The way we have been parented (by our parents, siblings, teachers, grandparents, etc.) will influence not only the way we will parent our children,
and grandchildren, but also the way we will relate to those around us, partners, colleagues, friends, clients, students, and perhaps most importantly: the way we
relate to ourselves.
As children, we “internalized” the ways our parents and others responded to us when we were hungry, happy, sad, angry, afraid, when we could not sleep,
when we passed a test or missed it, etc. “Internalized” means that we made those responses “our own”, they have become “me”. But is this who we truly are
and who we want to be? In some ways, we spend the rest of our lives finding that inner child back, finding the “me” under layers and layers of learned responses.
In a retreat, in silence, with ourselves as our only company, we find our inner child back. The chattering of the mind quiets, we feel pure and raw emotions, we use our senses again the way babies do, and that’s why we can so immensely enjoy things like food and nature in a retreat and glimpse our connection with all the living beings around us. But that’s also why in a retreat we can feel naked and vulnerable, like babies do.
A retreat offers the opportunity to reconnect to our inner child (and as such, to the rest of the world). Like our parents and others connected to us from the moment we were born (and before), in each of us there is an inner parent, that can connect with our inner child, and take as best as possible care of what it needs.
Features of the Retreat
Relational mindfulness and self compassion
During this silent retreat we are going to practice both mindfulness and bodywork, focusing on relational issues through dyadic meditations and self compassion practices. Revisiting relational ruptures and repairing them with compassion represents the start of the path towards re-parenting ourselves.
The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch one another. Jack Kornfield
Why choose this retreat
Silence: the place for listening
Silence: a place and space in which we can focus our attention and truly listen.
One may think that silence is just one of the rules of the retreat, but actually it is more a practice within the practice that allows us to focus our attention inwards and acknowledge the quality of our inner eyes.
During this retreat, silence will be kept at all times except when working in dyads; during these moments we will express all that has emerged inside us during our silence.
The Body: a place for change
The body is our home in this life, but do we really inhabit it? The body is the place where we hold our early childhood experiences and our emotions The body is also the place where we structure our defences, the source of the obstacles on our path towards awareness.
For this reason, we will practice bioenergetic movement and bodywork, to wake up the body and open up the mind, because all lasting change has its true source in the body.
From 7 to 11 March 2020
A Casa Cares, in the heart of Tuscany countryside
The retreat takes advantage of the experience of Susan Bögels and Nicoletta Cinotti, psychotherapists who have been practicing meditation for many years and who are specialised in Mindfulness and Schema Therapy.
Every day will include bioenergetic movement and bodywork sessions to wake up the body, soften the heart and open the mind.
The Mindful Parenting programme provides specific mindfulness and self–compassion practices to help us reflect and disclose the relational ruptures we’ve experienced in our life.
The alternation of practices
10-13 Sitting meditation and walking meditation
15-18 Sessions of individual meditation and dyad meditation
21-21.30 Lovingkindness practice
First day – 7 March – the retreat begins at 9.
Last day – 11 March – the retreat ends at 16.
Interpreter Marina Petruzzi will be present to translate all content.
Why Choose this Retreat?
A place to feel at home
In Mindfulness, to return home means to return to the quality of our original mind.
In other words, to return to those qualities that lie hidden behind our defences and that are waiting to shine.
How to sign up
How to participate
To sign up send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying your former experiences of meditation and retreat.
Priority will be given to those who have already attended silent retreats.
Cost of the Stay
You may book your stay directly with Casa Cares after paying the deposit to reserve your spot at the retreat.
Until the retreat deposit fee is paid, your booking will not be effective. Payment of the deposit the reservation of the room will not be effective.
Where is Casa Cares?
You can reach Regello by train from Florence; a shuttle service will be available to take you from the station directly to Casa Cares. It is also possible to reserve a taxi.
To book your spot, a € 300 deposit is required; without the deposit, your registration will not be considered effective.
The payment must be made by 29 February 2020
Requirements for participations
You may request to register for the retreat by email at email@example.com; in your email, please specify all former meditation experiences.
If necessary, we may request a brief interview before accepting registration.
After this date, you will be charged 50 Euro for administration fees.
Cancellations made after 29 February 2020 will not be refunded.
Something more about us
Researcher, mindfulness trainer, psychotherapist
I am a professor in mindfulness at the University of Amsterdam,
psychotherapist specialised in cognitive behaviour, couple and family
therapy and mindfulness for children and parents. I love to research, write, teach, train, meditate and think. I practice mindfulness since 20 years. I’ve published books on Mindful Parenting and MYmind (mindfulness and yoga for children) for professionals, and parents and children themselves. I provide training in mindfulness for teachers and clients at the Center of Mindfulness in
Amsterdam and around the world.
You can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindfulness teacher, psychotherapist
I am a psychologist and psychotherapist, I have been practicing meditation for 40 years, with different meditative traditions, and mindfulness for 15 years. I am a Bioenergetics Analysis teacher and an internationally accredited MBSR, MBCT, Interpersonal Mindfulness and Mindful Parenting Teacher. My passion for meditation and writing led me to write and recently publish my latest book “Writing the mind: how to prevent your mind from randomly writing out your life”.
Signing up is simple! Just fill in the form below or write an email to email@example.com telling me about your former meditation and retreat experiences.
Your application will be examined and you will receive confirmation as soon as possible. As places are limited in number, priority will be given to those who have already attended silent retreats.number priority will be given to those who have already attended silent retreats.