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Catarina Ahlvik
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My self-compassion practice is something I always circle back to. It is so gentle, yet so impactful. It melts my heart and helps me find that tender place within, over and over again.

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I hold a PhD in Management and Organization. In my studies I focused on Positive Organizational Psychology and I did my PhD research on mindfulness in the organizational setting. As a part of my PhD studies I spent two years as a visiting researcher at Stanford University. My post-doc research focused self-compassion in teamwork. In addition to my academic background I have taught mindfulness, mindful self-compassion, movement meditation and more traditional forms of meditation since 2014.

I started my own meditation practice 2012 and I have since explored the world of meditation near and far. After I completed my PhD in 2019, I lived two years at an ashram / intentional meditation community in California and focused on practicing and teaching more traditional forms of meditation. After a very busy academic time, living in nature, farming, homesteading and meditating brought a much needed balance.

Having explored several different forms of meditation, I am deeply touched by the power of mindful-self compassion; in its tenderness lies it's strength. These practices gently dearmor our being so that we can access and be with the hurt that is underneath. The somatic self-compassion practices included in this curriculum are especially powerful in aiding this dearmoring. This course is also deeply resource building and every week we will do different exercises to help us relate to ourselves and our inner experiences with more kindness and tenderness.

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English, Swedish
United States
Santa Cruz