The Art of Empathy Retreat at Kripalu!

August 6, 2016

The Art of Empathy Retreat at Kripalu

How to Balance Self-Care with Healthy Relationships
The Art of EmpathyFebruary 5th to 10th, 2017
Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Learn more or register here

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 delightful Kripalu retreat center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, 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!

Cost, schedule, and registration details

Tuition is $415 for the six-day Art of Empathy program (Sunday, February 5th through Friday, February 10th, 2017), plus your choice of food and lodging options.

Schedule: You’ll arrive on Sunday afternoon, February 5th and check into your room. We’ll have a Sunday night introduction session, with morning and afternoon sessions Monday through Thursday, plus a final morning session on Friday, February 10th. Kripalu’s relaxed schedule will give you plenty of time for rest, yoga, relaxation, nature walks, and/or body work.

25.5 CE Credit hours are available for Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, MFTs, Chemical Dependency Counselors, and Educators. See below.

Learn more or register here

About the Kripalu Center

Kripalu Logo Square 640pxKripalu is a wonderful retreat center famous for the gentle form of yoga that shares its name. Each day of your stay, you’ll spend time in the Art of Empathy workshop, plus you’ll have options for yoga, stretching, dance, musical evenings, or massage and bodywork — it’s a relaxed and comfortable way to learn.

Kripalu is also famous for its delicious and healthy food, with options for every dietary need. If you’d like to try a healthier lifestyle or get your eating and exercise back on track, Kripalu is an excellent destination.

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 there!

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.

Continuing Education Credits are available

This workshop is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, who offer 25.5 hours of CE credit to Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, MFTs, Chemical Dependency Counselors, and Educators for The Art of Empathy Retreat.

The PDF below contains information on the CE granting organizations, workshop agenda, and learning objectives (please see the specific information for your state).

CEC Information for The Art of Empathy Retreat

These 25.5 hours of CE credit are available through R Cassidy Seminars at an additional cost of $40 per participant. Click here to register for CEs with Cassidy.

Kripalu’s Cancellation Policy

Payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee) if you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date. If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day in advance, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee) will be held for one year from the date of issue. No credit or refund is available if you cancel on your arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.

Kripalu reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. In this event, you will be given a complete refund.

For Kripalu airport shuttle transportation: A full refund is available if you cancel at least three days in advance. No refund is available if less than three days’ notice is given.

See Kripalu’s Registration and Arrival page for more information.

Kripalu Center: 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262


Marilyn Mitchell August 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm

I’m just finishing reading The Language of Emotions. I LOVE YOU! You’ve gone through so much, and your so brave to put in into words to help others.

I’ve been in the fitness/wellness biz for many years and have read many, many books. This book has opened up a whole new world for me. Thank you.

If you’re ever in the mid-Atlantic area, please let me know. I’m in Washington, DC.

Karla August 19, 2016 at 10:38 am

Hello Marilyn, and thanks! Kripalu is the closest I’ll get to you in the next year, and it’s a wonderful place if you haven’t been!

Ellie Warren September 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm

I am an educator who has worked with first graders for over 15 years. I have a Master’s in teaching and learning. I have been a SAHM for the last 8 years. All during my career I was drawn to children on the Spectrum. We clicked, we progressed….I requested these students. Fast forward to this year when I discovered, to my surprise, that I am an empath. I am very interested and learning all there is to know about recent movements to link empaths and souls labelled with ASD. Please let me know if you can help me find more information. I read your piece, “Can I Teach Them”. Beautiful. Thank you for your time.

Karla September 1, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Hello Ellie,

I’ve been working in the neurodiversity movement and focusing on the intense empathy that many autistic people have, which connects to a general hyper-sensitivity to internal and external stimuli. Understanding the condition in this way necessitates a change (often a major change) in education, parenting, social services, and social expectations. You may have already figured this out!

Here are some excellent suggestions I organized in my research for my thesis: Research-Based Approaches to Autistic Ways of Learning

And at the end of this post are online resources for people looking for autism-positive organizations: Focusing on autism-positive approaches

Calum Coburn September 2, 2016 at 4:54 am

Thanks for your book ‘The art of empathy’ Karla. My girlfriend and I are both reading it atm, and enjoying enriched conversations.
Since we’re listening to your audiobook, we’re unable to complete your quizzes. Do you have these on this or another site or in PDF form?

Karla September 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Hello Calum, yes, the empathic inventory is here on the site.

Are you an empath?

Have fun!

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