Awakening Self-Compassion Retreat

June 26-29, 2017

sunset beach (1)Self-compassion feels like coming home to a world that we have always wanted: accepting and attuned; a world of warmth in and for ourselves. Join us for this training to learn self-attunement skills, loving self-talk, disengaging from the inner critic and mindfulness.

Self-compassion is the capacity to meet our experiences mindfully, softening around difficult moments, and bringing a wise and caring response. It is based in sensing and deeply knowing our inherent goodness. Mindful Self-compassion has been found to reduce depression and anxiety, increase well-being, enhance relationships and support motivation.

Retreat activities include meditation, short talks, mindful movement, experiential exercises, group discussion, and practices that you can do at home. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

Mindful Movement practices help you learn to love your body, feel the body’s inherent grace, soothe your body and emotions, and feel centered and balanced.  The movements that we will experience in this retreat can help shift your frame of reference from thinking and worrying, to holding life in a more self-compassionate, spacious and heart-full way.

Quotes from past participants:

 “Learning applicable approaches to self-compassion – concepts, info and practice that can really serve me on a daily basis.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn from and practice with Rochelle.”

“ Everything was great! Great examples, every scenario so relatable…

“ I love Rochelle’s voice and how she smiles with her whole self…”

“ Guided meditations were very helpful.”                  “Wonderful class, great practical applications.”

Retreat Schedule

Monday, June 26
3:00-5:30           Check In
5:30-6:30           Dinner
7:00-8:30           Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion
Self compassion is inclining towards yourself as you would towards a dear friend.  In this first evening session, you’ll begin to develop an understanding of what self-compassion is, and how it’s practiced. You’ll begin to develop a felt sense of self-compassion, as well as practical tools for evoking self-compassion in daily life. You’ll open the door to the experience of self-compassion with a short meditation and mindful, compassionate movement.

Tuesday, June 27
8:00-9:00          Breakfast
9:00-9:45          Mindful Movement
10:00-12:15      Morning Session
This morning, we’ll explore the 3 components of mindful self-compassion: Self-Kindness vs. Self-Judgment, Common Humanity vs. Isolation, and Mindfulness vs. Over-Identification, which leads to loving, connected presence.  When we embrace ourselves, our lives, and others with a sense of loving, connected presence, our experience becomes radically transformed.

12:30-3:30        Lunch and Personal Time
3:30-5:30          Afternoon Session
This afternoon, we’ll continue to offer experiential practices in Mindful Self-Compassion that you can use at home, focusing on becoming a caring friend to yourself .  We’ll briefly look at the impressive and rapidly expanding research on the benefits of Mindful Self-Compassion.

5:50-6:30          Dinner
Evening            TBA

Wednesday, June 28
8:00-9:00          Breakfast
9:00-9:45          Mindful Movement
10:00-12:15      Morning Session
A goal of Mindful Self-Compassion is to teach formal (in meditation) and informal (during daily life) practices. This morning, you’ll learn practices that you can use in difficult moments, and practice a meditation to calm the mind. We’ll explore the topic of resistance, and how resistance causes suffering, and how Mindful Self-Compassion can be helpful in safely opening to more of our experience.  

12:30-3:30        Lunch and Personal Time
3:30-5:30          Afternoon Session
This afternoon, you’ll warm up your meditative awareness with practices for self-affection and appreciation. We’ll move into some beautiful loving kindness practices.

5:50-6:30          Dinner
Evening            TBA

Thursday, June 29
8:00-9:00          Breakfast
9:00-10:30       Closure
On this final morning, you’ll have an opportunity to further integrate all that you’ve learned and experienced, and explore the ways that you can bring these experiences and new understandings into your daily life.

11:00                Check Out

 About the Leaders

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Rochelle Jaffe, M.S. is on the adjunct faculty of the Psychology Department of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She has been a mindfulness instructor for 14 years, and has discovered that self-compassion is at the heart of mindfulness practice, and of a life filled with well-being.


ShariShari Sunshine has a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from World Medicine Institute, Honolulu, HI, and is a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist. She has taught Mindful Movements and Healing Qi Gung for three decades. She is the founder of Syntropy Insight Bodywork, an awareness-based healing art.


Price includes a 3 night stay in our deluxe cottages,  nourishing vegetarian meals, and all classes.

Private room in a shared cottage $499

Private two-bedroom cottage for one $699

Two bedroom cottage for two $949

*All meals are included in the retreat. Enjoy organic, nourishing vegetarian cuisine.

*Consider scheduling a bodywork session with one of our exceptional practitioners during your personal time, at an additional cost. Click here for more information & to schedule your appointment.

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