A Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals: Cultivating the Inner Holding Environment
- Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center
- Jul 28, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 (8 days)
- Hermitage Retreat Spot - $1,365.00 Casita Supporting Rate - $1,030.00 Casita Actual Rate - $925.00 Casita Base Rate - $820.00 Yurt Supporting Rate - $1,030.00 Yurt Actual Rate - $925.00 Yurt Base Rate - $820.00 Tent Cabin…
We are pleased to offer the 10th annual mindfulness retreat for mental health professionals and caregivers at Vallecitos.
Many in our field have been studying mindfulness and its clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their meditation 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 mindfulness can begin to deepen.
Many struggle to establish a regular practice or practice in ways that cause unnecessary pain and struggle; others feel their practice has stagnated. Meditation practice has to both “make sense and feel good” in order to take root and flourish.
This week we will study and practice setting up the posture of the practice, learning how to create and sustain an environment conducive to making progress in mindfulness meditation. We will offer a variety of instructions and guided meditations designed to create a personally meaningful and enriching environment in which mindfulness practice may flourish.
This yearly course provides a container in which to explore mindfulness practices with colleagues. The teaching is practical and experience-near, focusing on the establishing and developing of a mindfulness practice that is relevant to our lives and our work with others, particularly in the delivery of accurate empathy and therapeutic presence. There will be daily mindfulness meditation instruction, three to four hours of meditation each day, study modules most afternoons in combination with dyadic or small group discussion, and individual meetings with teachers. 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. Certificates will be distributed at the end of the retreat. Price includes a CE fee.