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Certificate Program: 4-Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Certificate Program: 4-Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat


When:  Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Single Occupancy

$1,099.00 By July 1, 2017
$1,299.00 After July 1, 2017

Double Occupancy

$949.00 By July 1, 2017
$1,149.00 After July 1, 2017

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Room Accommodations:

If you choose Double Occupancy, be sure to indicate the name of the person you are rooming with.

If you do not have a roommate and would like to be paired with another potential, unknown attendee, you must register as Single Occupancy. Please contact our Customer Service Department to be listed on the roommate sharing list. We will pair you up if possible and refund the difference in rates.
Course Description:
Peace, happiness, healing and transformation.

Rejuvenate yourself and your healing abilities with an incredible retreat in the Garrison Institute, a former Capuchin monastery overlooking the beautiful Hudson River. Earning 16 CE Hours has never been more relaxing.

Experience the transformational practices of meditation, yoga, self-inquiry, present moment awareness, self-compassion and noble silence, along with their clinical applications, in an ideal setting - the magnificent Hudson Valley. This perfect location is ideal for deepening your learning of both yoga and meditation! All levels are welcome.

The meditation and yoga retreat is a rich exploration into practices that cultivate happiness and healing. We will follow a balanced schedule of meditation, clinical teachings, and group discussion, gentle yoga movement, transformational practices, mindful eating, walking meditation, noble silence and deep rest. We will journal our responses to inquiry questions, practice emotional regulation skills, learn to witness thoughts, calm our nervous systems and experience inner quiet.

To ensure rejuvenation there is plenty of free time for walking, contemplation and resting. The Garrison Institute offers an exquisite landscape, walking paths, healthful and incredibly well prepared vegetarian cuisine. Accommodations are simple, peaceful and in keeping with healing atmosphere of The Institute.

Cancellation Policy: Prior to August 1, 2017, you may receive a certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar or a tuition refund less a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after August 1, 2017, you will receive a certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

Please contact PESI customer service for information on non-CE seeking to register as a guest for pricing and other details.

Retreat Outcomes
  1. Communicate the function of the triune brain and how yoga and meditation affect it.
  2. Describe emotional motivation systems, impact of trauma on them and how to use as psychoeducation.
  3. Utilize negativity bias of the brain for psychoeducation in treating trauma.
  4. Characterize social brain and use of interpersonal neurobiology to activate affiliation system of brain.
  5. Utilize concentration, distancing, observation and distraction in treating depression-producing thoughts.
  6. Apply breathing practices, simple body movement and self-compassion for emotional regulation.
  7. Describe salience network, default network and use of interoception for emotional regulation.
  8. Demonstrate the impact of compassion on brain and physiology.
  9. Teach walking meditation for anger regulation and explain the effect on focused walking on triune brain and emotional motivation systems.
  10. Teach components of mindful self – compassion and its clinical applications.
  11. Use of self-compassion in treating shame, including preliminary mindfulness steps.
  12. Demonstrate the relationship between inner critic and shame and treatment according to evolutionary psychology.
  13. Demonstrate the physiology of shame and utilizing postural change for healing.
  14. Teach mindfulness practices for negative/fearful thoughts about chronic pain.
  15. Practice yoga poses applicable to the clinical setting for depression and for emotional trauma.
  16. Teach ways to engage prefrontal cortex as component of emotional regulation.

Brain Perspective
  • Triune brain and mental healing
  • Negativity bias of the brain for survival
  • Default network, salience network, central executive network
  • Social brain: causes and conditions
Meditation and Yoga
  • Primary components of meditation
  • Teaching meditation to clients
  • Impact of yoga on nervous system
  • Utilize simple yoga in treatment /li>
  • Emotional self-regulation
  • Body scan and sensory input
  • Breath awareness and breathing practices
  • Approaching, not avoiding emotions
  • Cultivating inner refuge and pleasant inner atmosphere
Cultivate Healthy Thinking
  • Store consciousness/mind consciousness and therapeutic implications
  • Habit tendencies and neuronal pathways
  • Naming thoughts
  • Creating inner space and witnessing thoughts
  • Nourishing wholesome thoughts
  • Compassion and healing
  • Healing impact of compassion on brain
  • Primary and secondary causes of suffering
  • Heal shame with understanding, compassion and non-shame physiology
  • Non-anxious presence as clinician


Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, teaches seminars and retreats to teach clinicians how to take mindfulness skills, brain-based protocols for treating shame and office-based yoga back to their clients. These evidence-based clinical interventions move therapy forward by improving emotional regulation, restoring healthy nervous system functioning and cultivating healthier thought patterns. Both mindfulness and yoga practices have brought healing and calm to Mary’s clients and students.

Mary provides participants with the latest research results and pulls together the work of experts in the mental health field who are proponents of both practices (i.e. Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Kabat-Zinn). She draws on 37 years as a mental health professional counselor and 27 years of meditation and yoga practice. She is a certified yoga therapist, seasoned yoga teacher and ordained member of Thich Naht Hahn’s Order of Interbeing.

Mary is the author of Brain-Based Protocols for Treating Shame, Anxiety and Depression: A Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Workbook (2018), Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Emotional Trauma, Yoga Mind – Peaceful Mind, and Daily Meditations for Healing and Happiness.. Mary is the co-editor of Soulful Living and former editor of Personal Transformation magazine. She has produced DVDs on yoga for emotional trauma and depression. Mary teaches across the United States.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary NurrieStearns maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger’s Publishing. Ms. NurrieStearns receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mary NurrieStearns has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This activity consists of 16.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This intermediate activity consists of 16.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This activity consists of 960 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 16.0 contact hours.

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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 16.0 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 16.0 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

This activity qualifies for 960 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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