Yoga Vacation Program
November 29 — December 2, 2024

Mindful Self-Compassion as a Foundation for Inner Peace

in Daily Life and Spiritual Practice

David Spound

Many people begin the practices of yoga and meditation in order to address challenging life circumstances and relieve suffering. Ironically, even as we discover the deeper potential of these practices for the cultivation of inner peace and spiritual enlightenment, we may find ourselves struggling and stuck with very familiar pain that arises from old wounds, difficult life experiences, trauma, and more.

Being human means that each day will bring unexpected experiences, some of which can be sweet and some of which can be difficult and unwelcome. Stress, physical pain, loss, grief, illness, and more are inevitable visitors that we will encounter. How can we fully experience the beauty of life while also meeting pain and sorrow with as much skillfulness and compassion as possible? How can we address suffering without resorting to suppression or denial?

One respected and researched approach is “Mindful Self-Compassion” (MSC).

Through principles of this MSC program you will:

  • Learn why self-compassion is not selfish or self-centered but rather essential for
    a balanced approach to life.
  • Discover why attempts to fix and solve our pain can often prolong suffering or
    make things worse.
  • Explore ways to cultivate, practice, and express compassion for ourselves and
  • Understand why difficult thoughts and emotions can arise when engaged in
    peaceful practices such as meditation and yoga, and even in beautiful settings
    such as this
  • Practice meditations that build the foundations of mindful self-compassion and a
    sense of well-being
  • Learn practical tools for coping with difficult moments in daily life.
  • Explore ways to address some of the common barriers to self-compassion,
    including habitual self-criticism and shame

All are welcome! These sessions are intended to be of benefit to beginner and
advanced practitioners.

Offered as 2 satsangs and 3 workshops (subject to change).

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with an 8pm satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with an 8pm satsang on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.

David Spound, M.Ed., is has more than 20 years of mindfulness and compassion
teaching experience, including courses, intensives, retreats, and teacher training in
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). He
also leads silent meditation retreats and advanced online study groups such as the
Community for Deepening Practice (CDP).

David trained and worked at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School (the clinic founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.) where he
taught MBSR and managed the MBSR Teacher Training and Certification Program. In
addition, he trained and worked with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion where he
served as a senior MSC teacher, teacher trainer, mentor, and co-manager of the MSC
Teacher Training Program.

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