Book Club ~ Mindful Meetup

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“The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel Van der Kolk

We will learn and process this information together in community, growing in knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is power. And so is the power of togetherness! You are not alone! Although we will be looking at the negative impacts of trauma, we will also be exploring resilience and healing! Be gentle and kind with yourself!

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

~ Monthly Meetup ~


We’ll meet once a month. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 10 participants so be sure to register early if you intend to participate. Our first meet-up was January 19, 2020.

MEETUP DATES TIME SUGGESTED READING GOAL (If you don’t read that far, come anyways!)
February 22  4:00 – 5:30pm Read through Chapter 10 – The Body Keeps the Score

*Option to stay after for a walk to Baywood for dinner at La Palapa Restaurant.

March 7 4:00 – 5:30pm Read through Chapter 13 – The Body Keeps the Score

*Option to go out for dinner afterwards

April 18 4:00 – 5:30pm Read through Chapter 20 – The Body Keeps the Score

*Option to go out for dinner afterwards


MEET-UP LOCATION: At Mindful Kindful YOUniversity 1520 4th Street, Los Osos, CA


To facilitate the meetup, I will:

  • prepare discussion questions based upon the chapters assigned;
  • suggest or guide the group through effective mindfulness practices to address the various topics that arise – talking (or reading or remembering) about trauma can jiggle up some uncomfortable feelings so we will be able to allow those feelings to move through;
  • provide additional resources in between our meetups such as articles, videos, journaling prompts, and on-your-own-practices, and more.

“Mindfulness not only makes it possible to survey our internal landscape with compassion and curiosity but can also actively steer us in the right direction for self-care.” Bessell van der Kolk


A sliding scale fee ($5 – $20) will be requested at the time of registration to help cover my time facilitating and preparing ways to support you, as well as to secure a commitment to attending.


I look forward to sharing this journey of discovery with you.

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health;

safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” ~ Bessell van der Kolk 

Your mindfulness coach and book club facilitator, Dee DiGioia

Questions? Contact Dee

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