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The Art of Empathy

How to Balance Self-Care with Healthy Relationship

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Empathy is possibly our most essential skill, yet many of us regularly stumble around it because we weren’t taught how it works. Join empathic pioneer Karla McLaren, MEd, for a weeklong retreat in self-care and self-awareness, and learn how to access empathy in simple and actionable ways.

Through her Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model, you will develop a clear understanding of empathy and learn to work with it skillfully.

Over the course of five days, you will explore:

  • Your unique empathic behaviors and how you function in your relationships and the world
  • Five empathic mindfulness practices to help you work brilliantly with your emotions and your empathy every day
  • Specific empathic communication skills designed to nurture healthy empathy in your relationships
  • Self-soothing skills to help you access your empathy in challenging situations.

If your empathy is powerfully intense, you will learn how to manage it more comfortably. If empathy is confusing for you, you will learn how to understand it clearly. Walk away with specific ideas and effective practices to help you create healthy empathic environments at home and at work.

Karla McLaren, MEd

April 1 - 6, 2018
Sunday-Friday , 5 nights

$325 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

Empathy is possibly our most essential skill, yet many of us regularly stumble around it because we weren’t taught how it works. Join empathic pioneer Karla McLaren, MEd, for a weeklong retreat in self-care and self-awareness, and learn how to access empathy in simple and actionable ways.

Through her Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model, you will develop a clear understanding of empathy and learn to work with it skillfully.

Over the course of five days, you will explore:

  • Your unique empathic behaviors and how you function in your relationships and the world
  • Five empathic mindfulness practices to help you work brilliantly with your emotions and your empathy every day
  • Specific empathic communication skills designed to nurture healthy empathy in your relationships
  • Self-soothing skills to help you access your empathy in challenging situations.

If your empathy is powerfully intense, you will learn how to manage it more comfortably. If empathy is confusing for you, you will learn how to understand it clearly. Walk away with specific ideas and effective practices to help you create healthy empathic environments at home and at work.

Faculty Bio

Karla McLaren, MEd

Karla McLaren is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy.

She is founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics, LLC and the cocreator of the Healthy Empathy® training program for health and healing professionals.

Karla also developed the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that makes all of the processes in empathy easily understandable, accessible, and attainable. This fully realized model teaches people how to access, develop, and manage their empathy intentionally.

Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill, The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You, and the multi-media online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions.

She is also a Certified Human Resources Administrator and a Certified Career Testing and Guidance Facilitator. Her research interests include sociology, linguistic anthropology, neurodiversity, and disability rights. Karla is also a lifelong singer and a cappella harmony arranger.

Why Attend

  • No matter where you start, you will learn how to develop healthy, sustainable, responsive, and self-enriching empathy

  • Engage with yourself and others in nourishing new ways through an empathic approach to emotions and social intelligence.

  • Your emotions and empathy—and having a healthy relationship with both—are vital to your ability to think, feel, learn, love, communicate, and experience the world.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

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 mid-February 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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