Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Upcoming Alumni Lecture

Please join us for our next Alumni Association Meeting on Friday, March 29th, 2013. Reception is from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

Our alumni presentation will bring world renowned meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg, to Ackerman Institute. One of the Western world's leading and most influential teachers of Buddhist meditation practices; she is also a New York Times bestselling author.

The cultivation of attention is a major skill in Buddhist practice. Meditation is one of the central practices in developing attention and mindfulness. The cultivation of these practices can be enormously helpful to our work with clients and one of the best places to begin with these practices is with ourselves. It can help us "keep our seat," when things come up for us as therapists and give us tools to help cope with our own stress and our compassion fatigue/burnout. It can influence the way in which we work, live our lives and confront challenges.

What is the role of mindful presence in the therapy session? It can add depth and perspective in the many moments we spend with our clients. Like the breath, mindfulness comes and goes, but when difficult moments come up for both our clients and ourselves, it is particularly important to find ways to stay present. Join this presentation and learn about enriching your natural capacity for compassion as well as calmness, composure and self-possession.

Whether you already engage in meditation practice or are mildly curious to learn about it, our next alumni presentation with Sharon Salzberg is not to be missed! Sharon has been leading meditation retreats around the world for over three decades. She is often a featured speaker and teacher at a wide variety of events and has served as a panelist with the Dalai Lama and leading scientists at the 2005 Mind and Life Conference in Washington, DC.

Please register and pay your fee prior to the lecture. Alumnae/i must pay the $60 annual fee to attend. Alumnae/i dues may be paid online. The fee for students is $10 per lecture; the fee for guests is $25 per lecture. RSVP by March 25th, 2013 to Rebecca Kucsan at rkucsan@ackerman.org.