10:00
18:30
14th May 2022
Saturday
One-day Online Meditation Retreat
$120 $80 $40 $20+

Working through Disorganized Attachment

Internalizing a sense of safety at the felt-sense level and thereby healing CPTSD at its root

One-day Online Meditation Retreat
  • Date: Saturday, 14th May 2022
  • Instructor: Cedric Reeves
  • Cost: Sliding scale
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The focus of the retreat is to
1. recognize our fearful and aggressive parts as adaptive responses to an unsafe environment of the past.
2. now as adults, have a deep "lived, emotionally corrective experience" of safety and protection (emotional memory reconsolidation)
3. which will bring about greater ease, trust, and well-being into our adults lives.

Format

  • One-day Online Meditation Retreat: 8 hours, 30 mins total.
  • Live Online Sessions: The live sessions will be hosted on Zoom. An email with the zoom links will be sent to you after you have registered.
  • Q&A: There will be opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A section.

Attendance & Recordings

  • Partial attendance is fine - however you get best results if you attend all sessions.
  • Late Starts: You can join even after it has started.
  • View at your own pace: The event will be recorded and sent out to registered participants for viewing on your own schedule.

Event Date & Time

The retreat runs for 8 hours, 30 mins total. Partial attendance is perfectly fine.

Retreat Overview

This program is suitable for beginners to meditation and healing work.

This is an experientially oriented retreat focused on healing developmental trauma. The primary focus of the course is to feel safe and protected in an embodied way while being reparented by the perfect nurturers (imaginary parent-like figures).

Going over the basics of attachment and what causes developmental trauma.

The difference between developmental trauma and later, non-developmental trauma.

Looking at the core schemas of disorganized attachment:

  • mistrust & abuse
  • subjugation
  • punitiveness
  • incompetence
  • dependency
  • defectiveness & shame
  • enmeshment & underdeveloped self

Looking at the tumultuous structure changing or switching between self-states that is coming within disorganized attachment from a parts work perspective (schema modes).

List of guided meditation practices:

  • safety grounding embodiment exercises
  • to combat depersonalization and derealization symptoms (DPDR)
  • creation of perfect nurturers with emphasize on their ability to protect you
  • agency / self-efficacy as counterbalanced to fear and lack of safety
  • SRM on mistrust and abuse schemas
  • recognising all the schemas listed above
  • getting comfortable with healthy touch / identifying healthy touch
  • Recognizing our fearful and aggressive parts as adaptive responses to an unsafe environment and now, in the present, as adults giving those parts a “lived, emotionally corrective experience” of safety and protection

This meditation course draws on:

  • Attachment Theory (Bowlby, Ainsworth, et al)
  • Ideal Parent Figure Protocol (Brown, et al)
  • Inner Child Work (Bradshaw, et al)
  • Schema Therapy (Young, et al)
  • Coherence Therapy (Ecker, et al)
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment (Fonagy, et al)
  • Metacognitive Therapy (DiMaggio, et al.)
  • Buddhist Visualization Practices
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Adult Attachment Interview (Main, et al)

We also draw on Ideal Parent Figure Protocol, developed by Dan Brown, which has been found to be effective for moving people with insecure attachment to secure attachment after repeated sessions, as well as Chairwork (Moreno, Perls, Kellogg).

Miscellaneous Notes

There will be time for Q&A and spot coaching.

We will be doing deep work. For that reason please feel free to take a break at any point.

Walking Meditation / Breaks / Journalling

Most hours will consist of a 20 minute walking meditation session and a 40 minute seated guided meditation session. The walking meditation sessions will serve to help integrate the previous guided meditation session. Brief walking meditation instruction will be offered. Alternatively these 20 minute sessions can be used to journal or to just take a break. All three will help you integrate the previous guided meditation session.

Who is this for?

This program is for those of us who...

  • Want to become more joyous
  • Want to enjoy meditation more
  • Are looking to improve our psychological health, especially those who have tried other healing modalities with disappointing results.
  • Have problems with exploration and self development, relationships and emotional regulation
  • Want to optimise our psychological health
  • Want to understand the early foundations of our psychological development

Healing Together

  • Shared interest and social support can make meditation practice, study, and healing much easier.
  • Make friends in the course on the slack channel and invite friends who you think could benefit to participate in the course.

Benefits

These are some of the benefits you will have by the end of the program

Theoretical Understanding

  • A basic understanding of attachment theory and how to start doing it.
  • A more coherent understanding of the role your childhood experiences had in producing your adult personality.

Psychological

  • A better sense for the importance of your personal explorations as a source for meaning in your life and more clarity on how to proceed in life towards those explorations and goals.
  • A full day of attachment repair meditation that will start moving you towards a secure attachment conditioning and a greater ability to do self-development and explore what is personally meaningful to you.
  • A very effective way to do emotional regulation on the spot in your daily life with ‘micro-hits’ of Schema Repatterning Meditation.
  • A better ability to observe your mind with metacognitive awareness as a result of the mentalization exercises peppered through the guided meditations.
  • Better understanding of your own relationship shortcomings and how to remedy them.
  • Less identification with your psychological maladies and quirks (ego-distonia with your maladaptive schemas).

For your relationships

  • Greater understanding and compassion for psychological problems and vulnerabilities that effect yours and others.
  • Less blame of self or others.
  • A sense of camaraderie as a result of seeing how our psychological difficulties are rooted in common experiences that affect us all.
  • Better appreciation for the importance and value of interpersonal collaboration generally and especially as it relates to supporting you do the explorations that.

Support Structure

  • Opportunities to find accountability partners to meditate with
  • Slack group with which to discuss and share experiences and consolidate what you are learning

Frequently Asked Questions

About Participation

Are there any prerequisites to attend?

Is the course compatible with therapy/counselling/psychotherapy?

Technical Questions

How do I access the online event?

I’m having technical issues accessing the event

What is the refund policy?

My payment didn’t go through / I’m having payment issues

I don’t have Paypal / Card / are there alternative payment methods?

In what format are the recordings?

I have technical issues accessing the course or recording. What should I do?

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Testimonials

This is what participants of prior Retreats have to say:

Dani

Thank you for continuing to make these classes. When I am able to attend, they make a really positive contribution to my mental health :)

J.

Great retreat, thank you so much Cedric. There is something special about Tonglen and using it with the schemas feels so healing. I feel hopeful and inspired to keep working with Tonglen.

J.

Cedric I would just like to say thanks for your wisdom and knowledge of attachment issues and repair. The work you are doing really helps me and I have never come across anything as transformative for me as your meditations. Thank you so much.

M.

Thank you for this beautiful retreat. Feels like this is what I needed in the moment.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Melissa Louise Joyce Rees

    I just paid to attend – unsure whether it automatically registers me?

    1. Hi Melissa, yep we received your payment and you’ve been automatically registered. If you didn’t get the registration email please double-check your spam folder, sometimes they end up in there. I’ve just forwarded it to you again just incase.

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Please note: This program is offered for educational purposes only and is not group-therapy, counselling or any kind of other psychotherapy, nor is it a substitute for the aforementioned. The instructor Cedric Reeves is a meditation teacher, not a psychotherapist, counsellor, or otherwise therapist.