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Self-Compassion and Archetypes: Training in Resilience and Embodied Action for Challenging Times

August 15, 2020 - August 29, 2020

Our Lady of Guadalupe. Public Domain Image, Wikipedia

Self-Compassion and Archetypes

In order to take care of others and to show up in the world, we need to be able to take care of and show up for ourselves first. Self-compassion is an important piece in this process. Self-compassion gives us the flexibility to weather life’s storms and to feel empowered to take action.

Archetypes have, for thousands of years, inspired us to be the world citizens we aspire to be. Archetypes help us to see, and then embody, a set of qualities we want to realize in our own lives. We develop faith that it is possible to align ourselves with our values, and that we can lean on the teachings of archetypes to support us in the work we are showing up for in the world.

Topics and materials

In this secular, online, 3-workshop series, we’ll explore the intersection of archetypes and self-compassion training. Through learning about three archetypes embodying different aspects of self-compassion and compassion in action – Kuan Yin (from Buddhism), Maleficent (from European folklore), and Our Lady of Guadalupe (from Catholicism) – we’ll discover how we can use the inspiration and support of these embodied beings to support our own resiliency, self-care, and creativity.

Kuan Yin. Creative Commons image by Rebecca Arnett

Through readings, videos, exercises, meditations, talks, and discussions, we’ll connect our own contemporary practice with ages-old sources of spiritual inspiration, values-directed motivation, and skillful action.


Kristy Arbon will be facilitating these journeys. Kristy is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, and the developer of the empirically-support Somatic Self-Compassion program. She has a background in psychology and social work. She studies under Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and has done the Singing Over the Bones Facilitator Training through Dr Estés’ Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Studies Institute. She holds a Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is a senior student in David Treleaven’s Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness community.


This program is presented in a series, with each week’s exploration building on the last.

Maleficent. Image by Kristy Arbon

There is a 90 minute live online gathering each week that will be recorded so that participants can watch the recording again, or can view it in their own time if the live gathering time does not suit their schedule (i.e. attendance at the live gatherings is not necessary). The program invites participants to explore readings, videos, exercises and meditations in their own time, in addition to the material offered during the live online gatherings.

There are no prerequisites for this program and this is not a group therapy program. Please contact Kristy at kristy@heartworks.training if you have questions about whether or not this program is suitable for you, or if you’d like to be added to the notification list for registration opening.


August 15, 22, & 29 10-11:30am US Central Time.


This program is offered through the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center in St Louis. You can find more information and a registration link here.


August 15, 2020
August 29, 2020
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