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Coming Home to Kindness Weekend Retreat 2019, Nanaimo , British Columbia , Canada

Victoria Pawlowski

January 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - January 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

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You are worth it. Worth taking care of, worth listening to and worth receiving kindness. You deserve to experience joy and pleasure. So then why are we so hard on ourselves? Why do we think that we can criticize ourselves into a new way of living and loving?

Many of us are trained to use ‘willpower’ to bootcamp our way to achieving our goals. Over time, this stress can lead to exhaustion and negative coping patterns.

It takes courage to let go of what isn’t working. It takes courage to reconnect with yourself. This retreat will teach you how to honor your body and its innate wisdom by attending to the part of yourself that longs for unconditional love, compassion, acceptance and kindness. Practicing mindful self-compassion allows you to let go of negative coping patterns, self-defeating behaviors and critical, shame-based thinking.

Over 15,000 studies show that people who have more self-compassion tend to achieve their goals successfully while building emotional resiliency, improving relationships and reducing anxiety and burnout.

In this retreat, we will explore what this means for you. We will set intentions and goals for the new year with a different approach that uses self-compassion as a way to inspire change and welcome health and happiness. You can expect to learn a lot, have fun and take time to connect with yourself and reflect on your values. Each woman will leave with her own compassionate wellness plan for 2019.

This retreat will offer you the opportunity to rest, renew and reimagine another way of being.

Weekend Agenda

EXPLORING: Friday evening

Introductions and overview
Motivating Self towards Health: Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion
Facilitator: Victoria Pawlowski
Psychotherapist, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

LEARNING: Saturday

Hormonal Harmony and Healthy Rhythms
Facilitator: Madison Agrey
Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor and Fertility Awareness Educator in Training

Cultivating Kindness toward Food and Body Image
Facilitator: Alice Wyche
Registered Dietitian, Craving Change & Intuitive Eating Counsellor in Training

Self-Compassion for Health and Healing
Facilitator: Kristy Williams
Medical Doctor, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher-in-Training

INTEGRATING: Sunday morning

Values, Vows & Re-Creation: Life-crafter 2019
Facilitator: Zoey Ryan
Life Coach, Wise & Wild Women Mentor, Yoga Instructor, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher-in-Training


$325 Commuter Package includes six meals and full weekend retreat
$465 Residential Package includes six meals, shared accommodation and full weekend retreat

Early Bird Prices before Dec 25th, 2018

$250 Commuter Package includes six meals and full weekend retreat
$390 Residential Package includes six meals, two nights shared accommodation and full weekend retreat


 Victoria Pawlowski is an experienced Integrative Psychotherapist working from a compassion focused perspective to support health and healing. She had over 30 years of experience, training and both personal and professional exploration when she stumbled upon Mindful Self-Compassion. It was the missing piece in her journey and has been transformative for her, and her clients.

She cofounded The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health with a vision of supporting herself, her colleagues, family and community to live with more mindfulness and compassion. The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health provides counselling, nutrition and mindful self-compassion workshops

She teaches the Mindful Self-Compassion program and am also a facilitator for the Mindful Self-Compassion Online Circle of Practice which is designed to support participants in maintaining and deepening their practice.


January 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
January 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm


Victoria Pawlowski
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Bethlehem Centre
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada + Google Map