4th Annual EMDR Mindfulness Retreat: “From Mindfulness to Oneness – Integrating Strategies from EMDR, Body Awareness and Nonduality” –  June 04 – June 09, 2023

Early Bird Special Discount Until October 25, 2024


Retreat Dates & Location
Continuing Education Credits
Travel Information
Tuition, Room & Board
Retreat Schedule
Retreat Activities
Continuing Education Information 
Grievance Policy
Photos from 2019 Retreat
Photos from 2022 Retreat
Comments from 2022 Retreat


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.

Registration Process

Select a “Registration” link to go to the shopping cart to pay your tuition and then select from the options of getting out-of-Texas continuing education credits, the ride share, your room, and meal plan, according to what you want.   At that time you can indicate if you want a single occupancy, or double occupancy with your own selected roommate (partner or friend), or room share/double occupancy with another attendee that will be assigned according to your indicated preferences.

Retreat Location

Location: Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM map

Dates: Summer, 2023 – (June 04 – 09, 2023)

The retreat begins on Sunday, June 4th, 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 9th, at 1:00 pm.

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Mindfulness Retreat Presenters


Jose Carbajal, PhD, 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 and master’s degrees in social work and a master’s degree in theological studies. He completed his PhD 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 15 years of clinical experience; his clinical specialties are trauma, sexual abuse recovery, domestic violence, substance abuse, and interpersonal relationship issues. He is an EMDRIA-approved EMDR Trainer and Consultant.


Jordan Shafer, MS, LPC is an EMDR Therapist and Trainer with a strong interest and practice in Mindfulness Meditation.


Tricia Gagnon LPC-S is an EMDR Consultant 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 04, 2023, and ending on Friday, June 9th, 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 and the  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.  12 EMDRIA credits are available for all members of EMDRIA.


Tuition & Payment Information:

Early Bird Discount Rate for tuition of $895.00 is good through May 01, 2023, after which the tuition is $995.00.

Room and Board:  When you register you can select your room.  Rooms all have private bathrooms.

The cost listed here is per room, so a two people sharing a room, but registering as one, would have the same cost as an individual in that same room.

If you’re attending as an individual but want a roommate to the split room expense, you can select the “room share” option, and pay the  half price rate + $50.  You will be assigned a roommate according to your indicated preferences.

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.

Breakdown of Retreat Expenses

Retreat ExpensesEarly RateDescriptionNotes
Tuition $995This includes the lecture and practicum portions of the retreat. After May 1, 2024, $1095

Room Cost$925Mesa level - private bath, single or double occupancy, 5 nights.After May 01, The room block is released and you will book directly with Ghost Ranch.
Room Cost$925 Main level - private bath, single or double occupancy, - 5 nights.
After May 01, The room block is released and you will book directly with Ghost Ranch.
Meals $210This includes 15 meals, Sunday evening through lunch Friday.
Yoga Mat$25 - Optional.Yoga mats are good to have, though not required. Bringing your own is an option. We use yoga mats for some meditation, light yoga for stretching before and after lectures, and the evening Sound Journeys.
Airport Shuttle$149 Shuttle roundtrip from Albuquerque and/or Santa Fe airports and motels. See the schedule to coordinate air travel arrival and departure times. Ghost Ranch is in a remote area and public transportation to and from the ranch is not available.
Continuing Education Credits$50 - OptionalThe 12 EMDRIA are included in the tuition. 26 continued education credits, including 12 EMDRIA CEs, are included in the tuition. For states requiring pre-evaluation or pre-approval of CE providers, we charge $50 to meet the state requirement. However, if your state does not require CE pre-evaluation or pre-approval, it’s not necessary to purchase the CE credits.

Please note:  You may be able to book a room at the Abiquiu Inn.  Staying at the Abiquiu Inn means that you will need to have a car for travel to and from Ghost Ranch.

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.

Shuttle – We have a shuttle available that you can sign up for when you register.  The cost for the shuttle is $95.00 round trip.

The shuttle will leave Albuquerque Airport promptly  at 1:00 pm on Sunday, it will go to the Santa Fe Airport to pickup by 2:00 pm, and from there go to the ranch.  The shuttle will arrive at Ghost Ranch by 4:30 or 5:00 pm in time for supper.

The return shuttle will leave the ranch at 12:30 pm on Jun 9th.  It is scheduled to arrive at Santa Fe airport by 2:30 pm and is scheduled to arrive at ABQ by 4:00 pm.  Therefore, to give yourself enough time, return flights should be scheduled to leave no earlier than 3:30 pm Santa Fe, and 5 pm at ABQ.

  • You can mix or match where you picked up or dropped off.
  • Be sure to double check your flight arrival and departure times according to the above schedule.
  • Sometimes, the best option is to spend the night in Sante Fe or Albuquerque and take a flight out the next morning.  The shuttle will drop you at a motel if that is what you choose to do.

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Mindfulness Retreat Curriculum


1. Describe the eight phases of EMDR therapy.
2. Define and describe mindfulness.
3. Describe body awareness.
4. Describe the direct path of non-dual inquiry.
5. Describe naïve realism.
6. Describe veil of perception.
7. Describe reality effect.
8. Describe the nature of the body.
9. Describe the nature of the mind.
10. Describe the current literature on mindfulness, EMDR, and neuroscience.
11. Identity pointers to the real self as awareness.
12. Identify and explain how mindfulness could be integrated to clinical practice.
13. Strategize how to integrate mindfulness strategies to help clients manage affect in between session and increase distress tolerance.
14. Distinguish between the nature of the world and physical reality.
15. Apply and demonstrate mindfulness strategies to clinical practice.
16. Apply body awareness strategies.
17. Explain mindfulness as witnessing awareness.
18. Summarize strategies implemented during lecture and practicum and integrate EMDR and mindfulness into practice.

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

The Power of Compassionate PresenceMindfulness meditation and exercises to support your meditation practice and to use it with clients.
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). - We need to be clear that this is an "on your own" thing to do. We won't be able to provide transportation, or make spa reservations, for example.
Tricia and Mark7:30 - 8:30 pm, most evenings.Sound Journey - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
All group and partnersThursday evening, 7:30 to 9:00Around the campfire - Sharing Circle
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
9:00am9:45amJoseMindfulness Check-in
9:45 am10:15amTricia & MarkYoga and Meditation
10:30 am11:45amJoseSafe/Calm Place - Butterfly Hug
11:45am12:00pmTricia & MarkYoga Meditation
3:00pm4:30pmJordanNonduality and Awareness - The Direct Path
4:30pm5:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:00am10:00 amJoseBody Scan
10:00 am10:30amTrica & MarkYoga & Meditation
10:45am11:45am JordanInvestigating Sensing and Awareness
11:45am12:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
12:00pm 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm2:45pmJoseMedicine Wheel
3:00pm4:30pmJordanInvestigating Sensing and Awareness
4:30pm5:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
Living Mindfulness Group Activities
9:00am9:30Tricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:30am10:45amJoseTrauma, Mindfulness and Neuroscience
11:00am11:45amJoseTrauma, Mindfulness, and Neuroscience
11:45am12:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
12:00 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm3:00pmJoseThe Wheel of Awareness Practicum
3:15pm4:30pmJordanSatsang - What Are You Noticing Now?
4:30p5:00pmTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:00am9:30amTricia & MarkYoga & Meditation
9:3010:30amJose & 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/Refund Policy is as follows:


Tuition, Ride Share and Meals:  Refundable less $75.00 admin fee up to 14 days (2 weeks) prior to the workshop date.  13 days or less, no refund is given.

Room:  Room rate less 25% of full charge is refundable 32 days prior to workshop date.  31 days or less, no refund is given.


Grievance Policy:

All grievances must be in writing to Ariel 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:

26 continuing educations are earned which includes 12 EMDRIA  credits, and will be available to all EMDRIA members.

For those needing credits other than Texas, 26 CE credits are also 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 for state licensure 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 Ariel 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.
  • Florida Certification Board
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2025
  • 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-12-147-0223 Expires 02-2023
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201
  • 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.
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  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2024 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2024.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

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Dr. Amber Quaranta-Leech, LPC-S

Amber holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Texas and Oklahoma and holds Supervisor credential for Texas. Amber is an EMDRIA consultant and trainer. She has over a decade of experience in the trauma field in work with uniformed services, domestic violence, childhood trauma and abuse, and recent mass trauma events. Amber provides consultation for EMDRIA certification, for consultants-in-training, and supervision for LPC-Associates. Amber continues to research the benefits of EMDR therapy with a variety of populations. Her goal is to help build strong clinicians who are well versed in trauma interventions to better support their clients. Amber sees a limited number of clients with a focus on trauma work, she is also a Certified Career Counselor and Certified through EAGALA to provide equine-assisted therapy. 

Dr. Jose Carbajal, LCSW

Dr. Jose Carbajal, a U.S. Army veteran, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work and a master’s in theological studies from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. With over 15 years of clinical experience and extensive teaching experience, Jose specializes in trauma, sexual abuse recovery, domestic violence, and substance abuse. His research focuses on trauma interventions, neuroscience, and faith. He is EMDR Certified, an Approved Consultant, and an EMDRIA Approved Trainer, with numerous publications and professional presentations to his name.

Dr. Amanda Martin, LMFT-S, LPC, BCN

Amanda Martin holds a PhD in Family Therapy and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor, and EMDRIA Approved Consultant. With over 14 years of experience, she specializes in trauma therapy for individuals and families in residential and outpatient settings. Amanda also provides supervision for EMDR certification, EMDR consultants-in-training, and LMFT-Associates. Her mission is to help people find a healthy, joyful, and fulfilling path in life. Her warm, supportive, and interactive counseling style incorporates Symbolic Experiential Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, HeartMath, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Neurofeedback, and Collaborative Problem Solving.