Empaths in Winter Wonderland!

January 19, 2012

Let’s Get Emotional! Embracing Your Empathic Genius

Sunday, February 12th thru Friday, February 17th, 2012 with Karla McLaren at Kripalu Retreat Center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts!

photo of grove at Kripalu

A quiet grove at Kripalu

People are always telling us not to get emotional, but did you know that your emotions bring you the gifts of intuition, clarity, decisiveness, the capacity to set effective boundaries, the ability to communicate and relate with others, and the ability to amend unworkable behaviors and heal deep psychological wounds?

In The Language of Emotions, I introduce you to the genius of your emotions and teach you specific skills to help you identify, welcome, and work with all of them. In this week-long retreat, you and your emotions will experience a safe and welcoming “empathic sleepover camp” where emotional awareness, deep relaxation, and healing laughter will help you translate the language of your own emotions into tangible and useful wisdom.

You’ll learn empathic mindfulness practices to help you define, ground, and center yourself in a hectic and non-empathic world, empathic relationship practices to help you increase empathy and deepen communication with your loved ones, and specific ways to skillfully engage with every emotion you have. Special activities include:

  • Emotion Theater, a fun opportunity to explore emotions with the help of other empaths
  • A Shadow Walk to help you learn to deal brilliantly with hatred, and
  • A Grief Ritual to help you mourn your losses

Come and explore your emotional awareness and your empathic genius … safely, enjoyably, and with lots of support!

photo of the grounds at Kripalu

A lovely original building on Kripalu grounds

At Kripalu’s gorgeous Berkshires retreat center, you’ll find healthy organic meals, wonderful views, and the opportunity to relax, get back to nature, and take excellent care of yourself. Kripalu is a nationally celebrated center for yoga and health, and every day’s schedule includes space for free classes in yoga, dance, movement, and health awareness. Kripalu also has wonderful spa treatments, massages, facials, and more. It’s a place to visit every year — or even more than once a year — to renew, restore yourself, learn new skills, eat healthy food, meet lovely people, and recharge your batteries. Heaven!

The cost for this week-long retreat is $350, plus you have many options for meals and lodging, from shared, dorm-style rooms to private suites. 23.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits are available for Social Workers, and senior discounts and scholarships are available, so apply early!

Apply at the Kripalu website, or call their toll-free number: 1-800-741-7353

A note from Karla:
I’m really looking forward to spending an entire week where it’s okay to talk about emotions, learn about them, welcome them in other people, and have fun doing it! If you can make it, I’d love to see you at Kripalu. Imagine, a whole bunch of friendly people sharing empathy and laughter, creating healing rituals, and increasing emotional awareness in a waiting world. I can’t wait to go (oh, and the food is awesome)! Let’s Get Emotional — safely, healthfully, and with lots of support.

If you’re coming, here’s how to prepare:

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The path to Kripalu

Dear Empathic, Emotional You!

I’m really looking forward to meeting you!

To prepare yourself for our week together, make sure to have read the book (or audio learning set) The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You. If you already understand the material before we meet, we can go into deeper information pretty quickly, and I won’t have to teach everything from scratch.

If you know The Language of Emotions, you’ll also know that our week together won’t be a yelling, cathartic, weeping mess of a bad drama class. Instead, we’ll learn to work with our emotions in honorable ways that protect and nurture the people around us. We’ll set behavioral boundaries right away, so if you’re a very sensitive person, know that you’ll be safe and honored. We empaths need a vacation from this often harsh and non-empathic world; a gentle, funny, warm, deep, and loving atmosphere. We’ll create that together.

If the weather permits, we’ll be doing a walking meditation called the Shadow Walk (if the weather is too rough, we’ll create an indoor version of this walk). Please bring comfortable winter walking shoes and layers (think snow!), your favorite water bottle, and a journal to write down the answers you’ll receive on your walk. The shadow is an amazing teacher and it can give you nearly miraculous answers.

We’ll also create a grief ritual for our group, so please bring a photo or memento of a lost loved one. You can also bring mementos that signify losses other than death (for instance, a relationship, a job, a dream, good health, etc.). If you’re unsure of what to bring, ask yourself the questions for grief: What must be mourned? and What must be released completely? Your grief will help you find the perfect item.

In summary, please bring:

photo of fall colors at Kripalu

Fall colors at Kripalu

  • Winter walking shoes
  • Layered warm clothing for changeable weather
  • A journal
  • Water bottle
  • A photo or memento for our grief shrine
  • Your tired and huddled empathic self, yearning to breathe free, to relax, and to laugh!

See you in February!

Karla McLaren



jane linley bennett July 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I was wondering if you are open year round…..what are the upcoming events…..such cleansing has been life awakening and re-affirming that i was already doing some of this with out even knowing …..very cool….my belief in the Native Way of life has helped nurture this….also a very strong connection to nature….well hope to hear from you soon….
thank you

Karla August 2, 2012 at 6:37 am

Hello Jane,

Thanks for your inquiry. I’ll be the keynote speaker at a conference in Canada in October, and at another conference in Florida in February. Are you near either of those places?

If you’re looking for a self-paced workshop, my online course Emotional Flow is available now.

Lerato May 25, 2014 at 8:28 am

Thank you so much. This has taught me a lot because now I know I am an emotional empath. It took me a while to figure myself out and why I was different and often feeling alone, now I know and this I must say is very comforting. I have found out who I really am. Thanks, this is really helpful

Karla May 26, 2014 at 11:40 am

Welcome! I’m glad this has been helpful for you. Welcome to the empath clan!

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