A SAND organized 4-day retreat with Gabor Mate and Betsy Polatin,
at the tail-end of SAND20 Italy (July 14–20).
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 compassionately guided self-inquiry supported by bodywork, which, together, invite pain, discomfort and repressed emotions to come to the surface to be experienced, witnessed and worked through in a safe, supportive setting. 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 movement and breath work led by Betsy Polatin. We will explore emotional realities and traumatic imprints that spiritual modalities often ignore. It will be an in-depth program, suitable for therapists, spiritual seekers and anyone looking for a profound, experiential understanding of their personal issues and the hidden beliefs that sustain them.
In this workshop you will learn:
The event will begin on Monday, July 20 and end on Friday, July 24 after breakfast. On-site registration begins at 12:00 on Monday. Room check-in available starting at 14:00. Lunch is included on Monday if you are on site at 13:00. Retreat sessions begin Monday afternoon at 16:00.
SAND Supporters: Claim your discount here
|Tickets||Until March 31||After April 1|
|Full week - Single room||$1,609||$1,672|
|Full week - Double room||$1,057||$1,120|
|Full week - Triple room||$825||$888|
|Full week - Shared room||$749||$812|
|Full week - Camping||$687||$750|
Until May 1, receive a $70 discount on your registration when you register both for this event and for the SAND20 Europe Gathering that will be held immediately before the retreat at the same venue (July 14-20). Look for your discount registration link in your confirmation email when you complete your registration.
Everyone eats meals together at Titignano. Your registration includes three delicious homemade Italian meals a day from lunch 7/20 through breakfast 7/24.
When you register, you will be able to select your dietary preferences (omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free), and alert us of any food allergies.
Getting to the event
Please see the travel information section on our venue page.
Registering more than one person
During the event registration process you will be able to add additional individuals. Register yourself first and before you make a payment you will be asked "Will you be registering any other attendees for this event?" Answer "Yes" and then enter the next person's info. You can add as many people as you like. When you are done click on "Complete Registration". You will make one payment for all attendees.
Modifying your registration
You can add shuttle ticket purchases or rent camping gear at a later date. To add to or change your registration click on the main registration link and then click on "Modify Registration". Enter your email and first name to access your registration record. The total price shown at the bottom of your record includes what you have already paid. Do not remove anything unless you no longer want that option. You will not be charged twice.
Gabor Maté, M.D. is a physician and best-selling author whose books have been published in twenty languages internationally. His interests include child development, the mind-body unity in health and illness, and the treatment of addictions. Gabor has worked in palliative care and as a family physician, and for fourteen years practiced addiction medicine in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As a speaker he regularly addresses professional and lay audiences throughout North America. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including a Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumnus Award and an honourary degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. His most recent book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won the Hubert Evans Prize for literary nonfiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.
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