trauma informed open awareness meditation or,

 Dzogchen for somatic liberation.

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Tuesday evenings 7-8:30 est on zoom.

October 25th to November 15th.

Payment info: 

Pay the wage price: $150

Pay a little less price: $100

Pay more price: $300-500

Pay less: contact us.

We won't preclude anyone because of a financial barrier.

There are spots reserved for those with lower income;

please indicate on the form or contact us with questions.



In this 4-week experiential course, we explore the relationship between open awareness practice and regulated nervous systems.

Our questions emerge from reverence for simple Dzogchen meditation methods, a commitment to trusting the wisdom of our bodily organism, and a critical inquiry into what it means to be “regulated.”

The title of the course comes from a critique we hope to articulate in an illuminating manner through practice. We will critically explore the way that  trauma healing and mindfulness guidelines often talk about nervous system regulation as  a constant, effortful manipulation of our state. It can sound as if we always have to “regulate” our experience.

We feel that we might benefit from a different view and stance, that of awareness and allowing. We start from a premise of inherent knowing that is innate to each of us, that we can open to and access through simplicity.

In terms of trauma and dysregulation, we begin from the baseline of the completeness of being with how you are. At the same time, we will explore how open-awareness meditation might lead to disassociation and disembodiment from a trauma-informed perspective.

We will use meditation, somatic practices, dialogue, and information sharing as our primary means of engagement. 

We will try to have fun! But it’s optional. We will be talking about nervous system awareness and trauma in this course. As such, our goal is to approach the content in a way that creates a container which helps to build more acceptance and awareness but does not further exacerbate harm or trauma. We want to go to the edges without going over-threshold. 

Please contact us or indicate in the signup form if you have concerns about your ability to participate in the course. We are operating from a trauma informed framework, and will offer accessibility accommodations as possible by request.

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kalen tenderness tierney (aka tender)

tender is a person (also known as a multispecies assemblage) navigating the world in a gender expansive practice, working at the intersection of somatics, meditation and social/ecological justice. tender is a facilitator, educator, ceramicist, queer philosopher and builder for social change. they are currently studying the history of bodies, ecology/queer ecologies, the Great Perfection tradition of Tibet, western esoteric traditions, trauma, and somatics. they are a student, sharer, space holder and collaborator rather than an expert.


 Adam Lobel

practices at the intersections of ecopsychology, Buddhist meditation, philosophy, and political transformation. His ongoing appreciation for these practices join together in the Four Fields.