Fern Dorresteyn Shares Family Practice
“We want to express our gratitude for the healing and deep connection our family experiences at your retreats.” ~ a couple visiting Morning Sun with their son and granddaughter
Tears flow as a mother shares about the tangible difference in the quality of her family’s life since they began to practice. She has learned how to release stress, to breathe and quiet her mind so that she can be truly present to see and listen to her child. For many of us, this practice is like a miracle.
This year Michael and I offered parenting discussion groups, training evenings, and supported family retreats around the country and in France. In Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh’s practice center, we shared the practice of “Beginning Anew” with over 100 parents and children from different countries. In Beginning Anew, parents and children listen deeply to each other, sharing what they love about each other, as well as what is hard for them in their life. This builds trust, reconciles conflicts, and helps children share what is really going on inside. It was a beautiful sight to see parents and children sitting together in the gardens of New Hamlet sharing, crying, hugging and laughing as they paused everything else, in order to truly be together.
“We love the bedtime ritual you taught 4 years ago, we still do it every night!” ~ family retreat participant
Resident Author Ambrose Desmond Shares about his book on Mindfulness Based Self Compassion
The practice energy of Morning Sun is a tremendous resource for me. Recently that practice energy has been taking new shapes through me in the world. My first book, Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: Mindfulness-Based Practices for Healing and Transformation was published last year and has met with much success.
My next book The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook will be released in the Spring of 2017. We have a new collaboration with Antioch University, which recently named me Distinguished Faculty in Applied Psychology. I continue to travel around the US teaching the practices I’ve learned from Thich Nhat Hanh to mental health professionals. Most importantly, these practices give me and my family strength, peace, and hope as we face some serious health issues. I offer deep gratitude to all beings who are nourishing the energies of mindfulness and compassion in the world.
Go to timdesmond.net to learn more about this wonderful work.