Life is challenging – there’s no way around that one. Many of us have encountered difficult situations as children and as adults: trauma, abuse, neglect, break-ups, betrayal, disappointment, failures, illness, loss, and grief.

Mindfulness Can Transform

We humans are resilient creatures – we generally find ways to survive. However, surviving isn’t the same as thriving! Indeed, many times the very adaptations that helped us to survive get in the way of really living life wholeheartedly.

For example, addictive behaviors may have numbed the pain at one time, but now the addiction has become a ball-and-chain. Perfectionism and people-pleasing once helped us to avoid disapproval, but now our true sense of self is crumbling under the weight of others’ expectations. Avoidance and anger may have been employed to keep potentially unsafe people at a distance, but now we are drowning in our loneliness. In other words, the methods of getting through difficult times in the past are now keeping us stuck – disconnected from the beauty of our present life.

Frequently, these self-limiting patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving are most apparent, and most problematic, in our close relationships. Utilizing attachment theory as a guide, we can discover how these patterns were set up in our relationships with family and romantic partners. Gaining clarity about our patterns of attachment avoidance (i.e., love avoidance) and attachment preoccupation (i.e., love addiction) empowers us to let go of old survival mechanisms that are no longer serving their purpose and establish healthier ways of relating to ourselves and others.

While it is true that we can’t change the past, we can change our perception of it and our relationship to it… and that can change everything! The Mind & Heart workshop is designed to help in this process of growth and genuine change. Mindfulness, a contemplative practice, and state of being that allows us to be more present with the life that is here, can facilitate increased awareness of our unique survival patterns that are now limiting our growth. Coupling mindfulness with greater compassion and acceptance for self and others can enable us to take meaningful and sustainable steps towards lasting change. Mindfulness (Mind) and compassion (Heart) are powerful tools for transforming the pain of the past by learning to wholeheartedly accept ourselves, as we are, in the present moment.

Psychiatrist, researcher, teacher, and workshop designer, Dr. Jon Caldwell, DO, Ph.D., will personally facilitate the workshop. The Mind & Heart workshop is a scientifically researched intervention that entails a mixture of highly informative material and experiential exercises using mindfulness and compassion. Because these ancient practices will be applied in unique ways to heal past wounds, people of various skill levels with mindfulness can benefit from the workshop. Also, the practice of mindfulness and compassion does not need to interfere with workshop participants’ spiritual beliefs but can serve to deepen existing belief systems. All that is needed is a curious mind, a willing heart, and an intention to heal!

Day 1

  • Introduction/Background Information
  • Overview of Workshop (i.e., Trauma, Attachment, Mindfulness, Compassion)
  • Meeting Toxic Shame with Tender-Hearted Compassion
  • Experiential Exercises to Identify Toxic Shame in the Body and Use Self-Compassion

Day 2

  • Trauma, Relational Trauma, and the Neuroscience of Trauma
  • Introduction to Attachment Theory
  • Introduction to Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology
  • Secure Attachment
  • Experiential Exercise to Feel Attachment Security in Body

Day 3

  • Attachment Insecurity (i.e., attachment avoidance and anxiety/preoccupation)
  • Rewriting Attachment-Related Scripts
  • Mindfulness of Thoughts
  • Experiential Exercise to be Mindful of Attachment Scripts

Day 4

  • Neuroscience of Attachment Theory
  • Attachment Insecurity Revisited
  • Connection Between Attachment and Mindfulness
  • Attachment Insecurity and Emotions
  • Experiential Exercise to be Mindful of Attachment-Related Emotions

Day 5

  • Forgiveness
  • Experiential Exercise: Mindfully Explore Forgiveness of Self and Others
  • Befriending our True Nature
  • Loving Kindness Meditation

Continuing Education Information

23.0 Continuing Education Credits or 23.0 NBCC Clock Hours available.

  • The Meadows is an NBCC-Approved Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider #5687.
  • This course has been approved by The Meadows, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 23.0 CE. NAADAC Provider #62791, The Meadows is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Course addresses Counseling Services from NAADAC Counselor Skill Group.
  • The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 23.0 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists.

Please join us on a Mindful Path to Wholehearted Living!


Workshops run 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The schedule is flexible, accommodating the group process.

This workshop is scheduled on the following dates in 2019:

May 13 - 17

October 14 - 18

We Can Help

For more information or to enroll, please contact us at 800-244-4949 or complete the form below. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.