Fall 2014 workshop

The second Therapeutic Stance workshop of 2014 took place on November 8 and 9 at the Spring Green dojo. Thirteen people participated: 2 medical students, 2 family medicine residents: 2 integrative medicine fellows; 2 family physicians; 1 physician assistant; 2 psychology graduate students; 1 social worker; and 1 body worker.

The workshop focused on how training in the core principles Chozen-ji Zen– breathing, posture and relaxed concentration–can increase the therapeutic impact of healers regardless of professional background.

Saturday, November 8
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Introductions
9:30 AM Healer’s impact
10:00 AM Breath, posture and hara
11:30 AM Lunch/break
12:30 PM Basics of zazen
2:00 PM Stance and relationship
4:00 PM Break/bath
5:15 PM Dinner
6:15 PM Zazen
7:00 PM Resonance
9:00 PM Wrap up, snack
10:00 PM Lights out

Sunday, November 9
6:00 AM Wake up
6:30 AM Zazen
7:15 AM Breakfast
8:15 AM Sensitivity
9: 45 AM Partner bodywork
11:00 AM Zazen
11:30 AM Lunch/break
1:00 PM Sound for Healing
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Therapeutic Stance
4:00 PM Wrap up
5:00 PM End

Many of these photos show the participants learning exercises taken from the martial arts—especially kendo and Tai Chi—as a way of developing what we refer to as “Therapeutic Stance”.