Embodied Mindfulness for Social Change

March 24, 2021

Course Session dates: Monday May 10 – Monday June 21, 2021 (with a break for Memorial Day) 10-11:30 AM PST/1-2:30 PM EST

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At the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI), our mission is to empower people to lead transformational change within themselves and their organizations in order to catalyze sustainable change and disrupt the existing dynamics of the systems we live and work within.

GKI has co-created this course with Jill Satterfield, a world-renowned mindfulness and meditation teacher, consultant, and mentor, to bring the best of contemplative psychology and somatic practice to a community of social action leaders.

This course has been designed to teach social impact and systems change leaders and practitioners how to establish and strengthen an embodied mindfulness practice into personal and professional life. 

You should take this course if you are:

  • A social impact practitioner looking to increase resilience and reduce burnout in your personal and professional life
  • A systems change professional that recognizes the importance of individual mindsets, both your own and those within the systems you are working to impact
  • A spiritual or mindfulness teacher seeking to amplify your impact in your community and the systems around you. 

Through this course, you will learn to create moments of peace and clarity in chaotic contexts, increase your emotional intelligence and empathy, and thrive in your journey towards realizing your vision of the greater good.

At the conclusion of this course, you will move forward with an empowered mindset and tangible skills, forged alongside a community that will invigorate, inspire, and support you in your application of these practices in your personal and professional life.

Join us on Mondays 10-11:30 AM PST/1-2:30 PM EST May 10 – June 21, 2021 (with a break for Memorial Day) for our Embodied Mindfulness for Social Change Course.

Facilitators: Jill Satterfield, Jessi Bellama, Whitney Stewart
Price: $600, need-based scholarships available upon request

Please reach out to us with any questions at courses@gkinitiative.org


Session Details (click to expand)

+ Session 1: Embodied Mindfulness and Systems (May 10, 2021)

An introduction to mindfulness skills that will support present moment awareness. We will frame the practice in current research and offer the direct experience of stabilizing kind awareness that can meet your current life with more ease. We will place these practices in the context of the systems within which we all live and work.

+ Session 2: Inquiry to build emotional intelligence (May 17, 2021)

Becoming sensitive to the body opens the mind to knowing feelings without becoming lost in them. Empathy is cultivated as a felt sense; being in the body offers a respite from being hijacked by the ruminating mind. Empathy is also the key to effective Human-Centered Design.

+ Session 3: Discovery for Presence in the Present (May 24, 2021)

Kind awareness, while listening to oneself and others, is fundamental to having choice about what thoughts to spend more or less time with. Listening to others can prevent judgement, assumption, and the feelings of isolation. Those around us feel safer when heard, and basic sanity comes from knowing the difference between what feels real and what is really true. Active listening and inquiry are powerful tools for presence in our work.

+ Session 4: Reflection for the Wise Discernment (June 7, 2021)

Knowing and understanding personal conditioning cultivates more choice in the heart and mind. By developing the ability to be in the present moment, we also develop awareness of patterns of thoughts and feelings. With awareness, discernment grows, and we see for ourselves what thoughts and feelings are helpful, and which may be harmful.  Mapping our own systems of thoughts and feelings allows us to understand our own strengths, blind spots and biases in how we approach our work.

+ Session 5: Inner Awareness to Support Authenticity (June 14, 2021)

Internal awareness, also called interoception, is a key to self-care and to empowering authenticity. When we lose sight of how we are feeling from one moment to the next, we can’t attend to our own needs. Our internal well runs dry, leading to compassion fatigue and burnout. We can learn to be internally and externally aware even while navigating difficult situations. Research in embodied mindfulness has been shown to be a greater asset than mindfulness on its own with regards to self-care, regulation and living our truest values. This in turn allows us to bring our authentic selves to our work, increasing our connection, commitment and motivation.

+ Session 6: Embodied Spacious Awareness for Resilience (June 21, 2021)

When we cultivate the ability to have a more open mind and less defended heart, we become naturally more resilient. When the lens of mind is more open, we regain our perspective on the importance of connection, community,

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