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


When:  Monday, April 1, 2019 - Friday, April 5, 2019

Course Description:

Rejuvenate yourself and your healing abilities with an incredible retreat in the Garrison Institute, a former Capuchin monastery overlooking the beautiful Hudson River. Earning 22 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, art expression, 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, and healthful and incredibly well prepared vegetarian cuisine. Accommodations are simple, peaceful and in keeping with the healing atmosphere of the Institute.

No Yoga or Meditation experience needed!
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: Prior to 45 days before the event start date, you will be charged a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after that, you will receive a gift 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.

  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, use of interpersonal neurobiology and accessing beneficial ancestor qualities 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, emotional freedom technique and self-compassion for emotional regulation.
  7. Describe salience network, default network and use of sensory input 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. Explain how to teach clients to dis-identify from a narrative of unworthiness.
  12. Explain the relationship between “inner critic”, shame, and treatment according to evolutionary psychology.
  13. Assess mindful eating for its usefulness as a therapeutic tool.
  14. Teach mindfulness practices to address negative thoughts regarding chronic pain.
  15. Practice yoga poses and yoga Nidra applicable to the clinical setting for depression, shame and emotional trauma/anxiety.
  16. Construct a life review-eulogy to help focus therapy on client’s most important values.
  17. Evaluate a mindful communications process for conflict resolution and emotional bonding.
  18. Incorporate mindfulness and self-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.
  21. Practice teaching from script for brief therapeutic chair yoga for anxiety to use with clients.
  22. Practice teaching from script for brief chair yoga for shame to use with clients.

Brain Perspective
  • Triune brain and mental healing
  • Negativity bias for 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
  • 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
  • Practice for accessing beneficial ancestor qualities
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 self-compassion on brain
  • Primary and secondary causes of pain
  • Heal shame with understanding, compassion and non-shame physiology
  • Brain wave activity and cultivating healthy thoughts
  • Access truest values to guide therapy

RETREAT SCHEDULE - Monday – Friday, April 2-5, 2019

    1:00 – 3:30 pm – Check In
    3:45 pm - Orientation
    4:45 pm – Yoga/meditation
    5:45 pm - Dinner
    7:00 pm – Evening meeting
    8:40 pm - Meditation
    9:00 pm – Break for the night

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
    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
    2:30 pm – Transformative practice
    4:15 pm - Break
    4:30 pm – Walking meditation/practice teaching
    5:45 pm - Dinner
    7:00 pm – Evening meeting
    8:40 pm - Meditation
    9:00 pm – Break for the night

    6:45 am - Meditation
    7:30 am - Breakfast
    8:30 am – Morning meeting
    10:45 am – Contemplation and closing
    12:00 noon – Social lunch

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Mental Health Professionals


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.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and 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.

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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 22.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This intermediate activity consists of 22.0 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.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 1330 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.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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Nurses in full attendance will earn 22.1 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 22.0 contact hours or 2.20 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This activity consists of 22.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

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Social Workers
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Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 1330 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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