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Shame, Guilt and the Power of Vulnerability

January 9, 2015 - January 12, 2015


Sonoita, Arizona

Facilitated by Shelley Rosenberg, Eponaquest Senior Faculty, and Nancy Coyne, MD, psychiatrist and artist

Cost includes lunch and workshop materials

Introductory or advanced Equine facilitated psychotherapy workshop

We all do things we come to regret. Shame and guilt are universal. We hide our shameful stuff from ourselves and others. Secret shame and guilt are toxic. Hidden, they squelch feeling worthy and lovable and diminish spontaneity and pleasure because of our fears of what others may think.

In this workshop we will explore:

  • The difference between guilt (I did something bad) and shame (I am bad)
  • Shame is rooted in the fear of being unlovable, abandoned
  • How guilt can spur us to make improvements and change behavior for the better. The power of apology and owning responsibility
  • How shame actually deters us from self improvement by disempowerment and demoralization (shame is a bad motivator)
  • How acknowledging shame and sharing our stories with trustworthy others helps us heal and be more alive
  • Vulnerability is contagious and diminishes shame. Embodying our own vulnerability makes it safer for others to do so.
  • Developing shame resilience, by enhancing tolerance for vulnerability, helps us move toward more courage, compassion and connection.
  • We will explore Brene Brown’s guideposts to whole hearted living and find ways to detoxify the shame which limits our lives.

You may register and pay on the website.

For more info ncoyne@gwi.net or shelley at dressage center@theriver.com or call 207 751 7109


January 9, 2015
January 12, 2015
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Nancy Coyne


My Horses, My Healers Sanctuary
10 Elizabeth Lane
Scarborough, ME 04074 United States
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