Retreats & Workshops


Compassion and Wisdom: A 5-Month Meditative Training for Professional Caregivers
Online Course with Jill Davey, Yong Oh and Kristina Bare

Description

We invite you to participate in a 5-month meditation training for professional caregivers. Through the program you will be introduced to the four brahma viharas which are meditative trainings of the heart-mind that cultivate our capacity to be in relationship with self, others and the world in a sustainable and balanced way. During these unprecedented times self-care is needed more than ever. These practices are rooted in Buddhist psychology.

In addition to these classical meditative training, you will also be introduced to Somatic Experiencing techniques and education about the nervous system as a support for self-regulation. The biggest focus will be on the development of a personal meditation practice and how that relates to your work as a caregiver.

Who is this Program for

This training is suitable for professionals in a wide variety of caregiving positions. These may include but are not exclusive to teaching, medical, therapeutic, personal support workers, and emergency responders. It may also be suitable for those who are volunteer caregivers. Please contact the teachers to discuss this possibility. This program is suitable for those with an established practice and those who are new to mediation. A sincere interest in learning and developing a practice is needed to benefit from this program.

It is important to us to be a welcoming, safe, and inclusive program, accepting and supportive of diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity. We will do our best to accommodate diversity needs.

If you have been impacted by recent loss, trauma or upheaval in your life or have concerns if the course is appropriate for you as this time please contact Kristina Baré at kbaredev@live.com to further explore this.

If you are a Registered Professional you may be able to use this program towards Continuing Education Hours. A letter of completion will be issued at the end of the class. Please contact your college or professional association to inquire about this.

Learning Objectives

  • Developing a daily meditation practice as a prevention for caregiver burnout
  • Deepening your understanding of your nervous system and developing tools for staying resourced and grounded
  • Developing the inner resources of friendliness, compassion, joy, and balance as a support for your work as a caregiver
  • Connecting with other professional caregivers as a support in times of isolation

Expectations

  • Intention to attend at least 90% of the program.
  • All must attend first session.
  • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice. Instructions will be given.
  • Commitment to keep a meditation journal about your practice (brief entry’s are fine).
  • Small group participation. [If not able to attend small group, please book a private meeting with one of the teachers. Individual meetings are offered on a Dana (donation) basis to support the teacher. ]
  • Check-ins with your practice partner

Format

All teachings and gatherings take place via zoom.

  • Large Group: After the initial two day course opening, the large group meets once per month for a day of training.
  • Small Groups: In addition, the group is divided into 3 smaller groups that will meet with a teacher for an additional 1.5 hours once per month. The small groups are a time to share, reflect on, and discuss your practice.
  • Practice Partner: You will also have a buddy through the program that you will connect with to check in about your practice.
  • Optional Individual Support: There will also be the option to meet one on one with a teacher as additional support for your practice. This is offered on a donation basis.

Mindfulness in Daily Life
Online Retreat with Jill Davey

  • Sunday, March 21 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26
    • Mornings from 7am to 8 am
    • Evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm
    • [It is okay if you cannot attend all of the retreat.The retreat ends Friday at 8:00 am]

The emphasis is on bringing the practice into normal daily life activities through mindfulness and inquiry, with an exploration of various themes relevant to daily life.

This online insight meditation retreat begins Sunday March 21, from 10:00-5:00 p.m. followed by early morning and evening meditation sessions from Monday to Friday (7:00-8:00 a.m., 7.00-8:30 p.m.) The retreat ends Friday at 8:00 a.m.

Weekday morning sessions include meditation (guided with periods of silence) at 7:00 a.m. followed by presentation of a dharma theme for practice and inquiry each day.
Weekday evening sessions include meditation, a dharma talk, group reflections and practice questions.

Please book all the retreat times in your calendar. Your usual daily activities (family, work, etc.) are intended to become part of your awareness practice. Registrants are encouraged to attend as many of the sessions as possible (barring emergencies). If you need to miss any sessions please let our manager know.

This retreat is taught in English.

Cost: Fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means.

Teacher Dana: Following the 2,600-year-old Buddhist tradition, the teachings are considered priceless and are offered freely. At the end of the retreat you will be invited to offer dana, or donations, to the teacher. Our teachers are being hit hard by the cancellations of retreats across Canada and the US. Please consider giving a gift of Dana to the teacher.
Dana can be offered here: E-transfers to jill@riversoundretreat.com or https://www.paypal.me/JillDaveyDana

Cancellation fees: Please let us know as soon as possible if you have to cancel. Refunds are available if you cancel more than 24 hours before the retreat begins.

We request that you arrive before the retreat begins. The Zoom space will open 15 minutes before the retreat starts.

For More Information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mindfulness-in-daily-life-retreat-with-jill-davey-tickets-134593267085