With Bill Morgan, PsyD, Susan Morgan, CNS and Chris Germer
We are pleased to offer the 11th annual retreat for mental health professionals and caregivers at Vallecitos.
Many in our field have been studying mindfulness, compassion, and their clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out of everyday life and into a retreat environment, the subtle habit patterns of heart and mind are more easily accessed, and awareness can begin to deepen.
This week we will study and practice a deeper interface of mindfulness, compassion and psychotherapy. Mindfulness interventions usually are aimed at stress management, reduced reactivity, and symptom reduction. These approaches fail to address the self-critical, self-defeating patterns of mind that limit the effectiveness of these applications. During this retreat we will combine the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Through experiential exercises we will explore our typical responses to difficult situations that arise both in meditation and in our lives, and learn tools for becoming warm and supportive companions to ourselves.
This course provides a safe, nurturing container in which to explore these practices with colleagues. The teaching is experience-near, focusing on the development of mindfulness and compassion practices and their relevance in our work with others, including providing accurate empathy and therapeutic presence. There will be daily mindfulness meditation instruction and three to four hours of structured practice each day, plus study modules most afternoons in combination with dyadic or small group discussion. The rest of the time we will observe silence, including during meals, to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience.
This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in an exquisite natural environment and work closely with leaders in the growing field of clinical mindfulness meditation and compassion. Every effort will be made by the teachers and staff to give each participant a delightful, educational retreat experience, so that you can return home with renewed enthusiasm for clinical work and for cultivating mindfulness and compassion in daily life.
20 CE units available to psychologists, social workers and mental health counselors.