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Mindful Self-Compassion Urban Retreat Series
Sat, 29 Apr 2017, 11:00 AM – Sat, 10 Jun 2017, 5:00 PM PDT
On this unique urban mindful self-compassion retreat series, you will establish a relationship with yourself that enables you to embrace in a radical new way all your human imperfections.
We will meet alternate Saturdays: April 29, May 13, May 27 and June 10, 2017 11:00 am - 5:00 pm in a private studio near Queen Elizabeth Park.
This program includes a retreat in nature on June 4, experiencing companionable silence. The purpose is to see what it's like to inhabit our minds and boides fully with awareness and compassion.
This program includes a 58 page student manual which offers all of the informal and formal practices to share with family, friends and colleagues.
Most importantly you will establish courageous presence to be with yourself when feeling stress.
Research demonstrates that self-compassion is significantly linked to increased happiness, vitality, motivation and optimism and decreased anxiety, depression and stress. Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone. You will be provided with essential tools for treating yourself in a kind, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. These practices can be instrumental to mental health practitioners both for their own self-care as well as helping clients. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as practicing mental health professionals.
After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:
- Practice self-compassion in daily life to maintain a healthy lifestlye.
- Understand the science of self-compassion and how to apply it.
- Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism.
- Handle difficult emotions with greater ease.
- Develop your emotional resilience.
- Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
- Share simple self-compassion exercises to other
Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.
This program fulfills the pre-requisite for the MSC teacher training. CE hours available.
“Taressa’s teaching is the real deal - she walks the talk.” Dr. Christopher K. Germer, PhD
Author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
“I met Taressa in September. It was the turning point of my life when I participated in her retreat series. It felt like she gave me a light to break the darkness and let me see the hidden treasure in my inner world. She teaches me how to give compassion towards myself and then others. She makes me realize that the happiness already exists in this universe and we just need to be grateful for what we had already and embrace it.
She is not only a therapist who listens to you and explains the methods or solutions of being happy, she is a practical trainer to help you put love into action by “ acting love yourself.”
Ellen G., Engineer, Vancouver BC
"For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one's own feelings and to care for one's own welfare....."
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (2000)