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The Factors of Awakening: A Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

Residential Program
Dates: Jun 30, 2016 - Jul 04, 2016
Days: Thursday - Monday
Number of Nights: 4 nights

Instructor(s): Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan

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Course Description:

Although essential for practice, mindfulness is not the only mental factor to be cultivated. The seven factors of awakening are mental qualities to be developed and used to counteract mental states that cause suffering. These factors regulate and stabilize mindfulness. As they are engaged, practice comes alive in a more wholehearted way. During our time together, didactic modules, group discussions, and mindful communication exercises will be offered. Apart from this, silence is observed, including during meal times to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience. Mornings and evenings will be devoted to guided sitting and walking meditation. Sunday is a full day of mindfulness practice (with instruction) and an opportunity for individual meetings. 

    About the Instructor(s):
  • Bill Morgan, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has participated in many intensive retreats in meditation practice over the past 40 years and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Together with Susan Morgan, he has been leading mindfulness retreats for 15 years.

  • Susan Morgan, CNS, is a psychotherapist in Cambridge, MA. She is a board and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Susan has a longstanding meditation practice and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge. She has been leading retreats, primarily for caregivers, for the last 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching.