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American Family Children's Hospital

Compassionate Health Care: Transforming Trauma, Part II


Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Rd. M, Middleton, WI 53562

For more information:

For registration questions, contact Gloria Eichenseher at (608) 265-2955 or


Join us for this collaboration with James Finley, PhD, and the UW Health Mindfulness Program, supported in part by the Fetzer Institute.


The second of this two-part retreat/workshop is intended for physicians, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, health care workers, medical and psychiatric personnel, spiritual directors, hospice workers and all interested in spirituality as a resource in healing.


Part II begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.


Important note: If you did not attend Part I but would like to attend Part II, please do the following:

  1. Contact Jim Finley at stating your background, interests and why you would like to attend the second retreat.
  2. If Dr. Finley authorizes your registration, forward that authorization to Peggy Kalscheur at

For a $75 fee, you will receive handouts via e-mail from Part I, web access to the audio recordings from Part I (if and when they become available) and permission to register for Part II. The understanding is that you will do your best to read through the handouts from the first retreat and as much as possible listen to the previously presented lectures from Part I.


To make the $75 payment, please mail check (made out to UWHC/MBSR) to: Mindfulness Program, UW Health - Research Park, 621 Science Dr, Madison WI 53711. After payment is received, you may then register for Part II.


About the Presenter: James Finley, PhD, lived as a Trappist monk at the Gethsemani Monastery in Kentucky, where the world renowned monk and author Thomas Merton was his spiritual director. Currently, Dr. Finley is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, Calif. Dr. Finley is presently writing a book version of this retreat at the request of Sounds True Publishing Company.


About the Retreat: This retreat will offer a brief review of Part I. Part II will explore the sixth and seventh steps in healing, going deeper into the contemplative understanding of healing, and exploring ways to understand and operationalize the contemplative aspects of healing. Attention will be given to the rewarding and challenging process of forming new paradigms of healing that integrate sound clinical practice and empirical research. Time will be given for silent reflection, group meditation and discussion of the themes presented.


Topics presented in the conferences will include:

  • The axial moments as the foundation of contemplative psychology, including the cosmological level and the subjective level
  • Methods that integrate the contemplative dimension of the wisdom dimension with clinical interventions
  • The role of brain research in this integrative process
  • The social dimensions of compassionate healing
  • The role of forgiveness
  • Wholeness and well-being as non-violence

Fee: $250/person, includes dinner Friday, lunch and dinner Saturday and lunch Sunday; non-refundable processing fee of $50; and a certificate of completion along with 1.6 CEUs. Cancellations before Tuesday, Sept. 27 will be refunded the entire retreat fee less $50. No refunds will be made after that unless the spot can be filled.


Lodging: Please make your own reservations promptly as rooms will fill quickly because the Wisconsin football team has a home game on Oct. 15. Arrangements have been made with the following hotels to offer guest rooms at a reduced rate for Oct. 14 and 15. Contact each hotel directly at the telephone numbers listed below. Ask for the "UW Health Retreat" block of rooms. The hotels will release any remaining rooms in these blocks to the general public on Sept. 13.


Baymont Inn & Suites Madison West, 8102 Excelsior Dr, Madison, WI 53717, (608) 831-7711
Country Inn & Suites, 2212 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562, (608) 831-6970
Courtyard by Marriott Madison West/Middleton, 2266 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562, (608) 203-0100
Fairfield by Marriott Madison West/Middleton, 8212 Greenway Blvd, Middleton, WI 53562, (608) 831-1400


Miscellaneous: Please dress in comfortable clothing as there will be opportunities to enjoy the outside environment. There will be times dedicated to silence, rest and self-reflection. There also will be times for conversations and group dialogue.