Embodied Widsom for Challenging Times
A Two-Day Meditation Retreat


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About This Workshop
The longer you dwell in silence, the more you will hear your body’s intelligent wisdom. This unique retreat will introduce you to the practice of Meditating with the Body®, developed by Dr. Reggie Ray in the tradition of the Dharma Ocean lineage. Through precise somatic protocols and awareness practices, you will learn to connect more deeply with the inherent wisdom of your body.
Meditating with the body helps us to experience our own warmth and kindness and meet others free of filters and habitual patterns. It also supports us to more fully appreciate the sacred world around us and within us. Deep engagement with one’s body wisdom is especially important in the helping professions where burn out, compassion fatigue and overwhelm can impede our relationship with ourselves.
Suitable for beginners and long-term meditators, this retreat will feature somatic practices that include sitting, walking, lying down, and longer periods of silence and self-contemplation. Dharma talks and short group discussions will also enhance this supportive practice environment, which will provide a chance to unplug from the daily stressors while being held within a safe community.
Please bring: Meditation cushion; blanket/mat to lie on; shawl or layers of clothing to cover yourself; water bottle; notebook. (No computers or other digital devices during retreat time please.)his workshop will help you work more effectively with your clients, by gaining the cooperation of your clients’ unconscious world in service of greater resilience, internal cohesion, and an enhanced ability to manage difficult emotional experiences. 

For Whom
The workshop is open and relevant to the general public. Beginning and advanced meditators welcome. Some prior mindfulness practice recommended.


Dates & Times
Juine 6-7, 2015
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Parsons Hall (Dennistron Refectory)
2450 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Our quiet retreat center offers comfortable rooms with full amenities for anyone who would like to completely unplug and retreat overnight. To book a room, call 510-204-0704 or visit to reserve a room online.

Early Enrollment: $325 by May 1, 2015
Standard Enrollment: $390

VISA & Mastercard accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by mail or phone seven days in advance of a 1-day workshop or fourteen days in advance of a 2 or 3-day workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.

To Register

Click on the Register Now button at the bottom of this article.  Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline
June 3, 2015

More Information
For more information contact the Hakomi Institute of California at 415-839-6788 or


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Manuala2014Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT, is a Dharma Ocean meditation teacher authorized to teach the Meditating with the Body® program. A meditator for over 25 years in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, Manuela has a passion for making the body the central focus of meditation. Her extensive experience in the fields of somatic psychotherapy and trauma infuse her work as a meditation teacher with a deep understanding of somatic and psychological practices that support human transformation. A Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, and licensed somatic psychotherapist, Manuela holds an MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, a BA in Dance Therapy from Naropa University, and is also an authorized Continuum Movement teacher with extensive training in the field of movement therapy. Manuela’s unique approach to integrating mindfulness, movement and somatic psychology inspires her clients toward full embodiment in their lives.

Manuela trains health professionals in California, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Israel. She teaches a Hakomi-based trauma and attachment training for mental health professionals in Germany and leads From Trauma to Dharma trainings in the Bay Area. She also serves as trainer and co-director for the Hakomi Institute of California and is a faculty member at JFK University and Sofia University. Manuela focuses on the embodiment of mindfulness in her private practice in Menlo Park, CA. She is the author of 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well-Being published by W. W. Norton & Company.