Compassion: “A sensitivity to the suffering of self and others, with a deep commitment to try to prevent and relieve it”
When working with people who experience mental suffering, we must not only accommodate their suffering, distress and pain – but also the suffering, distress and pain that this work, along with the usual ups and downs of life in general, can bring for us. This work demands a difficult balancing act between sensitivity towards our own and others’ suffering, and the robustness required to help with development and change.
This workshop and retreat will, based on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT): (Gilbert, 2009, 2014; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) and the integration of Mindful Compassion (e.g. Gilbert & Choden, 2013), focus on development of mindfulness and compassion– in ourselves, for ourselves and in our clients.
It is helpful for participants attending the course to have a basic knowledge of CFT. Although the course will provide attendees with experiences that will deepen their theoretical, experiential and practical skills of CFT that may be transitioned to their clinical work, the primary focus will be on the application of mindful compassion in relation to self-reflection and personal development.
The workshop consists of 5 days’ presentations focusing on CFT and experiential compassionate mind training. In the programme, the emphasis is alternating between theoretical teaching and how these ideas – through experiential practice – can facilitate personal development, growth and wellbeing. There will also be time to relax and enjoy the amazing surroundings found at Evason Resort.
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 forthcoming book “The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your Compassionate Self”.
Dr Chris Irons will be responsible for the five days of training, teaching, self-development and inspiration based on CFT.