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Mindfulness, Compassion, and Psychotherapy: An Educational Retreat
ronald siegel

Optional Mindfulness Sessions: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. with guest leaders

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Dates & Time:
Sunday, February 4 -
Thursday, February 8
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Ronald Siegel

Clinicians are enthusiastically discovering that mindfulness practices can enlighten and enliven their lives, both inside and outside the therapy hour. These techniques hold great promise for personal development and burnout prevention as well as being powerful tools to enhance virtually all forms of psychotherapy.

To incorporate mindfulness into our work and personal lives, we need an intellectual as well as an intuitive, visceral understanding of the practice. In this program, you will develop a solid theoretical understanding of mindfulness from both the Buddhist and western scientific perspectives. You will also receive instruction in mindfulness meditation and be given the opportunity for personal practice in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, taking advantage of a beautiful natural environment.

Through lecture, demonstration, experiential exercise, and small group discussion, we will examine how mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic presence, increase compassion, and transform our understanding of the causes of psychological suffering across the diagnostic spectrum. You will learn when and how to introduce various mindfulness techniques to your clients or patients; how to utilize special techniques for treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress-related medical disorders, and interpersonal conflicts; and how creatively work with obstacles to mindfulness practice.

Optional additional guided meditation will be offered for those who wish to deepen their practice. While this course is suitable for seasoned mindfulness practitioners, no prior experience with meditation is required.



  • Life is difficult, for everyone
  • Mindfulness: What is it really?
  • Narcissism, relationships, and deconstructing the self


  • Is mindfulness part of all good psychotherapy?
  • The meditating therapist: Bearing witness to pain
  • Happiness: Lessons from science and Buddhist psychology


  • Mindfulness and compassion retreat (with optional afternoon extension)


  • Tailoring the mindfulness technique to the client
  • Depression: Entering the dark places together
  • Mindfulness for parents and their children


  • Befriending anxiety
  • Beyond symptom management: Treating stress-related disorders
  • Psychotherapy: What would Buddha do?


Optional Transformational Sessions: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. with guest leaders

Conference code:

Dates & Time:
Sunday, February 4 -
Thursday, February 8
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Diana Fosha

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) assumes a healthy core within all people and emphasizes the importance of experiential work with attachment, emotion and transformation. It leverages safety and connection within the therapist-client relationship to facilitate healing. Known for its transformational work with attachment trauma, AEDP puts neuroplasticity in action moment-to-moment, session-to-session: it undoes the patient's loneliness by entraining experiences of secure attachment which allow trauma processing, and then rigorously processing those experiences. AEDP is fearless in working with the experience of the patient-therapist attachment directly, explicitly, and experientially. It tracks this experience moment-to-moment and processes it as rigorously as any other experience. AEDP features specific intervention strategies for working explicitlydyadically, and experientially with intense unresolved traumatic emotions in a that way transforms suffering and fosters patients’ feeling safe, as well as deeply recognized and understood.

Through extensive audio-visually recorded actual therapy sessions,  this workshop will provide ample exposure to AEDP's hallmark techniques of dyadic affect regulation (to undo aloneness and process traumatic experience), healing-oriented emotion processing, and  metatherapeutic processing (to process transformational experience) which can consolidate therapeutic gains, foster resilience, expand relational capacity, and also deepen receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, felt, loved and understood. We will explore a range of interventions that actively and explicitly moment-to-moment track and process the experience of core affect until adaptive healing resources are released, and then work with these resources using AEDP's technique of metaprocessing which expands healing and fuels upward spirals of positive affect. Its intimate, moment-to-moment work follows the edge of transformational experience.

In this training, we will explore 5​ ​ different ​aspects of how to be a transformational therapist:

  1. Being a transformance detective​:​ how to set positive neuroplasticity into action by entraining transformance,  the innate drive to heal, moment-to-moment, session to session
  2. Working experientially with relational experience: ​(a) stay with it and stay with me:  how to use dyadic affect regulation and work experientially with the therapeutic relationship, to co-create safety and connection, so as to do the work of deep emotional processing; ​(b) ​existing in the heart and mind of the other: how to work experientially with receptive affective experience, and use the client's sense of feeling felt and being seen, to deepen our clients' resilience and sense of self
  3. Making friends with defenses: how to work effectively with defenses and anxiety, and still maintain the flow of experiential, emotion-focused work
  4. Working with intense emotional experience:​​ how to regulate and process intense emotions and transform suffering into flourishing and adaptive action​
  5. Working with transformational experience transformationally​: how to use AEDP's groundbreakingmetatherapeutic processing methodology to make  the most out of each change-for-the-better moment to activate non-finite positive spirals of energy and vitality to upgrade the system, promote healing and fuel engaged explorations

You will learn:

  • How to identify some of the signs and markers of neuroplasticity in clinical action
  • How to identify some of the signs and markers of the moment-to-moment process of healing change
  • The essential aspects of human environments and relationships that foster the emergence of transformance
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to use the somatic/affective markers of transformational experience in guiding the therapeutic process

Each of these 20 hour trainings are eligible for Continuing Education Units. Please see our continuing education units page for further information.

Optional Afternoon Sessions

Each afternoon from 3:00-5:00 pm an optional program will be offered at the Melia Varadero. These sessions will be led by a guest speaker/host who will lead discussion around common issues related to the topics raised at the sessions led Ronald Siegel and Diana Fosha.
These offerings will comply with the US travel to Cuba requirement for professionals to attend professional meetings totaling 6 hours per day.
Certificates of Attendance for the full 30 hour program will be provided to all those who register for these additional hours. An addition 10 hours of Continuing Educational Units will also be available. All participants are invited to register.

Accommodations at Meliá Varadero

A feature of this week is staying at a beautiful all-inclusive resort with great facilities and all meals, drinks and activities included as well as learning and hanging out with a great group of people.

Varadero is known to have one of the longest and the nicest beaches in Cuba. It's been a favourite of Cubans and visitors for many years. And now it's lined with the most luxurious hotels in the country. Melia is a Spanish chain and provider of excellent hotels and resorts around the world.


  • Lots of good conversation and learning during the sessions and good cheer/great folks the rest of the time.
  • Long walks on the beach.
  • Relaxing by one of the large swimming pools.
  • Enjoying excellent facilities including a range of dining options, music and entertainment. All-inclusive.
  • Our meeting rooms are in the main building close to the large breakfast buffet dining room.

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Not staying at the Meliá Varadero?

There are other hotels on the over 10 mile beach strip. The town of Varadero about 5 miles away has hotels and B&Bs.

Participants staying elsewhere will pay 65 CUC (about US$65) per day for admittance to the Melia Varadero to attend the post-conference seminar with either Ron Siegel or Diana Fosha. This fee includes using all hotel facilities including lunch, pools, beaches, snacks, and drinks through 6:00 p.m.