Self-Compassion Weekend 

 

Mindfulness & Gentle Yoga Retreat

 

You are invited to join me on retreat in the Poconos.

New dates: July 22-24! 

 

Himalayan Institute 

Here is the schedule

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Caitlin S.

"The weekend was intimate and soul nourishing!

Kate was an amazing facilitator who created a safe space - a brave space - for us to be vulnerable and open to connection. I felt so restored during the retreat and was able to carry that feeling forward when faced with the stress and responsibilities of life upon returning home, which is absolutely priceless.

I am so grateful for the gift of this beautiful retreat.”

Friday through Sunday, July 22-24, 2022

Space is limited.

FAQ

If you want to connect with yourself with curiosity and compassion, this is the right retreat for you.

 

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
-Pema Chödrön

 

Learn Self-Care Strategies to Shift From Overwhelm to Tenderness

  • Integrate mindfulness practices for self-compassion.
  • Practice gentle, flowing yoga asana and breathing to build resilience.
  • Unwind with calming restorative yoga and self-massage.
  • Receive guided relaxation to release tension.
  • Awaken self-compassion from within through the RAINS protocol.
  • Journal to embrace your feelings with curiosity and compassion.

Questions? Schedule a 1-1 Chat HERE.

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Everything will be slow paced and low key, and of course it is all optional. There is downtime built in, because it is therapeutic and conducive to the learning process to do nothing. Please take advantage of the downtime to experience stillness, silence and nature. You won't regret it. 

Of course, meeting like-minded people is part of the joy of being on a retreat, especially after years of isolation. You can do that too! 

Picture yourself:

You have arranged for all your responsibilities to be held by others for the weekend. They have got this. You need to restore so you can return with a new perspective. Your retreat begins with your journey to the Pocono Mountains.

You arrive on Friday and check in to your room. We gather after dinner with a short orientation to the Institute, then introductions to help you settle in to the space and the group before we restore, reflect & breathe. You will learn some foundations of self-compassion, and prepare for a restful sleep...

Dave E.

“This was a wonderful retreat that offered a combination of gentle movement, meditation, discussion, and inspiration.

In particular, I appreciated Kate’s knowledge of the body and her ability to help us create postures and movements that worked for us and allowed us to be more connected to our bodies. Mostly, I was in tune with her approach to life - that self-acceptance and self-compassion allow us to give compassion abundantly.”

There are optional Hatha yoga classes offered by the Himalayan Institute before breakfast Saturday and Sunday. If you're up early, you can attend at 7am. If you're not a morning person, sleep in.

After breakfast, we will meditate & gently flow together until lunch. Self-reflective journaling and self-compassion protocols will be woven throughout the weekend.

After lunch we will make our way to the Sound of Music Hill for a brief outdoor mindful compassion meditation followed by a tour of MOKA, the on-site chocolate and coffee factory!

You can spend the rest of the time before dinner in (optional) self-guided silence: nap, forest walk, sketch, get a massage, journal... After dinner, we will restore, reflect & breathe before bed. 

On Sunday morning we will have our final session with meditation, gentle flow and a closing ceremony. Stay for lunch and head home with your new tools.

Please note: If you are looking for a physically advanced yoga practice, this won't be the right retreat for you. The morning flow I offer is very mindful, and the evenings are restorative. The physical practices are accessible and gentle, while the self-reflection, meditation and introspection are more challenging.

If you tend to be hard on yourself, and want to change that, join me at the Himalayan Institute.

Casey S.

“It has always been difficult for me to slow down — to remove the sense of urgency and just… be.

It was lovely being able to do that, and I feel confident that I can continue practicing mindfulness moving forward.

I had never been on a yoga retreat before, and it exceeded all of my expectations. I had a truly (truly!) wonderful experience. Thank you so much for your kindness along the way!”

Throughout the weekend, you'll have opportunities for creative expression, introspection and small group listening.

You'll have time to rest, stroll, enjoy nature, and simply be.

Immerse yourself within a welcoming yoga community. The Himalayan Institute hosts us with:

  • Peaceful workshop space
  • Pristine and comfortable accommodations
  • Vegetarian/vegan meals
  • 400 wooded acres of hiking trails

Indulge in add-on services like massage and ayurvedic treatments. Questions? Schedule a 1-1 chat HERE.

Return home refreshed and open to connection.

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Christen N.

“I had a really wonderful time.

It was the self-care I needed while also allowing me to sit with some real discomfort.

I’ve been working through some heavy stuff and the weekend helped me get through it all the more.”

Katy R.

“The retreat was a wonderful opportunity to disconnect from every day stresses and reconnect with myself.

With her calm and supportive attitude, Kate made it a comfortable and engaging experience for all. I was especially impressed by her combination of preparation and flexibility.”

How to Join the
Self-Compassion Weekend Retreat:

  1. See below for FAQs.
  2. Register for the retreat HERE.
  3. Choose your accommodation HERE. The rooms do fill up, so don't delay.
  4. Decide how you will get to the Himalayan Institute. Get excited!

Pro tip: Reserve optional wellness services ASAP because they fill up too: (570) 647-1500, [email protected]

Questions?

Email me [email protected] 

or schedule a 1-1 chat HERE.

I can't wait to spend the weekend with you!

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Lisa M.

“Although I can be a bit cynical and was always reluctant to join in this type of activity, life during the pandemic has moved me to be more open. I knew that I could benefit from a self-compassion workshop because, like many others, I am very hard on myself!

"I was able to slow down and question some of the negative internal constructs holding me back. The mindfulness practice, yoga, and breathing are all tools that can help me take a step back when I’m overwhelmed. 

"Kate is a compassionate teacher with a great sense of humor! She is very approachable and willing to listen. I also got to meet new and interesting people after a long and complicated year.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Let me know what else you're curious about. If you're wondering, someone else is too! Schedule a 1-1 chat HERE or email me at [email protected]

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