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Ultimate Courage: Self-Compassion Training Workshop for Men, Northampton , MA , United States

David Spound and Daniel Ellenberg

April 13, 2019 - April 14, 2019

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To meet the evolving needs of men in today’s society, we have created Ultimate Courage— a powerful interactive, skill-building workshop that draws from ancient wisdom traditions, modern neuroscience, and psychological research.

In this 2 day workshop, we encourage men to discover and embrace their real strengths, while also bringing kindness and understanding to their difficulties. This two-tiered approach of strength building and facing difficulties compassionately is a powerful path towards greater wisdom, satisfaction, effectiveness, and joy.

Program Trainers

Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute and Relationships That Work. He leads Strength with Heart men’s groups and seminars and is a founding member of the Men’s Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men’s groups for over 30 years and wrote his dissertation on psychological aspects of the male sex role. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership. He co-created and delivered a resilience training program for several NASA space centers.

David Spound, M.Ed., is a meditation teacher and consultant based in Northampton, MA. where he offers courses including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) through his company Valley Mindfulness (www.valleymindfulness.com). David also enjoys creating new and customized training programs, leading silent meditation retreats, and exploring possibilities for online education and training. David is a former staff member and trainer at the UMass Center for Mindfulness, the organization founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and he has co-led programs for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.


It is recommended, but not required, that participants read one of the following books before the training retreat:

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff

Dates: April 13-14, 2019

Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm each day, with a lunch break.

(No meals are included, but there are several restaurants located within walking distance.)


Valley Mindfulness
45 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01062


Valley Mindfulness is easily accessible by car, bus and train. 

There are several B&B and AirBnB places nearby (some within walking distance of the training center).


  • For those who register on or before March 15, the fee will be $425.
  • For those who register after March 15, the fee will be $550.


$100 non-refundable deposit due at registration.

Fees do not include meals, lodging, travel or transportation costs. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have any course or registration questions.



Cancellation Policy:

There is a $100 non-refundable minimum payment due upon registration.

Your payment (less the $100 nonrefundable fee) will be refunded if we are notified before March 13, 2019, that you need to cancel your registration.

No refunds are available after March 13, 2019, except on compassionate grounds.

In the unlikely event that the workshop is canceled, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous fees.



April 13, 2019
April 14, 2019


Valley Mindfulness
45 Main Street in Florence
Northampton, MA 01062 United States
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