3rd Annual Mindfulness Retreat: “Being Your Self as Awareness” – Integrating Strategies from EMDR, Body Awareness and The Wisdom Traditions –  June 05 – June 10, 2022

This retreat offers mindfulness strategies to integrate techniques from EMDR therapy, body awareness and non-dual wisdom when working with clients.

Retreat Dates & Location
Continuing Education Credits
Travel Information
Tuition, Room & Board
Retreat Schedule
Retreat Activities
CE Classes Information
Photos from 2019 Retreat

Purpose:  The CompassionWorks Mindfulness Retreat is for licensed mental health professionals on using mindfulness in their clinical practice.  While this retreat is open to all therapists, we will be using and teaching techniques from Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help enhance the process.   Non-EMDR trained therapists won’t be learning how to use eye-movements but will be taught ancillary techniques to use with others and on themselves.

The registration process is as follows:

    1. Register with CompassionWorks  to pay your tuition and reserve your spot.  At that time you can indicate if you want a single occupancy, or double occupancy with your own roommate, or double occupancy with another attendee.
    2. After you have registered with us, we will put you in touch with Shannon Baker, our Event Coordinator at Ghost Ranch, to complete your room request and meal plan.

Location: Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM map
Dates: Summer, 2022 – (June 05 – 10, 2022)

The retreat begins on Sunday, June 5th, with arrivals beginning at 3:00 pm, dinner is 5:30 – 6:30 pm and the first meeting is from 7:00 until 8:30 pm.

Meeting times are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday is an open day, and Friday is 9:00 am until Noon.  Retreat ends after lunch on Friday, June 10th, at 1:00 pm.


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Photos from 2019 Retreat

Mindfulness Retreat Presenters



Jose Carbajal, Ph.D.is a licensed clinical social worker. He served in the U.S. Army; after his military service, Jose attended Baylor University, where he received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in theological studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jose has several publications, and he has conducted many professional presentations and workshops. Jose’s research focus is on the interventions clinicians use to treat trauma, neuroscience and social work practice, faith, and trauma, and social disparity. Jose has over 10 years of clinical experience; his clinical specialties are trauma, sexual abuse recovery, domestic violence, substance abuse, and interpersonal relationship issues. Dr. Carbajal is an EMDR Trainer and Consultant.


Jordan Shafer, MS, LPC is an EMDR Therapist, Trainer and Consultant. Jordan has a deep interest non-duality, as based in Advaita Vedanta – an ancient wisdom philosophy. We will be drawing from these teachings for his portion of the workshop. This year our focus will be on the teachings of Atmananda Krishna Menon, as explained and demonstrated by Author Greg Goode. During the retreat we will be introduced to looking at our experience from a very different, "non-dualistic" perspective. The thing is, we don’t need to regard the everyday sense of things as the literal truth of our experiences. Non-dual inquiry frees us from seeing our current experiences in the same old way and allows us to be more open, accepting and gentle with ourselves and others.


Tricia Gagnon LPC-S is an EMDR Consultant in Training and 200 RYT Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Tricia is a psychotherapist in private practice with over 20 years experience in trauma, anxiety, and codependency recovery. She applies mindfulness & yoga with clients for resource development, and to expand their window of tolerance with EMDR. Tricia also enjoys teaching clinicians how to be mindfully attuned so they can do the trauma work they love, without compassion fatigue. In workshops and retreats, Tricia incorporates the latest research regarding the effectiveness of yoga & mindfulness for recovery and healing.


Mark LoPalo is a 200RYT Yoga & Meditation teacher. Using yoga to relax the body and tame the mind, Mark helps clients in classes, workshops, and retreats to reach deeper states of mindful awareness. Mark works with private and corporate clients in equine assisted coaching and is also certified in NLP, Hypnosis & Reiki. All these different modalities allow Mark to guide people to find their own rhythm, and to experience their lives without limitations.

Intended Audience: This retreat is for all Mental Health Professionals (EMDR trained and non-EMDR trained) who want to learn about Mindfulness, EMDR and  Body Awareness and to use it with their clients in their clinical practice. You do not need to be trained in EMDR to attend this workshop but you will come away from it knowing more about it – when to refer clients, how to use it in your own experience or possibly decide to become an EMDR trained therapist, yourself.

Non-workshop attending partners: Partners of registered workshop attendees are encouraged to attend the retreat, as well.  They will be welcome to join in the meals, meditations and on all group activities.

Days and Times:  This is a week long workshop with arrival time beginning at 3:00 pm (dinner is 5:30 to 6:30) on Sunday, June 05, 2022, and ending on Friday, June 10th, after lunch at 1:00 pm.  See the full schedule below.

Location:  Ghost Ranch Retreat and Education Center near Abiquiu, NM.  (Nearest airports Albuquerque and Sante Fe.)


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Continuing Ed:
  20 CE credits for Texas LPC, LCSW and MFT, which includes 12 EMDRIA for Texas LPC, LCSW & MFT.  20 CE credits are also available through CE-Classes  for those needing credits for licenses other than Texas; and is an option in the shopping cart to add CE-Classes credit for $50.00.)  Partial credit is not given.

Tuition & Payment Information: 

Early Bird Discount Rate for tuition of $695.00 is good through May 22, 2022, after which the tuition is $795.00.

Check with Ghost Ranch for updated prices. 

Room and Board:  Once you have registered, we will contact you to arrange your room assignment and meal(s), upon which you will be invoiced accordingly.

We have two types of rooms.  There are cottages with two double occupancy rooms and a semi-private bath and there are double occupancy rooms with a private bath.

Room cost – Cottages with double occupancy and semi-private bath:  $700 – for five nights.

Room cost – Mesa level lodging, double occupancy with private bath:  $775 – for five nights

The cost listed here is per room, so a couple reserving a room would have the same cost as an individual.

If you’re attending as an individual but want a roommate to the split room expense, let us know and we’ll try to arrange that.  If, however, a roommate doesn’t appear then you will be responsible for the individual room cost.

Meals:  $180.00 for the week.  15 meals, Sunday evening through Friday lunch.  The food is good to very good “camp” food – natural and healthy.  There is a conservation fee of $5.00 per person for the week.

Breakdown of Retreat Expenses

Total - Tuition + 5 nights + 15 mealsUntil May 22, 2022Until May 22, 2022After May 22, 2022After May 22, 2022
Tuition $695$695$795

Room Cost $700 (Semi-Private Bath)$775$700 (Semi Private Bath)$775
Conservation Fee$5$5$5$5
Total cost for the retreat less travel $1580$1655$1680$1755

Travel Information

Travel Information: (map)  Attendees can fly into Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ)  or the Sante Fe Regional Airport.   Sante Fe is closer to the ranch but, flights may be more expensive with fewer options.  Options for getting to-and-from the airport to the ranch are either to rent a car or use our ride share option.

We will arrange a ride sharing option for those who do not choose to rent a car.

If you’re flying into Albuquerque (ABQ), plan arrive prior to 1 pm, on Sunday, June 5th.  Departure from ABQ to Ghost Ranch will be at 1:00 pm.

If you’re flying into Sante Fe Airport (SAF), plan to arrive prior to 2 pm on Sunday, June 5th.  Departure from SAF will be at 2:00 pm.

The time to return to the airports will be to leave the ranch at 1:00 pm, on Friday, June 10th.  The intended scheduled arrival time at SAF is 2:00 pm and the arrival time at ABQ is 4:00 pm.    (It’s suggested you leave an hour for your flight).

The roundtrip charge for the ride share is $75.00 for SAF and $95.00 for ABQ and can be added in the shopping cart at the time of registration.

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Mindfulness Retreat Curriculum


• Strategize how to integrate EMDR Techniques, Body Awareness, and Mindfulness to help clients manage their affect in between sessions and increase distress tolerance
• Describe the current literature on mindfulness, EMDR, and neuroscience
• Apply and demonstrate EMDR therapy, body awareness, and mindfulness integration
• Summarize strategies implemented during lecture and practicum, and integrate phases of EMDR and mindfulness into practice
• Define and describe mindfulness
• Identify and explain how EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness could be integrated to clinical practice as part of EMDR therapy preparation, installation, and closure.
• Describe the direct path of non-dual inquiry.
• Describe “Naive Realism,” the “Veil of Perception” and the “Reality Effect.”
• Do experiments to determine the nature of the “World” - physical reality
• Do experiments to determine the nature of the Body
• De experiments to determine the nature of the Mind
• Teach and describe several pointers to the real Self as awareness.
• Experiencing Mindfulness as Witnessing Awareness.

About the retreat

Comments from 2019 Retreat

• I’ve never had “mindfulness” explained so well. The information from neuroscience was invaluable. I will use it immediately in my practice.
• Was impressed with the way he explained some very difficult concepts. Arrived at the workshop thinking that I would probably not apply the principles and practices of The Presence Process, and left knowing that I must apply these practices in my life.
• The best thing I learned was that the Body Scan and BLS can help with highly dyrsegulated clients. It will help the client to learn self-regulation by coming back to the breath our and over.
• Very knowledgeable about the brain, concepts, etc. The practicum was helpful in the use of EMDR & Mindfulness.
• Mediation handouts very helpful and useful!
• This training both was a personal retreat - due to the setting & I learned current literature on mindfulness.
• Really found the concepts in the book (The Presence Process) helpful!
• The training allowed the participants to go deeper into their own work.
• Practicums and diagrams were always great! The discussions were great. Mindfulness scripts were great, too!
• This training will help enhance the EMDR practice with clients, as well as increase empathy as therapist when practiced ourselves.
• You (Jose) and Jordan have been such a great team and fun, open to many suggestions and ideas, genuine. You have so much knowledge to share. I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from you. Your positivity & joy radiate from you, inspiring me to continue with this information for myself and my clients.

Jose's Part

The premise of the adaptive information processing (AIP) model is to mindfully process information in the present while accessing traumatic information from the past. I will focus on how to access traumatic information using mindfulness strategies and EMDR techniques to increase affect tolerance and reprocess trauma. I will also present the latest research on neuroscience as it relates to mindfulness and EMDR.

Jordan's Part

Well, my experience is that Mindfulness teachings always leave me wanting more. For me, wondering how to go beyond the mind is the question. Like what is that or where is that? The teaching we'll be drawing from this year comes from Greg Goode's book, "The Direct Path." We'll do several of the exercises that clearly demonstrate that everything we experience through our senses is 'awareness' or 'consciousness' - meaning there is no 'there' out there. Being in a beautiful, quiet, serene, spacious and open setting like Ghost Ranch, gives us the opportunity to more deeply experience our 'real self' as Presence - going beyond the limited being that is 'present,' but being as Presence itself.
Tricia & Mark - Yoga, Meditation and Gongs for Vibrational Healing.

Retreat Activities

Arrival3:00 - 7:00 pm on SundayEvent Days and Times: Attendees will arrive on Sunday afternoon and evening in time for dinner (5:30 – 6:30) and for the Sunday evening meeting at 7:00 pm, which will be a welcoming-orientation and meditation.
The Teachings9 am to 5 pm - MTTh & Friday morningMonday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning will consist of teaching, discussion and practicing both mindfulness meditation and ways to incorporate EMDR type strategies with that.
Ghost RanchEvenings after dinner and Wednesday.Evenings after dinner, and Wednesday will be an open for participants to spend time doing activities that are available on the ranch. These activities include horseback riding, hiking, swimming, or just relaxing.
Ghost Ranch - Tricia and MarkWednesday Silent Hike and Yoga Meditation - This is optional for anyone who wants to join us.
Ojo CalienteWednesdayOptional day trip to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa (additional charges apply).
JordanEvenings after 9:00 pm. Open mike in the evenings from
Tricia and Mark7:30 - 8:30 pm, most evenings.Yoga, gongs and mindfulness meditation with Tricia and Mark
All group and partnersThursday evening, 7:30 to 9:00Talent Show
Tricia and MarkThursday evening 9:00 - 10:00 pmGong meditation
DepartureThe retreat will end on Fridvay after lunch, at 1:00 pm.

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Mindfulness Retreat Schedule

DayStartEndFunction/PresenterMindfulnessNon-dual Awareness
7:00 pm8:30 pm Jose, Jordan, Tricia & MarkOrientation, Introductions, setting the agenda, and meditation
9:00am9:30amTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:30am10:15amJoseMindfulness check-in
10:30 am11:45amJoseSafe/Calm Place - Butterfly Hug
11:45am12:00pmTricia & MarkYoga Meditation
3:00pm4:30pmJordanThe Direct Path & Naive Realism
4:30pm5:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:00am9:30amTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:30am10:30amJoseBody Scan
10:45am11:45am JordanExperiments - Is it real or is it awareness?
11:45am12:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
12:00pm 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm2:45pmJoseMedicine WheelNon-duality in practical terms
3:00pm4:30pmJordanPointers to the real self
4:30pm5:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
Living Mindfulness Group Activities
9:00am9:30Tricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:30am10:45amJoseTrauma, Mindfulness and Neuroscience
11:00am11:45amJordan Trauma, Mindfulness, and Neuroscience
11:45am12:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
12:00 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm3:00pmJoseThe Wheel of Awareness Practicum
3:15pm4:30pmJordanIs there a body?
4:30p5:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:00am9:30amTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:3010:30amJodan & JordanIs there a mind?
10:45am11:00amTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
11:00am12:00pmJordan, Jose, Tricia & MarkConclusion
12:001:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmRetreat Ends


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Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/Refund: Your tuition is refundable less a processing fee of $75.00 up to 10 days prior to the workshop date. Nine days prior or less, no is refund is given.

All grievances must be in writing to Jordan Shafer, and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days.  This workshop is held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact Jordan Shafer if special accommodation is required.

Continuing Education Information:

20 continuing educations are earned which includes 12 EMDRIA  credits for Texas LPC, LCSW and MFT.

For those needing credits other than Texas, 20 CE credits are also be available through CE-Classes.  There is an option in the shopping cart to add CE-Classes credit for $50.00.   Partial credit is not given.


CE Classes is the provider of (CEs).

Skill Level – All levels, Beginner to Advanced

“There are no known conflicts of interests for this workshop”

These credits are for Psychologists and Counselors outside of Texas

20 CEs state licensure, including 12 EMDRIA CEs are provided for:

Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop.  Participants print their own certificate after registering at ce-classes.com, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.”

“Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval”

All grievances must be in writing to Jordan Shafer, and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days.)

ADA assistance – Please contact Jordan Shafer if special accommodation is required.

CE-Classes is approved by:

          • The American Psychological Association (APA) CE-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
          • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit
          • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.
          • Florida Certification Board
          • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2022 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
          • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2023
          • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
          • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 02-2021
          • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2021
          • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider
          • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)
          • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021
          • New York Social Work Board – CE-Classes.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.
          • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2022.

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