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5-Day Certificate Program: Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - Sunday, October 7, 2018

Rejuvenate yourself and your healing abilities with an educational retreat in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Earn up to 20 CE hours in an incredible environment!

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 beautiful Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina. This is the perfect setting to deepen your learning of both yoga and meditation! All levels are welcome.

This meditation and yoga retreat is a rich exploration into practices that can cultivate happiness and healing. We will follow a balanced schedule of meditation, clinical teachings, and group discussion, gentle yoga movement, experiential meditation 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 and calm our nervous systems.

To ensure rejuvenation there is plenty of free time for walking, contemplation and resting. The Art of Living Retreat Center offers an exquisite landscape, 380-acres for garden walks, and healthful vegetarian cuisine and stylish accommodations. At times during the retreat, we will maintain silence to facilitate deep transformation.
RETREAT SCHEDULE – October 3-7, 2018

4:00 pm – Check In
4:45 pm – Retreat orientation
5:00 pm – Welcome, Introduction to meditation and Yoga
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Evening meeting
8:30 pm – Break
8:40 pm – Meditation
9:00 pm – Break for the night

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
6:45 am - Meditation
7:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am – Morning Meeting
10:30 am - Break
11:00 am – Yoga
12:00 Noon – Lunch
2:45 pm – Transformative practice
4:25 pm – Break
4:45 pm – Walking meditation
5:30 pm – Break
5:45 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Evening meeting
8:40 pm – Break
8:45 pm – Meditation
9:00 pm – Break for the night

6:45 am - Meditation
7:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am – Morning Meeting
10:30 am – Break
10:45 am – Contemplation and closing
12:00 Noon – Social lunch
Sleeping Accommodations:

If you would like to be paired up with another potential, unknown attendee to take advantage of the double occupancy rate, please call and let us know. We will aim to pair you up if somebody else registers who also would like to share.

In the meantime, please register at the single occupancy rate. If we are able to pair people, the $200 will be credited.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be in writing, emailed to Prior to September 3, 2018, 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 September 3, 2018, you will receive a certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.
Retreat Outcomes:
  1. Analyze the effects of yoga and meditation on the triune brain as applied to clinical practice.
  2. Distinguish between the default network, salience network and central executive network and utilize this information for client psychoeducation.
  3. Articulate the concept of negativity bias in the brain as it relates to clients who have experienced trauma.
  4. Characterize the social brain and use of interpersonal neurobiology to activate the affiliation system of the 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. Analyze the neuroscience of anxiety, trauma and depression as it relates to treatment.
  9. Apply specific mindfulness skills and practices as part of your anger management treatment regimen.
  10. Teach components of mindful self – compassion and discuss its clinical applications with clients.
  11. Describe the benefits of a mind/body approach to improve mental health symptoms in clients.
  12. Explain the relationship between “inner critic”, shame, and treatment according to evolutionary psychology.
  13. Articulate the psychological impact and long-term effects of emotional trauma on a client’s mental health.
  14. Teach mindfulness practices to address negative thoughts regarding chronic pain.
  15. Practice yoga poses applicable to the clinical setting for depression and for emotional trauma.
  16. Teach ways to engage the prefrontal cortex as a strategy for emotional regulation.
  17. Summarize the efficacy of cultivating mindfulness in trauma treatment.
  18. Incorporate mindfulness and compassion techniques to help regulate emotional distress.
  19. Demonstrate breathing interventions/practices that may help reduce anxiety and depression.
  20. Develop processes for reducing rumination and negative thinking with clients.

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
  • Powerful communication practice “Beginning Anew”
  • Inquiry into transient nature of life
  • Primary components of meditation
  • Teaching meditation to clients
  • Impact of yoga on nervous system
  • Utilize simple yoga in treatment
  • 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
  • Detach from thoughts that wound
  • Use of mantras, chants, songs for healing
  • 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 Healing Anxiety, Depression and Unworthiness: 78 Brain-Changing Mindfulness & Yoga Practices (PESI, 2018), Yoga for Anxiety with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2010), Yoga for Emotional Trauma with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2013), Yoga Mind – Peaceful Mind, with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2015), and Daily Meditations for Healing and Happiness: 52 Card Deck (PESI, 2016). Mary is the co-editor of Soulful Living (Hci, 1999) 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.


Rick NurrieStearns has co-led yoga retreats for 14 years. He has been immersed in consciousness studies, meditation and mindfulness practices for four decades. For 20 years, he was involved in publishing transformational books and magazines. He was the publisher of Lotus and Personal Transformation magazines, and co-author of the books Soulful Living, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Emotional Trauma and Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind. He is a long time mindfulness student of Thich Nhat Hanh and a member of the Order of Interbeing. Rick experiences chronic pain from an airplane crash and suffered from a tick borne disease. He relies on mindfulness practices for healing and has learned that you can cultivate happiness and inner peace even when you are hurting.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rick NurrieStearns receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger’s Publishing.

Non-financial: Rick NurrieStearns has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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