Compassion: “A sensitivity to the suffering of self and others, with a deep commitment to try to prevent and relieve it”
After three wonderful Mindful Compassion Retreats in Thailand we are happy to finally be able to present our new advanced retreat in Thailand with Dr. Chris Irons in February 2019.
The 5-day program will build upon the experiences of the original mindful compassion retreat, the ideas and practices from Compassion Focused Therapy (Gilbert, 2009, 2014; Gilbert & Irons, 2005; Irons & Beaumont, 2017) and mindful compassion (Gilbert & Choden, 2013). During the five days we will focus on deepening and elaborating the qualities and skills of the ‘compassionate mind’, working more in depth with self-criticism, difficult emotions and other challenging aspects of human life.
The retreat is designed for practitioners who have previous been on our Mindful Compassion Retreat or have training and experience in working with compassion equivalent to the training acquired on our retreats. The retreat is experiential and practice-based and the focus is even more than the previous retreats on the application of mindful compassion in relation to self-reflection and personal development aiming to facilitate growth and wellbeing on a deeper level.
To secure a common starting point for all participants, bookings from practitioners who have not participated in our previous retreats with Dr. Chris Irons can require some proof of prior Mindful Compassion training and/or practice.
Building on our previous training, the 5-day program will provide in depth experiential compassionate mind training, preparing you to work with difficult and challenging aspects of life, and also to embrace positive emotions and wellbeing.
This advanced retreat will include work on:
We will continue to look at some of the ideas and psychoeducation linked to the CFT model, and in particular, consider how this can apply to our own lives; we’ll explore in to the idea of social mentalities and common humanity of difficulties that we face as humans in life.
Deepening of the here-and-now, with particular emphasis on how mindfulness can support the compassionate mind and developing open awareness practices.
Using the body to help the mind:
Exploring in more detail how body focusing, movement, settling and physiological processes create the grounding for the compassionate self.
Compassion cultivation and focusing:
Having further cultivated the compassionate self, we will spend time directing and focusing this. There will be three key foci here:
- Turning the compassionate self to work with difficult emotions and aspects of self we find troubling or distressing.
- Working on development of positive affect and loving kindness practices.
- Exploration of more advanced practices (E.g. Tonglen).
Evason Resort & Spa, Hua Hin, Thailand
You will be staying 7 nights at the five-star Evason Resort and Spa in Hua Hin, Thailand. We have carefully chosen Evason for the retreat, as this resort offers an unique possibility for peace and concentration which will support the personal development process during the staying.
Evason is a part of Six Senses Resorts & Spa, which offers fantastic experiences at some of the world’s best resorts. Six Senses is synonymous with subdued luxury, authenticity and sustainability adapted to local conditions. Evason in Hua Hin has just undergone a complete renovation and the resort offers harmonious surroundings with graceful nature, fantastic gastronomy and exquisite personal service. There will be an abundance of opportunities for the pampering of all senses during your stay. You can read more about the resort at www.sixsenses.com
About Dr. Chris Irons:
Dr. Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist, academic, author and trainer of CFT. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (www.balancedminds.com), a London based organisation providing compassion-focused psychological interventions for individuals and organisations. He also works with the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”, and as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Derby. Chris has been involved in supporting Professor Gilbert and other colleagues in the development of CFT, and regularly presents in national and international forums on CFT and more broadly, compassion. Chris is the co-author of the “The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your Compassionate Self” published in 2017
Dr. Chris Irons will be responsible for the five days of training, teaching, self-development and inspiration based on CFT.