5-Day Online Retreat: “Neuro-Dharma”

20–24 October 2022
Join our compassionate community to practice being more & doing less!
This retreat will be an opportunity to take time for yourself, learn to be supported in interaction and silence with others, to be gounded in the wisdom of the body, and center your attention with heartful qualities of care, compassion & joy.

NeuroSystemics Dharma

NeuroSystemics is an integrative methodology building resiliency and empowerment internally and in relationships. The Dharma program focuses specifically on building a compassionate community and grounding one’s attention and awareness in highly regulated nervous system states to experience ease, calm and joy. These conditions offer deep possibilities of insight and wisdom to then arise.

Retreat Description

Our nervous system is infinitely complex and powerful, and our brains are plastic. The way we meditate influences these biological structures and functions. In this “Neuro-Dharma” retreat will explore the key conditions which lead to healthy and optimal neural development.

  • “Insight”: Understanding and deep connexion with one’s internal experience, and
  • “Midsight”: Experiencing a supportive and enjoyable felt sense of being in spaces with others and nature
  • “Outsight”*: Experiencing the external as internal, bringing healing and wholeness

We will be meditating to grow in these areas with somatic practices, social practices and other practices to explore and deepen how we connect to our world. In this this retreat you will:

  • Practice
    • Somatic meditation and be supported to reduce negative states and increase positive states
    • Social meditation and enjoy the safety & support of being with others
  • Explore the links between community-building & Buddhist spirituality
  • Practice a range of nervous system regulation tools
  • Offer you a personal session to deepen embodiment by a trained somatic facilitator (limited spaces, see below)
  • Deepen our relationship with the sacred & psycho-spiritual dimensions of our lives
  • Be supported by the wider holding of a team of compassionate facilitators
  • Find ways to integrate the practices in daily life

*Term coined by M. Kuhel

Schedule

The retreat starts on Thursday October 20th at 6pm CEST for a welcoming and presentation of the coordination elements of the retreat, until Monday October 24th at 1pm CEST. The full schedule will be sent to you upon registration, and it will include:

  • Guided sitting/movement/walking meditations
  • Dharma talks & presentations
  • Q&A sessions
  • Small group practices*
  • Small group practice discussion groups*
  • 1:1 nervous system regulation sessions with Somas*

*see below for description.

While continuity of attendance and commtiment to the retreat will help you go deeper, you do not have to come to every session – we understand that you may have issues with some of the sessions, including timezone differences or other commitments you must maintain. It is fine to join for whichever sessions you can come to!

 

Creating a safe and supportive space for practice

We encourage you to think about the space you will use for this retreat. You may want to plan and reflect upon what would help you most to have an enjoyable experience for yourself during this 5-day retreat. Here are some relevant questions:

  • Have I prepared an enjoyable and comfortable space in which to practice?
  • Have I freed my schedule from non-essential activities?
  • Have I communicated to my family/friends that I will be going on this retreat (and maybe even asked them for ways in which they can help me benefit from it vene more)?

Small group practices & practice discussions

One of the aspects of this retreat is to explore how we can support one another in meditation, which we can social meditation. You will be invited to join small group practices with a Soma (Somatic facilitator) and experience silent and communication practices to deepen your relationship with yourself and others.

You will also be able to join small group practice discussions with Boaz to share how your practice is going and get support in deepening your experience and possibilities.

 

Private somatic regulation sessions

One of the unique features and contributions of NeuroSystemics to meditation and dharma practice, is to combine nervous system science with Buddhist practices. As part of this retreat you will have the opportunity to receive a 20-30 minute session with a trained professional supporting you to

  • better regulate your nervous system
  • strengthen your capacity to be in the here-and-now
  • ground your awareness further in your experience and your body with ease, gentleness & pleasure

Fee

Admin fee of €20 (this admin fee does not include teachings, which are freely offered on donation).

 

Trainer(s)

Boaz B. Feldman, Faculty

Boaz is a practical visionary, an experienced psychologist, Dharma teacher and clinical trainer acting for worldwide positive change. He has worked in numerous humanitarian contexts, trained in Mindfulness as a monk and at university in MBSR/MBCT in Oxford/Bangor and now teaches Dharma in the Western Insight Meditation Tradition. Boaz is the co-founder of NeuroSystemics, and feels passionate about his engagement in the Extinction Rebellion movement.

Somatic Facilitator(s)

Buğu Türkoğul

Buğu is a Biology graduate, a Mindfulness instructor, and a certified coach giving both Organic Intelligence and Mindfulness-based life coaching sessions. Buğu’s 11-year journey through yoga, education and therapy groups inspired her to facilitate Resilience Through Community groups based on creating safe social circles that values spontaneity, authenticity and openness.

Fulya Nanba

Fulya is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher, and since 2015 she offers individual and group sessions for therapy and meditation, as well as retreats in Turkey. She has completed trainings in Family Constellation, Working with People, Leading Groups and Organic Intelligence, and attends long term meditation retreats annually in Buddhist Centers in Asia.She studied finance in the first part of her life and worked in corporate life for many years. She is studying psychology now. Her purpose in life is to support herself and all living beings that she can reach so that they can exist with peace and joy.

 

Pauline Baudon

Pauline is a mental health counselor and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner specialized in trauma. Their therapeutic work with individuals and groups reflects lessons and practices found through many years of meditation practice and retreats, travel in spiritual communities, a commitment to intersectionality, and a healthy dose of humor for the road.

Silke Foegele

Silke is a certified complementary therapist and has been trained both as a CranioSacral therapist and as a physiotherapist. Her further training comprises prenatal and birth therapy, mediation, Organic Intelligence, yoga and qigong. She lives in Basel with her family. She focuses on increasing her clients’ resources and joy.

Upasaka Upali

Upasaka Upali (aka Paul) is a Dharma teacher who aims to demystify meditation, provide tangible instruction, and create a rewarding experience for practitioners. Upali received transmission in a lineage that can be traced back to the Buddha through Namgyal Rinpoche (Ananda Bodhi), and he took his Upasaka vows in 2015.  Upali is formally trained in the Shamatha Vipassana path expounded upon in The Mind Illuminated. He teaches with a student-centric approach, meaning the student guides the practice based on personal benefits rather than adhering to a single tradition or a technique. Upali has taught a wide audience, including Amazon employees, elementary students, and prison inmates, but he primarily teaches online to practitioners interested in creating depth and consistency in their practice amidst daily life. Beyond his online teaching, he teaches 5 to 6 residential silent retreats internationally each year.

Yelina Tayfur

Yelina is a lawyer, a yoga teacher, and a dedicated practitioner. She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2010. She has a yoga teacher training program that has been running for seven years. She is also a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, and she has been working creating a community around Trauma Sensitive Yoga to make yoga and meditation more accessible in Turkey. Yelina is organizing events and workshops   on   Yoga   and   Somatic   Awareness   as   well   as   retreats   on meditation, yoga, and ecology,  all based on  Organic  Intelligence  and Trauma Sensitive Yoga principles. 

 

  • Date: 20–24 October 2022
  • Language(s): English
  • Time: 6 pm CET (12pm EST)
  • Cost: Teachings are freely offered by donation, €20 admin fee
  • Contact: dharma@neurosystemics.org

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