A Weekend Intensive with Matt Licata, Ph.D
June 15 - 18 | 2018
Many of us find ourselves interested in and longing to participate more intimately in life, open our hearts, heal old wounds of unlovability, and awaken to our true nature; to work through old patterns of shame and self-abandonment.
We sense the real possibility of living in a different way, but there are not a lot of viable pathways in our modern world that facilitate this sort of discovery.
What might a spiritual approach to life look like in the modern world? One that is emotionally sensitive, body-aware, and psychologically mature? One that honors both the darkness and the light, that includes difficult feelings, and isn’t organized around some new belief system. One that holds the tension between the opposites that the sacred is always, already here, and the truth that sometimes we are not able to see this and live from it.
During our time together, we’ll step into a very alive and provocative, yet nourishing and safe, vessel of healing, wisdom, and love. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll explore therapeutic, somatic, and meditative approaches to psychological growth, emotional healing, and spiritual transformation, and how we might approach these mysteries within the context of our lives exactly as they are.
Psychotherapy and shadow work, mindfulness and compassion training, meditation, body awareness, and relational work each offer a unique set of views and tools addressing the nature of a rich life of inner abundance and resources, one that is imbued with purpose and meaning, oriented in our innate longing for wholeness. Within the holding context of an empathic, attuned relational field, we will explore these approaches as well as the mystery that the path of the heart truly is, the value of not-knowing, and how it is love itself that is the ultimate medicine.
The weekend is open to anyone interested in healing, spirituality, mindfulness, psychotherapy, meditation, yoga, opening the heart, and the mystery of awakening to our true nature. We’ll meditate together (no experience required), explore what an integral approach to spirituality and healing might look like for those of us active in the world, and have plenty of time for questions, sharing, and discussion.
We’ll begin on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and end Monday at noon, meeting for a total of eight sessions. You will be well-nourished at Sunrise Ranch, with fresh, local, organic food, including plenty of choices for those on special diets.
PLEASE NOTE: While the intensive is therapeutic in nature—and we will be exploring therapeutic approaches to healing and spiritual transformation—it is not a therapy group. If you are struggling with psychological or emotional problems, such as ongoing, chronic depression, anxiety, trauma or another diagnosed condition, please consult with your mental health practitioner or doctor before registering. It is best to think of the program more like a contemplative retreat offering a more spiritual approach to working with our lives. While there will be opportunity to dialogue and ask questions, the structure of the weekend does not allow for the individual attention that is required to respond to ongoing, chronic psychological conditions. If you have any questions about this, please write to the organizer prior to registering.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Please note that registering for the weekend is a two-step process, and both steps must be completed before you will officially be registered. At this Eventbrite page, you will be registering for the tuition part of the program. In addition to tuition, you must also register directly with Sunrise Ranch, for food and accommodations, even if you plan to stay off campus. Please remember that you are not officially registered for the weekend until both of these steps are completed. To register at Sunrise Ranch, please click the Book Accommodations bar below.