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Fri, Aug 06


Online Retreat - 4.5 days

Recovering from the Full Catastrophe: A Virtual Retreat to Reconnect with Ourselves

Hosted by Vallecitos Mountain Refuge

Recovering from the Full Catastrophe:  A Virtual Retreat to Reconnect with Ourselves
Recovering from the Full Catastrophe:  A Virtual Retreat to Reconnect with Ourselves

Time & Location

Aug 06, 2021, 7:00 PM EDT – Aug 10, 2021, 9:00 PM EDT

Online Retreat - 4.5 days

About The Event

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

Recovering from the Full Catastrophe:

An ONLINE Retreat to Reconnect with Ourselves

Practice Mindfulness at Home

August 6-10, 2021

with Bill Morgan PsyD, Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS, and Ron Siegel, Psy.D.

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Needless to say, this has been an extremely challenging year for many of us—from which we’re just beginning to recover. Although mindfulness offers much more than stress reduction, might some peace and tranquility be nice right now?

This intensive online retreat will offer calming and settling practices to soothe and heal our nervous systems. We’ll explore the stressors of this past year, making room to acknowledge and release some of the ragged, unmetabolized emotions that may have accumulated.

While an online retreat may sound like a strange idea, it can be a surprisingly powerful format, allowing not only for deep practice, but also cultivating gratitude and appreciation for the simple gifts of home.

You’ll learn tools to restore balance to your heart and mind using varied meditative postures, breathing practices, exploratory exercises, and both stillness and movement techniques designed to investigate challenging emotions and integrate difficult experiences.

We’ll discuss how to use these practices ourselves to be more present and responsive in our personal lives and clinical work, as well as how to share them with our clients to help them work creatively with the distress of the pandemic.

Let’s gather together and support one another as a community of spiritual friends. In addition to receiving mindfulness teachings, instruction, and guided meditations, this retreat will offer ample opportunities to participate in small group discussions and explore personal practice questions.

Please join us!

12 CEs will be offered for this retreat (see details below)

Retreat schedule (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

Friday: 7-9 pm

Saturday through Tuesday: 8:00-10:00am, 2:00-4:00pm, 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: Sliding Scale $65-900

Proceeds from this retreat will help support Vallecitos, which will be closed again this year. 

Registration details coming soon through Vallecitos website.

You will have the opportunity to offer teacher dana and this will be further discussed during the retreat

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Bill and Susan Morgan are able to offer continuing education credits through 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 of Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This course offers 20 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 20 clock hours. It is also applicable for MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR.

Social Workers: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886513225-2689) for 20 continuing education contact hours.

Nurses: This program carries 20 Contact Hours and meets the specifications of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing (244 CMR). Nurses of other states are welcome to contact their state boards for individual consideration.



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

  1. Describe the three core components of mindfulness practice.
  2. Identify the evolutionary roots and mechanisms of compassion toward self and other.
  3. Demonstrate an experiential understanding of mindfulness and compassion interventions through personal practice.
  4. Specify how a therapist can best choose which mindfulness exercises are most appropriate for different arousal states.
  5. Describe how to use mindful movement to release anxiety-related tension.
  6. Identify how mindfulness and compassion practices can enhance emotional regulation.
  7. Discuss ways to assist clients to integrate mindfulness practice in their lives, especially during uncertain times.
  8. Describe the use of mindfulness and compassion practices to support parasympathetic activation and calm sympathetic activation.
  9. Specify contraindications for various mindfulness and compassion practices.

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