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Kansas City: Urban Refuge
October 7, 2017
Diastole is the moment when the heart is at rest. Even the life-sustaining heart must pause to refuel itself between beats. Come rest and refuel your caring heart in this serene Kansas City oasis during a day of nourishment, rejuvenation, mindful self-care and skill-building that you can bring home to support you in your journey as a caregiver.
In our demanding roles as caregivers, the only way we can keep giving without burning ourselves out is to learn the art of resting within the chaos. Fortunately, there are many concrete ways we can learn to find refuge within the daily pressures of caregiving. Cultivating these skills can lead to more wholehearted presence and patience with ourselves and the people we have the privilege of caring for.
At this day retreat, our guides will be Kristy Arbon of HeartWorks Training and Lynn Rossy, PhD, psychologist and developer of the Eat for Life program. Kristy will teach specific self-compassion skills we can use to include ourselves in the circle of care and kindness that we so often reserve for others. Lynn will share ways of nourishing our bodies and minds through mindful eating. A healthful vegetarian lunch and dinner are provided. Between sessions, you’re invited to walk the Japanese gardens or practice guided mindful stretching and meditation. We’ll end the day with the indigenous sounds of Bolivian musical talent, Amado Espinoza.
This event offers a unique experiential opportunity for anyone interested in mindfulness and self-compassion. It is especially well suited for those who are caring for others such as parents of children and teens, people assisting an ailing loved one, teachers, mentors and coaches, child and eldercare workers, mental health and medical care providers, and other helping professionals. Up to 6 CEUs are available for KS & MO mental health professionals.