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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.

Brain and Spirituality programming has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 30th, through Sunday, October 3rd, 2021.
The date for this particular program is to be announced.
9:00am - 4:00pm

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

Siena Retreat Center has a variety of safety measures to keep you safe during the pandemic. Click here to view.  The Oak meeting room is set up for social distancing.



This is part of Brain Science and Spirituality programming.
Click to view a brief invitation from Anne Kertz Kernion to these programs.

Brain Science and Spirituality Weekend Option: (Saturday and Sunday)
Cost TBA includes $55 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Brain Science and Spirituality Extended Weekend Option: (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Cost: TBA includes $55 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Brain Science and Spirituality Package: (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, plus meals, plus overnights)
Cost: TBA includes $55 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. Her book A Year of Spiritual Companionship was published by SkyLight Paths in 2016.  Her next book, Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul, will be published by Loyola Press in October, 2020.  Anne enjoys biking and hiking. She and her husband Jack have three grown children and six grandchildren.