June 29, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Reserve Your Space
Cost: $95. Includes lunch from The Orchard Restaurant.
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
~ Jack Kornfield.
Tending to our own suffering with kindness is often placed on the back burner. Some of us can’t even imagine what it would be like to have the time, energy, and wherewithal to take care of ourselves - especially during life challenges, loss, and grief.
When faced with our own personal loss and hardships, all too often we turn away from our grief and “push through” the pain. This can overwhelm our stress response system and in turn contribute to depression, anxiety, and stress-related illnesses. Though it may seem impossible now, the truth is that you can tend to your grieving body in a way that will calm your grieving mind, heart and spirit. And it only takes a few minutes a day to get started.
Once we apply the “oxygen mask” to ourselves—and treat ourselves as we would a beloved friend—we will learn that we can manage our difficult emotions, reduce our suffering, and even inspire others to take control of their own health and well-being.
Self-compassion techniques are rooted in ancient spiritual practices, and have been shown to reduce anxiety, negative emotions, fear of suffering, and even avoidance in people with post-traumatic stress disorder. Self-compassion practices also improve emotional intelligence, coping skills, and a sense of connection with all sentient beings.
During this daytime retreat, Heather Stang, author of Mindfulness & Grief, will share with you inspirational stories and practical tips that will help you reduce your suffering and reengage with your precious life. You will also receive access to guided meditations, so you can practice self-compassion for years to come.
What To Bring
Please bring a journal and something to write with. Lunch, hot tea and water are provided. We have chairs and cushions for your comfort.
Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT
Heather Stang discovered yoga and mindfulness meditation after decades of “coping” with grief, stress and anxiety in unskillful ways that resulted in a stress-related diagnosis. She is the author of Mindfulness & Grief, and holds a Master's Degree in Thanatology (the study of death, dying & bereavement), and is a Certified Yoga Therapist. Her mindfulness training courses are offered online, at conferences and workshops around the country, and in her home-town at the Frederick Meditation Center in Maryland. Her focus on teaching others to use mindfulness-based techniques to reduce stress, cope with grief, and cultivate personal growth is inspired by her own journey of love, loss and posttraumatic growth. She is best known for using present moment awareness to relieve suffering, cope with and eventually re-engage with life after loss. For more information, visit http://