Wise Mind Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Uncertain Times

Ronald Alexander

July 5–7, 2013

Tuition $195 + 2 nights

Drawing on ancient Buddhist mindfulness practices and tools from positive psychology, pioneering psychotherapist Ronald Alexander guides us to create a new personal vision that can weather the storms of change and upheaval. We learn to build mindstrength, the ability to calm thoughts and emotions, even in uncertain times. In this healing retreat, we gain tools for transforming painful, afflictive, and destructive emotions into wholesome, positive ones; and discover ways to access our core creative unconscious to open new possibilities for living, loving, working, and relating. As we see our crises and loss as symbolic cycles of death and rebirth, renewal and change, we can harness the art of creative transformation to enliven a fresh, unique and more positive future. The weekend will offer mindfulness meditation, Gestalt practice, Ericksonian trance, music, creative writing, breathing techniques, somatic psychology, and more, as healing practices to open ourselves to joy, contentment, and vitality.

CEUs available for MSWs and LCSWs.

“He introduced meditation and other mindfulness practices to patients who often came from creative industries: the recording industry, the film industry, fashion and media. And what he witnessed when his creatively inclined patients gained the evenness of mind from regular contemplative practice was that they could “dig deeper and more regularly” into the creative state of mind.” Read Dr. Alexander’s thoughts on the myth of the tortured genius.

“I believe that within all of us lies dormant the potential for tremendous transformation that can lead to greater happiness. In my many years as a mind-body psychotherapist, educator, trainer, and consultant I’ve watched thousands of clients let go of their false beliefs about who they are and what roads are open to them.” Dr. Alexander’s full blog post on creative transformation!


Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.