Cultivating Home in Our Hearts: A Daylong for Adult adoptees and fostered, and/or child welfare system survivors
A day of mindfulness, music, and inquiry for adult adoptees, fostered, and/or child welfare system survivors with Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, Amber Field Music, and Fresh Lev White
Saturday, November 18
10 AM – 4 PM PT (Time Zone Converter)
Online, over Zoom
Closed Captioning Provided
This class is for us who experienced separation from birth families at early ages to explore the heart of the Buddha’s teachings: that pain and loss are built into life and are the seeds of wisdom and liberation. We’ll explore our experiences of family rupture, discuss tools for cultivating self-love, compassion, and the cultivation of home in ourselves as a deep refuge.
All adult (18+) adoptees, formerly foster home or system youth, and any adult who were forced/separated from their birth family at young ages are welcome.
All registered participants will receive a link to join us via Zoom with their EventBrite confirmation email.
Fresh “Lev” White, CPCC, is a Certified Professional, Mindfulness & Life Coach. He has been practicing Mindfulness since 2007, and is currently a student of Spirit Rock’s Dharma Leadership Program. In addition to Co-leading the Teen Sangha at EBMC, Fresh! is also a rotating teacher at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and leads a group for Trans* and Gender Variant folks in Oakland as well. Fresh! earned his Early Childhood Education Credits at Skyline College when he committed to being a classroom assistant and volunteer back in the 90s. Since 2003, Fresh! has facilitated or co-lead over 100 discussions in San Francisco and Marin, in schools and workplaces, with a goal of ending bullying for all, with a focus on creating safety for the LBGTQI communities.
Phoenix Song is a queer, non-binary Korean American adoptee teacher, performer and healer featured in SF Magazine’s Best of the Bay for yoga music. They believe that everyone can sing and love to help people free their voices and rhythm in private and group classes. Phoenix leads ancestral healing, grief, and diversity/solidarity workshops and trainings that use expressive arts and somatic processes. If you would like to support Phoenix’s teachings, please do so via Venmo @phoenixsongmusic or PayPal Phoenixsongmusic@gmail.com. To learn more about their sound healing offerings, classes, and performances, please visit https://phoenixsongmusic.com/
Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, E-RYT, SEP, teaches Buddhism and Haṭha Yoga with a focus on the integration of meditation, trauma resolution, and social justice. He has studied in Theravāda, Zen, and Vajrāyāna Buddhist lineages, including training as a monk in Burma, and was mentored to teach Insight Meditation by Jack Kornfield. He trained in Yoga with David Moreno and Alice Joanou, and Organic Intelligence with Steven Hoskinson. Dr. Oakes received his PhD in Performance Studies from UC Davis in 2016, writing on states of consciousness in Buddhist meditation and experimental dance, and teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, East Bay Meditation Center, and Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley.
Cost: The teachings are regarded as priceless, so they are offered without a fee. You are invited to support the teachings and our efforts by contributing voluntary donations
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