Knowing Me, Hearing You: Courageous Relationships for Warriors and their Partners

Brett Campbell, Gregory Rouillard, Kate Josephson and Juana Rincon

November 17–19, 2017

Tuition $0 + 2 nights

This program has been cancelled.

Brett Campbell

Gregory Rouillard

Kate Josephson

Juana Rincon


Join other veterans, active duty warriors and their partners for a potent weekend of mindfulness, self-­connection and effective communication. Military life is challenging for service members and their families in the best of times. Add in the unique stresses of the deployment cycle and repeated separation and reunion, and it can be difficult to maintain even your closest relationships. In this retreat, participants learn the principles and practices of mindfulness meditation and Nonviolent Communication (NVC). You will leave with a direct experience of mindfulness, needs awareness and embodied listening that will help you know yourself and your partner better, building resilience for the stresses of life in or out of the military.

Through the practices of mindfulness meditation, Nonviolent Communication, and Embodied Learning, we will explore ways to cultivate compassion toward oneself and others by developing awareness of and curiosity about our own and others’ needs. By transforming the way we hear others, we can contribute to a shared connection and understanding in our relationships.


Retreat objectives
  • Learn the practice of sitting mindfulness meditation.
  • Connect fully to your experience through body-centered practices (Bring attention to body sensations, including the sensation of breathing, as a means of self­-connection and mindfulness.)
  • Improve your relationships through impactful communication techniques.
  • Learn the foundational principles of Nonviolent Communication and communication practices of deep listening, reflecting and expressing.


Sample Schedule*

Arrival Day

2-5 PM  Participant Arrival
6-7 PM Dinner
7:30 PM SMC Orientation and Program Session

Program Day

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Group Meditation Instruction
10:00 AM NVC Embodied Learning
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Free time / individual support / MI interviews
3:00 PM Sitting / MI interviews
4:00 PM NVC Embodied Learning
5:30 PM Evening circle: mournings and celebrations
6-7 PM  Dinner
7:30 PM Games, art and music / individual support / MI interviews

Departure Day

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Sitting
10:00 AM Final harvest, mournings & celebrations and intentions
12:30 PM Lunch (optional)

*This schedule is an example of what to expect, and is subject to change.

Brett Campbell

Brett Campbell is the first Buddhist chaplain to serve in the United States Air Force. He is a graduate of Naropa University’s Master of Divinity program and its Mindfulness Instructor Training program. He is also ordained as a Buddhist Minister by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, through Nalandabodhi. Brett is the founder of Life Lived Now LLC, a mindfulness-based personal coaching company whose mission is to help people discover their authentic selves and live their lives to the fullest.

Gregory Rouillard

Gregory Rouillard served in the U.S. Marine Corps for twenty years as an AV­8B Harrier Pilot, flight instructor and Infantry Battalion Air Officer. He holds an M.Div. degree from Naropa University and is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Gregory is also a Naropa Mindfulness Instructor with extensive experience in mindfulness instruction and group retreat.

Kate Josephson

Kate Josephson is currently a psychotherapist at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN). She is a graduate of Naropa University’s Masters of Contemplative Counseling Psychotherapy program, has completed three years of somatic trauma training and mentoring, and is a 200-hour Kripalu yoga teacher, as well as a seniors yoga teacher. She also facilitates ongoing social justice trainings with SPAN.

Juana Rincon

Juana Rincon has a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University and has training in mindfulness meditation, yoga, and trauma therapy. Juana has over 10 years of clinical experience working with a variety of populations including adolescents, adults, and families.

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