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Thu, Oct 07


Copper Beech Institute

October 7 - 11, 2021 :: Resilience in the New Normal: A Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

With Bill Morgan, PsyD, Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS

October 7 - 11, 2021 :: Resilience in the New Normal:  A  Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals
October 7 - 11, 2021 :: Resilience in the New Normal:  A  Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

Time & Location

Oct 07, 2021, 5:00 PM – Oct 11, 2021, 1:00 PM

Copper Beech Institute, 303 Tunxis Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107, USA

About The Event

NOTES for 2022... No CEs. For $[210] balance due, do not use Wix registration due to new folks inadvertantly using that option. Instead use B&S dana link. Check Copper Beech folder in TFY email. B&S wrote pre-retreat letter which we sent as PDF with email. Post retreat letter - sent within an email. Check for updates then copy/paste/edit.

  “Grief and resilience live together.”  ~  Michelle Obama, Becoming

     “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”  ~ Helen Keller


Registration is closed. You can email Janine to be put on the waiting list: 

Finally, we are still adjusting to a new normal. We ask that you be vaccinated; masks optional!

We make this request so that each of us may feel safe and considered. Thank you for your cooperation.

This retreat is open to mental health professionals who have worked with us previously.

If you have a question about this, please contact Bill or Susan directly:

         Bill Morgan <>

         Susan Morgan <>


The Buddha said that this human realm was a samsaric one, complete with 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows, and, here we are in the middle of it.  He also offered us practices to meet the unpredictable moment just as it is. And these days science has corroborated Buddha’s findings and discovered that mindfulness practices increase resilience, stability and adaptability in this ever-changing world.

This year our resilience has been challenged on every front--mental, emotional, social and physical. As the recovery continues, we need to strengthen our capacity to withstand whatever storms may come.

Finally we can gather, again, IN PERSON, and safely remember back into connection, and use this connection as a resource for the heart, for uplift and support. How do we find our sea legs in the middle of a storm?!!! How do we continue to meet the unpredictable now with some sense of stability?

During our time together we will consider and meditate upon the five pillars of resilience:

self awareness, mindfulness, self care, positive relationships & intention.

Let’s thaw our hearts out and warm them up together, soften the tension, quiet some of the noise, and remember back into our beingness, both alone and together. Let’s feed our hearts the good food of the Dharma, be nourished by good company, recover, re-stabilize, and explore ways of strengthening the container and our capacity to hold presence in the face of adversity.

Throughout this retreat we’ll offer teaching and opportunities for the sangha to engage in restorative mindfulness communication.


12 CEs available for those attending this program at no additional fee. (Scroll down for CE details below)


  • The registration fee for the entire course is $510 which is includes private room with shared hall bath, all meals and access to the lovely facility and grounds.
  • Teachings are offered on a dana basis (Bill and Susan will discuss more at the retreat).
  • The meals are lovingly prepared comfort foods to feed the body and spirit, while satisfying the palate. This includes vegetarian and vegan selections at every meal, and gluten free options as often as possible.
  • The first installment of $300 holds your space; the second installment of $210 is due by August 1st. After August 1st, you must pay in full.
  • Scholarship information below.

For questions about the registration process, contact Bill and Susan's Dharma Assistant, Janine: 

Scholarship assistance is available for this retreat. To apply, please send both Bill & Susan, and, the following information:


Postal Address:


Name of Retreat & Dates:

Help us to understand your need for a scholarship at this time?

The DEADLINE for applying is two months prior to the start of the retreat.


  • Your fee will be refunded, minus $75, if we are notified before August 1, 2021.
  • Your fee will be refunded, minus $150, if we are notified between August 1st and September 1st.
  • After September 1st, $250 will be refunded.

Cancellation situations arising around COVID will be handled on a case by case basis.


  • Plan to arrive Thursday between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.
  • Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm on Thursday.
  • The retreat ends with lunch at 12 noon on Monday.
  • Please try to stay for lunch on Monday!

CE Learning objectives: 

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1. List the five core skills of resilience - self awareness, mindfulness, self care, positive relationships &

purpose - and how to use them with clients dealing with anxiety and stress in a clinical setting.

2. Identify how mindful self-compassion can support resilience and the tools that can be provided to


3. Specify how a therapist can best choose which mindfulness exercises are most appropriate for

different presentations of post-pandemic stress.

4. Describe how to use mindful movement to release anxiety-related tension with clients.

5. Identify how mindfulness and resilience practices can enhance emotional regulation and the tools

that can be used in a clinical setting.

6. Discuss ways to assist clients to integrate mindful resilience practice in their lives, especially during

uncertain times.

7. Describe the use of mindfulness and resilience practices to support parasympathetic activation and

calm sympathetic activation.

Bill and Susan Morgan offer continuing education credit through their affiliation with the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

Psychologists: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 12 hours of credit.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6048. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program is approved for 12 clock hours. It is also applicable for MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact Rene Fay <> for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Nurses: This program carries 12 contact hours and meets the specifications of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00).

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