One Day In-Person Workshop – SAT, Oct 17, 2020 – 9am – 5pm – Nanaimo, BC
With recent advances in the neuroscience of meditation, we now understand how different styles of meditation impact the brain. We can use this knowledge by combining ancient meditation practices and modern technology to design effective and efficient meditation programs tailored to each individual’s needs.
We will discuss various psychedelic therapies and how they overlap with the core meditations, with respect to brain regions affected, to support the work of preparation and integration for clients.
This workshop explores four specific styles of meditation — (1) Focus: Voluntary control of attention and cognitive processes; (2) Mindfulness: Non-judgmental awareness of the present moment; (3) Open Heart: Feelings of compassion for self and others; (4) Quiet Mind: Spacious awareness and expanded consciousness — that are based on the role of attention, intention, brainwave states and the brain regions involved. It also discusses and outlines how and why various styles work with various mental health conditions, including ADHD, anxiety and chronic stress, depression, personality disorders, or PTSD.
Following the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify which meditation is best for the specific mental health conditions covered.
- Label and locate associated brain regions with each of the corresponding meditative styles.
- Experience the approaches taught in this workshop — which can be used immediately to achieve deeper states of meditation
- Achieve a basic knowledge on how to guide each style of meditation reviewed.
- Self assess meditative needs and formulate a self study meditation plan that can later be applied to work with clients.
Heather Hargraves, MA, is a Certified Neuromeditation Instructor, trauma therapist and researcher in London, Ontario, Canada. Heather specializes in the use of neuro and biofeedback technologies to support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical practice.
Heather’s research interests investigate the neurological underpinnings of various states of consciousness, including dissociation, meditation, psychedelics and various polyphasic states of consciousness, associated with shamanic practices. Her masters research focused on the therapeutic induction of altered states of consciousness, based on research findings related to psilocybin (i.e., magic mushrooms). Prior to her training as a neurofeedback therapist Heather worked as a yoga and meditation instructor, as well as a reflexologist and Thai massage therapist. It was her personal experience with these modalities that inspired her to pursue further study as a therapist, with a focus toward understanding the neurological underpinnings of these mind/body therapies.
Currently, Heather is an advocate for the interface of neurofeedback modalities with psychedelic therapies, with an emphasis on the preparation and integration periods that bookend psychedelic therapies, once they are legalized.