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May 2019
Intensive Counseling Retreats
By David Stringham, MPH, MSW

Intensive Counseling Retreats
Many types of retreats are available for enhancing your life, but one type of retreat can be especially beneficial when you or a loved one are going through difficult life challenges: an intensive counseling or therapy retreat.
 
Working one-on-one with a highly skilled therapist, counselor or coach over several days in a nurturing setting, a private counseling retreat can significantly expedite the process of getting to and working with the crux of the issues that negatively impact your life. And unlike traditional counseling sessions where your work has to stop once your 50-minute appointment has elapsed, a counseling retreat provides you with all the time you need to process whatever it is that comes up. 
 
When steady attention is applied over the course of multiple days to uncovering deep, personal insights and reinforcing positive ways to cope with difficulties, many people report personal improvement and wellbeing that lasts far beyond what could have been accomplished solely with periodic 50-minute counseling sessions.
 
Counseling retreats are available not only for individuals but also for couples and families.

And keep in mind that you don't need to be in crisis to reap significant benefits from a retreat. You and your counselor can focus on skills and practices that enhance wellbeing and make you more resilient to life's difficulties.
 
There's an added advantage when your counselor provides options for making your retreat a truly collaborative experience, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. A collaborative, fully personalized retreat allows you to be involved in decisions such as format and length of your sessions, structuring the time between sessions (i.e.: rest, exercise, reflection, etc.), the location and accommodations of your retreat, and more. It's critical that as you engage this important inner work, you feel completely at ease, which is why the environment and format of your retreat must be as conducive to that as possible.
 
Prior to the start of your retreat, it is helpful to have a short counseling session with your retreat counselor (online if in-person sessions aren't practical) as it provides the needed opportunity for your counselor to begin to understand your struggles, provide you with initial coping skills, and lay the groundwork for the intensive, life-changing work that your retreat will help facilitate.
 
To learn more about how this unique type of retreat can be a highly effective catalyst for jumpstarting wellbeing into your life, contact us. 


Sheng Zhen Meditation
Train with Master Junfeng Li

Sheng Zhen Meditation
Join us at Eastover and experience a special weekend offering of Sheng Zhen Gong Training with Junfeng Li and Jing Li. This workshop, open to the public,  will explore a series of Qigong movements dedicated to self-healing and removing negative energy. These movements help the body collect Qi and assist the mind in connecting to the greater universe.

Master Junfeng Li is one of the truest living Qigong masters of our time. He is the main driving force behind Sheng Zhen Gong, the Qigong of Unconditional Love, and its connection to the public. Master Li travels internationally to train and certify Sheng Zhen Gong teachers, practice himself, or simply spend time with his students. In doing so, he shares his passion, wisdom, humor and love, so that others can also experience the profound joy that permeates his entire being.

He is the former head coach of China's National Martial Arts team and still has roles in Martial Arts movies internationally. He trains movie stars in martial arts for their film roles and publishes books on Qigong and martial arts. 
 
Teacher training prerequisites are not required for this two day offering.  

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Mindful Eating Retreat
May 24-27 in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Mindful Eating Retreat
This three-day retreat will focus on cultivating mindfulness and compassion and the meditation practices of Mindful Eating. When we eat mindfully, we involve all the senses by engaging our body and our mind. We utilize color, texture, smell, taste, and sound to nurture our experience. We learn to pay attention to what our body really needs and why. To support cultivating our awareness, we will quiet the mind and open the heart through yoga, sitting and walking meditation. Through these practices of deepening our inner awareness of the body and mind, we will experience wisdom and compassion, which is our true nature. 

We will be working with teachings of the Buddha and contemporary applications, how to stay present and embodied in the moment, aware of and working with mind states that create obstacles to awakening, while cultivating qualities that enhance well-being in everyday life. This will include the exploration of craving and grasping, and cultivation of compassion. 

We can experience food as pleasure and nourishment while finding our right relationship to amount and quality in each moment. Mindful eating and living can nudge us beyond what we're craving so that we wake up to why we're craving it. We can learn to live life with more equanimity and ease, with the skills to make conscious choices.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.


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