Embracing Our Lives with Loving Presence <br> 12 CE Hours
August 25 - 27, 2017
Friday - Sunday, 2 nights
Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separatelyRegistration Closed
12 CE Hours Available
One of the deepest forms of suffering in our culture is the pain of feeling that “something is wrong with me.” Feeling that we are falling short, like a toxic gas we continually breathe, makes it difficult to be truly intimate with others and at home in our own body, heart and mind. Whether in the shape of chronic self-judgment, depression, anxiety or gripping shame, feelings of deficiency prevent us from living and loving fully.
Radical Acceptance is the capacity to see clearly what is happening in the moment, and accept what we see with love. In this workshop, we will explore the Buddhist practices of mindfulness and compassion that allow us to genuinely embrace our lives, and in so doing, realize our connectedness with others as well. The session will include talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises and discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to bring these meditations to the places in their lives where they feel judgmental or unforgiving.
This weekend includes guided meditations and reflections. Participants will enjoy periods of silence as well as the safety and support of interpersonal sharing.
Join Tara Brach, internationally known Buddhist teacher and best-selling author of Radical Acceptance, to explore how you can connect with your innate wisdom and compassion, even in the face of conflict and challenge.
During this weekend retreat, you will learn to:
- Identify basic principles of Buddhist Psychology and explain their relevance in evaluating treatment options for anxiety and depression.
- Discuss the role and mediating mechanisms of meditation practices in healing emotional suffering.
- Utilize Buddhist mindfulness and compassion practices in addressing fear, grief, anger and shame.
- Review the contra-indications of various attentional strategies in addressing traumatic fear.
- Explain meditative strategies that address interpersonal conflict.
- Differentiate the components of varying attentional strategies.
Tara masterfully draws from best practices in Western psychology, principles of Buddhist psychology, and a range of meditative and contemplative traditions to inspire beginning meditators and offer a space for deeper practice to more experienced meditators. The weekend includes periods of silence, as well as interpersonal sharing in a safe setting that supports your inward exploration.
You will return home connected to a deeper, more loving sense of yourself and the world, with practices to sustain and nourish you in moving forward in wholeness.
Tara Brach, PhD
Tara Brach is a psychologist, meditation teacher, and author of the best-selling books Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. She is founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, and teaches Buddhist meditation at centers in the United States and Europe.
Tara’s podcasted talks and meditations are downloaded nearly a million times each month. Her teachings blend Western psychology, Buddhist psychology, Eastern meditation practices, and mindful attention to the inner life with a full, compassionate engagement with the world.
She fosters efforts to bring mindfulness to issues of equity, inclusivity, diversity, peace, and environmental sustainability, and is actively involved in initiatives in the DC area to offer mindfulness in prisons and school.
After college, Tara lived for 10 years in an ashram, went on to obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology, and then to complete a 5-year Buddhist teacher training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In her free time, she enjoys taking long hikes along the Potomac River with her dog.View Bio Page
Recognize and release the fears, judgments, and limiting beliefs that prevent you from living and loving fully
Begin or enrich your meditation practice
Open your heart, connect to your inner wisdom, and feel relaxed
New skills for health professionals to support and empower their clients and patients.
Things to Know/Schedule
Friday, August 25th:
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Practice – establishing intention, quieting mind, sensory awareness.
Small group discussion; large group discussion.
Increasing numbers of people are turning to Buddhist awareness practices because they are relevant and accessible for the western psyche. These meditation techniques directly cultivate our capacity to understand and accept ourselves. From a clinical perspective, because Buddhist meditation techniques develop the ability to be present and aware, they naturally support a range of humanistic, experiential, cognitive and behavioral therapeutic processes. Importantly, they offer clients a tool that they can use independently; a tool that offers unlimited possibilities for personal and spiritual growth. Finally, shame, fear and self-hatred lead to violence. In a world that is increasingly violent, it is crucial that we become familiar with practices that help us “stop the war” in our own hearts.
Saturday, August 26th:
9:00 AM -12:00 PM:
Didactic: Understanding the cause of emotional suffering from the perspective of Buddhist Psychology:
Four Noble Truths
Western psychology- attraction, aversion
Preponderance of shame in western culture
The role of meditation in emotional and spiritual transformation
Present centered non-judgmental attention
Develop resource states (love, relaxation, peace, etc.)
Counter dissociation – cultivate sensory based attention
Current research- efficacy of mindfulness and therapeutic healing
Practice – Guided exercise in embodied presence. Sharing, questions.
Basic principles and components of Buddhist mindfulness meditation:
Role of concentration
Objects of concentration (audio, kinesthetic, visual)
–differential uses of objects
Working definition of mindfulness
Relationship between concentration and mindfulness
Four foundations of mindfulness
Practice- embodied awareness, body scan, mental noting; releasing the story; acceptance- “yes”
Transforming Shame and Fear/Understanding How These Emotions Proliferate
Genesis of fear: existential, evolutionary, cultural perspectives; biological and
Introduce RAIN- recognizing, allowing, investigating, non-identification
Comprehensive case review
Practice – RAIN for self-compassion; individual, dyads
Discussion, question, answer
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch/Free Time
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM:
Moving from cognitions to felt sense
Practice – dyads – recognizing present centered sensory experience
Cultivating a Forgiving Heart
The function of blame and resentment as ego defense
Research on forgiveness
The process of forgiving – recognizing stories, contacting vulnerability
Need for clinical support
Sequence of attentional strategies
Practice – classical forgiveness practice
Discussion, question, answer
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Dinner/Free Time
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM:
Exploring how the practices of mindfulness and compassion can heal intra-psychic as well as interpersonal conflicts
Widening circles of compassion
Practice – Compassion Meditations
Review practice, discussion, question and answer
Sunday, August 27th:
9: 00 AM – 12:00 PM:
The fruition of unconditional presence: releasing the stories of a small, deficient Self; and realizing and trusting our deepest nature
Integration into daily life
Recognizing our essential goodness
Looking into awareness- power of self-inquiry
Continued practice and training
Practice – Establishing intention, review all components
Discussion, question and answer, closing
Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses. All levels.
This course has been approved for 12 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply, click HERE.
Cancellations and Refunds
If You Cancel
- If you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee).
- If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day prior to your arrival date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee) will be held for one year from the date of issue.
- No credit or refund is available if you cancel on your arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
- No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
If 1440 Multiversity Cancels
On rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, 1440 Multiversity may need to cancel a program. Should this circumstance arise, you will receive a full refund.
For questions or concerns, please email [email protected], Programming Department.
Special Interest To
Health-care professionals will expand their skills and experience in being able to offer compassionate, natural, and effective tools to support clients’ overall well-being.
About 1440 Multiversity
Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.
You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.
At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.
Per-person per-night rates include:
- nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
- daily meditation and yoga classes
- non-ticketed evening events
- use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.
Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.