Welcome to the 2nd Annual Compassionate Mind Summit and Retreat, 2019!
Join us for a 4 Day/4 Night intensive training retreat in mindfulness & Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), with a team of internationally known, expert trainers including: Dr. Dennis Tirch, Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch, Dr. Deborah Lee, Dr. Tobyn Bell, Dr. Chris Irons, and a special live streaming training with CFT Founder Dr. Paul Gilbert. A full list of our global team of over a dozen leading compassion psychologists is found below.
This is a rare opportunity to share an immersive and meaningful CFT training retreat, set in a private facility in the lower Hudson Valley, just 16 miles outside of Manhattan, this expansive training involves personal practice and advanced psychotherapy skill development.
We will explore some of the deepest trainings in compassion focused psychotherapy methods yet presented in the US. This retreat will allow you to learn compassion focused imagery, meditation, attachment science, yoga, contemplative music, Zen Focusing and evidence based psychotherapy techniques from the inside out, through intense engagement.
This is a unique opportunity to train in a cutting edge, research based psychotherapy, while growing your own personal practice of fierce compassion and profound mindfulness. Whether you come to develop as a therapist, or to practice self-compassion and personal growth, you are welcome, and we can’t wait to work together with you.
If you are completely new to mindfulness and compassion based practice, or if you are wishing to deepen your work into advanced territory, this gathering is meant for you. The science of meditation, evidence-based psychotherapy, and the motivation of great compassion for ourselves and others will come together in this week of shared practice and learning.
We begin at 7 PM on Wednesday night for an evening of immersive compassion meditation training. Our expanded experiential program will run from 9AM to 9 PM each day, Thursday through Saturday, with breaks breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee. On Sunday, we will complete our work from 9 AM to 2 PM, consolidating the experience and taking mindful compassion out into the world.
Our trainers in 2019 include:
Dr. Paul Gilbert (UK): Paul is the founder of CFT and a leading figure in compassion science. Paul will be joining us by videoconference during the retreat, training us in new developments in CFT.
Dr. Dennis Tirch and Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch (USA): Leading experts and co-authors in the integration of CFT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Buddhist Psychology.
Dr. Deborah Lee (UK): The UK’s foremost psychologist working in CFT for the treatment of PTSD.
Dr. Tobyn Bell (UK): Leading CFT trainer and expert in compassion focused chair-work.
Dr. Chris Irons (UK): Pioneering CFT therapist, researcher, and expert in emotion regulation. Chris will be joining us by videoconference during the retreat, training us in new developments in CFT.
Dr. Marcela Matos (Portugal): one of the world's leading compassion researchers.
Dr. Nicola Petrocchi (Italy): internationally known expert in experiential compassion training.
Dr. Yotam Heineberg (USA): leading Stanford University researcher of modular compassion skills training.
Dierdre Fay LICSW (USA): Internationally recognized expert in yoga, attachment & compassion for trauma.
Dr. Stan Steindl (Australia): Internationally recognized expert in Motivational Interviewing and CFT.
Dr. Hayley Quinn (Australia): President of Compassionate Mind Australia and leading CFT and ACT practitioner.
Tim Gordon MSW (Canada): Founder of the Mindful Yoga-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy program (MYACT)
Troy DuFrene MS (USA): Co-author of Mindfulness for Two, expert in the contextual behavioral science of meditation.
Dr. Erica Silberstein: Expert and innovator in CFT and ACT for the treatment of OCD and Eating Disorders
and our special guest trainer . . .
Roshi Paul Genki Kahn LCSW, DCSW (USA): Founder and Spiritual Director of the Zen Garland Order, Roshi Paul Genki Kahn is a Buddhist Priest, Master Zen Teacher in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and psychotherapist. Genki Roshi is an internationally known expert trainer and developer of Zen Focusing technique.
Additionally, we will have several panel discussions with leading members of the North American Compassion Focused Practice Community, to be announced soon . . .
Where: The Union Arts Center, Sparkill, NY - https://uacny.com
When: Wednesday, July 17th - 7 PM- 9 PM
Thursday, July 18th - 9 AM - 9 PM
Friday, July 19th - 9 AM - 9 PM
Saturday, July 20th - 9 AM - 9 PM
Sunday, July 21st - 9 AM - 9 PM
Tuition (room and board is not included in tuition) Fees:
Extended Pre-registration for professionals, until April 18th: 525.00
Early Registration (Before May 18th): 600.00
Registration and Onsite Booking: 650.00
To register please click here:
Lodging and Food Information:
The above tuition fee does not include food and lodging for this retreat.
We have an arrangement with a local hotel for a discount rate. The Holiday Inn in Orangeburg, NY is offering us a discount rate of approximately 105.00 per evening. Their facility is 2 miles away from the venue, and we will provide shuttle bus transportation to and from our location.
You can book with the group rate by clicking here
Their are other places to stay nearby. For example, the "Time Hotel" is 5 miles away in Nyack, is more of a “boutique” hotel, and their rates should be about 150.00 per evening.
We will have coffee and a continental breakfast for you at the retreat.
For those who would wish to have lunch and dinner at the venue with the group, the Union Arts Center has arranged for a meal plan so that people can maintain as much of a “retreat” like experience as possible.
Lunch & Dinner packages are available for $200 including sales tax and gratuity. This includes lunch for Thursday, Friday Saturday & Sunday and Dinner on Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
You can order this meal plan at the registration page.
There are several nature walks and restaurants near the venue and just 10 minutes walk from Sparkill, you can find the village of Piermont, which has a wide range of food, entertainment and art options, too.
If you arrange transportation into nearby Nyack, you will find an interesting Hudson Valley village with a lot of cultural life. Furthermore, we are going to be very near to NYC, so if you are traveling in, you might want to schedule some time to enjoy New York, or the lower Hudson Valley!
The closest airport is likely Newark, NJ, which is about an hour away. You might want to check out all available NYC area airports, too. There is bus service into Sparkill, right near the facility. Also, there are trains into Tarrytown, NY and other nearby locations, too, which have subsequent buses to the venue and near the hotels.