A Healthy Empathy® retreat at 1440 Multiversity!

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Healthy Empathy®

How to Give Without Giving it All Away

Karla McLaren, M.Ed and Tino Plank, MSN, RN

November 24th to 26th, 2017, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon
1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California
$325 plus accommodations (see the 1440 Multiversity site for your options)

8.5 hours of Continuing Education credits are available (see below)

Learn more or register here


Health and healing professionals who demonstrate empathy provide better care with higher patient and client satisfaction. However, empathic burnout and compassion fatigue are a constant presence in the working lives of health and healing professionals and caregivers.

The most appropriate approach, then, is not to expect more empathy from caregivers or health and healing professionals. The best approach is to make sure that their empathy is intentional, self-enriching, sustainable, and healthy.

Join Karla McLaren, M.Ed., author of The Art of Empathy, and Tino Plank, MSN, RN — who brings over three decades of clinical health leadership and process-improvement experience — for their groundbreaking Healthy Empathy® program. In this weekend retreat, you’ll explore the Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that will help you make decisions about how, when, and where to apply empathy in each situation. You’ll also learn self-awareness skills, simple self-care practices, and communication techniques to improve your quality of care and your quality of life.

In Healthy Empathy® you’ll explore:
  • Strategies to help you create and sustain healthy empathy.
  • Cutting edge emotional skills and awareness to help you engage your empathy skillfully in challenging situations.
  • Specific, step-by-step understanding of Karla McLaren’s Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model.
  • Focused strategies to engage or disengage specific aspects of empathy, depending on your situation and requirements.
  • A clear understanding of emotion work and its effect on empathy, communication, productivity, burnout, and wellness.
  • Communication techniques to help your empathy become intentional, sustainable, and healthy.
  • Practical skills to cultivate and support an emotionally well-regulated workplace.
  • Self-care skills to maintain your well-being and productivity throughout your career and in your personal life

This Healthy Empathy® retreat is focused on health and healing professionals, including medical, counseling, psychiatry, social work, and patient service professionals.

Caregivers for family and friends are also welcome! Caregivers may be doing as much or more empathy work as professionals, yet have little to no access to the support that professionals may receive. We invite caregivers to join us for this education and self-care retreat.

About this Healthy Empathy® retreat

Tuition: $325 for the weekend retreat (Friday, November 24th through Sunday, November 26th, 2017), plus your accommodations.

Accommodations: See the per person accommodation rates at the 1440 site. This rate will include your room, plus:

  • Nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • Daily meditation and yoga classes
  • Non-ticketed evening events
  • Use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool

You’ll also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, shops, and evening programs.

Retreat Schedule: You’ll arrive at 1440 Multiversity on Friday afternoon, check into your room, and take some time to explore or rest. After dinner, there will be a Friday evening introductory session, with morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday, plus a final morning session on Sunday. This relaxed schedule will give you plenty of time for rest, movement, relaxation, nature walks, and/or body work.

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About 1440 Multiversity

We’re excited to invite you to a brand new retreat center in the redwoods just north of Santa Cruz, California. At 1440 Multiversity:

We believe there is great power in immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time and energy to focus on our more important, but often more elusive, priorities. Add trusted faculty, proven curriculum, fresh air, delicious food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep to that equation and you’ve pretty much captured what it is that we do here.

This is a place to spend time engaging some of life’s most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and re-energize yourself as you do it. Look forward to the perfect blend of an ideal vacation coupled with learning you can bring home.

Our state-of-the-art campus is tucked within a magnificent forest of California redwoods between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley.  Carefully crafted to house, nurture, educate, and inspire all who visit – 1440 is part conference center, part resort, part school, part retreat center, and part surprise.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

About CE Credits

This workshop is open to healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, caregivers, counseling and psychiatric professionals, social workers, and anyone who performs regular empathy work. 8.5 hours of CE Credits are available to Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, MFTs, Chemical Dependency Counselors, and Educators.

Healthy Empathy® Professionals

Karla McLaren, M.Ed.

Photograph of Karla - a smiling white middle-aged female with brown hair and glasses
Photo by Michael Leras

Karla McLaren is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC and the co-creator of the Healthy Empathy® training program for health and healing professionals.

Karla also developed the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that makes all of the processes in empathy easily understandable, accessible, and attainable. This fully realized model teaches people how to access, develop, and manage their empathy intentionally.

Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013), The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You (2010), and the academic title with cult expert Janja Lalich, PhD, Escaping Utopia (2017). She is also a Certified Human Resources Administrator and a Certified Career Testing and Guidance Facilitator. Her interests include occupational sociology, linguistic anthropology, neurodiversity, and disability rights.

Tino Plank, MA, MSN, RN

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Photo by Tia Gavin

Tino Plank has advanced degrees in nursing and multicultural spirituality, as well as an extensive background in program development and process improvement. His varied and dynamic experience helps him identify the empathy-work requirements in care environments, and develop sound practices to support healthy empathy for everyone.

Tino is a former nursing faculty member at the University of San Francisco where he was at the forefront of integrating healthcare innovation into practice.

Tino currently works as a nurse educator in end-of-life care, and previously as a hospice grief counselor. In those roles, he has witnessed both the beauty and the down-side of empathy: Empathy can empower caring interactions, yet if it isn’t healthy and intentional, it can contribute to professional burnout.

For over twenty years, Tino has worked with Karla McLaren to develop the Dynamic Emotional Integration® process. He has also been an instructor in classrooms and on-line environments for over ten years, and he is the co-creator of this Healthy Empathy® training program for health and healing professionals.

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Join us in November for Healthy Empathy® at 1440 Multiversity!

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