Living with an Open Heart and a Strong Back
A Unique Mindfulness Program just for Women,with an emphasis on “Strong Compassion !
Wise Compassion is an organization created by Michelle Becker- senior Mindful -Self Compasssion teacher/teacher trainer and creator of Compassion for Couples. She is also trained by Brenee Brown and certified in Compassion Cultivation Training. Wise Compassion Supports anyone interested in deepening and opening their practice, and their lives while cultivating inner strength and wisdom.
Living with an Open Heart and a Strong Back
April 8th - 12th 2019
4:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Led by Beth Mulligan , Michelle Becker and Jennifer Berezan
Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275
This retreat is 4 days of mindfulness, music and compassion training at the beautiful Mary and Joseph Retreat Center, on the coast of Southern California. They have eight acres of stunning gardens in the service of their mission to provide serenity and natural beauty to facilitate personal growth and transformation. Convene with other women in this retreat style workshop to learn skills to keep our hearts open and our selves strong, from senior teachers and a world renowned musician.
For many of us, there are times when we find ourselves missing in our own lives — often doing what we love, being of service to others — but somehow having lost our own authentic inner connection. If you feel it’s time to reconnect to YOU, come and explore your authentic, wild and strong self, in the company of other women doing the same! Rediscover the fierce compassion that enables clear boundaries and keeps us from feeling overwhelmed and lost in our lives. Feel the common humanity of other women working alongside you. You’ll come away with exercises and practices to utilize in your daily lives and relationships. We really can learn to live openly without losing ourselves!
This retreat is 4 days of mindfulness, music and compassion training at the beautiful Mary and Joseph Retreat Center, on the coast of Southern California. They have eight acres of stunning gardens in the service of their mission to provide serenity and natural beauty to facilitate personal growth and transformation.
We will gather together to devote time for ourselves to practice Mindfulness and Compassion meditation, nourish ourselves with Mindful Movement based in Yoga and Qigong (and great food) and join the amazing Jennifer Berezan in chanting and song. She is a master at helping us find our voices and open our hearts in community.
With decades of experience, Michelle Becker, Beth Mulligan, and Jennifer Berezan, have co created an experience, utilizing exercises based in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion, (MSC) as well as their own wisdom. Come join us! What to expect:
We’ll begin each day with a movement practice before breakfast. The rest of day will include periods of both sitting and walking meditation, self compassion exercises (with a fierce flavor), and music making. There will be some periods of silence and time for talking to build connection to explore our common humanity.
We will begin early evening on Monday, April 8th and close after lunch on Friday, April 12th. Total cost for tuition, all meals and room per person is $1195 for a private room, and $950 for a shared room. A $100 “early bird” discount is available for registrations before February 8th, 2019.
Beth Mulligan, PA-C is a certified MBSR teacher, teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. She currently teaches at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UCI and Insight LA. Beth teaches the 10-week and nine-day practicum for teachers in training nationally and internationally. Beth is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and does international training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant having graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University and has practiced medicine for over thirty years. She is a long time student of Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center where she has lived in residence. Beth is the Guiding Dharma teacher at Insight Community of the Desert and is a certified yoga instructor.
Beth is the Author of The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness, New Harbinger Publications
Michelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, CA. She has been practicing psychotherapy for over twenty years now. For over ten years she has worked in a private practice setting. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples families and groups. In addition, She is a teacher trainer for Mindful Self-Compassion and co-founder, along with Drs. Germer, Neff and Hickman, of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training.
Specializing in mindfulness and compassion based approaches, She is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF) and Certified Teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training developed by CCARE at Stanford University. She enjoys helping people find a meaningful and satisfying way of life.
is a unique blend of singer/songwriter, producer, and activist. Over the course of ten albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, and other justice movements as well as an interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing. Her intense and personal approach to music as a transforming experience has brought her strong rapport with audiences from small clubs to large festivals throughout North America and Europe. Her ground breaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music and healing and she is an acclaimed producer of large scale multi-cultural ecstatic musical events. She teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in the department of Philosophy and Religion. Her on-going class (since 1997) is entitled “the Healing Ecstasy of Sound” and explores music as a spiritual practice from a wide range of cross cultural, traditional and contemporary perspectives. Visit her official website edgeofwonder.com to learn more.