- The Healing Power of Unconditional Presence
April 23, 2016 - April 24, 2016
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Registration is limited to 60!
The rate after March 25th, 2016 is $345.
*Note: Groups of three or more attendees up to four and full time students will receive %15 off the regular rate. If you are a student please call to receive your discounted rate.
Join the Washington State Pastoral Counselor Association and Marriage and Family Therapy Associates for a very special two day workshop with John Welwood Ph,D., author of Toward a Psychology of Awakening, Journey of the Heart and the award winning Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships
Pay attention not to what you are, but to that you are.
The Cloud of Unknowing
One of the biggest problems in the world today is that people don’t feel themselves properly.
Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
The great challenge in today’s busy world is to stay deeply connected with oneself— with the ongoing flow of bodily felt experience as well as the open presence of the ground of being. An integrative psycho-spiritual approach that understands psychological blockages as ultimately spiritual issues—as symptoms of the loss of being— can help to address this challenge. In this approach, emotional disturbance is welcomed and worked with as an opportunity to recover the underlying flow and openness of our true, essential nature.
To work in this way, therapists must be grounded in the felt sense of being, as well as the capacity for unconditional presence — the ability to meet and open to whatever experience arises, without having to fit it into a conceptual box or preconceived agenda. This way of working draws on the meditative capacity to sit on the edge of the unknown, while continually allowing the flow of felt experience to open up and reveal its own life-positive directions.
This retreat is largely devoted to experiential practices, such as psycho-spiritual inquiry, subtle body exercises, exploring the edge of the unknown, and embodied speaking and listening, along with guided meditations that cultivate grounded presence and awareness. There will also be short talks and discussions. Although primarily directed toward those in the helping professions, this program is also open to anyone interested in these issues. 12 CEUs are available.
John Welwood, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and teacher whose work integrates Eastern spiritual teachings with Western psychological practices. He is the author of eight books, including Toward a Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation, Journey of the Heart, and the award-winning Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships.
Contact Brian Kennedy at 360 556 6994 for any questions about this workshop.
Venue Phone: (206) 529-8258Address:
Join us at Nalanda West in Freemont, a 10 minute walk from Lake Union and the Heart of Freemont.