Invite Peace into the World
A New Years Compassion Retreat
Neelama Eyres & Robert Cusick
January 20 & 21, 2024 | San Francisco
Join us for a weekend retreat to welcome in the blessings of the New Year with a compassionate heart.
This weekend retreat is designed to deepen your access to the love and goodness that reside at the core of your Being. During turbulent times like these, it's important to come together in community to immerse ourselves in the power of presence, inner peace, and the great heart of compassion.
A retreat container helps us to disengage from the noise of the world and access the stillness of our own true nature. From that place, we can respond more skillfully to the chaos of the world around us and within us.
During our retreat, we'll co-create an intentional container of presence through alternating periods of:
Guided and Silent Meditations
Heart-opening Compassion Practices
Music and Poetry to soften the heart and quiet the mind
Large and Small Group Sharing to connect in community
During this New Years Compassion Retreat, you can expect to:
EXPERIENCE heart-centered practices that expand your capacity for compassion
ACCESS a more skillful response to the stress and challenges of today's world
CONNECT with others who are committed to living more compassionate lives
DEEPEN your awareness of your True Nature
EMBODY compassion as an intentional orientation to life
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive” - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Retreat Facilitators: Neelama Eyres & Robert Cusick
Neelama and Robert have been teaching Compassion Retreats and Immersions together since 2015.
They bring decades of experience, knowledge, wisdom and devotion to their compassion work.
Robert trained at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research & Education (CCARE) and is a Co-Founder and Director of the Applied Compassion Training (ACT) at CCARE Stanford University https://ccare.stanford.edu/. He is a Stanford Lecturer and Certified Sr. CCARE Instructor and has taught at Stanford University, UCSF, Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers and in multiple other venues. As a longtime meditator and former monk, Robert ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied with him from 2003 - 2012. He studied in the Soto Zen tradition, in the Ridhwan School's Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and for 27 years in the Insight Meditation Vipassana tradition with Gil Fronsdal PhD and a host of others. He provides grief counseling and bereavement support for adults at Kara in Palo Alto https://kara-grief.org/ where he co-leads residential retreats for fathers grieving the death of a child. Robert is a former member of the Board of Directors at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies http://www.sati.org
Neelama's background includes a degree in Comparative Religion, the study of Eastern spirituality and Western psychology, leading compassion, meditation and contemplative retreats, facilitating personal growth workshops and trainings, transformational coaching with individuals, couples, and families and Co-Authoring the book Divorced with Love. Neelama is a Co-Founder and Director of the Applied Compassion Training at CCARE Stanford University Since 1998, Neelama has worked in the field of personal growth and transformation in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as a trainer and facilitator of experiential workshops with the Inner Journey Institute, of which she is Co-Founder and Lead Trainer. She has designed and facilitated hundreds of seminars and worked with thousands of people over the past 25 years. Her extensive travels throughout Southeast Asia and India have given her a depth of experience in Eastern spirituality which, like her extensive studies of Western traditions, is reflected in all of her work.