Want to deepen your mindfulness practice or just get a taste of the mindfulness retreat experience? On the 2nd Saturday of each month MAM offers half day, silent, teacher-led mindfulness retreats in the Peace Pod. Each retreat consists of periods of mindful movement alternating with periods of stillness practice. Pre-registration is required so we can plan accordingly. $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Check our calendar for upcoming mini retreats.

Coming to Kansas City May 3-5, 2019

with Michelle Becker, LMFT and Dr. Pittman McGehee
Sponsored by Self-Compassion KC and lovingly facilitated by MAM

As important as our relationships are, they are not always easy! Compassion for Couples (CfC) is a program designed to help us meet ourselves and our partner with greater awareness and compassion. Utilizing the skills of mindfulness and compassion, this program teaches how to build a strong and healthy foundation for relationships, and provides skills to help navigate the difficulties that arise within us and between us.

This program is designed for:

Committed couples of all types who wish to deepen their compassion practice in service of strengthening a healthy relationship that supports partners in actualizing their dreams. It is not designed to be couples therapy, although compassion skills can be therapeutic.

CompassionForCouplesPartners attend together and will learn to:
  • Gain a greater understanding of yourself, your partner, and shared relational patterns
  • Be more present with each other
  • Identify shared values
  • Build a base of warmth, security and connection.
  • Communicate with kindness and compassion
  • Comfort yourself and your partner
  • Skillfully relate to your partner in times of difficulty

Michelle Becker, LMFT and Pittman McGehee, PhD lead this 3-day workshop at the serene Unity Village campus near Lee’s Summit, MO. Couples are encouraged to stay at the recently renovated hotel onsite to allow a true retreat experience as they explore compassion together. The Unity Village campus is a hidden oasis amidst the bustle of the city and is conveniently located just east of Kansas City and within close driving distance a variety of shops and restaurants.

CfC builds on the skills developed in the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and moves deeper into compassion between partners. While prior experience with MSC is helpful, it is not required.

Because this program builds on a foundation of self-compassion, it is helpful if both partners to familiarize themselves with Mindful Self-Compassion in advance. Helpful texts include Chris Germer’s The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and Kristin Neff’s Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. It is helpful, but not required, if one or both of you completes the Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week course.

Meet the teachers:

Michelle Becker, LMFT

Michelle Becker, LMFT, is developer of the Compassion for Couples program and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Diego. Additionally, she is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs and a senior teacher trainer, mentor, and co-founder of the teacher-training program in Mindful Self-Compassion. She teaches and speaks on the topics of compassion for self and others nationally and internationally. For more information on Michelle’s teaching and schedule please visit her website,

Pittman McGehee, Ph.D.

Pittman McGehee, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, Texas. Pittman received his doctorate from The University of Texas, Austin where he researched self-compassion and mindfulness with Dr. Kristin Neff. He has worked as a psychologist with individuals of all ages and trained in many different environments. Dr. McGehee is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and is currently adjunct faculty at Seton Cove Spirituality Center in Austin, Texas. To learn more about Dr. McGehee, visit his website.

Compassion for Couples
Tuition and Fees (includes lunch Saturday and Sunday) – click to purchase
Non-Member Early Bird Registration before Mar. 2, 2019 $875 per couple
Standard Registration Mar. 2- Apr. 3, 2019 $975 per couple
MAM Early Bird Registration before Mar. 2, 2019 $775 per couple
Onsite Lodging (optional, but encouraged)
Room at Unity Village Conference Center includes:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Daily pass to fitness center
  • Access to nature trails, labyrinth, and multiple meditation/chapel areas.
$119 per night + taxes and fees
Lodging reservations must be made by April 3, 2019 12:00 a.m. directly through Unity Village Hotel online or by calling 1-866-348-6489 or 816-251-3540.
No refunds can be provided for cancellations after the registration deadline (April 3. 2019). In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled the organizers are responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee, but not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.