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Presence and Resonance: Introducing Contemplative Group Dynamics

Penn Program for Mindfulness
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The contemplative group practice serves as a transition between our formal silent practice and the interactions of everyday life. Understanding how we lose awareness is vital to integrating everyday life with mindfulness-awareness. During this weekend we will practice making transitions: from eyes closed to open, from a downward to an outward gaze, from silence to speech, and from the solitary to a group. In doing so we'll have a chance to see how we react or respond: does our mind become busy or do we relax further?

The group exercises alternating silence and speech are simple and accessible and are paced sequentially to the four foundations of mindfulness: body sensation, feeling tone, mental events and experience. This pacing allows participants to take recognizable steps to settle with the group. The presence of the group significantly helps to reduce distractibility and stay with mindfulness of the group experience. Resonance with others in the group provides a natural empathy that supports group development.

The workshop will consist of individual and group practice, reflection, talks and discussion.

Pre-requisites: Successful completion of our Foundation Mindfulness-based Stress Management program or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor, is required for participation.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 21nd - April 22nd
Location: Ralston Center (Room 241)
Facilitator: Lawrence Ladden and Jale Cilasun
Time: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $199. 12 Optional Continuing Education Credits for $80

Dr. Lawrence Ladden is a health psychologist and clinical psychologist with specialist training in group dynamics, practicing in the UK since 2013, and for years prior in Philadelphia with expertise in using mindfulness with patients with physical health conditions such as cancer and chronic pain. A mindfulness instructor for more than 30 years, he developed contemplative group dynamics which is an integration of mindfulness practices and group processes.

Dr. Jale Cilasun is a psychiatrist with specialist training as a medical psychotherapist and in Group Analysis who has been working in the NHS for 30 years, the last 16 as a consultant medical psychotherapist. She has extensive experience of using the group as a therapeutic medium for a wide range of psychological conditions. She has been working with contemplative group dyamics for the past five years.

For more information visit: www.contemplativegroupdynamics.com.