What if you could combine the inner adventure of MSC with the outer adventure of foreign travel, all while fostering self-compassion in the local populace? What if your participation in an MSC intensive program with Chris and other senior MSC teachers could open the door to self-compassion for many who need it most?
February 17-25, 2018
(Including visit to Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari)
Maasai Mara National Reserve: 2 more nights
Teachers: Chris Germer and Susan Pollak
Cost: US$ 3,280 (Double Occupancy); US$ 3,680 (Single Occupancy)
Optional Extension: US$700 (Double Occupancy) or US$900 (Single Occupancy)
Now this is all possible through a unique partnership between the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and Global Engagement Incorporated (GEI). GEI is dedicated solely to inspiring and empowering people to create positive change in the world. This is a unique opportunity for you to act compassionately and lend support to local citizens and professionals to attend alongside you (at little or no cost) the same MSC program and grow a local network devoted to compassion and self-compassion as a result. This is possible while you get to take the course yourself (for the first time or to deepen your practice) and also travel, study and experience the local culture, geography and people. For every attendee at this intensive training, two locals will be able to attend at little to no cost.
The powerhouse of the East African Community, Kenya, is one of the most diverse countries in Africa: Kenya offers white sandy beaches, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and volcanic mountains in the Great Rift Valley, stretching from the vast savannahs to the lacustrine highlands near Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake on the continent. Cultural traditions converge in Kenya, making it a dynamic and vibrant place to visit and experience.
Kenya has the potential to become the political and economic leader in East Africa: It features a flourishing manufacturing industry and tourism remains an important industry that provides service jobs and much needed foreign capital. Kenya’s agricultural exports of coffee, tea and cut flowers compensate the scarcity of other resources. Recent investments in energy, technology and communications have also proven to have big economic potential for Kenya’s growth.
But the overarching challenge Kenya is facing today is to generate economic growth that is more inclusive, in order to more effectively reduce poverty across the country: Levels of poverty are persistently high and regional disparities are strong, such as limited access to basic services, inequality and unemployment, with youth, women and other vulnerable groups particularly hard hit.
Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, is the country’s most dynamic and largest city with a population of nearly four million. Nairobi is also known as the “green city in the sun.” Being a city full of contrasts, it’s old enough so you can feel its past and multi-ethnic and experience Kenyan culture that blends people from all cultures and walks of life; yet it’s modern enough to get Internet access. It’s a city that never sleeps; the rhythm is fast, day and night: Nairobians juggle work and personal and family obligations, while still finding time to enjoy their social favorites and contribute to the community. The city is also home to numerous local and international businesses and organizations in the field of conflict transformation, peace building, and trauma-informed healing practices.