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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Big Shoes to Fill

By Jean Collins-Stuckert, MSW, LISAC, CSAT
Director of Workshops for The Meadows

When I returned to The Meadows as Director of Workshops in 2012 Doug Dodge was facilitating the Grief Workshop. He had always facilitated that workshop and was extraordinary in the position. Doug was weathered; he had been doing grief work for more years than most of us have been alive. He was full of compassion, candid, and gave a great hug (although you may smell like cologne for the rest of the day). I knew this first hand because he had facilitated a grief workshop for me when my sister died suddenly and tragically that helped to mend my shattered heart and made a lasting impression.

Doug died last year leaving us grieving. We cancelled the workshop for a period, unable to imagine anyone else taking Doug’s place. Eventually, the demand increased because grief is universal. There are all sorts of losses and layers of grief. It can accumulate outweighing our coping skills and leave us feeling broken. So, we developed a new grief and loss workshop called “Healing Heartache” with an eclectic approach. It’s not Doug’s workshop, but I believe he would approve (I attempted to channel him when developing the workshop). It’s a blend of psycho-education, narrative, psychodrama, experiential work, nervous system regulation, art, music, ritual and heart. With the curriculum developed, all I needed was a facilitator who was a good fit.

I facilitated the Grief and Loss Workshop myself until Janie Exner joined the workshop team. Janie was the real deal, and I knew she would enrich that workshop. Janie is seasoned, genuine, warm, disarming, empathic and highly skilled. She has experienced profound loss in her life allowing her to be fully present when someone else is in agonizing pain. She embraced the idea and commenced training. I passed the torch; it was seamless. Janie doesn’t attempt to fill Doug’s shoes—she has found a pair all her own.

Our next Healing Heartache: a Grief and Loss Workshop is scheduled for March 30, 2015. You can register by calling our Workshops Coordinator at 800-244-4949.

Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

The Spirit Equine Workshop

Three-day Spirit Somatic Equine Workshop…the exhale.

So much of our lives are spent doing for others; doing to understand; being there from a place of integrity and love, powered by this passion that we have for supporting others in their life process.

If we are a mother or a father, we are giving to our children, and to each other when we have the energy. If we are a businessperson, we are giving to the betterment of the organization in a way that is honoring of different personalities, different demands, different expectations.

If we are a therapist, we are guiding, listening, holding and supporting our clients; knowing that if they are willing to do the work, we are going to do what we can to support them in their healing process.

This giving, and giving from a place of authenticity is so beautiful, so kind, so loving, and so compassionate.

The three-day Spirit is about receiving; it is about the exhale, and then the full-bodied inhale. The workshop is the oasis in the desert. It is being held for three days; attended to; supported, and invited to ‘be’ and to be supported in ‘being’ in the presence of another ‘being’ that just happens to be a 1200 pound horse. A horse who sees more than anyone’s eyes can see, or ‘others’ can sense. Horses honor, nurture, and bring out the exhale, and the deeper inhale. They somehow simply naturally, by being who they are at the core of their being, help us to re-connect to our core, our knowing, our truth, our “I” within.

They attend to those of us who give. Nourishing our spirits, listening to what is not being said, but needs to be heard. They are the exhale that allows for the deeper inhale.

The Meadows honors you for all that you give, and invite you to receive for three days, on a beautiful ranch in AZ; Rancho Rio Bonita. A place where three days can make the difference in one’s life journey.

Learn More About The Workshop

Combining The Meadows Model, Somatic Experiencing® (SE), mindfulness, and natural horsemanship this unique, cutting edge workshop allows for a distinct healing experience.

For more details, call 800-244-4949 or sign up on the Spirit workshop page. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

A Reluctant Healing

By Diane Detwiler-Zapp, MA, LPC

Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop is the one that always called to me when I would read through the list excellent workshops offered by The Meadows. So when, at the last minute, the chance to attend this workshop came about, one would think I would be elated. That was far from the case. In all honesty, I was terrified.

I was in the middle of reeling from a health event that was manageable, but for some reason, it had shaken me to the core. I had experienced a heart ablation that was supposed to have cured an electrical issue in my otherwise very, healthy heart. Some of the literature on the procedure stated it was 90%-95% successful. I found myself in a small percent where not only did it not work, but I ended up with a new diagnosis. Add to that a terrible drug reaction making me feel as if I had aged 25 years in a single day. In other words, I was vulnerable and unconnected to my usual coping skills. The last place I wanted to be was in a workshop where all of the feelings I was trying to ignore, would be encouraged. So I gave a few excuses that had some validity, but not really. I felt a little sad to miss the workshop, but I was mostly relieved. And that was that, or so I thought.

I am honored to have a loving friend, Jean Collins, Director of Workshops for The Meadows, who called me and told me that I needed to go. She not only called, but she showed up at my house on Sunday night about 14 hours before the start of the workshop. “In the car,” she said, “I want to show you the way to the ranch, so you get there on time.” Everyone needs a friend like this. At some level I knew she was right, but left to my own devices, I would have stayed with my poor decision.

So Monday morning found me on the way to the ranch. The turnoff from the highway is one of the most beautiful spots in Wickenburg. The morning air was cool; a gift after a long, hot, Arizona summer. The smell of an early morning campfire greeted me. Perhaps this would be good for me. I met the other participants and Buddy Uldrikson, the horseman who was one of the workshop leaders. I already knew the other leader—Colleen DeRango, a therapist trained in Somatic Experiencing ® and an exceptional horsewoman. Colleen’s huge smile of greeting was so welcoming. After the introductions and guided meditation by the fire, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.

The pace of the workshop and the work with my two horses adopted for the week began to teach me how unregulated my daily pace was. Go, go, go, sit down, and fall asleep was the way I operated when on automatic pilot. I had a meditation regime before attending the workshop, but my experience with the skilled leaders in the ranch setting invigorated my practice and taught me techniques that enhanced my meditation skills. The week was filled with insights and helpful experiences, and I want to share the most profound.

By day two, Tuesday, all of my reluctance had vanished; replaced with impatience. I wanted to work on my issues, and I wanted to do it NOW. A wise voice in my heart told me to calm down and wait until the time was right. More than once, that voice had to remind me that waiting can be creative doing in its own way.

On Thursday, day four, my healing occurred. Colleen talked to me before I entered the round pen with her and my horse that I called Lil Gray. She helped me center myself, and she asked me what I wanted to work on. I spent a few minutes just connecting with my horse. Colleen then instructed me to go to a different part of the pen and just be with my feelings, and when I experienced pain I was to come back to the horse.

The first time I did this Lil Gray walked slowly toward me, and I touched the soft side of her face. I could see my reflection in her eyes. This experience repeated itself two more times. On the fourth time as I approached the mare with tears rolling down my cheeks, she came close to me and rested her head on my chest at heart level. Like all spiritual moments, time stopped for me. I don’t know how long her head rested there, but I do know it wasn’t just a brief nuzzle. I found myself smiling and then laughing with joy. I was strong; I was healthy. Colleen asked, “Now, what?” And I told her that I wanted to work with my horse. It was magical; we were working together. Lil Gray knew what I wanted and did it. We were a team. I was at peace.

Diane Detwiler-Zapp, MA, LPC is a private practice counselor in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

About The Workshop

Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop combines The Meadows Model, Somatic Experiencing ®, mindfulness, and natural horseman-ship, for a distinct healing experience. The program consists of experiential activities with horses, and addresses self-esteem, boundaries, honoring reality, wants and needs, emotional regulation, and spontaneity. Created exclusively for a small group of no more than five participants, this workshop is an outdoor experience held on a scenic, rustic ranch.

For more details, call 800-244-4949 or use our online contact form. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.

Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

The Meadows Workshops

By Jean Collins-Stuckert, Director of Workshops at The Meadows

When I think about The Meadows workshops the Carly Simon song “Nobody Does it Better” comes to mind and the lyrics “nobody does it half as good as you, baby you’re the best.” There are other treatment programs offering intensives, but they can’t compare with our time honored workshops. A frontrunner, The Meadows has a reputation for offering stellar workshops for almost 30 years.

While our workshops remain the intensive, profound experience they are famous for, we have also kept them cutting-edge. Keeping up with the latest trauma and addiction neuroscience, we have added psycho-education on neurobiology and nervous system regulation techniques.

The Meadows has enhanced and refreshed the existing workshops and added two more offering 11 unique workshops to choose from. Our latest workshop additions are the one-of-a-kind Spirit, an incredible equine workshop which also incorporates somatic experiencing, and Mind and Heart: a Mindful Path to Wholehearted Living.

We have utilized the expertise of our Senior Fellows Pia Mellody, Claudia Black, Patrick Carnes, Peter Levine and Shelly Uram in developing the workshops. All workshops are facilitated by gifted, master level, licensed therapists who are highly skilled and compassionate. We offer a safe, supportive, confidential environment to open up and dig deep.

If you are new in recovery, workshops are a wonderful way to jump start your process. For those of you that have been at this awhile and feel as though you have reached a plateau or hit a wall, it can reignite your passion or inspire you to stretch. You may have had a setback and wish to solidify your commitment; The Meadows workshops can also heighten or deepen an already satisfying process.

We offer workshops that promote healing from childhood and adult relational trauma (Survivors l and Survivors ll) in addition to workshops that help couples and families navigate difficulties (Family Workshop and Strengthening Coupleship). If you are having trouble with intimacy in an existing relationship or cultivating a healthy bond, we have specialized workshops for both men and women struggling with love addiction/love avoidance and/or sex addiction as well as a workshop for their partners (Healing Intimate Treason). We also offer a Grief workshop if you have unresolved heartache.

I have participated in a number of workshops in my 26 years in recovery. Hey, it takes what it takes. When my “stuff” is up, I do not like sitting in it. I am a believer in getting as quickly as I can from A to B. A workshop is an excellent way to propel, deepen, or enhance your process and improve your life.

Call the Intake Department at The Meadows 1-800-244-4949, and they will help you find the workshop best suited for you. For more information and workshop dates, visit our workshop page at http://www.themeadows.com/workshops.

Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00

AcuDetox Auricular Acupuncture

The Meadows is happy to announce that Jean Collins-Stuckert, Director of Workshops, is now providing AcuDetox auricular acupuncture for workshop participants.

This is acupuncture done in the ears only, as our ears are a "microcosm" of the body. Some of the benefits are:acupuncture

  • Enhanced sense of well-being and motivation
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced Anxiety and Stress
  • Nervous System Regulation
  • Detoxification
  • Improvement of balance of bodily energies

According to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), acupuncture affects the body’s central nervous system and key parts of the brain involved in stress response. Many scientists also theorize that AcuDetox dulls the pleasure of drugs by reducing dopamine levels. It’s also been shown to reduce withdrawal symptoms like cravings, anxiety, depression, aches and pains, and insomnia.

Additionally, AcuDetox has been shown to significantly decrease insomnia, agitation, and cravings for drugs and alcohol - reducing withdrawal symptoms and subsequent relapse.

Meadows Workshops

We look forward to having you experience The Meadows' life changing workshops, and invite you to contact us today at 800-244-4949  or to visit our Workshops page to learn more.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:52

The Meadows Offers New Somatic Equine Workshop

The Meadows recently announced the addition of “Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop” to be offered beginning the week of November 11-15, 2013 from 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The 2014 dates include January 13-17, February 10-14, March 10-14, and April 14-18. This workshop will be offered at a ranch near The Meadows’ campus.

Combining The Meadows Model, Somatic Experiencing® (SE), mindfulness, and natural horsemanship, this cutting-edge workshop allows for a distinct healing experience. The program consists of experiential activities with horses addressing self-esteem, boundaries, honoring reality, wants and needs, emotional regulation, and spontaneity. Created exclusively for a small group of no more than five participants, this workshop is an outdoor five-day experience facilitated by a seasoned therapist trained in SE, along with a highly skilled, horseman and notable trainer. Individuals, couples, families, and professionals are welcome to enroll.

“We are thrilled to launch “Spirit,” said Jean Collins, MSW, LISAC, CSAT, Director of Workshops at The Meadows. “Due to the unique nature of this workshop and its prospective gifts for the participants, we have been awaiting this with great anticipation.”

To learn more about Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop visit http://www.themeadows.com/workshops/spirit-a-somatic-equine-workshop.

Attending a Meadows’ workshop offers an individual many benefits. A workshop can be a cost-effective alternative when long-term treatment is not an option. Individuals who cannot be away from their work or families for an extended period of time can attend a workshop and work on sensitive issues in a five-day concentrated format.  This allows individuals to jump start their personal recovery by gaining insight into patterns and practicing new relational skills within a safe environment. 

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop and The Meadows’ work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center.  In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in their inpatient center and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior.  The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 Sub-Acute Agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

The Meadows will offer the Women’s Sexual Recovery workshop the week of Nov. 3, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Meadows’ campus.

The Women’s Sexual Recovery Workshop was created for women who want to explore unhealthy sexual patterns and behaviors that deeply impact their ability to connect relationally in healthy ways. Issues such as past or present trauma, cultural messages, and negative beliefs can serve as roadblocks to true intimacy. 

Throughout the workshop, the neurobiology that leads to sexual obsession and compulsivity will be examined and will offer a foundation to shame reduction and the alleviation of self-loathing.  Issues of affect regulation, body image, triggers for sexual acting out, and grief related to the myriad of associated losses are just a few of the many issues that will be explored. This workshop, designed for a group size of no more than six women, offers each individual a safe, supportive environment in which to explore sensitive issues. 

To learn more about the Women’s Sexual Recovery workshop, visit http://www.themeadows.com/workshops/womens-sexual-recovery-workshop.  

Attending a Meadows’ workshop offers an individual many benefits. A workshop can be a cost-effective alternative when long-term treatment is not an option. Individuals who cannot be away from their work or families for an extended period of time can attend a workshop and work on sensitive issues in a five-day concentrated format.  This allows individuals to jump start their personal recovery by gaining insight into patterns and practicing new relational skills within a safe environment. 

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows’ work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center.  In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior.  The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 Sub-Acute Agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:00

Thrive - After the Leap

By Lauren Mehr MS, LPC, CCTP

Recently, someone I greatly admire celebrated her 60th birthday by jumping out of a plane… on purpose! She had decided that she wanted to live her 60th year as a ‘year of experiences’ and not let the number define who she is capable of being or what she is capable of experiencing. The week of her jump, she found herself second guessing her choice, wrestling with her fear and the constant voice of ‘what if’—that, however, did not stop her and on August 26th she approached the open door of the plane and with nothing else but faith (and a push from the tandem jumper attached to her) she jumped; showing the world, but most importantly herself, that age is just a number and fear is no reason to stay on the ground.

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