Life is challenging - there’s no way around that one. Many of us have encountered difficult situations as children and as adults: trauma, abuse, neglect, break-ups, betrayal, disappointment, failures, illness, loss, and grief.
Mindfulness Can Transform
We humans are resilient creatures - we generally find ways to survive. However, surviving isn’t the same as thriving! Indeed, many times the very adaptations that helped us to survive get in the way of really living life wholeheartedly.
For example, addictive behaviors may have numbed the pain at one time, but now the addiction has become a ball-and-chain. Perfectionism and people-pleasing once helped us to avoid disapproval, but now our true sense of self is crumbling under the weight of others’ expectations. Avoidance and anger may have been employed to keep potentially unsafe people at a distance, but now we are drowning in our loneliness. In other words, the methods of getting through difficult times in the past are now keeping us stuck - disconnected from the beauty of our present life.
Frequently, these self-limiting patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving are most apparent, and most problematic, in our close relationships. Utilizing attachment theory as a guide, we can discover how these patterns were setup in our relationships with family and romantic partners. Gaining clarity about our patterns of attachment avoidance (i.e., love avoidance) and attachment preoccupation (i.e., love addiction) empowers us to let go of old survival mechanisms that are no longer serving their purpose and establish healthier ways of relating to ourselves and others.
While it is true that we can’t change the past, we can change our perception of it and our relationship to it… and that can change everything! The Mind & Heart workshop is designed to help in this process of growth and genuine change. Mindfulness, a contemplative practice and state of being that allows us to be more present with the life that is here, can facilitate increased awareness of our unique survival patterns that are now limiting our growth. Coupling mindfulness with greater compassion and acceptance for self and others can enable us to take meaningful and sustainable steps towards lasting change. Mindfulness (Mind) and compassion (Heart) are powerful tools for transforming the pain of the past by learning to wholeheartedly accept ourselves, as we are, in the present moment.
Psychiatrist, researcher, teacher, and workshop designer, Dr. Jon Caldwell, DO, PhD, will personally facilitate the workshop. The Mind & Heart workshop is a scientifically researched intervention that entails a mixture of highly informative material and experiential exercises using mindfulness and compassion. Because these ancient practices will be applied in unique ways to heal past wounds, people of various skill levels with mindfulness can benefit from the workshop. Also, the practice of mindfulness and compassion does not need to interfere with workshop participants’ spiritual beliefs, but can serve to deepen existing belief systems. All that is needed is a curious mind, a willing heart, and an intention to heal!
After completing this workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Describe how abuse and neglect in childhood can affect attachment relationships.
- Describe how attachment relationships shape patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving
- Identify a person's attachment style and why it developed that way.
- Describe how a person's attachment style affects his/her adult relationships.
- Demonstrate how to practice mindfulness in formal meditation and in daily activities.
- Demonstrate a more compassionate connection with the body.
- Describe what attachment security feels like in the body.
- Demonstrate how to help others approach negative attachment-related thoughts with less judgment/greater compassion.
- Demonstrate how to help others regulate and manage difficult emotions that arise from earlier attachment experiences.
- Demonstrate how to help others experience oneself with less judgment and more compassion.
- Demonstrate how to help others experience greater loving kindness for themselves and others.
- Demonstrate how to help others integrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices into daily life.
About the Facilitator
Jon G. Caldwell, DO, PhD, is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults who have experienced relational trauma and addictive behaviors. He is the Medical Director of Meadows Behavioral Health and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona. His theoretical perspectives are heavily influenced by his PhD training at the University of California at Davis, where he began researching how early childhood maltreatment and insecure attachment relationships affect cognitive, emotional and social functioning.
His clinical approach has become increasingly flavored by contemplative psychology and by the practice of mindfulness and self-compassion. Dr. Caldwell has published a number of articles on child maltreatment, attachment theory, emotion regulation and mindfulness and he is a noted international speaker and trainer on these and other topics.
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.:Session (w/ two 15-minute breaks)
5:00 p.m.: Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Session (w/ two 15-minute breaks)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Session (w/ two 15-minute breaks)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Dinner
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Session
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Session (w/ two 15-minute breaks)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Session (one 15-minute break)
Continuing Education Information
18.0 Continuing Education Credits or 18.0 NBCC Clock Hours available.
- The Meadows is an NBCC-Approved Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider #5687.
- This course has been approved by The Meadows, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 18.0 CE. NAADAC Provider #62791, The Meadows is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Course addresses Counseling Services from NAADAC Counselor Skill Group.
- The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 18.0 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists.
Please join us on a Mindful Path to Wholehearted Living!
This workshop is scheduled on the following dates in 2018:
|October 5 - 7|
Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows
1245 Jack Burden Rd
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Cost is $1,500 a person, all inclusive of two meals Friday, three meals Saturday, one meal Sunday, lodging at Rio Retreat Bunkhouse, and ground transportation from and back to the Phoenix Airport.
Lodging and Transportation
Lodging at the Rio Retreat Bunkhouse is included in the cost for Friday and Saturday nights, and is purposely free of the distractions that often accompany hotel lodging. Rooms are simply appointed and are shared occupancy (two guests per room); guests will be placed with a roommate who is also attending the training. Transportation will be available from and back to the Phoenix Airport, and details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the registration process.
We rely on accurate attendance count to make important ar-rangements for this training. If a cancellation occurs 14 or more days prior to the start of the training, a full refund, less a $200 administrative fee, will be issued. Cancellations less than 14 days before the beginning date of the training are non-refundable. If you have to cancel your attendance, please contact our Intake Department at 800-244-4949 as soon as possible.
We Can Help
For more information or to enroll, please contact us at 800-244-4949 or complete the form below. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.