Healing the Healer: A Mindfulness And Dialogue For Life (DfL) Workshop

Mindfulness is the practice of present moment awareness without judgment.

Dialogue is the practice of heartfelt, open and creative interaction.

Mindfulness-Dialogue (M-D) brings together the practices of Mindfulness and Dialogue in a way that enriches both and creates a powerful method for accessing richer connections and deeper meaning in our own personal lives and in all our interactions.

There is one reality which we call by many names that is the source of all life. Each of us (and every thing) is a manifestation of this reality, though we tend to identify with a much smaller self, that is, our individual ego. This identification with a smaller, isolated – ultimately untrue – self is the cause of anxiety, suffering, competition and violence in all its forms and structures. The peace, happiness, compassion and justice we all desire will come, therefore, only when we realize our true nature. This then is the real challenge of today: learning how to realize our true nature and re-make our world accordingly.

Retreat- this 1.5 day retreat is designed for healers, including but not limited to therapists, counselors, nurses, social workers, teachers, physicians, clergy, and social service staff. Diane and Danny will introduce you to the practices of Mindfulness and Dialogue for Life (DfL) that will enable you to use brief meditation practices and dialogue skills to enhance your ability to befriend yourself and improve your interactions with clients, patients, and co-workers.

With Mindfulness, you will learn to increase your ability to deal with stress by being more present, to more fully understand patterns of thought, and to allow appropriate space for emotions as they arise. With DfL you will learn to bring this expanded awareness to your interactions with others in order to enrich the exchanges and generate creative outcomes. Through dyadic and small group experiences and training’s you will learn how to integrate these skills into your life. The workshop will conclude with participants developing a plan for implementing a Mindfulness-Dialogue way of living.

The entire retreat will consist of an afternoon and evening session on Day One and a morning and afternoon session on Day Two. It will also include an individual coaching phone call follow up within three weeks of the training.

Learning goals:

  • Develop Stress Management
  • Develop Mindfulness Practices
  • Develop Dialogue Practices
  • Develop a Mindfulness-Dialogue practice

Dates & Time: Fri., June 14, at 3pm through Sat., June 15 at 3pm

Fee: $335 (all inclusive)

Presenters: Danny Martin, STL, PhD; and Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW

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About the Presenters:

Danny Martin, STL, PhD is the creator of Dialogue for Life and has more that 30 years of experience bringing DFL to public health departments, hospitals, substance use treatment centers, therapists, educators…more about Danny visit https://dannymartin.org/

Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW is a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Facilitator and Researcher. Her work in mindfulness and parenting is nationally recognized and she has published several papers on the effects of mindfulness. Diane is a Professor of Obstetrics, Genecology, and Pediatrics and the Director of Maternal Addiction Treatment, Education and Research Division (MATER) at Thomas Jefferson University. Her primary areas of expertise in research are with under-served populations and include health behavior change, implementation science, primary care practice change, evaluation and outcomes, behavioral epidemiology and drug dependence treatment.

 

Mindfulness Dialogue for Life

How can we deal with all the stress and negativity that we encounter these days and not let it overwhelm or depress us? How can we meet the inevitable struggles that are part of every life, at home and at work, and allow these struggles to be our teachers? Research has shown that we can indeed learn to work with the challenging aspects of life by training our minds to expand, through the practice of Mindfulness and Dialogue. Only a mind that is expanded will know how to live creatively in the face of life’s challenges, and relate with others in ways that promote justice and compassion.

There is one reality which we call by many names that is the source of all life. Each of us (and every thing) is a manifestation of this reality, though we tend to identify with a much smaller self, that is, our individual ego. This identification with a smaller, isolated – ultimately untrue – self is the cause of anxiety, suffering, competition and violence in all its forms and structures. The peace, happiness, compassion and justice we all desire will come, therefore, only when we realize our true nature. This then is the real challenge of today: learning how to realize our true nature and re-make our world accordingly.

Some of our leaders today are speaking of a civic spiritual evolution that goes beyond the present situation of simply tolerating each other to seeing ourselves and all others as manifestations of the one reality, and beyond fixing problems to transforming how we experience and relate with each other. We can promote this evolution by fostering awareness through Mindfulness-Dialogue.

Mindfulness is the practice of present moment awareness without judgment. Dialogue is the practice of heartfelt, open and creative interaction. Mindfulness-Dialogue (M-D) brings together the practices of Mindfulness and Dialogue in a way that enriches both and creates a powerful method for accessing richer connections and deeper meaning in our own personal lives and in all our interactions.

The Retreat

Join us for a 1.5-day retreat on Mindfulness and Dialogue for Life – Healing the Healer – that is designed for healers, including but not limited to therapists, counselors, nurses, social workers, teachers, physicians, clergy, and social service staff. Diane and Danny will introduce you to the practices of Mindfulness and Dialogue for Life (DfL) that will enable you to use brief meditation practices and dialogue skills to enhance your ability to befriend yourself and improve your interactions with clients, patients, and co-workers. Gentle yoga movements will complement this comprehensive approach.

With Mindfulness, you will learn to increase your ability to deal with stress by being more present, to more fully understand patterns of thought, and to allow appropriate space for emotions as they arise. With DfL you will learn to bring this expanded awareness to your interactions with others in order to enrich the exchanges and generate creative outcomes. Through dyadic and small group experiences and trainings you will learn how to integrate these skills into your life. The workshop will conclude with participants developing a plan for implementing a Mindfulness-Dialogue way of living.

The entire retreat will consist of an afternoon and evening session on Day One and a morning and afternoon session on Day Two. It will also include an individual coaching phone call follow up within three weeks of the training.

Learning goals:

  1. Develop Stress Management

Stress is understandable and therefore manageable. Using neuroscience examples – cortisol vs. adrenalin, limbic vs administrative, ANS and vagal nerve response, etc. – we will explore the benefits of mindfulness and DFL to reduce stress.

  1. Develop Mindfulness Practices:
  • Formal (sitting, journaling), integrated (walking, yoga/qigong/tai chi, breathing), informal (paying attention when washing dishes, or brushing your teeth, etc.)
  • Recognizing that mindfulness is familiar to us, something we do naturally
  1. Develop Dialogue Practices:
  • Introduction to the Dialogue method + skills for each part of the method
  1. Develop a Mindfulness-Dialogue practice
  • Form what we are calling a Heart Core within your system (organization, community, family) that will serve as both a support structure and a source of inspiration and creativity.

Dates & Time: Fri., Sept. 20, 3:00pm through Sat., Sept. 21 at 3:00pm

A Mindfulness And Dialogue for Life Workshops are Quarterly Events: June 14-15, Sept. 20-21 and December 6-7, 2019 (price is per weekend)

Fee: $335 (all inclusive)

Presenters: Danny Martin, STL, PhD and Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW

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About the Presenters:

Danny Martin, STL, PhD is the creator of Dialogue for Life and has more that 30 years of experience bringing DFL to public health departments, hospitals, substance use treatment centers, therapists, educators…more about Danny visit https://dannymartin.org/

Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW is a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Facilitator and Researcher. Her work in mindfulness and parenting is nationally recognized and she has published several papers on the effects of mindfulness. Diane is a Professor of Obstetrics, Genecology, and Pediatrics and the Director of Maternal Addiction Treatment, Education and Research Division (MATER) at Thomas Jefferson University. Her primary areas of expertise in research are with underserved populations and include health behavior change, implementation science, primary care practice change, evaluation and outcomes, behavioral epidemiology and drug dependence treatment.

 

Spiritual Book Discussion: Let Evening Come by Mary C. Morrison

Spiritual Book Discussion: Let Evening Come by Mary C. Morrison

Political Chaos Continues: Christ the Refugee

In today’s climate of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric, we remember that the Holy Family were refugees in search of safety from violence for the Christ child.

This Advent, let us meditate on the Christ child as refugee and apply this to our world today.

Date & Time: Sat., Dec. 8, from 10am to 3:30pm
Presenter: Don Bisson
Fee: $60 (includes lunch)

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About the Presenter:

Brother Don Bisson, FMS is, first and foremost, a spiritual director and is widely respected as a specialist in the training, formation and supervision of spiritual directors.

A Marist brother based in Esopus, New York, he has graduate degrees in liturgy, spirituality, and transpersonal psychology, and earned his Doctor of Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion specializing in Spiritual Direction and Jungian Psychology.  With more than 70 live audio recordings available, Brother Bisson is internationally recognized for his lectures, workshops, and retreats on the interrelationship of Christian spirituality and Jungian psychology.

His soulful humanity makes Don attractive to the hundreds of people who find their way to virtually everything he offers.  He is a man committed to “walking the talk.”  From this commitment comes a grounded wisdom and an authentic humility.  His gems of wisdom have been formed in the heat and pressure of the deep underground passage of his own healing journey in God.  Compassion for what it means to be human is the result, alongside clarity about the compelling call of the Spirit to “wake up” and participate consciously in God’s purposes in our world.  This waking up is not an achievement but a process that invites him–and us–into a transformation that is ongoing.

Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation

Please note: New Series Dates; Friday, Feb. 2 with Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.

Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.

Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.

Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation,  Friday, Feb. 2 (Rescheduled from Friday, Jan. 5)

Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.).  Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.

Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2

As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.

A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.

Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6

Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.

Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.

Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting Feb. 2, March 2, and April 6, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD

Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series

Please register and pay by Dec. 28

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About the Presenter:

Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation

Please note: New Series Date; Friday, Feb. 2 with Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.

Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.

Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.

Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation, Friday, Feb. 2

Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.).  Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.

Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2

As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.

A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.

Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6

Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.

Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.

Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting in February: Feb. 2, March 2, and April 6, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD

Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series

Please register and pay by Dec. 28

REGISTER NOW


About the Presenter:

Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation

Please note: New Schedule-Friday, Feb. 2 is Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.

Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.

Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.

Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation, Friday, Friday, Feb. 2

Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.).  Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.

Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2

As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.

A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.

Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6

Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.

Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.

Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting in February: Feb. 2, and March 2, and April 6, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD

Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series

Please register and pay by Dec. 28

REGISTER NOW


About the Presenter:

Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Jan. date canceled: Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation

Please note: The January session of this series, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5, has been canceled due to the snow storm.  The series will now begin on Friday, Feb. 2 with Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.

Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.

Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.

Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation, Friday, Jan. 5: rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 2

Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.).  Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.

Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2

As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.

A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.

Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6

Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.

Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.

Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting in January: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD

Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series

Please register and pay by Dec. 28

REGISTER NOW


About the Presenter:

Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Reflection/Discussion Series: From Where We Stand as Women

Join others in sharing your experience of Joan Chittister’s Essential Writings about justice, peace, feminist spirituality, our connection with nature, and the joy of life.

We will also share insights from her book Two Dogs and a Parrot. Books are available at Amazon.com. Each week we will engage in prayer, discussion, and light refreshments.

Time: Five Tuesdays over five months:  Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, and June 6, from 1-3 pm
Prayer/Discussion Leader:  Nancy Erts, OP
Fee: $15 per session; $70 for the full series of five sessions

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