Contemplative Practice Webinars

After 10 years of hosting the ACMHE Contemplative Education webinars, we are excited to announce this additional new series of Contemplative Practice Webinars to explore the relationship between contemplative practices and personal/social transformation, insight, and inspiration.

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June 2021 Practice Webinar:

Practicing Restorative Rest with Sound to Release Trauma

with Joy Evans, MSW

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
3 - 4:00 pm ET / 12 - 1:00 pm PT
Live via Zoom ~ Connection info will be shared once registered ~ Registration closes 1 hour prior to event

Free for ACMHE members (join here) / $25 for non-members / Free for non-members with an access grant (apply here)

This session explores sound as a way of accessing the practice of restorative rest for those who have directly and indirectly experienced trauma. Using guided breath work and nature imagery along with the sounds of singing bowls, this session invites you to practice restorative rest. The sounds from alchemy quartz crystal singing bowls can be impactful physically on the mind/body and support the brain entering a theta (or pre-sleep) state, allowing the mind to settle, the parasympathetic nervous system to engage, and the body to access all the benefits of deep rest. This practice invites you to notice how you hold stress and trauma in the body. For those who have been directly or indirectly impacted by trauma, this is an opportunity to let the body take a break from constant fight-flight-freeze.

Intentions for this webinar:

  1. Create a calming soundscape for folks to practice restorative rest allowing the parasympathetic nervous system to engage and offering a break from fight, flight, freeze.
  2. Practice body awareness and identify how stress, trauma, and vicarious trauma may be impacting the physical body. 
  3. Recognize how environments (academic, activist, and cultural expectations) often reward dissociation or suppression of emotional and physical feelings.
Joy Evans

Joy Evans, MSW (She/her) is a trauma-healing educator with a passion for practices that help folks reconnect with their senses and listen to their heart. She developed a deep commitment to embodiment practices while overseeing and developing the crisis response, advocacy, and healing services for students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual violence/harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking at the University of California, Berkeley. After working in higher education for 15 years, Joy now offers workshops and private sound sessions where folks practice restorative rest supported by crystal singing bowls and guides forest therapy walks. She received her MSW from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her BA in Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender from Vanderbilt University. She is a certified sound healer, nature and forest therapy guide, and in her third year of study with the School of Celtic Consciousness.

July 2021 Practice Webinar:

Parable of the Sower: Octavia's Lessons to Ground for Well Being

with Sequoya Hayes

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
3 - 4:00 pm ET / 12 - 1:00 pm PT
Live via Zoom ~ Connection info will be shared once registered ~ Registration closes 1 hour prior to event

Free for ACMHE members (join here) / $25 for non-members / Free for non-members with an access grant (apply here)

The pandemic has been hard af. So, let’s have a little fun, engage our inner child, and be imaginative. Offering a contemplative practice for well-being and self-reflection, Sequoya will center Black sci-fi author Octavia Butler and the 12 lessons mentioned throughout the Parable of the Sower. Sequoya will facilitate an interactive session, integrating contemplative practices and creativity, such as guided visualization with oracle card images, intentions, and guided journaling. Sequoya will identify the lessons, share reflections on how to apply each lesson to ground in well-being, and provide journal prompts for further self-reflection on how to incorporate these lessons into your routine. Bring a journal as we use creative energy (sacral chakra) to ground in practices for well-being.

In this webinar, we will explore:

  • 12 lessons to ground for well-being from Parable of the Sower 
  • Themes for self reflection journaling
  • Definition of the sacral chakra energy and how it supports contemplative practices
  • Ability to identify 3 well-being needs
  • An intention for your well-being practice.
Sequoya Hayes

Sequoya’s pronouns are she/her. She is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), a yoga teacher, therapist, and professor. Her professional experience spans more than 18 years of clinical and community social work practice. As an organizer, consultant, educator, and researcher, her work focuses on social work and spirituality, intuitive energy readings for healing, and building intentional organizational culture. Sequoya's work amplifies personal capacity strategies, contemplative practices to heal from narcissistic abuse, and advocacy surrounding the trauma of criminalization and surveillance of queer people of color. Her work also centers disrupting and creating space for Black queers.

Sample Practice Webinars (2020 Series)