Erica Rayner-Horn M.A., L.M.H.C. is a psychotherapist based in Seattle, specialising in integrating mindfulness in her work as a therapist, presenter, workshop leader and writer. She has completed extensive post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Centre for Mindfulness in Massachusetts, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer at the University of Bangor.
Erica specialises in weaving western psychology with the wisdom and meditative practices of contemplative and spiritual traditions. This powerful approach helps relieve stress, reduce anxiety and depression, and strengthens resilience for facing life-changing challenges such as serious illness, trauma and loss. She teaches mindfulness meditation and stress management in medical, educational and corporate settings, and leads workshops on mindfulness meditation, stress reduction and the application of mindfulness in medical conditions.
After a cancer diagnosis in 2002 Erica realised the need for more resources for people living with serious illness and has been designing and developing them since. While in cancer treatment herself she had
searched for a retreat for cancer patients that offered meditation and mindfulness and found none. Recognizing the profound benefits of including a mindfulness approach in her work she was inspired to create the retreat that she herself had wished to attend. Six years ago, she founded Awake and Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer a mindfulness-based healing retreat for cancer survivors. Many people have now benefited from this retreat – some traveling from Canada and Europe as well as the USA.
Erica teaches and facilitates mindfulness programs internationally, and is currently creating online classes in collaboration with The Mindfulness Project in London. She has presented and taught for various organizations including CancerLifeline, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, and is on the faculty of Harmony Hill Retreat Center where she facilitates cancer retreats. Her writing has appeared in various publications including Cancer Today, Corporate Wellness and Seattle’s Child, and she has given interviews on various radio programs such as Transformation Talk Radio.
Drawing on more than 35 years of meditation experience Erica is skilled at guiding both beginners and experienced meditators, and her approach emphasises mindful presence, self-compassion and embodied awareness. She studied and trained with many of the foremost meditation teachers of our time. Since the 1980’s she has practiced with the beloved Vietnamese mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hahn and is ordained in the Order of Interbeing.
Erica is a native Brit from Kent. She left England in her 20’s on a one-way ticket to Japan to study Rinzai Zen Buddhism in a monastery in Kyoto. After completing three years of rigorous training she has continued to study and practice in the traditions of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. She is the author of a best-selling CD Finding Tranquility Guided Mindfulness Meditations for Stressful Times CD (available on Amazon) and an upcoming book and online course on mindfulness for those living with cancer.
Mindful Living Show Presentation
Friday 1st June 2018
"The Healing Power of Mindfulness for Living Well with Cancer"
A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming and every stage of the journey can present unanticipated challenges. In this interactive session, we will focus on mindfulness practices to gently reconnect to the body and heart. We will explore some of the issues that arise and practice coming home to the body with a "healing body meditation." Heart-opening meditations of kindness, forgiveness and compassion will also be introduced. Discovering how to live a more a more embodied and heart-centred life can bring greater tranquillity, ease and joy.
Please note: we particularly welcome anyone with any illness, medical condition or health concern to this session.
Saturday 2nd June 2018
"Mindfulness is Powerful Medicine: Boost Your Health, Healing and Happiness"
We have a wealth of healing potential within us – yet it often goes untapped! We tend to seek outside ourselves for relief from both physical ailments and emotional distress. Imagine harnessing the amazing power of your own mind and body to calm anxiety, sleep better, feel happier and even boost your immune function.
Whether you are living with illness, or just wanting to stay healthy, discover how the practice of mindfulness offers effective ways to significantly improve and maintain your health. Erica will introduce key practices to cultivate mindful awareness and self-compassion that support healing, strengthen resilience and promote a healthier and more joyful life.