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Mindfulness: An Educational Retreat on Cape Cod
July 17-21, 2017 Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Sponsored by the New England Educational Institute

To incorporate mindfulness into our work and personal lives, we need an intellectual as well as an intuitive, visceral understanding of the practice. In this symposium, you will develop a solid theoretical understanding of mindfulness from both the Buddhist and western scientific perspectives. You will also receive instruction in mindfulness meditation and be given the opportunity for personal practice in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

Through lecture, demonstration, experiential exercise, and small group discussion, we will examine how mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic presence and transform our understanding of the causes of psychological suffering across the diagnostic spectrum. You will learn when and how to introduce various mindfulness techniques to your clients or patients; how to utilize special techniques for treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress-related medical disorders, and interpersonal conflicts; and how to creatively work with obstacles to mindfulness practice.

15 CE’s are offered to physicians, psychologists, counselors/educators, nurses, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.
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Mindfulness, Wisdom, & Compassion in Psychotherapy:
Getting Beyond I, Me, Mine
July 28 - 30, 2017, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Sponsored by The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
A three day residential workshop

What do we look for in a psychotherapist, teacher, healer, or other human being when we’re in pain? The answer probably isn’t just academic knowledge or training. Rather, we hope that he or she will be wise—have a deep understanding of how to live life—and compassionate—able to supportively enter into our suffering with us. We might also hope that he or she would be interested in others, rather than overly self-focused. So how might we develop these qualities in ourselves? And what would psychotherapy in particular look like if wisdom, compassion, and reduced self-preoccupation were actually goals of treatment? In this program, you’ll learn:

·    What wisdom and compassion are, and how they can be cultivated for both the professional and the client

·    How to harness modern scientific and ancient discoveries about using wisdom and compassion to support well-being

·    How to use mindfulness and compassion practices to foster psychological insight, spiritual awakening, cognitive flexibility, empathy, and caring action, in ourselves and others

·    Ways to move beyond our evolutionarily hard-wired concerns with personal comfort and self-esteem to find greater freedom and ease both inside and outside the clinical hour.

12.5 CE’s are offered to most human service professionals.
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Cultivating the Inner Holding Environment:
An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

August 5-12, 2017 Taos, New Mexico
Sponsored by Vallecitos Mountain Ranch.

With Bill Morgan, Psy.D., and Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS and Ronald Siegel, Psy.D.

By stepping out of everyday life in a retreat environment, we can explore the subtle habits of heart and mind more easily. This retreat will be experience-near, focusing on the development of mindfulness practice and its relevance in our work with others, particularly in the cultivation of accurate empathy and therapeutic presence. There will be daily mindfulness meditation instruction and three to four hours of meditation each day, study modules most afternoons in combination with 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. 

This retreat is limited to 32 participants. 20 CE credits available to psychologists, social workers and licensed mental health counselors.
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Mindfulness: Inside and Outside the Clinical Hour
August 21-25, 2017 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Sponsored by Harvard Medical School

This seminar provides an up-to-date review of the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation from its ancient origins to modern brain science and psychotherapy, along with opportunities for participants to cultivate their own personal practice. After reviewing how they work to alleviate psychological distress, we will explore which practices are best suited to different patient populations.

Through lecture, demonstration, Q&A, and experiential exercises, you’ll learn how to use mindfulness practices to help resolve anxiety, depression, stress-related medical disorders, and interpersonal conflicts in both adults and children. Participants with no meditation experience, as well as seasoned practitioners, will find this course helpful both personally and clinically.

You’ll also find that Martha’s Vineyard is a wonderful natural and culinary environment in which to develop and enjoy mindful awareness. 15 CE’s are offered to physicians and most mental health professinals.

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Bella Sicilia: The Nature of Mindfulness
September 26 to October 3, 2017, Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
A retreat for nature and culture lovers

With Ronald Siegel, PsyD, Larry Cammarata, PhD, & Linda Cammarata, RN

From the Buddha’s earliest teaching to the wanderings of Zen masters, meditators have appreciated the power of nature to cultivate mindfulness and the understanding of interdependence. And being emersed in other cultures, especially those that are slower and more sensually attuned, can heighten our awareness.

This retreat will awaken your senses and enhance your awareness at Castellammare del Golfo on the Mediterranean Sea. The town's fishing and pleasure port curves to the west of the castle promontory, and makes for a pleasant seaside walk where you can relax at various cafes and restaurants. The beautiful village of Scopello is nearby as is the magnificent Zingaro Natural Reserve. We’ll enjoy meditation, gentle mindful movement, clinical education, excursions into nature, culture, and history, and delicious cuisine

This will be an intimate trip with ample opportunities to reflect on our experiences together as well as to explore their clinical implications.

Enrollment is limited. CEs are offered for most psychologists, social workers, nurses, and licensed mental health counselors.
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