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Liberation from the Inner Critic

A Mindful and Compassionate Response to the Judging Mind

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Do you experience the painful, negative effects of self-judgment? Do you judge yourself or others as never good enough, not quite right, or always falling short? Despite how it might feel, you can free yourself from the inner critic for good.

Guided by lighthearted mindfulness teacher Mark Coleman, MA, you will learn how to replace this common habit with self-compassion, clarity, and kindness. Through talks, interactive exercises, and specific techniques, you will learn to:

  • Deal effectively with self-judgment and inner critic attacks
  • Develop self-acceptance, self-compassion, and metta (lovingkindness) as an antidote to self-judgment
  • Cultivate forgiveness as a support for embracing your humanness
  • Distinguish between negative self-judgment and rational discernment
  • Build a healthy conscience so you don’t need to rely on the inner critic.

You will take home a practical toolbox for working effectively with judgments and for achieving true peace of mind.

Mark Coleman

November 17 - 19, 2017
Friday-Sunday , 2 nights

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

Do you experience the painful, negative effects of self-judgment? Do you judge yourself or others as never good enough, not quite right, or always falling short? Despite how it might feel, you can free yourself from the inner critic for good.

Guided by lighthearted mindfulness teacher Mark Coleman, MA, you will learn how to replace this common habit with self-compassion, clarity, and kindness. Through talks, interactive exercises, and specific techniques, you will learn to:

  • Deal effectively with self-judgment and inner critic attacks
  • Develop self-acceptance, self-compassion, and metta (lovingkindness) as an antidote to self-judgment
  • Cultivate forgiveness as a support for embracing your humanness
  • Distinguish between negative self-judgment and rational discernment
  • Build a healthy conscience so you don’t need to rely on the inner critic.

You will take home a practical toolbox for working effectively with judgments and for achieving true peace of mind.

Faculty Bio

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman has been teaching meditation retreats worldwide since 1997 and is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Mark is also the founder of the Mindfulness Institute. In his role as a mindfulness consultant and executive coach, Mark delivers mindfulness instruction to corporate clients in the IT and healthcare sectors, among others.

He is a lead trainer for Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which bridges age-old practices of mind training with modern neuroscience and technology. Mark is also passionate about the outdoors and leads nature-based meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru.

He is the author of Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery and is working on a forthcoming book on the “inner critic.” He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Why Attend

  • Transform self-judgment through mindfulness, kindness, and inquiry.

  • Get relief from the endless negative talk in your mind.

  • Engage in a practical, experiential way to take yourself less seriously!

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    Those in the helping professions, including therapists and social workers

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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