Mindfulness-Based Practice: A Workshop in Presence for Social Workers,
Healers and Change-Makers
9am-4pm, Saturday, October, 5th, 2013
Social Work CEUs provided.
"We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts."
As social workers and healers, we use ourselves--our personality, voice, perspective, view point, energetic presence, practice wisdom, sense of humor, sense of compassion, capacity as witness, dedication to justice, and commitment to our craft--as tools of transformation. As co-creators of wellness, we are asked to witness the vast range of human experience, from the depth of pain, grief and despair to the elation of joy, possibility and the bright spark of human resiliency. To our clients, we ask that they bring their best selves, trust, vulnerability and willingness to be present to their range of deep emotions. Of ourselves, we must continue to ask the same, building skill and capacity for this continual work of presence and mindfulness-based healing.
This workshop is an exploration of the use of--and deepening skill with--presence in practice. Together, we will offer a supportive, experiential learning environment for deep, reflective practice growth, exploring the intricacies of meditation and mindfulness, compassionate presence, self reflection, intentional impact, radical acceptance, grounding and centering, re-centering under stress, tending secondary trauma and use of presence as a tool of intentionality and justice. With awareness of the cumulative toll of vicarious trauma and the energy demand of deep witnessing, we will gain skill with many accessible and achievable tools for supporting our own self care, as well as our ability to remain present and engaged in the vital work of liberatory wellness. Social Work CEUs provided; the content is relevant for folks from interdisciplinary healing practices.
To register for the workshop, please visit http://
Cost: $130, some limited scholarship available
Location: Conexiones, 3500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Suite 200
Heather Horizon Greene is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in the beautiful city of Portland. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and has worked in the areas of anti-poverty law, medical social work, clinical mental health, child welfare activism and human service education. A student and practitioner of earth centered wisdom and anti-oppression work, she is passionate about personal and community resiliency, being a gentle steward of the earth, and weaving justice throughout her life's work. A teacher of bridge building, culture shifting and identity claiming, she spins threads of healing through the tools of liberatory wellness, connection, intentionality and transformation.
Sheila Walker is a catalyst, counselor, and fellow journeywoman specializing in supporting people in loving themselves fully and in living a joyful life. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and received her degrees in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas; a program known for the Strengths Perspective, celebrating that everyone has resources and strengths no matter how bleak their past or present circumstances, obstacles, or oppressions. She has spent the last decade studying about trauma and anxiety, justice centered social work, and change theory. She has practiced in child welfare, education, alternative health care, and research settings. She is full of hope, energy, and tools to support you in your joyful awakening to wholeness and wellness.
Heather and Sheila co-anchor a small wellness practice, www.joyfulawakeningpractice.
where they offer resiliency coaching, wellness-centered therapy, practice
mentorship, and program consultation.