Sunday, June 19 – Thursday, June 23, 2016
Compassion can change a heart, change a life, change a world. True compassionate presence involves more than offering a hand or heart to another. To become intrinsically compassionate, one needs self-awareness and a willingness to be personally transformed.
Join Joyce Rupp in exploring this vital quality from many dimensions, including science, medicine, theology, spirituality, sociology, and psychology. During this week-long retreat, you will explore your personal and professional experiences of compassion, re-energize your ability to offer loving kindness, and go forth with a renewed commitment to be a compassionate presence for yourself and those who are in the midst of pain, struggle and transition.
With Joyce, you will examine the theoretical and experiential dynamics of compassionate presence, including relational skills, self-care, loss and suffering, compassion in the work place, and more.
Based on the format and themes of The Institute of Compassionate Presence, our days will alternate content with participative processes of quiet reflection, various dialogue formats, music, and rituals that contribute to the integration of compassion in your life. No matter what your religious affiliation personal belief system, you are welcome.
“Turn my inward eye to see
that I am not alone.
I am a part of all of life.
Each one’s joy and sorrow
is my joy and sorrow,
and mine is theirs.
May I draw strength
from this inner communion.
May it daily recommit me
to be a compassionate presence
for all who struggle with life’s pain.”
~Joyce Rupp; From: The Heart of Compassion
Joyce speaks on suffering at a past Boundless Compassion Retreat (Video)
International speaker, retreat director and spiritual midwife Joyce Rupp is a transpersonal psychologist and author of almost two dozen best-selling books, including My Soul Feels Lean: Poems of Loss and Restoration. As the co-director of The Institute of Compassionate Presence, she teaches four-day conferences and leads retreats on the topic of compassion. She is a member of the Servants of Mary community and resides in Des Moines, Iowa.