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  • Soul Without Shame

  • Exploring the Nature of Self-Judgment

  • Liberating Yourself from the Judge Within

  • With Byron Brown

  • May 4 – 8, 2011

  • Program Description:

    The self-judgment of the superego, or inner critic, limits the fruition of our spiritual work as well as the psychological maturation and freedom sought after in psychotherapy. The superego praises, accuses, threatens, promises, and punishes us, and is always looking over our shoulder, watching to see if we measure up. In addition to invading our relationships and undermining our self-esteem, self-judgment is the primary force interfering with our personal spiritual work.

    Using skills and understanding developed over decades, Byron Brown will help students in this workshop to liberate themselves from chronic self-judgment using the principles of the Diamond Approach. The specific, active set of techniques that will be taught in this workshop can help free us from the inner critic. Through embodied awareness, which supports Presence, and open-ended inquiry, which brings about understanding, we will cultivate aspects of our true nature that are the antidote to self-judgment: compassion, will, and strength. Most importantly, we will practice disengaging from the judgment process through understanding and deliberate action.

    The workshop will include meditation, lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises, and is open to everyone with a willingness to confront habitual patterns of self-attack. Bring your courage, compassion, and curiosity.

    Retreat Schedule:

    Wednesday, May 4:
    Check-in from 3-6 pm, followed by dinner and an evening meeting.

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 5 – 7:
    Short talks, periods of meditation and discussion, as well as experiential exercises. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served all days.

    Sunday, May 8:
    Breakfast and a morning meeting, followed by a farewell lunch.

    Costs:

    Pricing is all-inclusive, and covers program tuition, accommodations, and all meals during the retreat.

    Single room: $1000 per person
    Please inquire about availability of single rooms

    Double room: $750 per person

    Triple room: $700 per person

    Commuter: $600 per person

    Payment in full must accompany registration in order to reserve a space in the program.

    Scholarships:

    Some scholarship assistance will be available for this retreat.