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Clear Communication: An Interpersonal Mindfulness Retreat

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IDEAL FOR: All levels of experience with meditation from beginners to advanced. Mental health clinicians, health care staff, Corporate and management leaders, HR staff, and couples and families interested in strengthening their relationships.

“Self-transformation is meaningful only if it allows us to be of greater service to others.” -Matthieu Ricard

As society becomes more and more polarized, it has become increasingly difficult to listen to one another. Many of us are at a loss about how to communicate mindfully and compassionately. This can take a toll on our relationships with our friends, family, work colleagues, and our communities and ultimately impact our connection with ourselves. Research has shown practicing mindfulness can reduce personal anxiety and stress. However, most mindfulness practices are done alone which does not help to address the communication challenges we face in our relationships. New research shows that practicing specific mindfulness skills while interacting with others can foster effective communication which is the foundation for healthy functioning of close relationships.

In this retreat, we will explore and learn the practices that are the basis for interpersonal mindfulness. Interpersonal mindfulness refers to the sacred practice of deep listening and speaking with authenticity and compassion with others. By using principles from MBSR, Insight Dialogue, Non-violent communication, participants will learn these vital interpersonal skills that can be utilized directly in our most important relationships.

This retreat will teach participants how to:

 Listen to others with interest, curiosity, nonjudgmental awareness, and kindness which is sometimes called beginner’s mind.

 Learn how to hold space and presence for others

 Accept what the other person is saying or doing, even if it is difficult to hear.

 Develop the capacity to guide the interpersonal process skillfully.

 Be open to the outcome, to whatever will arise, and to new possibilities.

 Create the intention to serve rather than fix.

Through the practices of mindfulness meditation, loving awareness practices, psychological inquiry, dyads, group work, journaling, and body-based practices, participants will learn the essentials practices that support interpersonal mindfulness.

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  • Amanda Noella Daddona   April 29, 2020

      Living Fully with Fear

    The Living Fully with Fear course with Amanda Votto was an incredible experience. I was able to connect with my emotions, dig deep and find what was underneath those emotions, and find comfort within myself and from the shared experiences of the others in the class. I found the practices to be extremely helpful and at times challenging (in a good way). And overall, Amanda did a great job of putting everything into context and explaining how we can relate to fear and tap into a more compassionate part of ourselves. I do wish it had been longer than four weeks. It was a lot of material to cover, and there was a lot to explore and work through. Perhaps Copper Beech might consider extending these online courses to be six or eight week experiences. Even so, I am truly grateful for the opportunity and for all that I gained from this class. Thank you to Amanda and to Copper Beech!

  • Charles Longo   November 12, 2018

      Harvest Dinner Dueling Pianos.

    As always Holy Family/ Copper Beach ALWAYS exceeds my expectations. Do yourself a favor, ATTEND a RETREAT, you will be hooked.

  • Kevin Ryan   November 12, 2018

      Harvest Celebration 2018

    As always, a delightful evening!. Thoughts: 1. May want to publish an agenda in future. Not wise to be fashionably late. Reports were that the event was in full swing at 6:30 PM and 6:45 arrival felt like we were catching up. 2. Would be wise to provide the wifi information so everyone could connect for the text fundraiser. Verizon worked but several people near me said that they could not connect using ATT. The wifi would allow everyone to connect See you next year!!

  • Marilyn Vatteroni   November 11, 2018

      A Great Night Out

    I had a wonderful experience on Saturday night. The food was great, the company wonderful & the dueling pianos fabulous.

  • Louise Cornetta   September 17, 2018

      A Magical Place

    The Copper Beech Institute offers a wide variety of courses, meditations, workshops and is housed on a beautiful peace of property. I enjoy the Wednesday Candlelight Meditation as a group or 30-40 of us meet to share this mindful experience and are led by the incredible Miranda who always gives a talk that seems to hit home. This place is filled with such love and kindness. Go check it out!

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