Offering compassionate care and teaching can be immensely rewarding, yet emotionally demanding for helping professionals, caregivers, and educators. Sustained attention and care of others, as a therapist, educator, parent or child of aging parents, without a balance of compassion and care for self, can lead to burn-out and exhaustion.
This urban retreat provides an opportunity for self-care, restoration and connection. Innovative tools for cultivating presence, such as drumming, photography, mindfulness and self-compassion will be practiced together. These tools provide creative and playful ways to cultivate presence and self-compassion.
With the cultivation of presence and self-compassion, we can develop greater trust in our ability to move through work and life challenges with greater ease, while feeling energized, calm, and centred. This can help us to return to our work and care of others, with greater attention, energy, and purpose, while balancing care for ourselves.
Ideal for people at a beginner or experienced level of practice with meditation, drumming or photographyThe retreat will explore: • An empirically validated model of therapeutic presence • Self-compassion and mindfulness practices for cultivating presence and self-care • How group drumming can increase vitality, social connectedness and well-being • Mindful photography as a tool for attention regulation, attunement and resiliency Included will be: • Take-home tools and practices for cultivating self-compassion and presence • Drums and rhythm instruments • Lunch Please bring or arrange for: • A camera, preferably SLR or digital with a zoom lens