Values, Self-Care and Self-Compassion in a Stressed Out World

May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workshop and Retreat

CE Credit Hours


Student $375
Standard $550
Standard with CE $590
Private room $675
Private room with CE $715

Memphis will be a very rare retreat style workshop. The last one we held was 2012. We begin Friday evening, work all day Saturday, and finish at 3 PM on Sunday afternoon. Participants will stay at St. Columba. Rooms are double occupancy, with limited single room availability. St. Columba is not fancy, but it provides a clean and comfortable environment, set in the woodlands east of Memphis, Tennessee. Transportation is easy to and from the Memphis Airport. We will provide nutritious and delicious meals throughout, beginning with dinner Friday evening, ending with lunch on Sunday. The retreat will offer a chance to step back from noise and busyness and focus completely on our work together.

Self-Care & Self-Compassion are often experienced as competing with “other-focused” values, such as parenting, intimate relations, and work. Very often, self-care is last on the list. In this workshop and retreat, we will learn through direct experience how powerful acts of self-care & self-compassion can enrich and empower all other areas of valued living.

This workshop will focus on 8 practices for recovery. We will examine the ways that very small changes in our lives can propagate in our own social networks and in the social networks inhabited by our clients. As a way to sample small changes, we will introduce gentle movement and healthy meals throughout. ACT is an integrated model, so our work together will necessarily touch upon other components of the model. However, the workshop will show how other components facilitate valued living. ACT principles will guide participants in new interventions, worksheets & interviews that can be used in any human services environment, including mental health clinics, but also, medical settings, workplaces, schools & community centers.

The workshop and retreat will be densely experiential & will focus on a set of tools & skills that participants will be prepared to use immediately following the workshop. This is a jargon-free workshop.  Although we anticipate many participants will be psychologists, we hope to welcome many from allied health care professions.

This work is directly relevant to physicians, nurses, dietician, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other health care providers. In fact, you are welcome to bring a spouse or friend. It will be relevant and understandable!

More Details & Learning Objectives

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Event hosted by One Life LLC.


We will begin with a whirlwind tour of the health challenges that have become epidemic in the modern world. We will examine a wide variety of highly modifiable risk factors for problems in mental health. Although this is a science whirlwind, the topics will each contain experiential elements that bring practices into here and now and link them directly to self-compassion. Think of this as a densely experiential lecture!

We will introduce simple strategies to:

  • reduce risk of mental illness
  • ameliorate symptoms of mental illness
  • reduce chronicity of mental illness
  • allow for medication use with lower dosage over shorter time frames
  • support health and well-being during medication reduction and termination
  • improve the effects of necessary medications

We will examine self-care and self-compassion in a way that leaves attendees with something far better than a to-do list of diet, exercise, and sleep. Even though we, and our clients, often know things we “should” do, motivation is a barrier. Getting started is a barrier. Sticking with it is a barrier. And, even thinking seriously about change can be a barrier.

Imagine for a moment, the face of someone you love with all your heart. Now, perhaps something harder: imagine that you were someone you loved like that, with your heart wide open. What kindness and care would you offer?

We will look within and find the deepest kindness. We will practice applying that kindness to ourselves and our clients.

The 1st evening and day 2 will be focused on:

  • Broad intro to modifiable risk factors and their connection to self-care, and self-compassion, linking to the ACT Model.
  • Diving more deeply into risk factors for mental health and deepening the self-compassion connection
  • Encountering the roots of suffering and neglect and the possibility of self-compassion, linking to the ACT Model

We will bring the self-care and self-kindness practices, along with the full ACT model, to bear directly on interview and intervention. ACT provides a trans-diagnostic model. We will introduce methods that can be used with a wide variety of client difficulties and a wide variety of contexts—from the psychotherapy consulting room, to group therapy, to a brief medical visit, even to a conversation with family and friends.

The workshop will be experiential in focus and will provide a set of tools and skills that participants will be prepared to use immediately following the workshop. We will show how the interface between mindfulness, values, and self-compassion work in ACT can become essential tools in your day-to-day work with clients and patients, as well as in your own self-care.

Day 3 will be focused on:

  • Using a Mindful Matrix Interview to foster self-care and valued living

Daily timeline

Day 1 (120 CE minutes)

5:00-6:00         Evening registration and check in
6:00-7:00         Dinner
7:00- 9:00        Experiential Intro, meditation and, gentle movement (120 min.)

Day 2 (500 CE minutes)

7:30-8:30         ACT focused morning meditation and gentle movement (60 m.)
8:30-9:30         Breakfast
9:30-10:30       Lecture, meditation and, gentle movement (60 m.)
10:30-10:50     Break
10:50-12:30     Lecture, meditation and, gentle movement (100 m.)
12:30-1:30       Lunch
1:30-3:30         Lecture, meditation and, gentle movement (120 m.)
3:30-3:50         Break
4:00-5:10         ACT focused gentle movement session (70 m.)
5:45-7:00         Dinner
7:00-8:30         Evening meditation, connection, and gentle movement (90 m.)

Day 3 (310 CE minutes)

7:30-8:30         Mindful Interviews and gentle movement (60 m.)
8:30-9:30         Breakfast
9:30-10:30       Mindful Interviews and gentle movement (60 m.)
10:30-10:50     Break
10:50-12:30     Mindful Interviews and gentle movement (100 m.)
12:30-1:30       Lunch
1:30-3:00         Mindful Interviews and closing questions/comments (90 m.)
3:00-4:00         Pack up and checkout


St. Columba
4577 Billy Maher Road
Memphis, TN 38135
United States

St. Columba is a camp and retreat center located on 145 wooded acres with hiking trails in Memphis, Tennessee. We will be utilizing Scheibler Lodge. Healthy meals will be provided.


St. Columba will provide linens and all bedding. They will also have towels for your use in the showers.

You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat for our movement practice. We will also have some mats that you can use if you do not have a mat.

Bring comfortable clothing to wear throughout.  Sweat pants, shorts, yoga tights and comfortable t-shirts would be great. Memphis can be warm with cool nights in May, so shorts and t-shirts will likely be a comfortable choice.

We are proud to partner with

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