ExpiredAwakening Together: Mindfulness, Neuroscience & Diversity

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  • 6th May 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Through sitting and walking meditation, guided instructions, dharma talks and discussion, we will explore experientially how best we can access, and keep exploring, what it is to be present with ourselves and others.

We will explore mindfulness in the context of the Buddha’s teachings, and how neuroscience helps us in our understanding of unconscious bias. How can these understandings together serve each of us to wake up personally, and with and for our world?

This day retreat will focus on the practical application of these teachings in our everyday lives, and is suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience.

Salma Darling has been practising mediation since 1989 and in a Buddhist context since 1998 mainly in the Insight (vipassana) tradition and Thai Forest monasteries, and has spent around 2 years in formal silent meditation retreats. Her practice is influenced by the relaxed approach of Carol Wilson and Burmese monastic U Tejaniya, and she has a particular interest in the meditation practice of deep absorptions (metta jhanas) which she has studied during a six month retreat and with Thanissaro Bhikku in Wat Metta Monastery in California.

Salma is a senior somatic psychotherapist (group psychotherapist) registered for private practice and supervision with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP), an elected member of the ADMP Council. Salma’s teacher trainings have included the Dharma Facilitators Program with Christopher Titmus 2003-2006, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr Bob Stahl at the University of Massachusettes, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy training at Bangor University. Born an East African Indian British Moslem, Salma includes diversity issues in her teaching.

Salma has taught mindfulness and meditation since 2001 in the community, in non-profits, in UK National Health Services mental health clinics alongside clinical psychotherapy practice, and to NHS staff. Se now teaches the general public as Director of The Mindfulness Consultancy and a mindfulness trainer and retreat leader at University College London, London Mindful, and for Meru Health (digital therapeutics), Finland. She’s a visiting dharma teacher at Heartcamp, San Francisco and a mentor on Insight Meditation Center’s online dharma course based in Redwood City, California.

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