How to Stop Beating Yourself Up: A Wildmind Retreat in Florida, Feb 26-28, 2016


We all long for someone who will love us unconditionally. But what if that person is us?

Most us us have the habit of being hard on ourselves. We talk unkindly to ourselves and often we sacrifice our own well-being in order to “get things done.” We blame ourselves when things go wrong, and often fear that if we stop doing so we’ll cease to perform well.

On this weekend retreat, Bodhipaksa will introduce a step-by-step guide to self-compassion, so that we can learn to be more gentle with and understanding of ourselves.


On this weekend retreat, you will learn how to:

  • Be more gentle with yourself
  • Develop greater emotional strength and resilience
  • Face your shortcomings with understanding and open-hearted courage
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle challenging circumstances and uncomfortable feelings with acceptance and gentleness
  • Bring greater empathy into your relationship with yourself—and others
  • Express self-compassion in everyday life

Research shows that self-compassion promotes emotional well-being, reduces our risk of anxiety and depression, supports healthy habits, and leads to more satisfying personal relationships.

The practice of self-compassion in our daily lives arises from developing four skills: mindful awareness, acceptance, self-kindness, and realistic perspectives. Each of those skills can be learned through practice.

Retreat format

On this weekend we’ll have a gentle program of workshops, talks, discussions, and meditations—including guided meditations. There will be time for rest, relaxation, and exploration.

The retreat will take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Florida Retreat Center in Palmetto, near Sarasota.

Florida Retreat Center
Florida Retreat Center
Florida Retreat Center
Florida Retreat Center

The event is residential, and vegetarian food will be provided. The accommodation is in two-person rooms.

Portions of the retreat will be in silence, with communication limited only to what is necessary and functional.

The retreat will begin at 7:00 PM on Friday and end at 12:30 PM on Sunday.

What other retreatants have said

  • “I want to add my heartfelt thanks. I really feel as if I’ve turned a corner as a result.” Rebecca C.
  • I have undergone an incredible shift. Not only is self-compassion really beginning to gel with me but I have found myself naturally extending compassion to others.” Robyn M.

Retreat cost

To allow people of varying income levels to attend, we have three suggested contributions:

  • $250 for those with lower disposable incomes
  • $350 as the “standard” contribution, and
  • $450 for those with more disposable income available.

The price of the retreat includes food and accommodations.

Spaces are limited, and we strongly suggest booking early.

» Click here to reserve your place today.


The Florida Retreat Center is located in Palmetto, Florida, between Sarasota and St. Petersburg. The nearest airports are in Sarasota and Tampa.

About Bodhipaksa

Bodhipaksa“Bodhipaksa embodies an unusual combination of penetrating wisdom, simplicity and modesty, heartfelt good humor, deep contemplative training, grounding in science, and direct clear expression. A wonderful friend and teacher for the path.”
–Rick Hanson, best-selling author of The Buddha’s Brain.

Bodhipaksa has been practicing meditation for well over 30 years, and has been teaching for two decades. He has published more than a dozen books and audiobooks on meditation and Buddhism, in several languages. He mainly teaches online, though Wildmind, the online meditation center he founded in 2001, although he teaches across North America and internationally.

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