Widening the Circle of Compassion: A Wilderness Compassion Retreat

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 5:00pm to Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 1:00pm

Come retreat with the Center for Compassion Studies and Outdoor Recreation in the pines on Mingus Mountain for a long weekend immersion in Cognitively Based Compassion Training, one of North America's leading programs in compassion meditation. No previous meditation experience is needed, and all are welcome.

In this retreat, practices include training in attentional stability and increased emotional awareness, as well as targeted analytical reflections to understand how to better one's relationship with self and others. The reflective exercises seek critical insights into the way one's mindsets and attitudes can be shifted to support personal resiliency, to foster an inclusive and more accurate understanding of others, and ultimately to intensify altruistic motivation. With practice, informed compassion can become a spontaneous response that permeates one's life.

Cognitively Based Compassion Training has been found to be beneficial by educators, social workers, medical and mental health professionals, and others wishing to reduce stress, build resiliency, improve relationships, and/or simply foster this universal human value in self and others. 

Cognitively Based Compassion Training was developed by Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D., at Emory University.

About our location:

Prepare to "unplug" and retreat in the pines just above 7,000 feet near Prescott, Arizona at the James Mingus Springs Camp as we deepen our exploration of compassion toward ourselves and others. The camp is private and a true "return to nature" without cellular service, inviting us to retreat for the weekend from the outside world.

We'll have a grownup summer camp experience, with the option to stay in private or shared cabins, or, bring your tent and gear and camp on the beautiful land! Local, organic food will nourish us each meal, and we'll have time for reflection and socialization around evening campfires, afternoon walks on trails, and an optional morning meditation overlooking a beautiful lake each day.

Visit the links for more details about the retreat, location and how to register.

James Camp Mingus Springs, 5200 S. Forest Service Road 105
Prescott, AZ
United States
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Center for Compassion Studies and Outdoor Recreation
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Leslie Langbert
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Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact, Leslie Langbert.