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Forgiveness Empowerment 2-day Retreat

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th November 2018 at the Kairos Centre, Richmond Park

Explore the limitless power of forgiveness for good mental health.

We are delighted to host our 2nd annual forgiveness retreat in an amazing setting overlooking Richmond Park.

Enjoy what has been described as a life-changing experience, and the only one of it’s kind in the country. Through the use of Jack Kornfield’s Buddhist psychology and guided meditations, and Dr Enwright’s PhD research on the forgiveness model, we have fused a weekend of mindfulness, theory and social into investigating the impact of conflict and mental health.

The long-lasting effects of anger and resentfulness can prevent us from living a full life; and we can pass this trauma on to families and communities. The American Psychological Society has published on the benefits of the forgiveness model and its implications for mental health.

The Empowerment Weekend is ideal for mental health practitioners, counsellors and psychotherapists and mindfulness teachers to gain a different approach to working with suffering and trauma, and a new working model. But we welcome people who feel drawn to learn and benefit from this opportunity.

The Empowerment Weekend will begin with a sound bath with gongs, which is an energetic loosening and balancing of stored energy in the body. Throughout the weekend there will be meditation, presentations, discussions, reflection, enquiry, understanding and practical sessions defining forgiveness and working through this process. There will time for reflection, walks and rest.

We welcome people from all walks of life wanting to learn and engage with this model, including those who have been dealing with childhood abuse and/or neglect, divorce or other life-changing situations where they have felt that their lives have been impacted or put on hold by a feeling of deadlock and of ‘no alternatives’; and practitioners who would like to learn how to work with this model.

16 hours of CPD certificate!

The world needs more forgiveness, it starts here!

Forgiveness is the most profound act and process, which is to do with you not the other person. It’s like peeling an onion, layer by layer. Moment by moment, person by person!

Agenda

Thursday 1st November 2018

16:00Check in
18:00Welcome and introductions
19:00Dinner
20:30Gong bath by Lara
21:00Observation of silence till after breakfast

Friday 2nd November 2018

07:00Bell rings for guided silent meditation
08:00Breakfast
09:00Mindful movement and walking meditation
10:00Presentation & discussion: ‘Definition of forgiveness for Black communities’
12:00Lunch & free time
14:00Guided forgiveness meditation and enquiry
15:00Presentation by world delegates and personal accounts of the impact of conflict
16:30Closing ritual and dedication
18:00Supper and free time
20:00Meditation on forgiveness and discussions
21:30Poems and stories
22:00Lights out

Saturday 3rd November 2018

07:00Bell rings for guided silent meditation
08:00Breakfast
09:00Mindful movement and walking meditation
10:00Presentation & discussion: ‘Definition of forgiveness for Black communities’
12:00Lunch & free time
14:00Guided forgiveness meditation and enquiry
15:00Presentation by world delegates and personal accounts of the impact of conflict
16:30Closing ritual and dedication
18:00Supper and free time
20:00Meditation on forgiveness and discussions
21:30Poems and stories
22:00Lights out

Sunday 4th November 2018

07:00Bell rings for guided forgiveness meditation
08:00Breakfast
10:00Checkout, participants have a choice of a guided walk in Richmond Park

Speakers and Facilitators

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William Fley

Speaker
William has developed, the mindfulness network for people of color, ‘Project MBBT’ and ‘Forgiveness Empowerment’ retreats, and has an MA in race, culture and ethnicity from Birkbeck College, where his dissertation researched ‘Higher Education and the Equality Act 2010’. This looked at the attainment gap in higher education. William has also taught at the University of Brighton and the University of London.

Qualified as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist from Roehampton University, William initially worked in the NHS treating bereavement and trauma and working with victims of crime, before setting up a private practice. He moved to the New Forest in 2010, and is continuing his development at Breathworks and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Venue

The Kairos Centre

Mount Angelus Road , Roehampton , London , SW15 4JA •  Website

The Kairos Centre is a retreat and conference centre and is available for day visits and overnight stays. The center is an urban oasis in south-west London situated within acres of landscaped gardens and overlooking the historic Richmond Park.