This past weekend, a group of people came together to explore unconditional kindness towards ones self. The day was rich with courage, authenticity, vulnerability and empowerment. It was an honor to witness the hearts and minds of all who attended. –devon-
A few words from participants:
” Devon, Thanks for embodying, the strong back and open heart.”
“This retreat was a wonderful gift.”
“Devon, thank you for a day of cleansing tears, practical tools, and pure acceptance.”
Last week I taught mindfulness to a group of 4th year medical students at the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Elizabeth Lawrence invited me to co-teach with her and introduce experiential mindfulness exercises, discussion, and awareness strategies to help maintain physician wellness.
The students were in their 4th year of medical school. They are in the midst of doing rotations in Ambulatory Care, Outpatient Clinics, Homeless Shelters, Community Work and a variety of other areas of healthcare. These individuals are working hard to make a positive impact in their communities.
I was honored to be a part of this focus on keeping those who care for us, well and inspired.
I have been invited back for another round next month. I look forward to it!
“I approached Devon to help me teach a wellness seminar to fourth year medical students. I was immediately impressed by how well she understood the importance of doctors and medical trainees taking care of themselves in order to provide excellent patient care. She created an original presentation for the students that reminded them of why they entered medical school and the meaning they find in their work. I am inspired by her creativity, dedication, and excellent teaching. Thanks, Devon.”
Liz Lawrence, MD, FACP
Director of Physician Wellness, UNM School of Medicine
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of leading a day long retreat for the executive staff of Project ECHO. It was a day of insight, connection, mindfulness, meditation and BIG View. I was inspired by the ECHO team as they openly shared their wish to serve others and make excellent medical care available to all of those in need on a global level.
Mindful Leadership was explored in depth through discussion, meditation, experiential exercises and mindfulness practices. The wisdom and integrity of the group was ever present.
Thank you to all who were present and to all of the other staff at Project ECHO for your incredible work, inspiration and generosity.
“Thank you Devon! It was so wonderful to spend the day together as a team. You helped us to clarify and reconfirm our values, think through our strengths and challenges, and learn to care for ourselves through mindfulness and meditation.” Miriam Komaromy, Associate Director, Project ECHO
Launched in 2003, the ECHO model™ makes specialized medical knowledge accessible wherever it is needed to save and improve people’s lives. By putting local clinicians together with specialist teams at academic medical centers in weekly virtual clinics or teleECHO™ clinics, Project ECHO shares knowledge and expands treatment capacity. The result: better care for more people.
I hope you are well and that life is bringing you joy. I will be teaching another retreat here at the Mindfulness for Humanity Retreat Space and it would be great to see you if you would like to partake. In the meantime, take good care. devon
Please join us for a day long Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat
Saturday, September 19th from 9am to 4pm
Open to Everyone
In honoring our own humanness and wisdom, we can move through life in a kinder and more compassionate way.
During this retreat we will explore ways to broaden our view, be more gentle toward ourselves and use humor to lighten up and celebrate who we are as individuals.
The day will include meditation instruction and practice, mindfulness techniques, discussion and experiential exercises.
Please bring a sack lunch and water bottle. Tea and snacks will be provided.
Cost: $75 for the day. Early bird: $65 if received by 9/5/15
To register please call devon at 890-1464 or email email@example.com
Last Saturday the retreat space at Mindfulness for Humanity was filled with people eager to learn more about mindfulness and meditation. Everyone came to attend the one day retreat entitled “A Day to Pause”.
It was a great day of learning, discovering and pausing. We worked with our minds through sitting and walking meditation and engaged in mindfulness through experiencing our surroundings, nature and ourselves.
I so enjoyed teaching this group and loved the group dynamics of openness, respect and humor. My heartfelt thank you to all who attended. It was a beautiful and enriching experience! ~~~devon~~~
“Devon is such a caring and attentive teacher. She was very present for each of the participants, really tuned in and gave each of us thoughtful and caring words. She did such a nice job of teaching us, giving us space and time to practice, and then helping us really figure out how to bring practice into our lives. Thank you Devon for a beautiful day!” ~Julie Rosen~
“What a nourishing, re-centering retreat day! Devon led our diverse group through simple and meaningful activities to explore meditation and mindfulness at many levels. Her presence is compassionate, wise, and friendly all at the same time– which created a safe space for us to openly share experiences and learn from each other. I so enjoyed the good company, and I come away with new tools and inspiration to engage my life with intention. I look forward to returning to the beautiful meeting space and outdoor garden too! I’m so glad I gave myself the gift of this retreat to pause and remember what’s important.” ~Melanie Weidner~
“Devon, the day flew by! I felt safe and right being there.” ~Jo Carter Yount~
Saturday, June 27th from 9am until 4pm
With our busy lives and numerous responsibilities, it is important to pause, reflect, refuel and celebrate in the richness of life.This retreat will provide a place to do just that. Please join us for this “day to pause”.
The retreat will include meditation instruction and practice and teachings on mindfulness and how to incorporate it into our lives. Through experiential mindfulness practices, we will explore nature and the outdoors, movement and our own strength and wisdom.
Please bring a sack lunch, we will be eating outdoors under the shade of a giant tree. Coffee, tea, muffins and snacks will be provided.
Devon Finnegan of Mindfulness for Humanity has been practicing Hakomi Therapy (mindfulness based psychotherapy) for 15 years. She was the founder of a meditation center in Albuquerque and served as director for 10 years. She is currently working with healthcare professionals, teaching mindfulness and meditation to support their well being and help them to offer a high quality of care to their patients. She also works with people who have chronic and/or terminal illnesses. Devon feels passionate about teaching people how to work with their minds in order to relieve stress, cope with difficulties, experience the beauty in life and give us a vehicle in which we can truly connect with ourselves and others.
Cost: $75 for the day/ $65 if you register & payment is received on or before June 16th. Location: Mindfulness for Humanity Retreat Center: 501 Calle del Pajarito NW, Los Ranchos, NM
To register, please call devon at 890-1464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org