Canceled: Resilience for Caregivers

This workshop is designed to help caregivers take care of themselves while caring for others. The natural stresses of day-to-day can become overwhelming, particularly when someone cared for is in the throes of experiencing a health, or emotional crisis.

Resilience Care is an approach to care giving that incorporates mindfulness practice, presence and awareness. In this series, you will discover the resilient impact that compassionate action has for both caregiver and for those who receive the benefit of that care. Neuroscience research has demonstrated the effectiveness of meditation and mindfulness-based techniques in person centered healing. This may include care for the caregiver as well as others in need of wellness. Mindfulness practices are explored and used, particularly by humanitarian aid workers and care teams in educational, medical and home based environments.

In this workshop, we will explore the history of healing from a research based, cultural and spiritual perspective. We will mindfully discuss adverse childhood experiences that impact on care-giving, and explore experiential contemplative strategies and methods to alleviate stress through:

  • Knowing What You Value
  • Embodying Presence
  • Cultivating Interdependent Awareness
  • Broadening Systemic Communication Modalities
  • Balancing Individual Capacity vs. Need

Who Should Attend

Professionals working in care environments, including doctors, nurses, counselors, educators, physician assistants, social workers, chaplains, volunteers and Aid workers. Family members who are directly responsible for the care of a loved one would benefit by these workshops as well.

Date & Time:We are no longer offering this program.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please visit our program calendar for a list of upcoming programs.

Presenter: Joy Baum, MSEd, PD

Fee: $60 (includes lunch)


About the Presenter:

Joy Baum MSEd, PD, brings her many years of experience in integrated contemplative education and counseling to members of the local and international community. She is senior leader of the Tergar Meditation Community in Garrison , NY, Clinical Professor of Education at Queens College; CUNY & Educational Co-Director & Consultant at Inhabit Retreats LLC. 

Canceled/Snow: Political Chaos Series Continues:The Gospels: Journey toward the Common Good

The Political Chaos Series continues with The Gospels: Journey Toward the Common Good.

The gospels draw us to go beyond my own personal needs and ask the question of the larger good of society. In an age of secular narcissism, how do we recapture the gospel mandate to the poor and marginalized in the gospel of justice? The day will have input, dialogue, and challenge to action.

Date & Time: Sat., March 2, from 10am to 3:30pm
Presenter: Don Bisson
Fee: $60 (includes lunch)



About the Presenter

Don Bisson, FMS, is a Marist Brother, known both nationally and internationally for his work as a retreat director and presenter in the area of spirituality and Jungian psychology. He has a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA.

Mindfulness and Empowerment Pulse Workshop

PULSE is a dynamic, easy-to-learn, effective technique that empowers you to consciously and mindfully create more of what you desire in your life. In this same process, you are guided how to release what has blocked up to now. The Re-Creation lens helps you become the amazing person you were born to be.   PULSE Empowerment can be used to create a life partner, better health, financial abundance, a new direction in your career or whatever you desire.

In this workshop, you will learn how to PULSE and have an opportunity to practice PULSEing.

You will leave this workshop feeling empowered and uplifted, knowing you have a tool you can use throughout your life to intentionally create in the present, what you desire in the future.

Please check out Janet Catalina’s website, to learn more about PULSE and to learn about others’ experiences using this technique.


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)


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.

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