Have you ever seen someone deal with any situation that comes their way calmly, with care and consideration? Have you ever looked at them and wondered how they accomplished that? What about an individual who has a sense of gratitude for all things around them? Did you ever wonder if you could learn how to do these things well? When we learn how to calm our bodies and minds, deal effectively with our emotions and treat others with kindness, dignity, and compassion, we have the ability to be part of making this world a better place! How can we learn these skills?
Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a great place to start! CIT is a resilience informed program that cultivates human values as skills, so that we can thrive as individuals and be part of creating a better world. By learning skills to calm our bodies and mind, becoming more emotionally aware, learning to practice compassion for ourselves and others, as well as engaging with compassion in complex systems, we can build toward the ability to live our lives in accordance with what we value and believe is needed for a better, more compassionate world.
The day will include both large and small group discussion, experiential learning activities, solo reflective writing, mindful dialogue and contemplative practices.
This retreat and the CIT program is valuable for participants of any faith tradition or no faith tradition!
About the leader(s)
Judie Bryant is a Certified Facilitator of Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT). She firmly believes that compassion as well as integrity are values and skills that are deeply needed if we are to enhance our own and other’s well being. An ordained United Church of Christ pastor, she earned a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA, and has served two UCC churches in the last twenty four years. A Massachusetts native since birth, she is married to Geoff and they have three adult children, two grandchildren and two goofy dogs. Gardening is her latest obsession and reading is her passion. She is also a volunteer with Thrive Communities in Lowell, a community based response to the challenges faced by adults transitioning from incarceration.