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The Mindful Badge Initiative

Resilience Immersion Training

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

First responders, police officers, crisis workers—are you resourced to take on the occupational stressors and trauma of your profession? Are you equipped to survive the length of your career?

Join Mindful Badge Initiative pioneers Richard Goerling, MBA, and Nicholas Stein, for a deep experiential exploration of the science and practice of mindfulness as it relates to resiliency, the warrior ethos, and the hero’s journey. Equip yourself with tools to be present and thrive in the face and aftermath of whatever comes your way.

Through guided meditation, breathwork, lecture, group discussion, and movement practice, you will learn:

  • How to define, normalize, respect, and process trauma
  • Mindfulness exercises to increase self-awareness, attunement, and compassion for better performance in your personal and professional life
  • How to work with your mind’s narratives in a non-judgmental way
  • Techniques to be more present with the body, including the prevention and endurance of physical pain
  • Sensory methods to expand your field of awareness.
    This weekend retreat combines mindfulness, preventative mental health, fitness and nutrition education, and skill building to give you the tools for a long, healthy, and life-affirming career in crisis work.

Richard Goerling, MBA | Nicholas Stein

May 18 - 20, 2018
Friday-Sunday , 2 nights

$410 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Registration Closed

Program Description

First responders, police officers, crisis workers—are you resourced to take on the occupational stressors and trauma of your profession? Are you equipped to survive the length of your career?

Join Mindful Badge Initiative pioneers Richard Goerling, MBA, and Nicholas Stein, for a deep experiential exploration of the science and practice of mindfulness as it relates to resiliency, the warrior ethos, and the hero’s journey. Equip yourself with tools to be present and thrive in the face and aftermath of whatever comes your way.

Through guided meditation, breathwork, lecture, group discussion, and movement practice, you will learn:

  • How to define, normalize, respect, and process trauma
  • Mindfulness exercises to increase self-awareness, attunement, and compassion for better performance in your personal and professional life
  • How to work with your mind’s narratives in a non-judgmental way
  • Techniques to be more present with the body, including the prevention and endurance of physical pain
  • Sensory methods to expand your field of awareness.
    This weekend retreat combines mindfulness, preventative mental health, fitness and nutrition education, and skill building to give you the tools for a long, healthy, and life-affirming career in crisis work.

Faculty Bio

Richard Goerling, MBA

Richard Goerling has served in law enforcement for over two decades, holding both federal- and municipal-level positions in a variety of investigative and operational assignments. Richard served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for 27 years, both active and reserve, retiring in 2015 at the rank of commander. His early active-duty tours included serving as an officer aboard a high endurance cutter, and as an instructor at the Coast Guard’s maritime law enforcement academy.

Richard’s layered experience inspired him to spearhead the introduction of mindfulness into policing as part of a larger cultural transformation toward a compassionate, skillful, and resilient warrior ethos. He has become a thought leader in resiliency, performance, leading change, and community building in policing.

He completed his formal training at the University of California at Los Angeles Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), under the direction of Diana Winston, Dr. Susan Smalley, and Dr. Marvin Belzer, and is a certified mindfulness facilitator through UCLA.

Richard also serves as an affiliate assistant professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Pacific University in Oregon and as a co-investigator in a current NIH-funded study looking at mindfulness in policing.

Nicholas Stein

Nicholas Stein is an award-winning television producer. Over the past 40 years, he has produced non-fiction television programming for all of the major broadcast and cable networks including National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery, History, A&E, PBS, and Smithsonian, as well as ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX.

As the series producer of the National Geographic Channel hit Border Wars, Nick and his crews gained unparalleled access to contested areas of the US-Mexican border, producing 56 episodes over four years by embedding themselves in the operational units of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), ICE, DEA, and the US Coast Guard.

Though the ratings were high, Stein’s long-term exposure to the cruelties of the cartel operatives, the suffering of countless immigrants, and the plight of overburdened border agents, left him traumatized and fatigued. He began practicing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for emotional and cognitive relief. Soon after, he was accepted into the Intensive Practice Program at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) and began going on silent retreats.

Nick received his Certification of Mindfulness Facilitation from the Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI) in June 2016. Because of his work at the border, he has dedicated himself to introducing the concepts and techniques behind mindfulness—to foster greater resiliency—to the men and women of law enforcement. He has brought this knowledge to New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, DC, running workshops for US Border Patrol agents as well as CBP’s field operations officers at the federal level. He has also worked with multiple police departments in the SF East Bay Area. Stein currently lives in Studio City, California with his wife, Susan McGuire.

Why Attend

  • Grounding your inner warrior in awareness and compassion is necessary in order to navigate the challenging arc of your career and achieve positive outcomes.

  • Be a hero who suffers less and thrives more: mindfulness is more than just a training for the mind—it provides the opportunity to live a more present and fulfilled life.

     

  • Build community while studying with pioneers in the arena of mindfulness and policing: cultivate the foundation for an ongoing skills practice that is tailored to your unique needs.

Things to Know/Schedule

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

     

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    First responders or anyone working in a particularly stressful or traumatic career or environment

Accommodations

Standard Rooms
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.

Deluxe
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available from mid-February 2018.

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.

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.

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