Monthly Mini Mindfulness Retreats
Want to deepen your mindfulness practice or just get a taste of the mindfulness retreat experience? On the 2nd Saturday of each month (starting in September) 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.
Urban Refuge: The Foundations of Mindfulness
Diastole is the moment when the heart is at rest. Even the life-sustaining heart must pause to refuel itself between beats. Come rest and refuel your caring heart in this serene Kansas City oasis during a weekend of self-care, insight and skill-building to help you cultivate a mindfulness practice. Join us Saturday Oct. 6th at this beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright inspired, Asian themed oasis in the heart of the city for a day of rest, rejuvenation, skill building & practice. Then, on Sunday Oct. 7th, mindfulness professionals gather together for an intimate, half-day teachers’ retreat. Read more and register here
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.
Partners 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 MSC course (offered by Self Compassion KC in Kansas City).
Meet the teachers:
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, www.wisecompassion.com.
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)|
|Early Bird Registration||before Mar. 2, 2019||$875 per couple|
|Standard Registration||Mar. 2- Apr. 3, 2019||$975 per couple|
|MAM Discount||all dates||-$100 per couple|
|Onsite Lodging (optional, but encouraged)|
|Room at Unity Village Conference Center includes:
||$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.