Contemplating Self and No-Self:
An Intensive Retreat for Mental Health Professionals and Caregivers

with Bill Morgan PsyD. and Susan Morgan MSN, RN, CS

October 4-8, 2018
Copper Beech Institute
West Hartford, CT

Because the enhancement of the self is central in our work as psychotherapists, not to mention a cornerstone of our educational system, the Buddhist notion of no-self (anatta) has been a challenging concept to understand and meaningfully assimilate in our culture. What could no-self look like? What would its function be? Why bother to consider this notion at all in mindfulness practice? Much misconception abounds in surface speculation of anatta.

During this retreat we will take a deeper dive, looking closely at the sense of self, how it arises, and how our identification with it can contribute to mental distress. Careful investigation of anatta is central to the deeper sense of alignment and harmony highlighted in traditional mindfulness teachings.

During our time together the teaching will be experience-near, focusing on the development of mindfulness practice and its relevance both personally and in our work with others, particularly in the delivery of accurate empathy and therapeutic presence. There will be daily mindfulness meditation instruction, with several hours of sitting and walking meditation each day, study modules most afternoons, dyadic or small group discussions, and individual meetings with teachers. The rest of the time we will observe silence, including during meals, to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience.

12 CEs will be offered for this program.

This retreat is designed specifically for those who have previously worked with Bill and Susan. If you have not yet experienced their teaching and would like to attend, please email Bill at before registering.

Learning objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to
– Utilize mindfulness to facilitate therapeutic presence.
– Explain the effect of mindfulness on the fluidity of the sense of self.
– Explain how mindfulness demonstrates the impermanence of the sense of self.
– Describe how identification with self-oriented narratives contributes to mental distress.
– Utilize mindfulness techniques to loosen identification with unwholesome self-oriented narratives.
– Utilize mindfulness to facilitate empathic attunement.

The registration fee for the entire course is $510. The first installment of $300 holds your space; the second installment of $210 is due by August 8th.

Please do not pay for this retreat via paypal.

Instead, send a personal check to:

25 Mayhew St, Boston, MA 02125

Arrival Thursday from 3-5pm; the retreat ends with lunch on Monday.

To register:

Please download or copy THIS FORM, then email the completed form to Susan at

Continuing Education:

12 CEs are available for those attending this program at no additional fee.

Bill and Susan Morgan offer continuing education credit through their affiliation with the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

Psychologists: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 12 hours of credit.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6048. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program is approved for 12 clock hours. It is also applicable for MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact Rene Fay at for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Nurses: This program carries 12 contact hours and meets the specifications of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00).