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Cultivating the Inner Holding Environment:
An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan, and Ron Siegel

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We are pleased to offer the 9th annual mindfulness retreat for mental health professionals at Vallecitos.

Many in our field have been studying mindfulness and its clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their meditation practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out of everyday life and into a retreat environment, the subtle habit patterns of heart and mind are more easily accessed, and mindfulness can begin to deepen.

This week we will study and practice setting up the internal environment conducive for making progress in mindfulness meditation. In our experience, practitioners in this cognitively oriented and high stress culture frequently struggle in this area. We will offer many instructions and guided meditations designed to create a personally meaningful and enriching environment in which mindfulness practice may flourish.

This yearly course provides a container in which to explore these practices with colleagues. The teaching is experience-near, focusing on the development of mindfulness practice and its relevance in our work with others, particularly in the delivery of accurate empathy and therapeutic presence. There will be daily mindfulness meditation instruction and three to four hours of meditation each day, study modules most afternoons in combination with dyadic or small group discussion, and individual meetings with teachers. The rest of the time we will observe silence, including during meals, to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience.

This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in an exquisite natural environment and work closely with leaders in the growing field of clinical mindfulness meditation and compassion. Every effort will be made by the teachers and staff to give each participant a delightful, educational retreat experience, so that you can return home with renewed enthusiasm for clinical work and for cultivating mindfulness and compassion in daily life.

20 Continuing Education units are available to psychologists, social workers and mental health counselors.

This retreat is sponsored by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. For more information on CE units, please visit their website.


This is the first retreat of two consecutive week-long retreats. A discount is available for those who choose to attend both retreats.


This listing is for informational purposes. Please register for this retreat through the Vallecitos website.


About the teachers:

Bill Morgan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing meditation for over 40 years in Zen, Tibetan and vipassana traditions. He has participated in more than 8 years of silent retreats, and once lived in a Trappist monastery for 6 months. He has a private practice in two Boston locations. He is the author of The Meditator’s Dilemma: Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice (Shambhala, 2016).

Susan Morgan, CNS is a longstanding a mindfulness meditation student and psychotherapist in Cambridge MA. She has been leading retreats for psychotherapists with Bill for 15 years. Since returning in 2014 from a 4-year silent mindfulness meditation retreat with her partner, she spends her time practicing, writing, and teaching. She consults with therapists who are interested in deepening therapeutic presence. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her mindfulness teaching. billandsusan.org Bill and Susan are board members of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a non-profit organization in Boston, which offers seminars, courses, retreats and a certificate program for meditation and psychotherapy.

Ron Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind-body treatment. He is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problem, coauthor of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.

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