The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

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Teachers:

With Bill Morgan, Psy.D., Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS and  Ronald Siegel, Psy.D.

Dates:

August 8-15, 2015

Description:

We are pleased to offer the seventh annual mindfulness retreat for mental health professionals at Vallecitos. This retreat is limited to 30 participants.

Many in our field have been studying mindfulness and its clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their meditation practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out of everyday life and into a retreat environment, the subtle habit patterns of heart and mind are more easily accessed, and mindfulness can begin to deepen.

This week we will study and practice a core training element of Buddhist psychology, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness–body, feeling tones, mind and mental qualities. Applied mindfulness and compassion exercises relevant to each domain will be explored and practiced.

This yearly course provides a container in which to explore these practices with colleagues. The teaching is experience-near, focusing on the development of mindfulness practice and its relevance in our work with others, particularly in the delivery of accurate empathy and therapeutic presence. There will be daily mindfulness meditation instruction and three to four hours of meditation each day, study modules most afternoons in combination with dyadic or small group discussion, and individual meetings with teachers. The rest of the time we will observe silence, including during meals, to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience.

This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in an exquisite natural environment and work closely with leaders in the growing field of clinical mindfulness meditation and compassion. Every effort will be made by the teachers and staff to give each participant a delightful, educational, retreat experience, so that you can return home with renewed enthusiasm for clinical work and for cultivating mindfulness and compassion in daily life.

20 Continuing Education units are available to psychologists, social workers and mental health counselors.

This retreat is sponsored by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. For more information on CE units, please visit their website. 

Registration and Cost:

The early-bird cost of this retreat is $680 if you submit your registration and full payment before December 31, 2014. The cost of the retreat for registrations received after December 31, 2014 is $800.  The fee includes all meals, accommodation and CE credits. 

The Tradition of Dana: Mindfulness and related teachings have traditionally been sustained by the 2,600 year-old tradition of dana, which literally means “generosity.” We follow this tradition by inviting participants to offer donations to the retreat leaders, who otherwise receive minimal compensation at the end of the course.

Shuttle service is available for this retreat to and from the Albuquerque Sunport and Hotel Santa Fe in downtown Santa Fe. If you plan to take the shuttle from the Albuquerque airport, you will need to schedule your arriving flight no later than 1:30 PM. On the day your retreat ends, the return shuttle will bring you back to the Albuquerque airport in time to catch a flight leaving at 2:00 pm or later. For more information about the shuttle, visit our Location and Getting Here page.

Arrival and Schedule: Drivers are requested to arrive and check-in between 3:00-4:00 pm on the first day of the retreat.  Please do not arrive later than 4:00 pm.

Drivers will check in, get settled in their housing, and park their vehicles before the arrival of the shuttle from the Albuquerque airport. The shuttle will arrive at the ranch between 5:30 – 6:00 pm.

The retreat will end at 8:30 am on the last day of the retreat.

Cancellations. Late cancellations are costly and mean that others cannot attend the retreat.  If you cancel 45 or more days prior to your retreat we charge a $50 administrative fee.  If you cancel less than 45 days before the retreat, you will be responsible for half of your retreat fees. All refund requests must be faxed to the Registrar at 575-751-4038. If you withdraw less than 10 business days before the start of your retreat, you will not receive a refund or transfer option.

Transfers. To transfer from one retreat to another, you must notify Vallecitos at least 10 business days before the original retreat. There is a $50 fee per transfer, and no more than two transfers will be accepted. Prior to the start of the retreat, you may designate another person to attend in your place; there is no fee for this.

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About the Teachers:

The teachers are board members of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a non-profit organization in Boston, which offers seminars, courses, retreats and a certificate program for mental health professionals. They are contributing authors to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, a best selling text in its second edition.

Bill Morgan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing meditation for over 35 years in both the Zen and vipassana traditions. He has participated in more than 6 years of silent retreats, and once lived in a Trappist monastery for 6 months. He has a private practice in two Boston locations.

Susan Morgan, CNS is a psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. She consults with therapists who are interested in deepening therapeutic presence. Susan has recently completed a 4-year silent mindfulness meditation retreat along with her partner, Bill. She has co-led retreats for psychotherapists with Bill for the past 15 years. Lovingkindness and body awareness practices are integral to her mindfulness teaching.

Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation who teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind/body treatment while maintaining a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, coeditor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, and coauthor of a new guide for clinicians, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.