Join Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, Kristy Arbon and Dharma Teacher, Jon Dilley for a weekend workshop and half day retreat as they help us explore the Buddhist roots of mindfulness and how the teachings and practices relate to modern-day, secular approaches to finding freedom from suffering. This retreat is suitable for anyone interested in mindfulness and its ancient history.
Dates: July 7th & 8th, 2018
Location: Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO
Saturday: Workshop (Classroom C)
8:30 – 9 Welcome, Orientation, & Introduction
9-10:30 The What, Why & How of Mindfulness
10:30 -12 Mindfulness & the Four Noble Truths
12-2 Lunch on your own
2-3:30 Emergent Wisdom: Practicing Mindfulness Outside an Established Tradition
3:30 – 5 Buddha Nature: Our Natural Freedom
Sunday: Silent Half Day Teacher Led Retreat (Classroom E)
9-10 Mindfulness of the Body
10-11 Mindfulness of the Skandhas
11-12 Mindfulness of the Senses
12-1 Mindfulness of the Mind
Registration & Fees:
Full Retreat – register for both days before the early bird deadline June 9th for one discounted price:
Saturday Workshop Only:
Sunday Teacher Led Half Day Silent Retreat Only:
Kristy Arbon is founder and CEO of HeartWorks Training LLC, supporting people in their practice of self-compassion, mindfulness, somatic awareness, shame resilience and tapping into emergent self-wisdom. Her work has deep roots in Mindful Self-Compassion, Internal Family Systems, Sensory Modulation, Brene Brown’s shame resilience model, Buddhist philosophy and exploration of archetypes. Kristy is a qualified social worker, a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, a qualified fitness instructor and she has completed Internal Family Systems Level 1 training. She is the developer of the Somatic Self-Compassion curriculum and she adapted the Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum for the online environment. She is passionate about supporting people in taking care of themselves and learning about old patterns of being that no longer serve them so that they can go out into the world and courageously do the important work they are called for. Kristy was born in Australia and has lived in the US for the last 10 years with her sweet American husband. She currently lives in St Louis, teaching in the US, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and online.
Jon Dilley (Ngakpa Orgyen Drime Ozer) is a Dharma teacher and Vice President of Younge Drodul Ling, a non-sectarian, non-political Buddhist church with foundations in traditional Tibetan Buddhism that includes all lineages. Jon’s interest in Buddhism started in college, and he began studying earnestly 2000, attending classes at the Rimé Buddhist Center here in Kansas City where he eventually facilitated their foundational education program and served on the Board of Directors. His more formal Buddhist education includes several Shedra (or Buddhist University) courses, to fulfill his teacher’s request to teach the Dharma more extensively. Jon has received diverse teachings in the Kagyu, Geluk & Nyingma Tibetan traditions as well as Zen and Theravada philosophy and meditation techniques. He attends annual retreats in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Jon is a native of Kansas City, but he recently relocated to Cleveland, Ohio where he is building a regional Sangha and teaches classes for all levels of students. His continued mission is to inspire practitioners to not only learn about the Buddhadharma but to make the practices their own and embrace the compassionate “Dharma way of thinking.”
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. View the itinerary here.
Certified MBSR Teacher Janet Solyntjes, MA is co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living in Boulder, CO. She has been a practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977 and completed her professional training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in 2002. Janet is on the faculty of the Center for Mindfulness and has taught extensively as an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University. She leads meditation and yoga retreats in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and is a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition.
The Workshop -Saturday, Oct. 6 2018 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at Diastole Scholar’s Center on Hospital Hill
Together we will explore the foundations of mindfulness, learning about its elements, attitudes, and practices. Bring your own lunch or experience one of the many eclectic, urban restaurants nearby. Walk the gardens or practice guided mindful movement and meditation between sessions. 6 CEs are available to KS & MO mental health professionals. Fees (no refunds will be issued after the early bird deadline 9/6/2018):
The Teacher’s Retreat – Sunday Oct. 7, 2018 from 9 am – 1 pm at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness in Leawood, KS.
Surrender yourself to a cozy and intimate half-day retreat for mindfulness teachers. We will learn to gain access to our authentic voices and cultivate skills to master the art of inquiry. Limited to 12 registrants. 4 CEs are available for KS & MO mental health professionals. Fees:
Outstanding Value – register for both days before the early bird deadline Thursday, September 6th for one deeply discounted price (limited spots available):
The workshop is suitable for anyone interested in mindfulness and its foundations and the teachers’ retreat is designed for service providers whose work involves the teaching of mindfulness skills and concepts. Up to 10 CEs are available for KS & MO mental health professionals.
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.