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Compassionate Inquiry

A 6-day retreat with Gabor Maté and Sat Dharam Kaur
Featuring conversations with Adyashanti and Lissa Rankin

March 3 – 8, 2019

1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA


Many of us seek spirituality to alleviate pain and suffering. The internal discomfort of anger, sadness, fear, shame, or self-loathing is soothed by pleasant or blissful experiences encountered through meditation, yoga, chanting, prayer and connecting in community. Spiritual bypass occurs when we use our spiritual beliefs, practices, community and way of life to avoid experiencing, revealing and processing emotional pain.

Spiritual practitioners can get caught in the trap of assuming a spiritual identity as a defense against emotional pain, and as compensation for underlying unconscious beliefs such as “I’m not good enough”, “I’m not loveable”, or “I did something wrong”. When we identify ourselves as being spiritual, or are praised, valued and recognized as a practitioner or teacher, the split between what we experience on the inside and what we present to the world becomes greater. The original wound can remain unhealed, despite years of dedicated spiritual practice. We may even intensify our practice in a disciplined effort to suppress difficult emotions.

Spiritual bypassing can be addressed through body-oriented psychotherapy that invites pain, discomfort and repressed emotions to come to the surface to be witnessed in a safe, supportive setting, and through inquiry into the origin of that pain and the beliefs that surround it. Acceptance, allowing, non-judgement, expression and self-compassion are the ingredients needed for resolution.

This program will feature Dr. Gabor Maté’s unique therapeutic work and teaching, Compassionate Inquiry, enhanced by yoga practices led by his colleague, friend and expert Kundalini yoga teacher, Sat Dharam Kaur. We will explore emotional realities and traumatic imprints that spiritual modalities often ignore. Such spiritual bypass can leave people confused and unresolved, despite many years of devoted practice and seeking. It will be an in-depth program, suitable for therapists, spiritual seekers and anyone looking for a profound, experiential understanding of their personal issues.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • meditations and breathing practices to generate calm and stability
  • how to become a skillful witness to body sensations and emotions
  • breathing exercises and kundalini yoga practices to bring repressed emotions to the surface
  • to cultivate self-acceptance and self-compassion, being with what is
  • to bring attention and curiosity to body signals
  • to access repressed emotional states through body awareness
  • to access implicit memory through body sensations and emotions
  • to facilitate the expression of what has remained unexpresssed
  • the importance of patience, respect and choice in the therapeutic process
  • how to uncover early traumatic events of childhood and unconscious feeling states through Compassionate Inquiry

Why Attend?

  • to learn the process of Compassionate Inquiry to understand your own triggers and their origin
  • to recognize mental-emotional patterns and drivers, and how they limit your wholeness, choice and freedom
  • to bring healing and integration to traumatic events from the past
  • to complement your spiritual practice with ongoing emotional healing

Workshop facilitators

img-Esther-PerelDr. Gabor Maté is a Vancouver physician, author and public speaker who specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and mind/body health. He has authored the best-selling In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Hold Onto Your Kids, When the Body Says No and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder. He developed the approach of Compassionate Inquiry when he recognized that unconscious dynamics originating from childhood trauma contributed to illness and addiction. Dr. Maté was honoured as a member of the Order of Canada in 2018 for his compassion, work with trauma and addiction, and recognition of the mind-body connection in health and illness.

img-Michaela-BoehmSat Dharam Kaur is a Kundalini Yoga lead trainer, author, and naturopathic doctor practicing in Owen Sound, Ontario. She began studying Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan in 1976 and facilitates teacher training programs in Toronto and internationally. Yogi Bhajan called Sat Dharam a “teacher of teachers and healer of healers.” She has been working closely with Dr. Gabor Maté in developing and delivering both the Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery program, as well as the psychotherapeutic approach of Compassionate Inquiry. She also developed the Healthy Breast Program, designed to help educate women in breast cancer prevention through Kundalini Yoga and lifestyle change. She was awarded the Naturopathic Doctor of the Year award in Ontario in 2000. A featured teacher at yoga festivals and naturopathic conferences, she has written several best selling books: A Call to Women: The Healthy Breast Program and Workbook, The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer, and The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health.

Evening Conversation

Adyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.”

Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast. “Adyashanti” means primordial peace.

Evening Conversation

Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling, is a physician, speaker, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and mystic. Passionate about what makes people optimally healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she is on a mission to merge science and spirituality in a way that not only facilitates the health of the individual, but also uplifts the health of the collective. Bridging between seemingly disparate worlds, Lissa is a connector, collaborator, curator, and amplifier, broadcasting not only her unique visionary ideas, but also those of cutting edge visionaries she discerns and trusts, especially in the field of her latest research into “Sacred Medicine.” Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials and also leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her daughter. She blogs at and posts regularly on Facebook.


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