Sat Aug 5, 2017 - Mon Aug 7, 2017
A WOMEN’S FULL MOON MEDITATION WEEKEND
In this workshop you will:
•Connect with Nature
•Explore Mindfulness Teachings and Meditation
•Practice Gentle Yoga
•Explore Your Creative Outlets
•Have Experiential Activities and Time for Reflection
•Develop Personal Exploration and Growth
Based on Plum Village Tradition, with Zen Buddhist wisdom teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. For women that wish to delve in to full weekend of self-care emerge more true to themselves – For the women that want to be fiercely loyal to their own hearts, and know it is time to tend to self… Mind, Body and Soul – For those recovering from heartache, loss or the exquisite pain of being off balance after being in the service of others for too long. The intention is to provide an opportunity for participants to have a transformative experience or connect with their spiritual natures. The activities are designed to assist participants in opening up avenues of connection to spirituality, growth, introspection and physicality (spirit, mind and body). The specific practices will provide an opportunity for participants to self-explore and deepen connection with oneself through meditation, physical exercise, nourishing meals, connection to nature, and experiential activities (such as led visualizations and a mindful painting activity). This retreat was designed to assist participants with connecting to wisdom teachings about transforming suffering, grief or adversity into compassion for self and others.
The program is grounded in the tenets, doctrines and observances associated with Zen Buddhism, including the Four Noble Truths (based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh), and also some of the basic Christian principles. The program integrates the teachings, foundational texts and Dharma teachings from Buddhism, as well as Sufist Poetry that is directly related to the topics of healing and strength.
Kristen Berube received her MA in Counselling Psychology through the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver, BC, with a concentration in Mindfulness-Based approaches to health and well-being. Kristen has been leading Mindfulness and Meditation groups for 7 years, and is a disciple of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She is also trained in Mindfulness-Based Therapeutic groups and offers both Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) in Nanaimo.
“My approach to clients is always strength-based, as I believe that every individual has unique strengths and resiliencies that serve as a foundation for personal growth. One of my key professional interests the cultivation of resilience (the ability to bounce back from adversity), and self-efficacy (one’s own belief in their capacity to change and achieve goals). I believe that both of these internal resources can be cultivated in any individual through personal exploration and self-reflection. I assist clients in tapping into existing strengths.”