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Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Maté

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

March 3 – 8, 2019

1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA

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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.

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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-PerelGabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver.

To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.


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 

James R. Doty, M.D. is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism.
He is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He holds multiple patents and is the former CEO of Accuray (ARAY:NASDAQ). He remains a consultant and operating partner to a number of venture capital firms. As a philanthropist, Dr. Doty has given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discovery the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart now translated into 38 languages. Dr. Doty is also the senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science. 

James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, having given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities.


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 LissaRankin.com and posts regularly on Facebook.


Evening Performance

Laura Inserra is a multi-instrumentalist, sound therapist, composer, teacher, and event producer from Sicily. She is specialized in the transformative and healing power of sound, sympathetic resonance, and binaural beats.

Thanks to her musical and spiritual studies with teachers from ancient and modern schools of wisdom, she has developed a unique form of healing practice called ‘Harmonizing Therapy’. Using sacred sounds, rhythms, and melodies, she creates Inner Landscapes Journeys to facilitate and nurture personal transformation and self awareness. She applies this method in one on one sessions, as well as group settings, concerts, workshops, and company retreats.

Laura is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. Her music displays a rich palette of global sounds using ancient and modern instruments which she infuses with a unique blend of harmonies and melody lines on top of intricate rhythmic expressions. She performs in a variety of public, private, and site-specific events including retreats, and sacred ceremonies. She composes soundtracks and sound design for corporate events, performing arts, art installations, and movies. More info at www.laurainserra.com

 


Compassionate Inquiry Schedule

When? What? Who?
2:15 pm Check-in begins; rooms ready by 4pm
4:45 - 5:45 pm Supplemental Option Class
5:30 - 7:00 pm Dinner
6:45 - 7:15 pm Guest Welcome Session
7:30 - 9:00 pm (see below) Opening Program - Evening Session
7:30 - 7:45 pm Welcome and Orientation Maurizio & Zaya
7:45 - 8:30 pm Introduction to the program, Spiritual Bypassing and the Purpose of Compassionate Inquiry Gabor Mate
8:30 - 9:00 pm Kundalini Yoga to Realize the Self and Group Meditation Sat Dharam
When? What? Who?
6:45 - 7:45 am Supplemental Option Class
7:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 pm Morning Session
9:00-9:15 Breathing Exercise to Enhance Presence Sat Dharam
9:15-10:30 Module 1: Presence, Safety, Attunement Gabor Mate
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-11:15 Compassionate Inquiry (CI) Dem Gabor Mate
11:15-12:00 Kundalini Yoga Sat Dharam
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 pm Afternoon Session
2:00-2:15 Breathing Exercise for Self-Awareness: Meditation for a Calm Heart Sat Dharam
2:15-3:15 Module 2: Triggers, Pain, Shame Gabor Mate
3:15-3:40 CI Demo Gabor Mate
3:40-4:00 Skill-building exercises Sat Dharam
4:45 - 5:45 pm Supplemental Option Class
5:30 - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm Evening Session
7:30 - 9:00 pm The Life-Changing Magic of Compassion and Mindfulness Gabor Mate and James Doty
When? What? Who?
6:45 - 7:45 Supplemental Option Class
7:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 pm Morning Session
9:00-9:15 Trust Gut Feelings Practices Sat Dharam
9:15-10:30 Module 3: Trauma, Disconnection, Constriction Gabor Mate
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-11:15 CI demos Gabor Mate
11:15-12:00 Kundalini Yoga Sat Dharam
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 pm Afternoon Session
2:00-2:15 Partner Exercise and Meditation Sat Dharam
2:15-3:15 Module 4: Attachment, Adaptation, Addiction Gabor Mate
3:15-3:40 CI Demos Gabor Mate
3:40-4:00 Participants practice Sat Dharam
4:45 - 5:45 Supplemental Option Class
5:30 - 7:00 Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm Evening Session
7:30 - 9:00 Health and Nonduality: Two physicians explore the mind/body/spirit unity in illness and health Gabor Mate and Lissa Rankin
When? What? Who?
6:45 - 7:45 Supplemental Option Class
7:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 pm Morning Session
9:00-9:15 Meditation & Exercises Sat Dharam
9:15-10:30 Module 5: Children, Family, Responsibility Gabor Mate
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-11:15 CI demos Gabor Mate
11:15-12:00 Kundalini Yoga Sat Dharam
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 pm Afternoon Session
2:00-2:15 Meditation Sat Dharam
2:15-3:15 Module 6: Memory, Stories, Beliefs Gabor Mate
3:15-3:40 CI Demos Gabor Mate
3:40-4:00 Participants practice Sat Dharam
4:45 - 5:45 Supplemental Option Class
5:30 - 7:00 Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm Evening Session
7:30-9:00 Chambers of AWE Laura Inserra
When? What? Who?
6:45 - 7:45 Supplemental Option Class
7:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 pm Morning Session
9:00-9:15 Meditation Sat Dharam
9:15-10:30 Module 7: Will, Compassion, Forgiveness Gabor Mate
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-11:15 CI demos Gabor Mate
11:15-12:00 Kundalini Yoga Sat Dharam
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 pm Afternoon Session
2:00 - 2:15 Compassion Meditation Sat Dharam
2:15 - 3:15 Module 8: Relationship, Possibility, Chang Gabor Mate
3:15 - 3:40 CI Demos Gabor Mate
3:40 - 4:00 Participants practice Sat Dharam
4:45 - 5:45 Supplemental Option Class
5:30 - 7:00 Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm Evening Session
7:30 - 9:00 A conversation on Spiritual Bypassing and meeting Trauma on the Spiritual Path Gabor Mate and Adyashanti
When? What? Who?
6:45 - 7:45 Supplemental Option Class
7:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 am Morning Session
9:00-10:00 Pranayam & Kundalini Yoga Sat Dharam
10:00-10:30 Q&A Gabor Mate
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-12:00 Group process, closing circle Gabor Mate
12:00 pm Check-out time
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch (included on day of departure)

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