Mind & Heart

A Mindful Path To Wholehearted Living (For Personal Growth)

Workshop Quick Summary

Workshop: Mind & Heart

Category: Personal Growth

What: A workshop that explores how trauma, abuse, betrayal, disappointment, loss, and grief can leave us feeling stuck and then provides practical tools for establishing healthier ways of relating

Who: Anyone with a history of relying on addictive behaviors, perfectionism, people-pleasing, avoidance, or anger to get through difficult times but are ready to move beyond those unhealthy coping methods

Cost: $3,450 (includes meals, evening activities, Brain Center and gym access)

Lodging: Reserve single or shared on-site rooms

 

All About This Workshop

Life is challenging — there’s no way around that one. Many of us have encountered difficult situations as children and as adults: trauma, abuse, neglect, break-ups, betrayal, disappointment, failures, illness, loss, and grief. And yet, we humans are resilient creatures — we generally find ways to survive. However, surviving isn’t the same as thriving! Indeed, many times the very adaptations that helped us to survive get in the way of really living life wholeheartedly.

For example, addictive behaviors may have numbed the pain at one time, but now that addiction has become a ball-and-chain. Perfectionism and people-pleasing once helped us to avoid disapproval, but now our true sense of self is crumbling under the weight of others’ expectations. Avoidance and anger may have been employed to keep potentially unsafe people at a distance, but now we are drowning in our loneliness. In other words, the methods of getting through difficult times in the past are now keeping us stuck — disconnected from the beauty of our present life.

Frequently, these self-limiting patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving are most apparent (and most problematic) in our close relationships. Utilizing attachment theory as a guide, we can discover how these patterns were set up in our relationships with family and romantic partners. Gaining clarity about our patterns of attachment avoidance (i.e., love avoidance) and attachment preoccupation (i.e., love addiction) empowers us to let go of old survival mechanisms that are no longer serving their purpose and establish healthier ways of relating to ourselves and others.

While it is true that we can’t change the past, we can change our perception of it and our relationship to it, and that can change everything! The Mind & Heart workshop is designed to help in this process of growth and genuine change. Mindfulness, a contemplative practice and state of being that allows us to be more present with the life that is here, can facilitate increased awareness of our unique survival patterns that are now limiting our growth. Coupling mindfulness with greater compassion and acceptance for self and others can enable us to take meaningful and sustainable steps toward lasting change. Mindfulness (Mind) and compassion (Heart) are powerful tools for transforming the pain of the past by learning to wholeheartedly accept ourselves, as we are, in the present moment.

Cost: $3,450, which includes

  • meals
  • evening activities (yoga, tai chi, auricular acupuncture, live music)
  • 12-Step meeting
  • Brain Center access
  • gym access

Dr. Jon Caldwell

Chief Medical Officer, Meadows Behavioral Healthcare

Psychiatrist, researcher, teacher, and workshop designer Dr. Jon Caldwell will personally facilitate this workshop, which is a scientifically researched intervention that entails a mixture of highly informative material and experiential exercises using mindfulness and compassion. Because these ancient practices will be applied in unique ways to heal past wounds, people of various skill levels with mindfulness can benefit from the workshop. Also, the practice of mindfulness and compassion does not need to interfere with workshop participants’ spiritual beliefs, but it can serve to deepen existing belief systems. All that is needed is a curious mind, a willing heart, and an intention to heal!

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Lodging and Transportation

Lodging is available at the Rio Retreat Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are simply appointed and designed to be conducive to the process of healing and recovery. We offer both shared and private rooms. For those staying on campus, transportation will be available from and to the Phoenix airport with two convenient pickup times. Details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the sign-up process.

Those who do not stay at the Rio Retreat Center will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging in the Wickenburg area. A list of lodging and transportation options will be sent with your workshop confirmation email.

The Fine Print

Workshop groups run Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 am to 4 pm. The schedule is somewhat flexible to accommodate the size of the group and the group process. Evening programming is provided after dinner. The Rio Retreat Center campus is strictly alcohol-and drug-free, and we have a dress code, cell phone, and smoking policy.

For more details about this workshop and to register, please contact us to speak to a Workshop Coordinator.

Schedule

Mind & Heart (Personal Growth)

May 10 - 14, 2021

Oct 11 - 15, 2021