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Staying Grounded and Hopeful in Challenging Times 2-Day Online Retreat

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Need tools for staying grounded, open and responsive in these times? Join our community of practice and get centered, focused and motivated.

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About the Workshop

“From the night can arrive the sweet dawn.” -Lauryn Hill

Our lives are bound together.

The more we wake up to the injustice, violence and destruction happening in our world, the easier it is to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of it.

It takes extraordinary courage to stay open, connected and hopeful in these difficult times. And it takes practice.

In order to remain compassionate and responsive to the world, it is critical that we find ways of coming together collaboratively to promote care, justice, equity, and flourishing.

Even as the world burns, we can hold in our awareness the truth that there is also love and beauty all around. While we engage in truth-seeing and truth-telling about the manifestations of greed, hatred and delusion all around us, we must also practice inclining our awareness to see and celebrate life-giving qualities of joy and pleasure. This is not a call to put on rose-colored glasses or bypass the challenges before us, but to instead help us remember that there is always more than suffering here.

When we can stay in touch with the fact of suffering, while also not losing sight of the truth of beauty, love and deep ‘okayness,’ we can move through the world with the kind of resilience and hope needed to sustain ourselves and our ability to respond to the challenges before us.

In this 2-day workshop, we will engage somatic and contemplative practices developed by the Courage of Care Coalition in order to help us:

-center, resource and reconnect through relational compassion practice;

-recognize our “stress shapes” or habitual embodied patterns that show up in challenging contexts;

-heal and transform our “stress shapes”; and

-embody a more compassionate, grounded stance in the midst of conflict.

About the Presenters

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating the co-creation of a more just, compassionate world. Courage’s diverse, interdisciplinary, multi-generational team provides training and consultation in relational compassion practices, anti-oppressive pedagogies, restorative healing methods and systems tools to social service and caring professionals, as well as to educational, spiritual and human rights organisations.

Martin Vitorino, Ph.D. is the Deputy Executive Director at InsightLA. He is also a researcher and educator who teaches classes and facilitates workshops that promote well-being among LGBTQ+ youth and adults. Martin’s innovative self-love teachings are designed to counter stigma, shame, and internalized bias around SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression). At Courage of Care, Martin applies an LGBTQ+ conscious lens to our trainings. He holds a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University.

Location and Dates

The workshop will be held online. You will receive a zoom link when you register.

The retreat will run from 9am – 4:30pm on Saturday, April 25th and 9am – 4:30pm on Sunday, April 26th.

Continuing Education Units

We are excited to announce that we can offer 11 CE credits for this program for the professional affiliations listed below. Participants interested in receiving CE credits should first register for the program, and then register for CE credits at this link: https://www.academeca.com/CEUReg/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=3236. Please be sure to carefully review the CE credit completion requirements and covered professional groups prior to registering for CE credits. The CE fee is in addition to the program fee.

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