborative and relational perspective.
The program will include time for participants to attend Yoga classes, meditate in the LOTUS, and walk the many trails in the Yogaville community.
Prerequisite: It is requested that participants be either licensed therapists or graduate students attending a clinical program.
Jerry Gale, Ph.D. is a licensed family therapist and faculty member at the University of Georgia, where he is the former director of the Family Therapy Doctoral Program. He has written three books and over 65 articles and chapters, and has presented both nationally and internationally. He began meditating in the 1970s and studied with Tarthang Tulku in 1981 (a ten-month program based on the book Time, Space and Knowledge: A New Vision of Reality). He has been a frequent guest at Yogaville since 2007 and a yoga student of Rev. Manjula Spears since 1990.
Susan Gillis Chapman, M.A. is a licensed family therapist and faculty at Karuna Institute in Cologne, Germany where she teaches Contemplative Psychology. She is co-founder of the Green Light Institute, offering workshops and retreats based on her book, The Five Keys To Mindful Communication. She began meditating in 1974 and studied with Chogyam Trungpa and other teachers, including Sasaki Roshi and Pema Chodron. She was recently appointed as an acharya, or senior teacher, by Sakyong Mipham.