Mindfulness and 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.

Mindful self-compassion is the foundation for our work in helping professions. Caring is not sustainable if we are not able to be compassionate and caring towards ourselves.

Mindful self-compassion is also a foundational skill for clients. Over 500 studies in mindful self-compassion demonstrate that when a person is mindful and self-compassionate, they are able to practice important life skills, including:

  • Reductions in self judgment Warren, R., Neff, K. D. (2016). Self-criticism and self-compassion: Risk and resilience for psychopathology. Current Psychiatry, 15(12), 18-32.
  • Positive aging Phillips, W.J., & Kamp; Ferguson, S.J., (2012). Self-compassion: A resource for positive aging. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences,doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs091
  • Resilience Dahm, K., Meyer, E. C., Neff, K. D., Kimbrel, N. A., Gulliver, S. B., & Morissette, S. B (2015). Mindfulness, self-compassion, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, and functional disability in U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, (ahead-of- print), 1-5.
  • Self-improvement motivation Breines, J.G., & Chen, S. (2012) Self-compassion increases self-improvement motivation. Personality and Social Psychology bulletin, 38(9), 1133-1143

Training activities include lecture, meditation, experiential exercises, group discussion, and practices that you can teach your clients and utilize personally. The goal is for participants to both directly experience self-compassion and learn practices they can teach their clients.

After participating in this training, you’ll be able to help your clients to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate themselves with kindness rather than criticism
  • Self-soothe
  • Reduce shame and self-criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Manage care-giver fatigue

Instructor:

Rochelle Jaffe, M.S.is certified through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and 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.


Syllabus:

Session 1: Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion

  • Understand what self-compassion is and what it isn’t.
  • Become familiar with the link between self-compassion and wellbeing.

Session 2: What is Mindfulness and how does it apply to psychotherapy?

  • Bringing mindful awareness to present-moment experience.
  • Understand how resistance causes suffering.
  • Understand backdraft and hwo to deal with it using mindfulness techniques.
  • Utilizing mindfulness to calm the mind.
  • Explore the intersection of mindfulness and self-compassion

Session 3: Practicing Loving-Kindness

  • Understand the value of loving-kindness in the therapeutic process.
  • Discover and learn how to use phrases in loving-kindness meditation and daily life.

Session 4: Discovering a Compassionate Voice

  • Identify the stages of progress on the path to self-compassion.
  • Motivation with encouragement rather than criticism.

Session 5: Living Deeply

  • Exploring core values- what gives our lives meaning in spite of circumstances, and learn to reorient to those values in daily life.
  • Finding hidden meaning in life difficulties.
  • Practicing compassion and self-compassion while listening to others.

Session 6: Meeting Difficult Emotions

  • Transforming difficult emotions using mindfulness and self-compassion practices.
  • Understand and alleviate the impact of shame by using self-compassion as an antidote to shame.

 Retreat Schedule

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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!

Sunday

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


 

 About the Leaders

Rochelle Jaffe, M.S.is certified through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and 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.

 

 

 


Pricing

Price includes a three night stay in our luxurious cottages,  nourishing vegetarian meals, and all classes. Tax not included.

  • Exclusive two room cottage for one                $949
  • Double occupancy two room cottage              $1,199 ($599.50 p/person)
  • Private room in a shared cottage                     $650

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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