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) with sloth and torpor, 3) with desire, 4) with aversion, and 5) with working with doubt. Note: 12 CEU's are available to psychologists and social workers.
This program is designed to meet the continuing education requirement for those whose state licensure boards require ethics credits for license renewal.However, we suggest that you check with your local licensing board to ensure this program meets their criteria.
12 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers have been approved for those who attend this program in full. We are not able to offer CEU's for Counselors (NBCC). Please note that we charge a $25 processing fee for CEUs. More information is available here.