Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
Guiding Principles & Embodied Practices of Buddhist Psychology
Application to Clinical Practice (Clinical Supervision)
September 2019 – June 2020
Alternate Wednesdays 9 am – 11 pm
Wellspring Center, 39 Church St, Hardwick, VT
At the core of our being there is an indestructible “tender soft spot,” a place of openness through which life moves. It is the source of our basic goodness. When encountering threatening situations, we instinctively attempt to protect that soft tender spot in the center of our being. Over time, the protective layer becomes the habit of mind that thinks this small hut we have built for ourselves is who we are, and we become disconnected from our wise resourceful center. We forget that the only real safety is found in our innate wisdom and compassion, that the only sure protection for our vulnerability rests in openness.
How do we find our way back to the ground of our being, to the home in our heart? How do we guide others on this journey? Training the mind in the ways of nature is a place to begin. One of the words for mind in Buddhism is citta, which means heart. It is through the heart-mind that we come to know what is true, and trust in this knowing. It is only with the heart that one can see clearly says the Little Prince.
Our approach to psychotherapy is guided by specific principles, which in turn give rise to creative methods. A skillful therapist abides in these principles as a way of being, cultivated over time through intentional study and embodied practice.
The therapeutic process relies on a mature human presence, one that is responsive to the unique situation of each individual. It is a way of being that ensures the effective use of methods and techniques: a nonviolent approach that involves the relational abilities to protect and not manipulate, to give and receive, to be and be with, to harmonize and differentiate, and to touch and liberate. As therapists, we help a client to safely observe themselves more fully, and allow change to come about organically rather than attempting to change their behavior directly. We trust a client’s ability to become self-aware, self-caring and self-responsible, and to become emotionally mature beings.
Phone: (858) 337-0331
Wednesdays 5:30-7 pm
Wellspring Insight Meditation Community
39 Church St, Hardwick
A weekly course of study and practice offers instruction in meditation and reflections on the teachings of the Buddha. Guided meditations, periods of silence, teachings and group dialogue.
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Fall 2019 Retreat
Living with a Tender Heart
Vipassana Meditation Retreat with Chas DiCapua
1 pm Friday – 12 pm Sunday
OCTOBER 25 – 27, 2019
Location: Bishop Booth Conference Center, Burlington, Vermont
Chas DiCapua has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for over 25 years. He has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Thai Forest tradition and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chas teaches retreats at IMS, at various meditation centers throughout the country, and offers Spiritual Counseling for individuals.
Metta, or loving-kindness, is the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. It helps soften the heart, allowing us to feel empathy with the happiness and sorrow of the world.
Metta practice cultivates the innate friendliness of an open heart by inclining the heart toward expressing wholesome intentions. Recognizing and expressing goodwill may evoke feelings of love, tenderness, and warmth, or expose difficult or painful buried emotions. Allowing all these emotions to surface in their own time is one function of loving-kindness practice.
During this retreat, we deepen our understanding of how the practices of mindfulness and loving-kindness
support one another. Mindfulness is the practice of being present: a quality of attention that allows present moment experience to be known without preference, without resisting or attempting to manipulate or change it. Metta practice is the caring quality of awareness: a sensitivity and warmth that allows us to respond with kindness and compassion, receptive and responsive. During the retreat, we will use both silent sitting and walking practice, Dharma talks, and small group discussion as vehicles for this exploration.
Individual meetings with the teacher and group dharma discussion will round out our exploration of what it means to practice in challenging times.
Monthly Day-Long Retreats
We had hoped to carry on the day long retreats four times per year and previously posted notices of the dates. Regretfully, we are not able to fulfill this plan due to current scheduling demands. No day long retreats are scheduled at this time.