As important as our relationships are, they are not always easy! Compassion for Couples (CfC) is a program designed to help us meet ourselves and our partner with greater awareness and compassion. CfC builds on the skills developed in the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and moves deeper into compassion between partners. Utilizing the skills of mindfulness and compassion, this program teaches how to build a strong and healthy foundation for relationships, and provides skills to help navigate the difficulties that arise within us and between us. While prior experience with MSC is helpful, it is not required.
Venue and Schedule
This workshop is being held at the romantic Creekstone Inn in the quaint mountain village of Idyllwild. An easy drive from Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs, Idyllwild is a peaceful retreat from urban life. Please see the Creekstone Inn website for details about Creekstone Inn, and the Idyllwild website for information about the Idyllwild community and surrounding area.
The Compassion for Couples workshop retreat begins after dinner at 7:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019 and ends at 12:00 pm on Sunday, January 13.
Approximate Course Times:
Friday: 7:00-9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
This retreat intentionally allows plenty of free time. You and your partner are encouraged to explore Idyllwild, savor a romantic dinner, take a mountain hike or just enjoy quiet togetherness watching the wildlife play or stargazing.
This workshop will have 10-12 couples (20-24 participants).
Registration fees include tuition, 2 nights lodging, Saturday lunch, Sunday breakfast and all workshop snacks. (For other meals, please enjoy the dining offerings of Idyllwild, or create your own meals at the gourmet kitchen or BBQ at Creekstone Inn.)
The workshop tuition fees are $395 per person (please register together as partners).
Accommodation choices at Creekstone Inn are cozy, charming and unique. As prices and selections vary, please click on this link to review the choices before registering. Please note that room selections will be first come, first serve.
Please note that Creekstone Inn has accommodations for 9 couples. If more than 9 couples register for the workshop, they will be housed in Silver Pines Lodge, which is the sister lodge to Creekstone. Link to Silver Pines Lodge
$200 Non-Refundable cancellation fee for tuition applicable at any time.
Your tuition payment (less the $200 non-refundable cancellation fee) will be refunded if we are notified by December 10, 2018 that you need to cancel your registration.
No refunds are available after December 10, 2018, except on compassionate grounds.
In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, CMSC is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for travel, transportation or any miscellaneous expenses.
Christopher Germer is a co-founder of CMSC and co-developer of MSC. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness- and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. He is a lecturer on psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member of both the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance. Chris has co-edited two influential volumes –Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy – and is author of the popular book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. Chris is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.
Dr. Germer currently divides his time evenly between clinical practice and teaching/writing. He is a co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School “Meditation and Psychotherapy” conference, which hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2009. Dr. Germer is a committed student of insight meditation (vipassana) through the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. His main clinical interest is the need for self-compassion, in addition to mindfulness, to manage intense and difficult emotions. Toward that end, Dr. Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff (University of Texas) have co-developed the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program which is currently being taught around the world.
Michelle Becker is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, utilizing mindfulness and compassion based approaches to psychotherapy. In addition she is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs. Michelle is a senior teacher trainer, mentor, and co-founder of the teacher-training program in Mindful Self-Compassion. She teaches and speaks on the topics of compassion for self and others nationally and internationally, especially in regard to relationships, healthcare, and the workplace. She particularly delights in supporting compassion teachers. For more information on Michelle’s teaching and schedule please visit her website: WiseCompassion.com.