The Art of Empathy retreat in April!

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The Art of Empathy Retreat in California!

Balancing Connection, Self-Care, and Healthy Intimacy
April 1st to 6th, 2018
1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California
Learn more or register here


The Art of Empathy

Empathy — for yourself and others — is a crucial skill at all times, and especially in times of trouble. Empathy is possibly your most essential skill, yet many of us struggle with it simply because we weren’t taught how it works. When you learn how empathy works, you’ll be able to empathize skillfully without becoming overwhelmed or burning out — and this ability can improve every area of your life.

In this six-day program at the 1440 Multiversity retreat center in the redwoods of northern California, you’ll join empathy pioneers Karla McLaren, M.Ed. and Amanda Ball, MS in an experiential exploration of The Art of Empathy.

No matter where you start — whether you’re highly empathic or whether you’re having difficulty accessing your empathy — you’ll learn how to work with empathy in healthy, grounded, and accessible ways.

In this six-day retreat, you’ll explore:

  • The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy and how to work with each one
  • A unique empathic approach to emotions and social intelligence that will make your empathy much easier to understand
  • Focused Empathic Mindfulness practices to help you live more comfortably, empathically, and authentically
  • Specific empathic communication skills to nurture healthy empathy in your relationships at home, at work, and in your community
  • Numerous self-soothing skills to help you access your empathy in challenging situations
  • Ideas and practices to help you create healthy empathic environments at home and at work — for yourself, your children, your family, and your co-workers

If your empathy is too intense, you’ll learn how to manage it more comfortably, and if empathy is confusing or difficult for you, you’ll learn how to work with it more skillfully.

No matter where you start, you’ll learn how to balance connection and intimacy with self-awareness, and you’ll learn how to develop healthy empathy!

About this Art of Empathy retreat

Tuition: $415 for the 6-day retreat (Sunday, April 1st through Friday, April 6th, 2018), plus your accommodations.

Accommodations: See the per person accommodation rates at the 1440 site. This rate will include your choice of 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 Sunday afternoon, check into your room, and take some time to explore or rest. After dinner, there will be a Sunday evening introductory session, with morning and afternoon sessions Monday through Thursday, plus a final morning session on Friday. This relaxed schedule will give you plenty of time for rest, movement, nature walks, and/or body work.

Learn more or register here

About 1440 Multiversity

Join us at 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.

It’s really a 3-for-1; you get a relaxing vacation, a delicious healthy retreat, and an Art of Empathy workshop all in one! We hope to see you in April!

Register here

About Karla McLaren and Amanda Ball

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Photo by Michael Leras

Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions 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.

Karla’s lifelong work has been focused on the creation of a grand unified theory of emotions, which presents every emotion as an essential aspect of intelligence, self-awareness, communication, and empathy.

Karla has also developed the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that highlights all of the processes in healthy empathy and makes them easily understandable, accessible, and attainable. This fully realized model teaches people how to access, develop, and manage their empathy intentionally. It also explicitly welcomes people who have been exiled from earlier models of empathy (such as men, boys, and autistic people).

Her applied work, Dynamic Emotional Integration®, is a leading-edge training program and consultation process to help people develop keen emotional awareness, healthy empathic skills, and emotionally-respectful mindfulness practices.

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Photo by Tia Gavin

Amanda Ball, M.S. has her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She focused her academic studies and internship on the work in The Language of Emotions and The Art of Empathy, and developed emotional skills curriculum and grief and trauma process groups for high school students.

Amanda is the administrator of Emotion Dynamics LLC, and she is double-licensed as a Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant.

Amanda is also a lead instructor of Dynamic Emotional Integration®, and her professional interests include emotions & empathy, addiction & distractions, neurodiversity, trauma healing, and gender & sexuality. She divides her time between Northern California and New England.

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