Wednesdays in October -- Rebel Heart Academy: Redefining Self-Love

Wednesdays in October -- Rebel Heart Academy: Redefining Self-Love


Redefining Self-Love: A Deeper LovingKindness

with Ralph De La Rosa

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30pm

October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

*Sign up for the Full Series or Drop in! See below for details*

Maitri (lovingkindness meditation) is mind medicine; an antidote to the sense of unworthiness, loneliness, resentment, and fear that haunts too many of us. It’s a form of meditation that has been scientifically shown to increase joy, contentment, gratitude, pride, hope, interest, amusement, awe, authentic presence, sense of purpose in life, enhance relationships, and decrease physical illness (Fredrickson, et al., 2008; Kok, et al., 2013).

How many of us find it easy to do for others, but difficult to do for ourselves? Or maybe we feel we’ve got the self love thing down, but get thrown off on our bad days, when we’re lonely, or when we do something harmful or that we’re ashamed of. How many of us wonder how to get to the root of these sorts of issues to heal in a meaningful and lasting way? We need a self love that can show up in all of these ways, and this four week series will give you the tools for discovering exactly that.

One month of solidly investing in yourself, in developing the kind of love the inevitably flows out to every aspect of your life. One month learning several applications of lovingkindness meditation, engage in weekly at-home exercises, addressing issues such as codependency, repetitive negative patterns and beliefs, and those hurts that don’t seem to heal in therapy.

Blending insights from Tibetan Yoga, post-Buddhist tantra, Western psychology, and neuroscience, this workshop will give you an ability to develop your own nourishing, daily practice and tools to a work with your unique barriers to love.

Note: This series is the first in a three-part, three-month series from Rebel Heart Academy aimed at giving you the deepest evidence-based tools for healing and transforming your life in a self-directed manner. When you sign up for this series, you will receive a 10% discount for the next series  Unstuck: How to Heal Every Part of You. Participation in the next series is not required, but is strongly recommended.

Please bring pen and paper. Please come prepared to meditate lying down. All workshops recorded in case you miss and class, and so you will have our guided meditations to use at home forever.

Beginners to meditation welcome.

Those who have previously found meditation to not work for them are encouraged.

Those struggling with mental and behavioral health issues also encouraged. This will be a safe(r), trauma sensitive space. 

Exchange: $160 series / $45 drop in 

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Ralph is a psychotherapist, life coach, meditation instructor, musician, and the author of the forthcoming book, The Monkey is a Messenger: What Your Busy Mind is Trying to Tell You (Shambhala Publications, 2018). His work has been featured in Elephant Journal, GQ, SELF, Women's Health, MindBodyGreen, Bustle, Wanderlust, Embodied Philosophy, TimeOut NY, and several other publications and podcasts. 

Ralph is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Services. He specializes in helping people to safely access the depths of their emotional lives in order to work directly to resolve the source of their troubles at the root. He is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and his work incorporates psychoanalytic,Internal Family Systems, Co-Active Coaching, somatic, and mindfulness-based approaches. 

Ralph has taught weekly classes that blend meditation, psychology, and neuroscience since 2008. He is a mentor to trainees in MNDFL's meditation teacher training program, and a regular contributor to Susan Piver's online community, The Daily Dharma Gathering. Ralph is a certified yoga instructor, having also trained in Breathwork and Reiki. His teaching style has been called, "Raw, utterly honest, and relatable," (Lila Donnollo, Horizontal with Lila podcast).

Ralph is the creator of Rebel Heart Academy, which offers three intensive curriculums: AMPLIFY: a meditation teacher training; INNER REVOLUTION: a three month comprehensive training in meditation, breathwork, and contemplative practices for healing trauma; and THE HERO'S BURDEN: a daylong healing and educational intensive for helping professionals who experience burnout and compassion fatigue.

Ralph began practicing meditation in 1996 and has taught meditation since 2008. He was a student of Amma's for16 years and has studied Buddhism since 2005. He is currently a student within both the Shambhala and Dharma Ocean lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. 

Ralph is a survivor of trauma, depression, and addiction. His work is inspired by the tremendous healing he's been fortunate enough to experience. You can listen to (or read) his story on the Embodied Philosophy podcast episode, "Inside One Teacher’s Journey From Darkness to Light," here.

Ralph lives in Brooklyn with his two cats, Emma Goldman and Henry.