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|
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.
Betsy Polatin, an internationally recognized teacher, is currently a Master Lecturer at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. She has been teaching for forty years and has training in music, dance, yoga, trauma, meditation, and the healing arts. Teaching experience includes; Music Schools, Meditation Centers, the Psychotherapy Networker, Performing Arts Medicine Association, Bessel van der Kolk’s International Trauma Conference, and many other classes in the US and abroad. Betsy is currently co-teaching a class with Dr Peter Levine, international trauma expert, called, "Trauma and the Performing Artist.” Her unique combination of work, “The Actor’s Secret,” blends the Alexander Technique with Carl Stough’s Breathing Coordination principles and Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing. Having been involved with meditation since 1966, her work is greatly influenced by spiritual, and meditation masters. As a breathing and movement specialist, she has had numerous articles published in the Huffington Post. Her new book, Humanual, is a manual for being human. theactorssecretbook.com
From a very young age, Lorraine was fascinated by the beauty of movement and music. Her childhood was spent exploring the body through gymnastics, ice skating and different styles of dance. In her early twenties, a strong calling to the path of Yoga became the catalyst for many deeper realisations in her life and she left everything behind to follow this call. She has now been a dedicated Yogini and lover of Truth for more than a couple of decades. She specializes in offering an insightful feminine way of practising Yoga bringing forth her love of Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism. She has also dedicated many years to the study of Jnana (Non Duality), Bhakti (Devotion) as well as Traditional Hatha Yoga which has led her to discover the depths of the Yogic practice, understanding the beauty of the fluid form while investigating the more subtle layers that exist within us. Ultimately pointing to what lies beyond which is the true meaning of Yoga. Union. Oneness. Love. Her classes are a journey of who we are on every level from the physical to the beyond all shared with a healthy dose of humour and an open heart.
Diane Long has been developing and refining yoga for most of her life. She was born in North Carolina and moved to Italy in the early 1970s. While living in Florence, Vanda Scaravelli invited her to work with her. Diane was a devoted student for the next two and a half decades, until Vanda's death in 1999.
Vanda is legendary in the world of yoga. She was J. Krishnamurti's best friend for sixty years and began to explore yoga and movement at age fifty to help him develop more ease in his body. Her initial study was in music as a classical pianist. This understanding of music, reflected in her yoga, shunned methodology and celebrated the creative.
Diane's meeting with Vanda introduced her to a new form of consciousness in the study of yoga and body mind awareness. Working one on one with a teacher, who continually questioned the simple biomechanics of the body until she was brought to a more profound understanding of breath and spine, looked nothing like the usual methods of yoga or movement that have become the norm today.
The spine and breath can be the physical liaison that brings us into the spiritual realm and may offer up profound healing, if our practice becomes a willingness to consistently start anew.
Diane continues to be based in Italy for half of the year and has spent the last forty five years sharing her teaching with anyone interested, all around the world.
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