Moving Meditation for People with Severe Illnesses

With Jim Spira, PhD, MPH, MSMT

Saturday, March 23rd, 12-3:00 pm Eastern Time

* Please note: Eastern Daylight Savings time begins in the U.S. on March 10th.

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Registration Deadline, March 18th

This workshop is for those who work with persons who suffer from cancer and other severe medical illnesses. You will learn movement meditations to help calm the central nervous system and gently activate one’s body to circulate energy, fluids, and maintain/regain muscular-skeletal health. Movement is an essential part of wellness. During a life-threatening illness, oftentimes we experience reduced movement while the mind begins to race with worry. Principles and techniques from the Taoist meditative tradition, including Tai Chi and Chi Kung, informed by principles of Buddhist meditation (Vipassana and Zen) will be presented and integrated into practical lessons for severely ill patients. This training is intended for healthcare providers, movement educators, and anyone who works with persons with life-threatening medical illness.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • A simple yet powerful series of movement meditations that can be adapted to best fit each person’s medical and psychological situation.
  • Applications of these movement meditations to a variety of illnesses and personality styles.
  • How movement shifts during a severe illness, and the detrimental effects it has on physical and mental health.

Jim Spira


Jim Spira, PhD, MPH, MSMT has been studying movement repatterning since 1978, and is founding Director of the International Movement Therapy Association (now ISMETA). Dr. Spira has taught these methods over the past 30 years to patients with cancer, cardiac illness, MS, Parkinson’s, and other life-threatening illnesses while on staff at Stanford University, Duke University, the University of California San Francisco, and for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been greatly influenced by the teachings of Bonnie Cohen, Rudolf Laban, and others.  Dr. Spira has studied and taught Tai Chi since 1980, as well as other martial arts, and is a certified instructor by the World Ranking Martial Arts Association.  He earned graduate degrees in psychology, public health, and education from the University of California, Berkeley, is a licensed psychologist, and currently teaches at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.  Dr. Spira has a private practice in Berkeley, CA.



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