Awakening Self-Compassion Retreat

April 5-8, 2018

Cultivate a new relationship with yourself, based in kindness, awareness, and an appreciation for your own humanity.


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.

The three key components of self-compassion are kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential inter-relatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Retreat activities include meditation, short talks, 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.

After participating in this retreat, you’ll be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Learn self-soothing and quieting the mind
  • Reduce shame and self-criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

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 spacious and heart-full way.

  • Learn simple ways of moving and being in the body that you can easily practice at home
  • Experience the qualities of inherent self-love and self-compassion
  • Get in touch with the natural grace, joy and ease of the body

 Retreat Schedule


3:00-5:30          Check In
5:30-6:30          Dinner
7:00-8:30          Introduction to Mindfulness through Movement


8:00-9:00          Breakfast
9:00-9:45           Mindful Movement/Qi Gung
10:00-12:15        Morning Session
12:30-1:30          Lunch
1:30-3:30           Quiet Time/Bodywork/Walk
3:30-5:30           Afternoon Session
5:50-6:30           Dinner


8:00-9:00          Breakfast
9:00-9:45           Mindful Movement/Qi Gung
10:00-12:15        Morning Session
12:30-1:30          Lunch
1:30-3:30           Quiet time/bodywork/walk
3:30-5:30           Afternoon Session
5:30-6:30           Dinner
6:30-8:00          Surprise!


8:00-9:00          Breakfast
9:00-11:00         Closure


 About the Leaders

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




Shari Sunshine has a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from World Medicine Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii 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 three night stay in our luxurious cottages,  nourishing vegetarian meals, and all classes. Tax not included.

  • Single occupancy cottage                              $1,125
  • Double occupancy two room cottage          $1,650 ($825 p/person)


We are able to accommodate most food allergies and/or dietary restrictions. Our property and the surrounding areas feature beautiful nature trails, popular bike routes and meditation gardens.

Click on the link and check out the Mandala Wellness Center, to make Massage and bodywork appointments in advance.


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