People who work in the healing arts are true bodhisattvas (those dedicated to the cessation of suffering for all beings). A paradox lies at the heart of our work, however. Devoting ourselves to the care of others brings joy and equanimity, yet we are at risk for giving ourselves away to the point of exhaustion or burnout. Losing our own way can be confusing and sometimes laced with shame.
This is a Buddhist-inspired wellness retreat for healing arts practitioners who want to find their way back to wholeness through a fresh lens. Engage in core Buddhist teachings, including the importance of a teacher, the cause and cessation of suffering, and the power of metta (Lovingkindess). Participate in Buddhist practices that have been known to restore the mind and body for centuries. Calm your mind through sitting meditation (vipassana) led by the instructor. Connect with your vitality through mindful walking meditation and lying down body-scans. Buddhist practices not only revitalize the practitioner, but our renewal can increase our efficacy with clients. This workshop is for early career and seasoned healing arts professionals. After breakfast and sunset sessions, participants are free to enjoy Esalen splendor on their own in the evenings. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Bring your own meditation cushion if you have one.
Recommended reading: Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching; Ladner, The Lost Art of Compassion.