May 12, 2018: Daylong with Sean Feit Oakes — Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing

Please join us on Saturday, May 12, 2018 for Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing with Sean Feat Oakes from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.

Many people come to meditation and yoga to help mend old wounds, both physical and emotional. In this study and practice daylong we will explore how the nervous system responds to stress and danger, and how that natural response is affected by trauma, developing into habitual states of anxiety and overwhelm. Trauma is not just caused by intense harmful and shocking experiences, but also by long-term stress and unresolved emotional processes. Meditation and yoga can be very helpful in a trauma recovery process, but do not automatically heal these deep wounds, and may even be destabilizing for some practitioners.

The day will include an introduction to current trauma resolution theory, and to the mindfulness-based resilience work of Organic Intelligence®. You will learn specific mindfulness and movement practices that can support healing and resilience. The class will be appropriate for those who suffer from trauma, as well as professional caregivers (including psychologists, therapists, and nurses), family members, and teachers of both meditation and yoga. We will discuss contraindications for common meditation and yoga practice instructions, and ways to care for ourselves and others in spiritual practice and daily life.

More information about Sean and Organic Intelligence® can be found here:

Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, E-RYT 500, OICC teaches Buddhism, Haṭha Yoga, and Organic Intelligence® with a focus on the integration of meditation, philosophy, and self-inquiry with trauma resolution and social justice. He has studied in Zen, Tibetan, and Theravāda Buddhist lineages, including training as a monk in Burma, and is authorized to teach Insight Meditation by Jack Kornfield. In yoga, he began in Ashtanga, studying with Larry Schultz and Alice Joanou, did teacher training with David Moreno in the Bihar tradition, and Buddhist integration through the Spirit Rock Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation (MYMT) program. Other primary teachers include Eugene Cash and Sylvia Boorstein (Insight Meditation), Anam Thubten (Mahāyāna), Sayadaw U Janaka (vipassanā), and Steven Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence®).

Sean teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, East Bay Meditation Center, and Namaste Yoga, and is core Yoga Teacher Training faculty (E-RYT 500) for Piedmont YogaYoga Garden San Francisco, and Spirit Rock. He works with teens through Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and is Associate Faculty with Organic Intelligence®, teaching the integration of mindfulness with trauma resolution. Sean received his PhD in Performance Studies from UC Davis in 2016, writing on states of consciousness in Buddhist meditation and experimental dance. He lives in Oakland with his family and beloved community.

6 CEs may be available for the following professions through the Spiritual Competency Resource Center:

  • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • For questions about these CE accreditations, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Approval for CEs is pending. Please note: If we are approved to offer CEs, there will be a $25 administrative fee per person (please bring a check for $25 payable to SCRC). Please have your professional license information with you. You must sign in within 15 min. of the start of the daylong and you will need to complete an evaluation and assessment at the end of the day, so please allow for time before and after the daylong to complete these forms. You may not take them home and complete them later. Your certificate of completion will be handed out at the end of the day after your evaluation is completed and turned in.

This day is freely offered to all.  Donations are important to support the teacher’s livelihood and our future offerings, but there is no obligation to make a donation.

There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch — please bring a dish to share, if you are able. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products, including essential oils.  Chairs will be available.  There are also a limited number of zabutons and cushions for use. This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.

For additional information, please contact Lori Wong at 209-343-2748.

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