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Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Balancing Work, Money, and Relationships

Everyone feels stressed about money and work from time to time, and for good reason. Careers and finances can have a profound impact on our families, our relationships, and our own personal health and well-being. Money and work can play the role that other addictions often play in people’s lives—that of a coping mechanism for unaddressed trauma, emotional pain, and self-destructive personal beliefs. Money obsession, work addiction, spending addiction, under earning, gambling, high-risk investing, chaotic entrepreneurship, hoarding, deprivation, and financial codependence are all signs that unhealthy attitudes about money have taken control of your life.

Are you having trouble reconciling your emotional balance sheet? Do your friends and family complain that you work too much? Do you give up or limit social, occupational, or recreational activities because you’d rather work? Are you frugal to the point of deprivation? Are you uncertain whether your spending habits are normal, or a signal of a larger problem? If so, our Living in Abundance: Balancing Work, Money and Relationships workshop was designed specifically for you.

Living in Abundance Workshop

Living in Abundance is a five-day intensive that will help you develop insights into your relationship to money and work. The workshop aims to help participants:

  • Discover how your behavior related to money and work developed
  • Recognize the rewards and costs of your behavior to one’s self and others
  • Obtain a treatment plan which intervenes on existing behavior and fosters a healthy relationship with money and work that will also enhance your relationship with yourself and others

Each participant will complete the Money and Work Adaptive Styles (MWASI) assessment tool created by Bonnie DenDoovan and receive the interpreted results.

For more details, call 800-244-4949 or contact us online.

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Spring is almost here. To celebrate this time of growth and renewal, we’re offering 25 percent off of all workshop registrations between now and March 31, 2016.

Workshops at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows are designed to help you understand your own needs, desires, emotions, habits, and everything else that makes you who you are. The more you know about yourself, the better equipped you are to engage in healthy relationships and have an improved sense of self.

A workshop can also 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.

What Sets Us Apart

Those who attend a workshop at our brand new Rio Retreat Center also have the benefit of enjoying our beautiful, serene, desert atmosphere and our state-of-the-art facilities. Attendees can also take part in many additional relaxing and healing activities at the end of each day, including expressive, arts, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, live music, campfires, equine therapy, challenge courses and more. Three exquisite meals per day, prepared by our extraordinary chef, are included in the price of the workshop.

Limited Time Offer

To take advantage of this special offer, call our intake staff today at 800-244-4949.

In order to qualify for the discount you must enroll between February 19 and March 31, 2016.Registration is subject to availability. Our intake coordinators will work with you to ensure that attending a workshop is clinically appropriate for you. Lodging and travel expenses are not covered in the cost of the workshop. And, the deal applies only to workshop offered at The Rio Retreat Center at the Meadows.

We hope to see you soon at the Rio Retreat Center for a unique, empowering and healing experience.

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The Meadows has enriched the workshop experience for attendees by offering yoga as an adjunct benefit to all of its 5-day workshops. Group yoga will be offered twice during the workshop duration as a way to increase tolerance of feelings which allows participants to “go deep.”

Integrating yoga supports the connection between trauma and the brain and nervous system that is taught in our progressive psycho-educational workshop lectures. In addition to yoga and included in the cost of the workshop are gym privileges. These activities support the theory: move your body, move your feeling.

Yoga’s positive benefits on mental health have made it an important practice tool of psychotherapy (American Psychological Association). It’s been shown to improve the symptoms of depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, sleep disorders, and even schizophrenia when it is practiced alongside drug therapy. Because yoga increases the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical in the brain that helps to regulate nerve activity, it is especially relevant to those with anxiety disorders in which GABA activity is low.

Researchers say it is the relaxation response of mind and body practices that lead to physical and mental health improvements. For the body to relax at the nerve and cellular level, it’s important to alter body processes that shift us biochemically from a state of excitement and tension to a state of calm, deep rest and relaxation.

The Meadows Can Help

The Meadows’ one-of-a-kind workshops offer healing and empowerment to individuals in various stages of their recovery. Our workshops address the needs of those who have just begun a recovery process as well as those who have been on a recovery path and may have hit a plateau or want to deepen their experience. Workshops can also be a source of renewal for anyone who has undergone treatment. Participants work on sensitive issues in a concentrated format allowing them to jump-start and enhance their personal recovery journey by gaining insight into unhealthy patterns and practicing new relational skills within a safe environment.

To learn more about the trauma workshops and treatment programs at The Meadows, call us at 800-244-4949.

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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.

Published in Workshops
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

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