An Inquiry into the Role of Emotions in Contemplative Practice

Chirs Spicer |  Saturday, June 25 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Chris Spicer, Presenter Meditation Summer Festival

Our surrender and opening - into home, emptiness, Samadhi, is of course an ongoing process and practice. In this workshop, we bring an integral framework and the tools of Core Energetics to help reveal this presence by working with what frequently gets in the way: our emotional being.


Our reactive emotions of anger, shame, and "numbing out" tend to hide deeper feelings of fear and grief.  It is only when we venture into work with these dark places that we can really uncover more of our unique, whole, integral, and higher self.  


From that connection we bloom our most authentic self. From that connection, we bring our most effective and loving action in the world.  From that connection we bring our deep love for ourselves and our world.

Chris Spicer brings 40 years as a holistic educator, counselor, coach, and consultant. His teaching and coaching brings a “whole person” approach to learning and change, with particular attention to that part of our self beyond the mind – our physical, emotional and spiritual beings.

He has been teaching and coaching leadership and communication skills in workplace settings through the UMass/Amherst Labor/Management Workplace Education Programfor the past 15 years. 


Chris has completed the Advanced Retreat Leadership Training at Shalom Mountain Conference and Retreat Center in Livingston Manor, NY, and is certified in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory with the William Glasser Institute. He has also completed a 2-year certificate training in Core Energetics with Karyne Wilner in Middletown, RI. He is a student of Mondo Zen – a practice that uniquely brings emotional work to traditional Zen meditation – and studied, along with other integral coaches, with Doshin Michael Nelson Roshi of Zen Hollow Bones. He has long-standing contemplative practices (meditation and yoga) and is trained in advance second degree Reiki through the John Harvey Grey Center for Reiki Healing.

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