Studio for the Healing Arts
Lojong Group for Women:
An Offering to Generate Awakened Heart
This course is for women who want to love and live fully, and be in the good company of other women who want the same. Together we will explore the practice of lojong—working with short phrases (slogans) to generate awakened heart.
Teachings on Lojong practice and mindful living will be offered, and there will be opportunities for sharing, contemplating,participating in small and whole group exercises and practices, enjoying one another’s company, and more.
Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called "slogans") as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has become popular in the West only in the last twenty years or so—and it has become very popular indeed, because it's a practice that one can fit very well into an ordinary life, and because it works. Through the influence of Pema Chödrön, who was one of the first American Buddhist teachers to teach it extensively, the practice has moved out of its Buddhist context to benefit the lives of non-Buddhists too.
Rebecca’s meditation practice, work, and life are fueled by the daily intent to live soft in a hard world. She practices under the guidance of her teacher, Pema Chödrön, who tells her, 'Keep going just as you are'. Rebecca recently had a guided meditation produced by Shambhala Publications as part of an online course taught by Pema Chödrön: Making Friends with Yourself.
Rebecca is one of a limited number of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teachers worldwide to receive full teacher certification through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School, and is a founding board member of the Integrative Medicine Alliance of Coastal Virginia (IMACV, a nonprofit alliance of wellness professionals educating Coastal Virginians in health, healing, and happiness.
She has extensive teaching and retreat experience, including lengthy solo retreats, and is also a registered 200-hour yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance). She has also trained as a teacher of iRest®, an adaptation of the ancient practice of yoga nidra that has been approved by the Veteran’s Administration as treatment for PTSD.
Before beginning her work in mindfulness, Rebecca taught full-time at Christopher Newport University where she was nominated for Professor of the Year by the student body.
For more information about Rebecca and her work, visit or rebeccaeldridge.blogspot.com
1611-D Colley Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23517
Come in comfortable clothes. Please arrive 10 minutes early to settle in.
To register please email Rebecca at
If you encounter any difficulty with the registration process please email
Dani Vedros at