Mindfulness, Compassion, and Difficult Emotions

About This Event

Difficult emotions can be overwhelming and stifle the joy in your life. Learn to traverse the terrain of difficult emotions through mindfulness, presence, and compassion, so that you are able to peacefully live in the present moment. This program is appropriate for newcomers as well as seasoned mindfulness practitioners. Individual conferences with Susan will be available.

In this interactive workshop, you will:

Learn mindfulness practices to help you cope with difficult emotions

Develop a kinder relationship with your critical inner voice

Explore why it is essential to hold difficult emotions with compassion

Establish a personal mindfulness program

Course Information

If you are in therapy, it is advisable to consult with your therapist before enrolling. An ability to stay with your difficult emotions as they arise is a prerequisite for enrollment.

To enable participants to gain greater benefit from the program, silence will be encouraged outside workshop sessions.


I got so much value from this program. Dr. Stone is an engaging and knowledgeable facilitator. What is best is that I now have the tools that I can use in my daily life. This was an important step on my journey. Yogaville is always a good idea. Peace and love is what you will find here. — Lauren V.

By attending this program, I am leaving with specific meditation tools to help me along my journey. Through the whole experience, I feel centered, energized, and equipped to deepen my meditation. — Angela W.

This was a great experience! Even though it brought up difficult concepts, it will change the way I handle difficult moments in my life that I had previously ignored and avoided. Thank you! — Past Participant

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe


Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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I'm having a baby in October and want to focus my practice so I can be present and calm! Laine

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Mindfulness, Compassion, and Difficult Emotions

at Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram

  • Apr 24, 2020 - Apr 26, 2020 (3 days)