Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
The 4 Skill Modules: Mindfulness
In DBT Skills groups, four skill modules are taught to specifically help people to better manage behavioral, emotional and cognitive instability. They are designed to help people who experience difficulties with: anger or the expression with anger, irritability, periodic depression, stress and anxiety, intense or unstable relationships, impulsive behaviour, and feelings of emptiness.
New skills are presented each week and homework is assigned for people to practice during the week. Homework is then reviewed in group. The goal of DBT Skills groups is to gain new skills, get better at the skills you have and to be able to use the skills when they are really needed, such as when you are experiencing intense emotions, or a crisis situation.
Michael Apathy specialises in DBT, learn more...
Are you concerned about the environment? Feeling challenged by the state of our world and the future of our eco-systems? Active or wanting to be active in doing something about it?
Do you want to feel more energised, positive, supported and clear in the work that lies ahead of us to protect our environment, save species from extinction and mitigate climate change?
Lucette Hindin and Michael Apathy offer this day-long experiential workshop drawing on the stillness of meditation and powerful exercises created by Joanna Macy. They bring their backgrounds in psychotherapy and counselling, zen buddhism, community development and sustainability to create with you a day of connection, honesty and celebration of our love for the natural world.
Read the first chapter of Joanna Macy's book here.
A taste of what attendees at the Coming Back to Life workshop will experience:
9.30 - 10.30 moving and seated meditation (guided)
10.30 - 11.30 introduction and warm-up
11.30 morning tea - provided
11.45 "Letter from the Future" a writing exercise using what Joanna Macy calls "deep time" to get us in touch with our experience of the present state of the planet
12.30 vegetarian lunch - provided
1.30 guided meditation
1.50 "Truth Mandala" a truth telling ritual drawing on Buddhist principles to help us to express our feelings and responses to environmental issues
3.20 afternoon tea - provided
3.40 "The Milling" an experiential exercise for appreciating our own and each other's presence and strengths
4.10 discussion / final sharing
4.35 loving kindness meditation - a technique for intentionally generating authentic loving feelings towards ourselves and the rest of the world
No previous experience of meditation or environmental engagement required.
To register or for more information, contact Michael Apathy on 021 0264 7562
Spend an afternoon surrounded by beautiful bush and experience how mindfulness and group process can help you to connect with nature and yourself.
Writers and artists, spiritual teachers, ecotherapists, and environmentalists alike often report to us their experiences of nature as vibrant, energetic, intelligent, vast, and full of love. Yet, for most of us, we rarely if ever have this as our own living experience. Our experience of nature may more often be remote, distracted, intellectualised, faint, or sentimental. You are invited to join this half day workshop to find support in plunging deeply into the experience of nature, to find healing, purpose, pleasure, and beauty.
Benefits of Attending
How it Works
The workshop will weave together three strands of practice. We will first practice mindfulness together (no prior experience necessary) to develop a calm and connected state of mind that is capable of experiencing deeply. This will be followed by each group member being supported to spend time alone immersed in nature whilst staying settled in one location. This solo period is a rich opportunity to deeply investigate our experience of solitude, connection, trust, and aliveness. Lastly we will shift from this silence and solitude by rejoining as a group to share and process together our experiences. This is particularly valuable for integrating emotional releases or insights with the rest of our lives. Our generous hosts will provide cake and tea at the end of the workshop.
For those who are engaged in working on environmental issues, attending will help sustain the work you do, and sustain yourself in this work. Others who may not connect with or be actively involved in working on environmental issues are also encouraged to attend to learn some powerful ways of tapping into the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of nature and mindfulness.
The whole workshop will take place outdoors in a beautiful native bush setting. Once you book your place on the workshop you will receive confirmation and information, including directions (venue is conveniently reached by train from Sydney - approx 2 hours from central station), what to bring, and car-pooling options.
If cost would be a barrier to your participation please contact Michael Apathy
[email protected], 0434 861 229, to discuss options.
"The workshop definitely changed my experience of nature. Now during lunch breaks at work I often go to a nearby park and sit and reconnect. I've noticed that it reduces my stress a lot."
Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre
(follow the signposts to meet at Stone Cottage)
186 Mt Hay Rd, Leura
Blue Mountains, NSW 2780
Sunday, 7 December 2014
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM