Freiburg (Germany), May 15–17, 2019 / CANCELED

Corona Information (COVID-19):

We regret to inform you that this seminar has to be cancelled due to Corona virus prevention. We will try to find a replacement date. 

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From elementary schools to psychotherapy offices, mindfulness meditation is an increasingly mainstream practice. At the same time, trauma remains a fact of life: the majority of us will experience a traumatic event in our lifetime, and some will develop post-traumatic stress. While this may appear to be a good thing – trauma is an extreme form of stress, and mindfulness is a proven stress-reduction tool – the reality creates a complex challenge.

Emerging research suggests that mindfulness interventions can help or hinder trauma survivors, raising a crucial question for mindfulness educators everywhere: How can you be prepared to minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness for survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits at the same time? 

Designed for wellness professionals, this one-day workshop – led by author and trauma specialist, David Treleaven, PhD – will equip you with the tools you need to offer mindfulness in a safe, effective, trauma-sensitive way.

  • Through lecture, case study, and experiential practice, you will leave the workshop:
  • Understanding why meditation can create dysregulation for people who’ve experienced trauma and specific ways you can prevent this;
  • Prepared to recognize symptoms of traumatic stress while offering mindfulness interventions;
  • Informed about current empirical research regarding mindfulness and trauma, including evidence-based interventions you can apply immediately to your work;
  • Equipped with tools and modifications to help you work skillfully with dysregulated arousal, traumatic flashbacks, and trauma-related dissociation. 
  • Understanding the relationship between individual and systemic forms of trauma, including responsibilities to educate oneself about power, oppression, and social context.

Whether you’re a beginning or veteran practitioner, anyone engaged in offering contemplative practices will benefit from this workshop, including therapists, coaches, and meditation, classroom, yoga, or religious teachers.

Language: The seminar will be taught in English with consecutive translation into German.


Friday, May 15, 2020   
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 16, 2020   
10:00 am – 1:00 pm 
3:00 pm  – 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 17, 2020   
10 am – 1:00 pm


David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma and mindfulness. He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (W. W.


K12 – Hinterhofstudios

K12 – Hinterhofstudios für Bewegung, Kunst & Familienkultur
Katharinenstraße 12
79104 Freiburg

In this venue there is no possibility to stay overnight. Therefore please make your own accommodation arrangements.
You can find a good overview of hotels, guest houses and apartments on the website of the city of Freiburg

Information for people with limited mobility
The seminar room can only be reached via stairs. An elevator is unfortunately not available.


Course Fee

290 Euro
(without accommodation and meals)

Book Recommendation

David Treleaven: Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing; published by Norton Professional Books

Cancellation Conditions
  • For cancellations up to one month prior to the beginning of the course, an administration fee of 20 Euro will be charged.
  • Between 30 and 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, 50% of the course fee will be charged.
  • Should the booking be cancelled less than 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, the entire course fee will be charged.
  • If there is a waiting list and the place can be assigned again, only an administration fee of 20 Euro will be charged.

In case of non-appearance or early departure from the event, the full course fee must be paid.

We recommend to take out cancellation insurance!

Notice of Liability

Participation in this retreat is at your own risk.
The leader of the seminar and the organizer don’t assume liability of personal or material damage.