Are you a Pastor? Psychotherapist? Social Worker? Chaplain? Student-Counselor? Graduate Student? A Volunteer?
Are you involved in the lives of people to help them flourish as a human being?
Have you experienced a sense of joy and fulfillment in these roles?
Have you also experienced “empathy fatigue” or “burn out” in the process?
If so, might you consider attending a 2-day retreat that will offer you respite from the daily grind of life and provide you with tools that will help enliven and sustain the joy of journeying with others, especially those in pain and suffering?
The focus of the retreat is on nourishing and sustaining a life of compassion, which according to scientific studies nourishes the brain, strengthens bonds with others, and boosts physical and psychological well being.
Pursuing a life of compassion is also a way of mediating and incarnating the compassionate heart of God amidst a hurting world; a call that will resonate deeply with religiously committed participants.
More concretely, learning these compassion cultivates practices will act as a shield against the arrows of “empathy fatigue” that may pierce the heart of those involved in caring for the spiritual and mental well being of others.
The retreat will be held in two locations, namely FCJ Retreat and Conference Center in Calgary, ALBERTA on Monday-Tuesday May 15-16, 2017 and St. Benedict's Retreat and Conference Center on Monday-Tuesday June 19-20, 2017 Winnipeg, MANITOBA.
The cost of the retreat is $100 and will cover meals and snacks, accommodations, a copy of the book Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (Cascade Books, 2016) and other related materials. This affordable rate is made possible by a grant received from the Templeton Religion Trust, which subsidizes half of the retreat cost.
Click on the link below to register for the retreat. Make sure that you choose the appropriate location in which you will be attending.