Awakening The Heart Three-Weekend Study Series Workshops
Take one or all three as a series! Each workshop is $220.00 We offer a $60 discount if you register for all three workshops together.
You can also supplement this series with the weekend "Into The Silent Land" Retreat from March 15 to 17, 2019 at Mount Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara
These teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. 12 Continuing Education credits will be provided for each weekend for psychologists, registered nurses, MFTs and LCSWs.
Learning to Live Mindfully: Formal Practice and Daily Life January 25-27
Learning to Live Mindfully: Formal Practice and Daily Life In this weekend, we will explore the practice of mindfulness, which Jon Kabat-Zinn describes as, “being aware, on purpose, without judgment, in the present moment.” We will learn about the importance of posture and how to cultivate sensory awareness, attend to breath, and observe the passing by of thoughts, feelings, sounds and images without getting entangled in them, and how this leads to a sense of inner calm, clarity and ease. The practice of mindfulness helps us to focus our attention and be more sensitively present to others and our world. It also enables us to come in touch with the subtle state of resting in awareness. Mindfulness practice allows us to live in present moment with meaning and purpose, and with acceptance and caring intent for ourselves and others.
Mindful Nature Connection: Touching the Earth March 8-10
Mindful Nature Connection: Touching the Earth In this weekend, we will explore how bringing mindfulness and nature connection together can quieten the mind, open the heart, and bring us into a sense of interconnectedness with the rest of life. Many of us suffer from the delusion of separateness. Feeling disconnected from ourselves, others, and other-than-human-nature, leaves us with a sense of isolation and discouragement. The simple practice of consciously connecting with natural processes or beings through sensory awareness, with an attitude of respect, can bring us back into the open, living system that is the natural world. As this happens, we remember that we are what Thich Nhat Han calls “interbeings,” we realize our interdependency with the rest of life, and we come into a sense of deep belonging and compassion.
The Path of Self-Compassion In this weekend we will learn how we can emerge from a sense of unworthiness and self-blame into positive and healthy relationships with ourselves and others. Through the practices of mindful and loving awareness, self-forgiveness, self-compassion, and gratitude we will learn how to transform our habits of self-limitation. Doing so allows us to feel grounded and strong even in uncertain times. Developing a deep sense of friendship with ourselves allows us to feel loving and connected as well as meaningfully engaged with others and our world. Self-compassion practices free us from the old patterns of behavior that disconnect us from ourselves and others and allow us to participate courageously and creatively in our world.