Date: 3rd – 5th February

Retreat Leader: Joey Weber

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity ModelDonation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no set amount)

Format: Onsite & Online. Please note you will still need to book a place if attending online.

Start Time: Friday 3rd February at 7 pm. Please arrive at Land of Joy by 5pm, supper will be served at 6pm.

Accommodation: Land of Joy wishes for everyone who visits the centre to feel welcome, accepted, safe and secure. Our accommodation options are very limited, with mostly single sex shared accommodation and only one single room (which is sometimes needed by volunteers). This means single accommodation can only be offered to those who need it the most, but still won’t always be available. Please read the relevant sections of the booking form carefully.

About the Retreat

The Equanimity Based Compassionate Action [EBCA] programme is the first course to focus solely on the latest scientific construct of equanimity. The course consists of sessions to help people cope better with their emotional regulation and extend the parameters of compassion. Through guided meditations, group dialogue and individually tailored instruction, you will learn the essential principles of equanimity extending beyond mindfulness to build your own personal toolkit to access wide ranging benefits such as emotional balance, conflict resolution, deepening empathy, compassion and overall wellbeing.

Retreat contents:

• A thorough background of the science of mindfulness/equanimity/differentiation. Meditation techniques involving the breath and body [mindfulness] as a tool for stabilising the mind ready for deeper enquiry.

• Barriers to equanimity. Understanding what’s in your way of a deeper sense of congruence. Adaptive equanimity meditation [friends, enemies, strangers].

• Analysing the 7-step method to cultivating an equanimous mindset. Applying case studies and scenarios. Dangers of apathy/dissociation and fine tuning the required balance towards healthy emotional regulation and resilience.

• Understanding the significance of self-compassion in cultivating compassion for others. Adaptive tonglen self-compassion meditation.

• Recognising the tools necessary for compassionate activism and wider applications of social mindfulness. Fostering connection and social cohesion using equanimity as the foremost foundation.

About the Teacher

Dr Joey developed and validated one of world’s first psychometric scales that solely focuses on the construct of equanimity – The Equanimity Barriers Scale [EBS] in 2018. His research (spanning 6 years) includes operational definitions of inner and outer equanimity relevant for clinical psychology, theoretical models of judgement and the validation of the EBS. He has recently published a book entitled ‘Why Mindfulness is not Enough: Unlocking Compassion with Equanimity’, which is an overview of his research and includes case studies and guided meditations in order to bring equanimity down from the mystical and into the lap of the practical.

A Way to Say Thank You

As we don’t receive any subsidies from other organisations we rely solely on the kind generosity of others. If you would like to make a donation to help us cover our considerable monthly costs (including via an online bank transfer or postal cheque), please choose the amount you would like to offer using the form below (or enter a custom amount), click ‘Donate’, then choose a payment method and provide all the details we require to process your donation. Your generosity will help us continue to offer beneficial services to yourself and others.

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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