Retreat

Date & Time Details: Check-in is at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and check-out is at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Location: Elohee Center

Address: 1478 Bean Creek Road Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571

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MSC: Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

With Steven Hickman, PsyD, Aimee Eckhardt, Co-Teacher and Helen Barnes Vantine, Ph.D., Assistant Teacher

November 7 - 12, 2017

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…Caring for others requires caring for oneself.
– Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama –

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an intensive training retreat version of an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on groundbreaking research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to others, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

    • describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
    • motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
    • relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
    • respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
    • begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
    • practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
    • integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
    • teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

Target Audience

This program is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work. Participating in a MSC program satisfies a prerequisite for becoming a MSC program teacher, and teacher training will begin at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness in 2014. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in this 5-day MSC program for professionals. All are welcome!

Training

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.  The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities. For more information on self-compassion, please see www.Self-Compassion.org and www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org.

Tentative Schedule

 Day One
Registration: 1:00–5:00 pm
Dinner: 5:30–6:30 pm
First Session: 6:45–8:45 pm

Day Two-Five
9:00-12:30, 2:30-5:30

Day Six
Session Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, pricing, and to register, please visit http://mbpti.org/msc-mindful-self-compassion/ or click on the Register Now button.

Teachers

Steven Hickman, PsyD
Steven Hickman, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health. He is the founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness…
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Aimee Eckhardt, Co-Teacher
Aimee Eckhardt is a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and co-developer of the MSC Community for Deepening Practice. She co-facilitates support groups for Kansas City Hospice’s Solace House and is on the advisory board for Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth annual conference.…
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Helen Barnes Vantine, Ph.D., Assistant Teacher
Helen Vantine, Ph.D. is the founder and co-director of the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. She has a private psychotherapy practice where she practices mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She is credentialed as a certified MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and…
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