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Tomorrow Talks | Embodied Resilience: Exploring the Power of Somatic Mindfulness

Tuesday, Dec 19, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tom Tom Foundation, 100 W. South St.

Delve into the fascinating world of somatic mindfulness, and how bringing awareness to your body’s internal state unlocks potential for healing and well-being. Recent research shows that our sense of the body's internal state plays a crucial role in emotional intelligence and overall well-being. Through experiential learning and guided practice, we can develop a deeper understanding of the body's internal landscape, fostering a heightened awareness of the mind-body connection.

This workshop will introduce a variety of techniques aimed at cultivating a profound sense of inner knowing and promoting emotional strength and wisdom. Through a blend of gentle movement, breath work, and meditative practices, attendees will learn to attune to the subtle cues of their bodies, nurturing a more profound connection with themselves and the present moment. Join us for this transformative journey into the realm of interoception and somatic mindfulness, and embark on a path towards cultivating self-awareness, inner peace, and embodied resilience.

Key Workshop Highlights:

  • An introduction to interoception, both from a modern scientific lens and an ancient yogic perspective and its impact on holistic health

  • Guided somatic mindfulness exercises to explore the mind-body connection and enhance self-awareness

  • Practical tools for integrating somatic awareness into daily life for sustained wellness

  • Interactive discussions and sharing sessions to deepen insights and foster a supportive learning community


Rissa Stiefel Tutia is passionate about integrating eco-social movements with spiritual development. She is the owner of Blossoming Blooming Earth: Eco-Culinary Arts and a substitute teacher with the Charlottesville city schools. She holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy, from Naropa University; teaching certifications in Level 1 Hatha, Meditation, and Raja Yoga from Integral Yoga; and decades of experience in wellness, arts, and activism.

Paul Beyer is the founder of the Tom Tom Foundation and Tom Tom Festival, and in his role as executive director, is responsible for its strategic vision and community partnerships. Beyond Tom Tom, Paul works on a variety of gatherings and events ranging from festivals, dance parties, dinner series, meditations, men's groups, conferences, seminars, and concerts.


This year-long series picks up critical themes from our April Festival and continues the conversations to create an impact in Charlottesville. Each Tomorrow Talk session is facilitated with an emphasis on participation, connection, and new collaborations.

Tomorrow Talks begin with a connection exercise or meditation and proceed into a presentation and breakout activities. They aim to impart knowledge that is practical and relevant to people's lived experience; combining academic or theoretical insights, alongside pragmatic tools, and experiential and somatic learnings.


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