Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness
- The Esalen Institute
- Big Sur, CA, United States
- Apr 29 - May 4, 2018 (6 days)
- $675 to $5605 depending on preferred accomodations
Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society — both to alleviate human suffering and nurture psychological health and wellness. This body of work offers a fresh perspective on psychological suffering, and powerful clinical strategies that support meaningful life changes. In this workshop for mental health professionals, participants will learn about one particular approach and set of evidence-based practices called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT balances mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change in the service of living a more vital life.
Through lectures, live and video demonstrations, and practical experiential exercises, participants will be taught new ways to help their clients grow and live meaningfully without first having to defeat or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain. This work can be challenging for both therapists and clients because it calls on each to stand in difficult places and open up to that difficulty, both personally and professionally. Therapists are encouraged to engage with the material at a personal level, as it applies to their own lives, and also in the context of their mental health work. Mental health professionals, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, are invited to attend. Familiarity with ACT is not required.
Recommended reading: Forsyth and Eifert, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, 2nd Edition; Harris, ACT Made Simple.
($75 additional tuition will be added to the workshop cost)
For continuing education syllabsu, see https://www.esalen.org/acceptance-commitment-therapy-0418.
24.5 CE units are available for psychologists through co-sponsorship with the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). To receive CE for psychology participants must pay an additional $15 directly to the leader. “The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;
CE credit for psychologists;
"I attended John and Jamie’s 5 day workshop at the suggestion of a friend. Unfamiliar with ACT, I went in pretty blind. With each passing day of the workshop, I walked away with more and more knowledge and experience on how I was to begin implementing the ideas and strategies discussed right away. (I mean right away, while at the retreat center!) ACT in itself is powerful and the delivery of the ACT principles by Jamie and John were clear, hands on, and manifested a level of excitement that is hard to put into words. You also can't ignore the playful dynamic of the two of them as a married couple in the delivery of the material but make no mistake, both are passionate, knowledgeable and bring something unique to the experience. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking to expand and broaden their knowledge of ACT." ~ Gwen Uss, GC C Interfaith Minister, Grief Counselor, Private Practitioner, Retreat Leader, and Workshop Facilitator.
- Develop your ACT competencies.
- Gentle pacing & encouragement.
- Time to learn & grow.
- Ample time for self-care.
- Gentle pacing & skill development.
- Led by a passionate and engaging husband & wife team!
Venue HighlightsEsalen is a noun and a verb, a seat of energy, an exhilarating adventure, a wellspring for the mainstream. It is a place of pilgrimage, grounded in a wildly alive environment—the spectacular, unparalleled, convergence of mountains and water that is the Big Sur coastline. Esalen also travels the world as an inextinguishable, animating spirit—healing lives and history, sweeping away tired paradigms, and igniting change. There is nothing else like it.
Esalen is not only a retreat center or an educational institute. Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Big Sur and an unparalleled intellectual history, Esalen is a world-wide network of seekers who look beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities; forge new understandings of self and society; and pioneer new paths for change.
Whether you come to process personal pain or to embark on a modern-day vision quest, we provide the crucible and catalyst, and workshop leaders whose integrity and skills embody the highest standards of practice. We ask that you become attuned to the here and now, and understand that the relationship between self and world is an intensely communicative process that’s continually created and recreated.
We’ll give you the tools and freedom to unleash latent capacities and find a re-energized sense of purpose—for yourself and for the world. Let’s have an adventure.
- Free Wifi
- Hot Tub
- Yoga Studio
ScheduleVisit the Esalen website for schedules and such
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineWhether after a rigorous workshop session or a long soak in the hot springs, a meal among friends in our lodge is surely one of the most nourishing and enlivening Esalen adventures.
The Esalen kitchen serves delicious, healthy meals to 250 to 350 people per day. This includes everyone from workshop participants and teachers to Esalen board members and staff. The kitchen team crafts each meal with mindfulness and care, featuring produce and herbs from the Esalen farm and garden.
Breakfast: 8:30 - 9:45 am
Lunch: 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Dinner: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Coffee, tea, house-made bread for toast, preserves, nut butters, and fresh fruit are available all day and night until 5AM.
Volunteering in the Kitchen
On-site guests are always welcome to volunteer in the kitchen, stop in and ask for the chef if you are interested in volunteering during your stay.
AccommodationsA variety of accommodation options is possible with workshop registration. Since some of these fill more quickly than others, it is advisable to sign up as early as possible. Please indicate your second choice for accommodations and workshop in case your initial choice is unavailable. We cannot guarantee specific room requests.
For a complete listing of accommodations choices and pricing, please visit the Esalen website.
To ask about the availability of specific accommodation types, please call 888-837-2536.
Standard Accommodations: This is shared housing that accommodates two or three persons per room, although couples or friends traveling together who book into standard accommodations will be housed privately. In some cases, bathrooms are shared. The rates listed for standard accommodations throughout the web site are per-person. (A private/single standard accommodation must be requested and may be available on a limited basis for an additional $125 per night).
Premium Rooms offer greater privacy, upgraded bathrooms (and occasionally outdoor clawfoot bathtubs), enhanced sound, climate insulation, and in-floor heating. You can request either ocean views or internet (ethernet cable), and we do our best to honor these requests, although not all rooms offer both. Prices listed throughout the website may reflect either single or double occupancy. Please call 888-837-2536 for details about premium room accommodations and availability.
Point Houses are private suites nestled behind the Esalen Garden and perched at the cliff's edge with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Each of the three Point Houses offers a living room with wood stove, a master bedroom, a sleeping loft, full kitchen and dining area, private redwood deck overlooking the Pacific with outdoor claw foot tub, Internet connections, and in-room telephone. Please call 888-837-2536 for details about Point House accommodations and availability.
Bunk Bed Rooms: Bunk beds are available for seminar participants who are willing to share a room with four to six persons of the same gender. Limited in number, these spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Off-site Accommodations: If you are staying outside Esalen, meals and unlimited use of the property’s facilities are included while you are registered for your workshop.
Sleeping bags: Some of our meeting rooms are sometimes used as shared sleeping bag space and may be available for workshop participants with limited financial means. There is a 7-day limit on sleeping bag stays. Should you choose sleeping bag accommodations, you are responsible for bringing your own sleeping bag, blankets, pads, pillows, etc. Esalen provides towels and face cloths. Some rooms do not include a shower, though shower facilities are available at the baths. The meeting room is a public space where Esalen activities, scheduled and unscheduled, take place. Thus, the room is inaccessible between 9 am and 11 pm. Access to the room is not permitted while these activities are in process. Sleeping bag accommodations are coed, and several people may share a relatively small space. You may want to bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper or bothered by the sleep sounds of others.
All camping or sleeping on the grounds, either in tents, campers, or vehicles of any type is strictly prohibited. We do not have parking space to accommodate RVs.
Visit the Esalen website for complete pricing for the various accommodation types.