July 2019 Graduate Retreat – Fostering Peace: Personal and Collective Safety and Care

Graduate Retreat – Open to All Grads

July 11th – July 14th 2019

“If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.” Tich Nhat Hanh 

To thrive requires human connection, both personal and collective. When we are in trusted connection, we desire to know the other and be known and valued by the other. When in I-Thou connection, we can relax in mutually shared values and perceptions. If I see you as ‘other,’ my Protector Self is automatically aroused. I am not safe, my physiology is activated and my mind will create a story based on my personal Love Map. Intimacy and community are derailed and peace is lost. In our CIL retreat, we will have the opportunity to explore our triggers and the stories rooted in our Love Map that disrupt peace within and between. We will share practices of self-regulation, bringing us back to a neutral physiological state in which we can clearly see our self and the other through the eyes of the heart. This retreat is devoted to help each of us carry the Practice of Peace within ourselves and our personal and collective worlds. We shall explore:

  • The evolving work of neuroscientist Stephen Porges
  • Mindfulness practices, including Daniel Siegel’s Wheel of Awareness
  • Communication skills of Non Violent Communication

As we come closer to our meeting time, we shall be in touch with some suggested readings. 

Practicalities: We will begin Thursday evening July 11th at 6:00pm and finish at lunchtime on Sunday July 14th. We will hold our gathering at Alexis’s home in South Salem NY. When you register, Kelly will give you the code for the Hilton Garden Inn in Danbury CT.  Cost: $700 including lunches. To reserve your spot, please send a $200 deposit to Kelly Byrne, CIL, 25 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

(If the cost of tuition will deter you from joining the retreat, please contact Alexis or Judith)


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