Retreats

Going on retreat is an important practice in many spiritual paths. Leaving home takes us away from the distractions of our attachments and disrupts our habitual patterns, allowing us an opportunity to direct attention more exclusively to practice.

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Self Compassion for Couples
April 6-8, 2018

To relate, to love, to connect is to be human. Who among us does not need to be loved and belong? 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.

CfC builds on the skills developed in the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and moves deeper into compassion between partners. 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 are looking to deepen their compassion practice in service of strengthening a healthy relationship that supports partners in actualizing their dreams. It is not meant to replace couples therapy, although compassion skills can be therapeutic.

Michelle Becker, LMFT and Pittman McGehee, PhD lead this 3-day workshop at beautiful and serene Unity Village near Lee’s Summit, MO. Couples have the option to stay at the recently renovated hotel on site. Unity Village is conveniently located within a short driving distance from a variety of shops and restaurants.

Read more at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness


The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to leave behind one’s homeland,
Where our attachment to family and friends overwhelms us like a torrent,
While our aversion towards enemies rages inside us like a blazing fire,
And delusion’s darkness obscures what must be adopted and abandoned.
– Gyalse Tokme Zangpo, The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas

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