Sunday, October 7th - Emotional Alchemy : Transforming the Inner Critic
The First Sunday of each month
Our strong emotions are encoded with a direct and clear path to healing the past experiences and limiting beliefs in our lives that keep us stuck in repetitive patterns. Hidden within them is rich transformative insight. When we know how to "hear", relate to, and process this information, we deepen our intuition and ability access visceral love and compassion. It takes guts, guidance, and practice, but it is utterly possible to become your own healer and therapist, and a powerful one at that. The truth is, what we call "negative emotions" have the ability to teach us things no one else can. They are pregnant with the seed of our liberation.
At the crossroads of evidence-based psychology, neuroscience, ancient shamanic journeying, and Tibetan Buddhism is Emotional Alchemy: a new monthly workshop series offered by author, therapist, and seasoned teacher Ralph De La Rosa. On the first Sunday of each month we will explore a new theme related to working with our emotions, core hurts, negative beliefs, intimacy issues, and compulsive behaviors in meditation. This series will go beyond mere coping and managing ourselves and into how we can actually resolve such burdens in meaningful and lasting ways.
Please bring pen and paper and wear comfortable clothing. No experience with meditation required. The workshop will be recorded and you will have the option of receiving the recording in signing up for Ralph's newsletter so that you have it forever.
Important: this workshop is not intended to treat or diagnose any serious mental illness. Your emotions and triggers will become activated in this workshop so that you can work with them directly. If you suffer from a mental illness or PTSD, you must consult a licensed therapist before attending this workshop. That said, this WILL be a safe(r) space for all peoples to engage in this work as they see fit. It does not have to be super intense unless you want it to be. You will be guided in how to become triggered without retraumatizing yourself.
For a sample audio workshop with Ralph, please go here
Kindly note, 20% discount to POC, trans folks, teachers, social workers, and those experiencing financial hardship. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to utilize this discount.
Over 7,000 people have participated in this work with Ralph online this past year. Here’s what some of them had to say:
"A rising star in the meditation world." -Sandy Levine, Workshop Manager at NY Open Center
“Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have found such healing… Thank you so very much!” - Cheri
“Deep and enriching. Inspiring.” -Carol
“EXCELLENT. Whoa, whoa whoa! So glad I did this, and I’ll be coming back for sure. The instructor and instructions couldn’t be more mind-blowingly amazing.” -Holly
“This is the deep self-reflection and clarity I’ve been looking for.” -Beth R.
“This will take some practice but I can already see great benefits for me and will return often. Thank you so much!” - Alex
"Amazing! I'm just in awe. So much compassion and real-ness in the delivery of this practice. Left with peace and love. Blessings, everyone!" -Sharon
"Better than a counseling session. Thank you." -Karen
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Ralph De La Rosa is the author of Meditation & What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You. His work has been featured in CNN, GQ, SELF, Women’s Health, and many other publications and podcasts. He's was named amongst Sonima's "Next Generation of Meditation Teachers."
Ralph is a therapist in private practice in NYC. He specializes in early childhood traumas, anxiety, depression, and intimacy issues. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services. He is trained in trauma-focused therapies, and he incorporates psychoanalytic, Internal Family Systems, somatic, and mindfulness-based approaches.
Ralph began practicing meditation in 1996 and has taught meditation since 2008. He was a student of Amma's for 16 years and began studying Buddhism in 2005. His teaching style has been described as, “Utterly honest, raw, and relatable.” (Lila Donnollo, Horizontal with Lila podcast)
Ralph himself is a depression, PTSD, and addiction survivor. His work is inspired by the tremendous transformation he has experienced through meditation, yoga, and therapy. You can listen to (or read) his story on the Embodied Philosophy podcast episode, "Inside One Teacher’s Journey From Darkness to Light”.
Ralph is a musician and storyteller. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his two cats, Emma Goldman and Henry Lee.