Trainings and Workshops in Applied Embodied Mindfulness and Contemplative Psychotherapy

Are you a psychotherapist, nurse, educator, social worker or in a caring profession wanting to integrate mindfulness into your profession or more fully into your life?

The SCA training and workshops will prepare you to offer embodied mindfulness to your patients, clients and students — from a deep, authentic, personal experience and understanding of the science and art of mindfulness practice.

SCA’s workshops and training differs from other mindfulness courses in that we interweave somatic awareness and mindful body practices into our offerings. Embodied mindfulness is not just mind only, nor body based only, but the best of both –  with specific ways and means to apply these tools to at risk and in need communities.

We will teach you to use secular, accessible language and tools, although you will learn the roots of mindfulness, from the Buddhist tradition. Our foundation of practice is kindness and compassion, and it’s outgrowth – action. Our quest and intention is to explore and present a variety of ways that these practices might be applied to help others to help themselves – through information, self knowledge, and compassion.

About the 2017 – 2018, 200-hour Applied Embodied Mindfulness Teacher Training in Berkeley CA

About the 2017 – 2018, 200-hour Applied Embodied Mindfulness Teacher Training in Berkeley CA

Become a certified Applied Embodied Mindfulness Facilitator – integrate embodied mindfulness into your professional work and into your life. Through the deep and direct experience of mindfulness, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to lead and facilitate a variety of mindfulness skills and empower others to help themselves with non invasive, sane and clinically proven interventions.

You will as importantly, empower yourself – to be more fully at ease, increase emotional intelligence, enhance your self compassion, clarity, wisdom and self regulation.

Included in the 200 hour Training:

7 core weekends: November 11 + 12, December 2 + 3, January 13 +14 2018, February 3 + 4, March 3 + 4, April 7 + 8, May 5 + 6

Plus 4 (of your own choosing) additional workshops: listed as optional workshops: January 27 + 28, 2018, February 17, March 17 + 18, April 14 + 15

Plus a 5 day retreat (cost of room and board additional, or choose one at an approved center)

Plus 4 mentoring sessions

Additionally: There will be reading assignments, book discussion groups, community gatherings, study + practice partners and a final project. There is a weekly Embodied Mindfulness drop in class on Wednesday evenings at Yoga Kula and monthly at the Berkeley Museum on Sundays led by Jill Satterfield, that support the training experience.

Workshop hours: are generally 10 -6, but some will have different start and end times – all noted below.

Cost of 200 hour training: $4500, EARLY BIRD before August 31: $4200.

76 CEU’s (Continuing Educational Units) available for the full training at $500.

Details of the course, and course work will be sent to you once your application has been approved.

Faculty: Jill Satterfield, Founder, Mark Coleman, Matthew Brensilver PhD., Barbara Demman RN,MSN,ACNP-BC, CNS, Daniel Khodabakhsh, MD, Melissa Eaton, LCSW, Hal Adler

Space is limited for the full 200 hour training, please apply in advance to reserve your place.

All workshops unless noted will be held at the beautiful Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley Studio

Note: Some of the weekends are like two day mini-retreats. The first day you’ll be immersed in the mindfulness practice itself. The second day, practice periods will continue but be interspersed with applications of the specific practice and how particular communities or conditions may benefit from the particular focus or intervention. There will be lively discussions, reflection and inquiry work, ample time for q + a, case studies presented, and in many cases – practice leading in small groups.

Or, make your own experience/study package:

You are welcome to choose from any of the individual workshops or full weekend modules (some weekends require the first day to take the second). Individual workshops are $175 per day, $325 per weekend. CEU’s: $75 per individual workshop or $100 for a weekend.

Choose 10 workshops, or 5 weekends for 15% off

Choose 6 workshops, or 3 weekends for 10% off

Mentoring available at an additional, discounted cost

Some sliding scale, workstudy scholarships and student discounts will be made available, please write to us to inquire

CEU’s available at $75 per workshop or $100 per weekend

CE Credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP 16887) for licensed nurses in California. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about CE, visit, or contact David at

Dates + Topics:

November 11 + 12, 2017, 10 – 6 Mindfulness of the Body: Embodied Presence, How to Carry it with You

Day One: Practice and experience a variety of mindfulness of the body practices and techniques, seated, standing, walking and lying down. Discover how the body can be the most skillful anchor to the present moment – how inhabiting it is the key to knowing and regulating the mind.

The body feels what is about to be thought and felt emotionally before it is actually cognized. By becoming sensitive to your body’s language, one can instill a pause, a moment of reflection, and not be out of mental or emotional control. Set up a sensitive dialogue between body and mind, by listening to and addressing sensations in the body so that the responses to your inner and outer world become more thoughtful, calm and open minded. We’ll practice while seated, walking and also lying down (wear comfortable clothes). This daylong will be guided, but mainly practiced in noble silence.

Day Two: We’ll unpack the practices and discuss why embodied practices are valuable, which attributes are good for different interventions, circumstances, moods and states of being. You’ll practice how to lead small groups, how to lead one on one and as importantly how to practice while in normal everyday life.

Learn and discuss how embodiment practices might be best and most safely applied to a variety of communities, inclusively and without dogma. Day one is required to partake in day two.

This weekend is like two day mini-retreat. The first day you’ll be immersed in the mindfulness practice itself. The second day, practice periods will continue but be interspersed with applications of the specific practice and how particular communities or conditions may benefit from the particular focus or intervention. There will be lively discussions, reflection and inquiry work, ample time for q + a, case studies presented, and in many cases – practice leading in small groups.

Learning Objectives:

  • Incorporate mindfulness of sensations as a skillful adjunct to and extension of mindfulness of the breath
  • Describe why this skillful means might be more or less suitable for particular mental/emotional states and different communities
  • Explain the benefits of awareness of the body and its language of sensations
  • Name ways to work with areas of emotional/physical numbness
  • Label sensations and identify the messages they are communicating
  • Explain how memories are stored in the body and ways to release them

December 2 + 3, 2017 Mindfulness of the Breath: Concentration, Insight and Discernment

Saturday: 10 – 6, Sunday 1 – 7 at the Northbrae Community Church, Berkeley.

Day One: Practice and experience a variety of mindfulness of the breath techniques to know for yourself what the benefits and results can be. Through this first hand experience, the applications of the various techniques will make sense and be more easily integrated into your professional tools, or directly into your own life.

We will practice while sitting on a chair, lying down on the floor and walking so that the variety of body shapes and movement patterns can reveal a variety of skillful means and options for use. Concentration is foundational for staying present and not lost in emotions or thoughts. From the ability to stay present, we begin to discern our judgements, thought processes and emotional states – from this we gain insight. These insights become the fodder for future choices, more freedom in the mind and with our emotional states.

This day will be guided, but mainly practiced in noble silence. All are welcome to attend the day, or full weekend – come curious, come to be inspired as a more advanced practitioner – the subtleties of breath and how it can inform us about our mental and emotional processes is endless.

Day Two: We will examine how to apply different mindfulness of breath practices and how to interpret different breathing patterns – how they mirror emotional and mental states.

We’ll discuss different communities and populations and which techniques might be more or less suitable and why. There will be practice in watching each others breath patterns while speaking, to illustrate the malleability and reflective aspects of breathing. You’ll discover how to begin to see what someone is feeling through their breathing patterns and the location of their breath. You’ll learn and experience how breath can be an ultimate form of kindness towards oneself, and how it has the capability to be self soothing. Day one is required to partake in day two.

This weekend is like two day mini-retreat. The first day you’ll be immersed in the mindfulness practice itself. The second day, practice periods will continue but be interspersed with applications of the specific practice and how particular communities or conditions may benefit from the particular focus or intervention. There will be lively discussions, reflection and inquiry work, ample time for q + a, case studies presented, and in many cases – practice leading in small groups.

Learning Objectives


  • Understand and explain the connection between breath and the mind
  • Connect how mindfulness of the breath can lead to insights about how one’s particular mind is habituated
  • Identify the connection between breath and emotions and learn skills to calm the mind with the breath
  • Identify how habits in the mind are formed and released
  • Identify how to use breath to hold, or withhold comfort and kindness
  • Identifying use of breath patterns in others and how to use this as a diagnostic and treatment tool
  • Identify connection between breath and inner awareness/interoception
  • Use and be able to teach self regulation skills with the breath
  • Demonstrate a session of mindfulness of the breath in small groups and or pairs

Cost for Day One: $175, CEU’s only available if whole weekend is attended

Weekend: $325, 8 CEU’s for an additional $100

January 13 + 14, 2018, 10 – 6 Mindfulness of Emotions: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence and Resilience

Day One: Practice a variety of ways to be aware of emotions, in the body and in the heart/mind. What are the accompanying sensations to emotions? How can you sense them before they become out of conscious control? How might mindfulness of emotions lead to not taking everything so personally? We’ll practice a variety of ways to stay in the body, know emotional states and ride their waves.

These skills will be applied on Sunday when we discuss and take a look at the whys and hows of what we will experience today. Practice will be while seated, standing, walking and lying down (wear comfortable clothes) – guided but mainly practiced in noble silence.

Day Two: Let’s break it down – what is both helpful and practical when working with mindfulness of emotions – for you personally and for those you work with? What communities would benefit from different techniques and why. How does the understanding of our own emotional landscape lead to empathy and appreciation of others?

Through dyads, reflection and inquiry practices and ample time for q + a, we’ll uncover the benefits and applications of being mindful of emotions can improve our own and others lives significantly. Day one is required to partake in day two.

This weekend is like two day mini-retreat. The first day you’ll be immersed in the mindfulness practice itself. The second day, practice periods will continue but be interspersed with applications of the specific practice and how particular communities or conditions may benefit from the particular focus or intervention. There will be lively discussions, reflection and inquiry work, ample time for q + a, case studies presented, and in many cases – practice leading in small groups.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways to skillfully manage strong and unpleasant emotions
  • Differentiate between thoughts and feelings
  • Increase ability to regulate the emotions through various breath practices
  • Understand and explain the concept of non-identification (“we are not our emotions”)
  • Learn and identify skills for addressing emotions in the body before they are out of control in the mind
  • Develop an understanding of impermanence to cultivate impulse control and self care

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP: January 27 + 28, 10 – 6, S.H.A.R.P. Stress in Healthcare, Awareness, Reduction, + Prevention with Barbara Demman, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNS and Daniel Khodabakhsh, MD

This course is designed for physicians, nurses, allied healthcare professionals, and caregivers who want to learn how to use mindfulness meditation and compassions techniques as a way to prevent burnout, manage personal stress, and enrich their professional lives.  All members of the health care team and all types of caregivers are welcomed.

Mindfulness training and compassion cultivation have powerful impacts on care decisions, patient perceptions of their provider, and an increased sense of job satisfaction.  Health care professionals can benefit from a stronger feeling of connection with their patients, greater patient satisfaction and retention, reduced stress, and professional pride in their positive impact.


Learning Objectives:

  • Define burnout and risk factors for burnout within health care providers.
  • Contrast stress reaction versus stress response
  • Provide a definition of mindfulness and employ mindfulness-based skills.
  • Review neuroscience research related to stress reduction and mindfulness based interventions
  • Understand how mindfulness supports health promotion for health care providers
  • Describe the difference between formal and informal mindfulness practices
  • Define compassion for others and self-compassion
  • Utilize loving kindness with self-compassion meditation
  • Discuss ways to cultivate and sustain a daily mindfulness and compassion practice

February 3 + 4, 2018, 10 – 6 Loving Kindness and Self Compassion: The Development and Embracing of Both

Both days will incorporate the practices of loving kindness and compassion cultivation, initially for oneself as in self compassion, and then mined for self regulation, care giver fatigue, burnout prevention and greater resilience under stress and duress. We will also open to how self compassion is in the service of others and the world.

We’ll discuss ways to normalize self care and kindness and how to take care of others without loosing yourself completely in the process. We’ll investigate what brings spaciousness back to the heart when it begins to contract from fear, overworking, self neglect or criticism – and how to catch any of those symptoms faster rather than when they’ve gone on too long. How caring for another or oneself is the truest form of interdependence, non separation and love. There will be periods of practice guided and some periods practiced in noble silence.

Day two will additionally incorporate how to guide these practices and modify them depending on the community or individual and their needs. Day two is open without having taken day one, but it is highly recommended that both be taken for full understanding and saturation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways to increase our internal capacity for love and kindness to create balance in ourselves
  • Increase ability to be vulnerable and identifying the times when vulnerability is effective
  • Incorporate loving kindness and compassion practices and understand how these practices decrease distress and regulate emotions
  • Explore the foundation of self compassion and how daily practice allows us to more effectively understand and care for others
  • Identify practical and essential practices of self care and compassion
  • Understand and demonstrate how to use self-compassion as a regulation tool
  • Identify the symptoms of compassion fatigue before they have taken deep hold
  • Create simple acts of daily self kindness and compassion

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP: February 17, 10 -6, Embodied, Mindful Leadership: A Daylong Exploration into Leading with the Heart and Mind, with Hal Adler

We all lead. Whether its teams at work, families at home, within our communities, at little-league, or even ourselves, we all lead. The role of leader can mean many different things, yet the basics of setting a vision, encouraging people to move together toward that vision, and engaging them along the way- is always required. Great leaders, those that consistently deliver at the highest level, bring focus and clarity to the vision with unwavering alignment.

These leaders balance passion with equanimity and drive with non-attachment, while motivating others to do the same. They bring strong, well-formed opinions; yet can let them go when it serves. They communicate well, can read a room, have presence and confidence, listen to others, and know when to get out of the way. These are mindful leaders. They are self aware. They know how they’d like to be, how they are being, and how to course correct when necessary. They know their triggers and their reaction patterns, and adjust in real-time when need be.

What kind of leader are you? This day-long workshop will offer participants an opportunity to assess their leadership skills, while identifying opportunities for development, and the skills needed to develop leadership capacity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve overall leadership capabilities
  • Be less reactive in volatile situations
  • Stay more confident in the ability to lead
  • Improve communications with others
  • Increase compassion for others
  • Learn and practice such mindfulness practices such as sitting and walking meditation, guided meditation

March 3, 2018 March 3: Mindfulness, Psychotherapy and Science with Matthew Brensilver PhD., 10 – 6

As mindfulness gains an increasingly prominent place in modern psychotherapy, mental health professionals are challenged to find skillful ways to incorporate the modality into clinical work. Mindfulness serves in two ways. First, it develops skills in the psychotherapist that are relevant to good clinical outcomes: compassion, the capacity for deep listening, and awareness of one’s own emotional reactivity. Second, mindfulness functions as a primary or adjunctive practice prescribed to clients struggling with a range of clinical issues including, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and pain syndromes.

The ability to effectively incorporate mindfulness in clinical work depends on the familiarity we have developed with our own minds – through our own practice. This workshop will weave together meditation practice with lectures and discussion to support a fuller understanding of role of mindfulness in well-being. We will examine scientific research regarding the efficacy of mindfulness and the mechanisms through which mindfulness confers its benefits. Practical examples will be included and guidance will be provided on how mindfulness can be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Characterize the core differences between mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression
  • Describe the parallels between mindfulness practice and exposure therapy
  • Describe three ways in which clinician mindfulness helps manage countertransference
  • Explain how scientific reporting biases may contribute to inflated estimates of mindfulness-based intervention effects
  • Name five of the brain regions hypothesized to be impacted by meditation practice
  • Explain the role of the brain’s default mode network and self-referential thought in emotional regulation

March 4: Mindfulness of Mind: Working with States of Mind, Beliefs and the Inner Critic, with Mark Coleman 10 – 6

How might we work with our own states of mind and the myriad flowing random thoughts that move constantly through it? How can we observe thoughts without getting stuck or spun by them? What are the benefits of watching and knowing one’s own mind? How might knowing one’s own mind lead to understanding mind in general, understanding others and being more flexible when working with diverse populations, moods and ways of behaving? We’ll explore mindfulness of mind, mindful awareness and it’s benefits, the refreshing difference between knowing and believing, and the freedom of not taking everything personally.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize mindfulness to identify and address the inner critic
  • Practice ways to love and respect the inner critic
  • Investigate “How to quell the wave before it crashes”: Using awareness of the body to notice intense thoughts before they further develop and become an habitual ruminative loop
  • Identify methods to differentiate between fact and interpretation
  • Identify the benefits of and know how to practice self reflection

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP: March 17 + 18, Chronic Pain: the Choices and the Burdens

optional weekend at Namaste, Berkeley

Chronic or severe pain can be like quicksand – the mind and heart go under with the body – identifying with it and not knowing how to find mental or emotional relief from the physical suffering. Body and mind become entangled in a messy confusion of pain and discomfort.

Clear connection and understanding between mind and body is of the utmost importance, as is the ability for the mind to disentangle and distinguish between unpleasant sensations, and unpleasant thoughts about the sensations. The learned and wise ability to not add additional mental suffering to physical pain is pivotal to finding ease in navigating pain and illness and a fundamental aspect of mindfulness.

This workshop will be an experiential and didactic exploration of integration and separation; not identifying with the body but being kind and compassionate towards it. We will examine the reasons why separation of mind and body is not only skillful but imperative in gaining the capacity to live with mental and emotional ease in spite of the body’s conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between physical pain and optional mental pain
  • Practice and describe how to facilitate abiding with discomfort without reaction or contraction, physically, mentally or emotionally
  • Practice and facilitate the recognition of various sensations of pain, not all of which are unpleasant
  • Practice facilitation of non identification with the body
  • Demonstrate visualization practices that can provide ease and respite from pain
  • Practice, discuss and evaluate various mindfulness techniques most suitable for working with chronic pain and illness
  • Recognize and discuss the need and times to offer stepping away rather than towards acute pain
  • Practice and assess variety of chair yoga stretches suitable to those with mobility issues
  • Practice and facilitate a variety of breath techniques accessible to most physical and mental/emotional conditions
  • Process secondary trauma from working on the front lines of chronic pain communities, learn techniques to release the trauma
  • Learn how to cope with and to facilitate self compassion and kindness towards one’s situation and body

*This training is intended for mental and health care professionals, as well as anyone working with those in chronic pain. This may not be as suitable for those suffering from chronic pain personally – if you have questions about whether this is right for you, please write to Jill.

April 7 + 8, 10 – 6 April 7: Inner Awareness and Interoception for Self Regulation and Self Care

Both ancient contemplative practices and modern science tell us that awareness of sensations externally (called proprioception) as in feeling heat or coolness on the skin for instance or the body in space, coupled with the ability to feel what’s occurring internally (called interoception) such as tension in the chest or when we’re holding our breath, support an emotional and mental landscape of ease, confidence and presence. Called inner and outer awareness in contemplative traditions, these skills offer the capacity to recognize how our environment, conversations, job, and daily stressors affect us at the deepest level – and how to benefit from this information.

Embodied mindful awareness is a foundation for emotional stability, self – regulation and presence – all of which are an antidote to anxiety, depression, fear, burn out and compassion fatigue. These skills of embodied awareness are developed, and with practice can release tension and negativity as it occurs, leaving no lingering detriment to overall health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define interoception and how it is used for self regulation and care
  • Identify ways to cultivate inner awareness through mindfulness techniques
  • Understand how to use inner awareness to identify and modulate painful states of being before problematic behavior occurs
  • Explore ways to use mindfulness to decrease intense emotions in challenging situations
  • Understand methods to release negative emotions
  • Practice using breath to increase feelings of kindness and compassion towards self
  • Practice interactive inquiry to develop awareness of internal sensations while in conversation or in action at work
  • Learn and facilitate post – workday restorative yoga postures and breath techniques to calm, renew, connect and clear body and mind from the day.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP: April 8, 10 – 6, Anxiety: Not all in the Mind – Mindfulness of Mind and Body

The seeds of anxiety originate from a variety of sources: repeated trauma, an illness and /or chronic pain, hormonal or neurotransmitter imbalance, a mind caught in fear of the unknown future, and gut discordance among them.

How we skillfully work with our own and the mind and body of others, when anxiety takes root, and how we work with the mind and body before anxiety has had an opportunity to blossom, can come in many equally helpful forms. By developing mindfulness we can cultivate interoception or internal awareness to address the body before the anxiety spreads to the mind; we can cultivate kind attention and soothe the body where sensations of anxiety are being felt; intellectually then experientially, we can know and teach about how to recognize triggers and the progression of thoughts and emotions that ensue once anxiety begins.

Connecting the mind and body is pivotal in working with anxiety as is being able to separate and understand the relationship and roles both mind and body play.

Learning Objectives:

  • Experience and describe interoception/internal awareness as can directly apply and soothe anxiety
  • Define and describe how to cultivate and lead self regulation and the capacity to catch anxiety as a pattern in the body before it spins out of control
  • Describe and experience mindfulness of the body practices as they might best apply as interventions for anxiety
  • Experience and explain mindfulness of thoughts and emotions practices as interventions for anxiety

*This workshop is intended for mental health professionals, not as useful for individuals experiencing personal anxiety. However if you would like to be considered, or have questions, please write to Jill directly.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP: April 14 + 15, 10 – 6, Harm Reduction: Mindfulness and Inner Awareness as Self-Regulation and Support for Addictions, Jill Satterfield and Melissa Eaton, LCSW

This weekend will introduce harm reduction as a spiritual practice, and how it is complimentary as an intervention in Harm Reduction – a clinical approach to working with addictive behavior.

Behavior stems from thought, thoughts are often habitual, harm arising from thoughts can be cyclical. Learning to notice thoughts that lead to harmful behavior is a first step in reducing further harm to oneself.

As clinicians, it is important to see one’s own addictive thought patterns, and subtle forms of self harm to understand on a visceral level what your clients are working with. In reducing ones own forms of suffering one can more fully pass these skills to others.

We will examine ways to relate these practices to clients and help them reduce suffering and build resources in practical, accessible ways. There will be an emphasis on incorporating mindfulness practices in individual and group settings. We will also practice and discuss ways to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout as another form of self harm that can be avoided.

Day two is best coupled with day one for full understanding.

There will be time for case presentations and discussions, q + a and didactic presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop or deepen a personal practice of embodied mindfulness
  • Become familiar with the minds natural propensity for cravings of all kinds
  • Teach others to manage the waves of craving with mindfulness
  • Mange your own stress and prevent compassion fatigue
  • Learn specific and practical interventions to foster a deeper and more embodied presence in their own lives and in their clinical work
  • Understand and describe why not all substance use is abuse
  • Assess and describe how to help a client/family/friend/self reduce the harm caused to oneself by thoughts and feelings that lead to alcohol or drugs
  • Understand substance misuse as a complex mix of biological, psychological, and social factors
  • Describe how substance use is within a continuum from experimental to chaotic
  • Understand and facilitate how to make interventions based on stages of change
  • Facilitate and incorporate mindfulness skills as relapse prevention tools

*Intended for mental health and substance abuse treatment professionals, yoga and meditation teachers, and others who provide service to those with abusive behavior who want to incorporate mindfulness practices into their lives and clinical work. This workshop is not intended as treatment for substance misuse among workshop participants

May 7 + 8, TBA!

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