Oct 3 – Oct 5, 2013 Fri 7:00 PM – Sat 1:00 PM $420.00
Mindfulness is being present to our body, thoughts and emotions in a friendly and non-judgmental way. The capacity of being mindful is universal and simply a part of being human. Mindfulness practices are ways to enhance this capacity and lead to awareness, to waking up to our life and our relationships.
In recent years, psychological research has discovered the benefits of mindfulness based practices to reduce stress and to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and recognized the ancient truth that the mind can be trained.
This retreat will explore practices like sitting and walking meditation, and mindful listening and communication.
The retreat is open to all who want to learn to be more present to their lives. For professionals, this can be a step to eventually using mindfulness practices with their clients.
Program Cost:$420 ($265 tuition+$155 meals/accommodations)
Local Price: $325 (program cost without overnight, without breakfast)
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program
Joan McDonald is a registered social worker (RSW), TRE trainer and experienced counselor and consultant. Joan has completed a five year professional training program in Bioenergetic Analysis and is a trainee with the Atlantic Canada Society for Bioenergetic Analysis and the International Bioenergetic Society. Joan teaches Tension/Trauma Releases Exercises (TRE) and is one of two TRE trainers in Canada. She recently accompanied Dr. David Berceli, founder of TRE, offering TRE in Japan with Tsunami survivors, South Africa and in Asia. She lives part time in Thailand and the other part of the year on Prince Edward Island.
Joan has been an educator for twenty five years. Today Joan is a highly respected consultant working in health and human service organizations where employees are experiencing a high degree of stress, dysfunction and trauma. She combines her deep understanding of the body / mind connection with her intuitive inter-personal skills and knowledge of adult learning principles to create powerful learning and growth experiences.
People Joan has coached or facilitated say they feel liberated by her approach that is grounded in a deep regard and respect for everyone’s capacity to grow and evolve. She has an unique ability to design and deliver interactive and explorative programs that create profound change in individuals and organizations.
Camille Dumond, Program Resource Group (PRG) facilitator, works as an adult educator, facilitator and as a registered Counselling Therapist candidate. She is committed to group work that invites healing and accountability. Camille helped develop the Transforming the Trauma of Racism program, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Youth Retreat and Women in Recovery from Addiction retreats at the Tatamagouche Centre. Drawing on the traditions of popular education, Camille brings creativity, fun, depth, a critical analysis and attention to relationships in all of her work with groups.