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Refuge of the Heart

Mindfulness & the Cultivation of Self-Kindness

June 27, 2014 – June 29, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Matthew Brensilver
Member Tuition:
SM14-2502-828Matthew Brensilver,

This workshop has been cancelled.

Buddhist psychology suggests a powerful connection between mindfulness and love. In mindfulness meditation, we practice resting, looking deeply, knowing moment-by-moment what it’s like to be human.

Initially, some of us are hesitant to look because we’re concerned about what we’ll find. But our practice shows us that the more deeply we look at our experience, the more reason we have to love ourselves.

As we begin to sense the poignancy of our own wish to be happy, we can care about our struggles and cherish our joy in a new way. We find that we have often underestimated the capacity of our heart. The deepest expression of self-kindness is the realization of non-separation. When we let go of rigid ideas of who and what we are, we discover the refuge of the heart.

This weekend retreat includes periods of silent mindfulness practice, lecture, and opportunities for connection in the context of safety, mutual openness, and kindness. It is designed to support individuals new to mindfulness practice, although all are welcome to attend.

Helping professionals find techniques they can use with their clients and for their own personal support.


Continuing Education
  • NBCC - Certified Counselors +$35
4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Interviews (Optional)
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty


Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain for four years and coteaches a course on mindfulness at UCLA’s Brain-Mind-Wellness Summer Institute. He has taught thousands of individuals about the benefits of mindfulness at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and the Insight Meditation Center.