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  • Tuition
  • Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)
  • Shared or Private Accommodations
  • Signature classes and wellness offerings
Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath. 1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.

Program Description

To relate and to connect are the most essential of human desires. Who among us does not want to deeply belong—to be loved and to love in the most authentic and connected way? And yet, as vital as our relationships are, they are rarely—if ever—easy. The good news is that there are skills-based, time-tested ways to navigate the inevitable difficulties that arise within us and between us. This weekend, learn how to move deeper into compassion and bring more effortless understanding of your partner.

Join Michelle Becker, LMFT, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified Compassion for Couples facilitator, and Steven Hickman, PsyD, psychologist and director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, in a step-by-step guide to meeting yourself and your partner with greater awareness and empathy.

Compassion for Couples (CfC) is a program designed to help us meet ourselves and our partners with greater awareness and empathy. It builds on the skills developed in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an eight-week program created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Together, you will draw on the skills of mindfulness and compassion and learn skills to help navigate the difficulties that arise within us and between us. Partners attend together and build a stronger foundation for healthy relating by:

  • Cultivating greater presence with each other
  • Identifying shared values and communicating with kindness and understanding
  • Building a base of warmth, security, and connection
  • Comforting themselves and their partner
  • Skillfully relating during times of difficulty.

Gain a greater understanding of your own, your partner's, and your shared relational patterns in this thorough and dynamic workshop where all are welcome. While prior experience with MSC is helpful, it is not required.

Presented by

  • Steven HickmanAbout Steven Hickman PsyD|Founding director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
    Steven Hickman is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate clinical professor in the UC San Diego departments of psychiatry and family medicine and public health. He is the executive director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and the founder and executive director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Dr. Hickman leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.
  • Michelle BeckerAbout Michelle Becker LMFT|Compassion for Couples developer, Mindful Self-Compassion teacher

    About Michelle Becker, M.A., LMFT Michelle Becker is a licensed marriage and family therapist, compassion teacher, and founder of Wise Compassion LLC. She travels internationally teaching skills that help people to better relate to themselves and each other. Michelle is the developer of the Compassion for Couples™ program. A teacher of teachers, she is co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training, a senior teacher of the Compassion Cultivation Training program and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. She specializes in bringing compassion into various relationships, including the workplace. About Megan Prager Megan is a Certified Instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), as well as Compassion Programs Director at UCSD Center for Mindfulness and co-founder of UCSD's Mindfulness in the Workplace programs. Megan's passion, mission, and great joy are all the same: to empower individuals and institutions with the understanding that there is nothing more important individually or collectively than compassionate awareness and action.

Why Attend

    Understand the unconscious patterns that cause both of you to react and learn how to mediate conflict to strengthen your connection.

    Develop a shared commitment to kindness, empathy, and understanding as the basic foundation of your relationship.

    Practice tangible, lasting exercises to pause, reflect, and relate from a place of love and commitment even in the most difficult circumstances.

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All couples welcome.
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