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Working with Afflictive Mind States: For Mental Health Professionals
Dates: Apr 11, 2018 - Apr 15, 2018
Days: Wed - Sun (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan

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In our work both as caregivers and meditators, challenging mind states are part of the landscape. In Theravadin Buddhism these are known as the five hindrances. These universally experienced mind states occlude and obstruct clear seeing and ease of well-being. Often, however, our avoidant or aversive attitudes toward these emotional states create more tension and dis-ease in our practice. During this retreat we will turn toward what is difficult, and through reflection and guided meditation, we will learn to mindfully explore and more effectively relate to these difficult affective states. During our time together didactic modules, group discussions and mindful communication exercises will be offered. Outside of the meditation hall, silence is observed, including during meal times, in order to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience. Mornings and evenings are devoted to guided sitting and walking meditation. Participants will learn, both during formal meditation practice and in daily life, to recognize afflictive mind states when they arise; and to practice mindful and compassionate strategies for working with 1) restlessness, 2) sloth and torpor, 3) desire, 4) aversion, and 5) doubt.

Note: 12 CE units are available to social workers. Check back about CEU’s for psychologists.

  • 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.


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