Saturday, November 13, 2010

A five-class course · Thursdays, November 18 to December 16, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, mindfulness and inquisitiveness.

All welcome · Suggested donation: $75 · Learn more at:

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

1 – 2033 Belmont Ave., Victoria, BC V8R 3Z7 250-383-9108


Embodied Presence and Social Presencing Theater

For the first time Arawana Hayashi brings Embodied Presence and Social Presencing Theater to the Victoria Shambhala Centre January 28-30, 2011. Friday evening is a public program, suggested donation $15. Registration for the 2-day workshop is $175 and is limited to 40 persons.

Using everyday movement we explore body mind synchronization and space awareness. From our own body practice, we extend our awareness to experience the social body. We learn basic techniques for creating Social Presencing Theater. Social Presencing Theater creates a place where the community can collectively see itself and enact it’s emerging future. In the session, we explore themes present in the community. Social Presencing Theater is an aspect of social change work based on Theory U and the work of Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute.

In this course, participants will:
· develop an understanding of Presencing and Theory-U
· discover ways to practice this non-verbal work in current organizations and projects
· learn to bring space, awareness, and play into our everyday life
· cultivate a personal meditation and movement practice – “walking the talk”
· apply artistic process to whatever we do

Trained as a dancer and choreographer, Arawana Hayashi is an Acharya, senior meditation teacher, in the Shambhala Budddhist tradition. Arawana was Co-Director of the Dance Program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She was involved in experimental inter-disciplinary performance work that became the foundation for the University’s current degree programs in performance and somatic psychology. She is on the faculty of ALIA (Authentic Leadership in Action) Institute in Halifax and contributor to the Presencing programs with Otto Scharmer at the Presencing Institute. For more information on Arawana see For more information on Theory U see

To register Contact Joyce Rankin, email; phone 778-433-4417 if you have questions. A deposit of $50 is required since registration is limited. Make checks payable to Victoria Shambhala Centre, #1-2033 Belmont Avenue, Victoria BC V8R 3Z7


Friday, January 28, 2011 – 7-9:30 pm

Saturday, January 29, 2011 – 9 am – 5 pm, lunch provided

Sunday, January 39, 2011 – 9 am – 5 pm, lunch provided