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Well-Being and Self-Compassion: Caring for Ourselves to Care for Others

“If we are to bring out the very best that is inside us, we must take time to nurture ourselves.”

- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

This presentation draws upon recent findings in neuroscience and psychology, illuminating self-care and spiritual practices that nurture gentleness, kindness and patience towards ourselves.

These practices help soften the tendency to be self-critical when we make mistakes or notice our imperfections. Far from being self-centered or selfish, these actions generate deeper understanding of others, enhancing our relationships and our ability to care for others.

Helpful tips and exercises on how to practice self-compassion will be included in this multimedia presentation. We will also discover that being compassionate towards ourselves helps reduce stress and inflammation while slowing aging in our cells and our brains.

Thursday, September 30, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm

Cost of $70 includes $20 non-refundable deposit, CEUs, and noon meal.

This workshop is approved for .4 CEUs (four Contact Hours) through the University of Wisconsin—Parkside Continuing Education.

Registration for this retreat is closed.

Deposits can be paid online via PayPal at time of registration, by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center, or by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 to pay with a credit card.  Deposits must be received to complete registration. 

Also in this series:
Friday, October 1Breath and Mindfulness
Saturday, October 2Neuroscience and Well-Being
Sunday, October 3Digital Distraction

Click here to view a brief invitation to these programs by presenter Anne Kertz Kernion.

Brain Science and Spirituality Weekend Option: (Saturday and Sunday)
Cost of $195 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Brain Science and Spirituality Extended Weekend Option: (Friday Evening, Saturday, and Sunday)
Cost of $275 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals. (Please note this option does not include supper on Friday)

Brain Science and Spirituality Package: (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, plus meals, plus overnights)
Cost of $425 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Anne Kertz Kernion leads retreats and program relating to neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering, an MA in Theology from Duquesne University, a Certificate in the Science of Happiness from the University of California—Berkeley, and is currently a graduate student in Positive Psychology at the University of Missouri. Anne is also a yoga instructor and the owner/artist of “Cards by Anne.” Anne has taught college-level science, ethics, and world religions. She is the author of A Year of Spiritual Companionship (SkyLight Paths, 2016) and Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul (Loyola Press, 2020).  Anne enjoys biking and hiking. She and her husband Jack have three grown children and six grandchildren.


Partial scholarships are available for this program.

To arrange a scholarship, please contact Claire via email or by phone at (262) 898-2588.

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