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Ultimate Courage: Self-Compassion Training Workshop for Men, Big Sur , CA , United States

Daniel Ellenberg and Steve Hickman

June 7, 2019 - June 9, 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 weekend 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. (Please note: This workshop, offered at Esalen Institute, will have extended hours from a standard Esalen workshop, with a total of 13.5 contact hours.)

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.


Steven Hickman, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health. He is the founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and the Director of Professional Training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Dr. Hickman teaches Mindful Self-Compassion around the world and trains teachers in the program, in addition to speaking and teaching on the topic of mindfulness-based programs. Steve is particularly interested in supporting men in developing greater self-compassion and mindfulness and is involved in projects to develop these capacities in Olympic-class athletes, first-responders and active duty military.



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


Program begins with dinner on Friday at 6:00pm and ends with brunch on Sunday. Please see the Esalen website for further information, including check-in and out times. https://www.esalen.org/

Program Hours –
Fri: 8:00–10pm
Sat: 9:00am–12:00pm, 2:30pm–6:00pm, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Sun: 9:00am-noon 


Esalen Institute
55000 Highway One
Big Sur, CA 93920




The registration for this program is being managed by the Esalen Institute.  

Please click on this link for more details and to register: Self-Compassion Training Workshop for Men

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


Cancellation Policy

If you registered through CMSC for tuition, there was a $100 non-refundable minimum payment due upon registration.  Your payment (less the $100 nonrefundable fee) will be refunded if we are notified by May 6, 2019, that you need to cancel your registration.  No refunds are available after May 23, 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 (if you registered through CMSC for tuition) and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous fees.

Please check with Esalen for their cancellation policy for tuition and accommodations.


Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States
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