Date: 25th to 27th February

Retreat Leader: Wendy Ridley

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Course Schedule: All times are in according to British Standard Time

Friday 25 February: 19:00- 20:15

Saturday26 February: 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00

Sunday27 February: 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00

This is offered as a blended course. You can choose to attend either in person at Land of Joy (depending on Government Regulations at the time) or to take part online via Zoom.

Accommodation: Shared and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

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About the Course

Building Balanced Empathy explores the themes of empathy, vulnerability and emotional resilience. What causes us to feel emotionally overwhelmed or makes us emotionally disconnect from others?  How can we empathise from both our heart and our head? We will explore techniques empowering us to relate to ourselves and others in healthy and more balanced ways.

This course will help you:

  • Develop deeper self-understanding and therefore real empathy for others

  • Identify what pushes us out of balance allowing the space for wiser choices

  • Build closer, more nurturing relationships with family, friends and co-workers

Who is this for?

This course is for people of all ages and backgrounds. It is designed for those who want to strengthen their inner resources which help build deep and sustainable connections and relationships. The course was developed by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW). The content is rooted in Buddhist philosophy and psychology and is supported by scientific research, Western philosophy, positive psychology, and other wisdom traditions.

About the Teacher

Wendy worked for over 30 years in education – as a teacher, university lecturer, Education Authority advisor, and education consultant. Since attending her first meditation course in 1976 she has volunteered in five different meditation centres. Wendy is a Senior Accredited FDCW Faculty member teaching internationally all levels of FDCW’s programmes. She is on the FDCW board, is a trained yoga teacher, and has enjoyed many retreats.

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You may also like to make a regular contribution to the centre by becoming a Branch of Joy. This kind of support gifts us a steady and ongoing income, which in turn provides the confidence and means for us to continue to flourish for many years to come.

Thank you and may you be happy.

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