This training is designed for yoga teachers, mental and health care professionals, as well as anyone working with those in chronic pain. CEU’s will be offered.

Mindfulness for Chronic Pain Relief

Workshop with Jill Satterfield


March 17-18


Namaste Berkeley
2820 Seventh Street
Berkeley, CA

Chronic or severe pain can be like quicksand – the mind and heart go under with the body – identifying with it and not knowing how to find mental or emotional relief from the physical suffering. Body and mind become entangled in a messy confusion of pain and discomfort.

Clear connection and understanding between mind and body is of the utmost importance, as is the ability for the mind to disentangle and distinguish between unpleasant sensations, and unpleasant thoughts about the sensations. The learned and wise ability to not add additional mental suffering to physical pain is pivotal to finding ease in navigating pain and illness and a fundamental aspect of mindfulness.

This training will be an experiential and didactic exploration of integration and separation; not identifying with the body but being kind and compassionate towards it. We will examine the reasons why separation of mind and body is not only skillful but imperative in gaining the capacity to live with mental and emotional ease in spite of the body’s conditions.

Training Objectives:

  • Learn to distinguish between physical pain and optional mental pain
  • Learn how to facilitate abiding with discomfort without reaction or contraction, physically, mentally or emotionally
  • Learn how to facilitate the recognition of various sensations of pain, not all of which are unpleasant
  • Learn and practice facilitation of non identification with the body
  • Learn visualization practices that can provide ease and respite from pain
  • Practice and discuss various mindfulness techniques most suitable for working with chronic pain and illness
  • Recognize the need and times to offer stepping away rather than towards acute pain
  • Learn and practice a variety of chair yoga stretches suitable to those with mobility issues
  • Learn and practice a variety of breath techniques accessible to most physical and mental/emotional conditions
  • Process secondary trauma from working on the front lines of chronic pain communities, learn techniques to release the trauma
  • Learn to facilitate self compassion and kindness towards one’s situation and body

This training is designed for yoga teachers, mental and health care professionals, as well as anyone working with those in chronic pain. CEU’s will be offered. This is not intended for those suffering from chronic pain personally.



$325 | $275 by Feb 16


*All payments are non-refundable, but may be converted into Namaste account credit (minus a $50 processing fee) if cancellation is received by March 1.

Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher, wellness program director, speaker and coach. Jill’s integration of mindfulness and embodiment practices include yoga, yoga therapy and contemplative psychology. She has been in the field of integrative healthcare for over 35 years. This dedication to health and wellness was born from having lived through (and thrived from) multiple surgeries and years of chronic pain. Jill’s direct and hard won experiences have come from knowing illness and pain, sitting over 150 silent meditation retreats and having worked on the front lines of at risk and in need communities for decades. She was named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun Magazine.

Jill is the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Applied Embodied Mindfulness, Contemplative Psychotherapy and Educational Support for Communities in Need and Those Who Serve Them. SCA trains nurses, physicians, substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, meditation, yoga and school teachers how mindfulness may best apply to: people in chronic pain and illness, those suffering from PTSD, addictions of all kinds, and at- risk youth. SCA also provides workshops on self -regulation, compassion and grief relief to best prepare and maintain good health, longevity and sanity to healthcare providers.

Jill is also the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation and mindfulness of the body practices from the Buddhist tradition. The VY+M teacher trainings, programs and workshops incorporate mindfulness meditation, somatic psychotherapy and embodiment practices as they are best applied to meet a variety of individual and group needs.