Retreats for Family Care-givers
Offering rest, respite and rejuvenation
Caring for loved ones who are living with chronic illness or disabilities is rewarding and meaningful but also places extreme demands on the caregiver. Caregivers can become overwhelmed trying to balance work, family and caregiving demands, often at the expense of your own health and well-being. In this role, it is imperative that you take care of yourself. As a care-giver, if you are not sensitive to your needs and devote time to rejuvenate, you may find that you have little left to give to others.
The retreat is a time of respite for caregivers to refresh body and spirit and learn ways to care for yourself. Each retreat includes a morning session / workshop followed by lunch and then an afternoon of structured activity time that might include nature hikes, art projects, yoga, journaling or meditation.
Retreats are structured to offer a supportive and therapeutic environment where you can rest, relax and share your caregiving experiences with others in similar circumstances.
Retreat & Workshop
Oh what a wonderful day! Thank you so much for a day full of peaceful rejuvenation, nature and beauty along with sharing from our hearts in a safe and trusting environment. You have a gift of spirit. It is so beautiful to watch someone live their dream and purpose. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us. I look forward to your next retreat. I am definitely in! Thanks again and take gentle care. MDE
I feel that it over met my expectations. I didn’t expect this course to be what it was. I don’t feel that Michelle could of done anything better. She did a great job. I was impressed with everything and I feel everything we covered was very important to my job and my co-worker’s jobs. Anonymous
A Contemplative Practice Retreat for
Cultivate compassion as a pathway to self-care
Working with people who have experienced great pain teaches us about courage and human resilience, the possibility of transformation, gratitude in our own lives, and the power of hope.
Mindfulness and a contemplative practice offers us the tools to help us re-discover and connect again with the hope and meaning in our work and our lives.The day will offer an exploration of how we can use meditation and mindfulness as a method for caring for ourselves and others.
No experience is necessary
A Year to Live (Adults)
Exploring how to live fully and make each day matter
In this contemplative and reflective year-long (meets monthly) course, we examine and explore various topics to help us become centered, recognize our needs on a more profound level and potentially re-prioritize our choices. Loosely based on the Stephen Levine book of the same title, we draw inspiration from his personal experiment in living the next year as though it were our last.
Utilizing mindfulness as a platform, this group will offer a way to reflect upon and explore what it means to begin to live each day in a mindful, heart-centered way. We will spend time learning how to cultivate self-compassion increasing self-awareness and working to heal relationships past and present so that we might move forward free from unresolved hurts.
*** This group is limited to 8 participants
20% discount if registered by December 1st; 10% discount if registered by December 15th
Retreats and workshops are held at our facility, at various retreat centers in Connecticut and in resort destinations. We are also happy to accommodate requests for retreats and workshops to be held on site at your location. Call us so that we can work with you to identify your particular needs, desired outcomes and how we can tailor our offerings to best meet your goals.
Please see our "Book Now" page to register for current workshops being offered.
An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Discover the benefits of mindfulness and meditation
The practice of mindfulness and meditation has been practiced for centuries. Come explore how you too, can integrate techniques to decrease stress and anxiety, increase concentration and productivity and enhance your overall quality of life.
Classes offer an experiential learning process that includes meditation instruction, guided meditation, small group discussions and gentle stretching among other practices. Carefully constructed, brief weekly practice assignments will help in the integration of a regular mindfulness practice.
No experience necessary
Mindfulness Class for Kids and Their Grown Ups
Sitting Still: Like A Frog (ages 5 - 10)
Join us for this creative introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parent(s) based on the best-selling book by Eline Snel. We will explore practices that can help children learn to manage stress, alleviate worry, increase their focus and attention, learn self-soothing techniques, improve their sleep habits, increase awareness and learn to be more patient.
Please note that this class is limited to 6 children / 6 parents
I enjoyed today’s training immensely! It was nice to get out of the pattern of just simply focusing on a curriculum driven training. I look forward to doing this again in the future.
Michelle is great – everything worked: the variety of exercises, the ‘welcoming acceptance’, and the ‘well meditation’ were my favorites.
Very enlightening! Glad I came, will be at the next one for sure!” PR – Essex
Wonderful training – sense of calm, place of calm, so much trust between group. Michelle made me feel really comfortable despite my own anxiety about meditation
Workshop for Couples
Hold Me Tight ~ 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Hold Me Tight is a workshop developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and her bestselling book, Hold Me Tight. EFT has been empirically validated for over 20 years. Research studies find that 70 - 75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.
Break negative cycles that prevent couples from being able to truly express their needs
Learn to understand the science of love, emotions and needs
Identify and control the negative cycles or "dances" that lead to feeling isolated, constricted and misunderstood
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. ~ Rumi
No experience necessary