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The Path of Well-Being Program – Three Weekend Course Starting June 15th
June 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The process of healing includes the recognition that well-being can be found in any situation – and is available to everyone, no matter what the circumstances. When we are physically or emotionally struggling, we often believe our life is on hold until we are cured or our problems are resolved. The Path of Well-Being is the understanding that despite adverse conditions we can learn to develop compassion, wisdom, and even appreciation for our situation and our lives. With practice we can come to regard our struggles as an opportunity to deepen our relationship with ourself and others.
The Path of Well-Being Program is a course of study and meditation developed as a training to help you relate to your body and mind with acceptance and openness. Many people experience physical and emotional pain that we are unable to change, despite our best efforts to do so. This can cause frustration and disappointment, and sometimes a sense of shame that we can’t fix or correct our problems. Some people struggle for years trying to get better, and yet remain sick, in pain, emotionally distressed, or injured. This struggle can result in even greater disconnection from, and hostility towards, our bodies and ourselves.
Discover a sense of peace and ease in your life which doesn’t depend on eradicating pain, generating pleasant feelings, or creating ideal circumstances. Experienced teachers Dan and Kim will guide you in a unique blend of embodiment practices, lovingkindness meditation, discussion, and experiential exercises to transform experiences of suffering and stress into openness and self-acceptance, while approaching all aspects of ourselves with kindness, compassion, and wisdom.
Please note: the object of this program is not to prevent you from getting better. Rather the object is to deeply understand that allowing the present moment to arise without resisting it and/or fighting against it will profoundly change the way you relate to our struggles and bring a sense of freedom and ease to each moment.
This unique offering will be taught over three weekends.
What You’ll Learn
- Mindfulness instruction and practice
- Body awareness and posture skills drawn from the Alexander Technique
- Lovingkindness meditation instruction and practice
- An understanding of self-compassion, self-acceptance, and equanimity
- Techniques to work with physical pain and discomfort
- Ways to activate your body’s natural relaxation response
- Ways to work with difficult emotions
- Discussion of stress, its causes and prevention
- Two online video support meetings
- Admission to IDP’s monthly Half Day Meditation Retreat, to support and deepen your personal mindfulness practice
Testimonials from previous retreats:
“Kim and Dan bring a combined wisdom and compassion that makes all meditators feel like they are safe, protected, able to move into a place of peace, health and ease in our bodies and minds. Their retreats are havens for self-compassion, learning to love our bodies and ourselves as we are, knowing that even with the pain and suffering we may all experience, we can find space between the moments of pain to sit and know, as humans, we are good just as we are.” Carolyn Z., Entrepreneur
“The Alexander Technique classes I have taken with Dan Cayer have improved my posture, chronic pain, and self-esteem. On retreats, Dan facilitates thoughtful lessons and discussions. The beautiful locations and positive group dynamic make retreats a great and encouraging way to learn about the Alexander Technique and mindfulness, especially for newcomers!” Rebecca M., Designer
“I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a weekend with Kim and Dan. I found the combination of Lovingkindness and the Alexander Technique a wonderful way to physically embody the practice. Kim and Dan hold a wonderful container that helped strengthen my practice and understanding. I would highly recommend any program that allows you to work with Kim and Dan as I found my practice is much better for it.” Renee B., CTO
Who Can Participate?
No experience with meditation, yoga, or mindfulness is necessary. Participants will be helped to find comfortable positions (including sitting, lying down, and standing), and encouraged to find ways to rest and recharge their bodies throughout the program. Chairs and cushions will be provided.
This program is offered on a sliding fee scale. Please select the highest amount you can comfortably afford to support this and other donation-based initiatives. Scroll below for scholarship opportunities. Space is limited. Please register early to save your seat. No registrations will be accepted after June 5th.
- Students, seniors, or unemployed: $200
- IDP Monthly Members: $300
- Full Tuition: $400
- Friday, June 15, 7-9pm
- Saturday, June 16, 10am-4pm
- Friday, June 22, 7-9pm
- Saturday, June 23, 10am-4pm
- Friday, June 29, 7-9pm
- Saturday, June 30, 10am-4pm
Students are encouraged to participate in all sessions, though attendance is not mandatory.
Dan Cayer is a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a meditator in the Shambhala tradition. After a serious injury left Dan unable to work or carry out household tasks like cleaning dishes, he began studying the Alexander Technique. His return to health, as well as his experience dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of pain, has inspired him to help others. Dan now teaches the Alexander Technique as a method of recovering balance and well-being. He advocates it as a fantastic embodiment of mindfulness and awareness both on and off the cushion.
Kimberly Brown, Executive Director and Board President, also leads mindfulness and compassion classes, workshops, and retreats for groups and individuals. Kim studies American and Tibetan Buddhism and practices lovingkindness meditation. Her teaching methods integrate depth psychology, compassion training, and traditional Buddhist techniques as a means to help everyone reconnect to their inherent clarity and openness. Discover more about Kim and her teaching at her website.