ONLINE • The Window of Tolerance in Meditation: Working Skillfully with Adversity and Trauma in Meditation Practice

David Treleaven, Ph.D

April 17, 2021

  • Sliding Scale – $60.00 to $75.00

How can we skillfully work with trauma and adversity in meditation practice? When should we stick with discomfort, and when should we back off? And are there tools from trauma therapy that allow us to access the full benefits of meditation practice.

In this SMC program, acclaimed writer, educator, and trauma professional David Treleaven, PhD, will answer these questions through the Window of Tolerance: a model from neuroscientist Dan Siegel that has powerful implications for meditation practice. The Window of Tolerance is a practical roadmap to understanding the impacts of stress and trauma on the nervous system, and which practices will help you increase your resilience and well-being over time.

By the end of this session, you will be:

  • Confident in identifying non-verbal signs of traumatic stress in mindfulness practice

  • Equipped with specific tools and modifications to help you work skillfully with the nervous system in meditation

  • Prepared to practice mindfulness in a way that supports resilience and well-being


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Pacific Standard Time — 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Mountain Standard Time — 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Central Standard Time — 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Eastern Standard Time — 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Of course, you may join from any timezone.


This program will be recorded. Non-downloadable recordings will be available for participants to view for one week after the close of the program.


We have a limited number of scholarships available. Please apply here by Saturday, April 10th. Scholarships are awarded on a first come basis, please apply early.


Registration will close two hours before the start of the program.

Endorsements for David's book, "Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness":

“Essential reading for meditation teachers, mental health practitioners, and all those who have suffered from trauma and want to engage on a meditative path in a wise and healing way.”
Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“A rare combination of solid scholarship, clinically useful methods, and passionate advocacy for those who have suffered trauma.”
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

“An essential “upgrade” for anyone who thinks of her or himself as a mindfulness teacher, or is in training to become one.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., Founder of MBSR and author of Full Catastrophe Living and The Healing Power of Mindfulness


David Treleaven, Ph.D

David Treleaven, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, trauma professional, and author of the acclaimed book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing. David focuses on offering mindfulness providers the knowledge and tools they require to meet the needs of those struggling with trauma. Through workshops, keynotes, podcasts, and online education, he is closely engaged with current empirical research to inform best practices. David is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University and has worked with a number of organizations including The Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute developed at Google, University of Massachusetts Medical School, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, the Institute for Mindfulness South Africa, the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Program Details

This virtual retreat will be conducted on Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. Approximately 24 hours before the start time, a link to join the retreat will be sent to you via email.

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