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Gail Brenner, Ph.D ~ Awakening in Relationships: a Mini-Retreat

Thursday, April 14, 2022 @ 9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)

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Event will be recorded and emailed to participants.
You’re welcome to join even if you can’t attend the whole live session.

Curious about embodying awakened consciousness in everyday life? Then let’s explore our relationships. Because when we can show up with others unveiled and free, we find no end to the intimacy that is possible.

In this mini-retreat, we’ll identify the patterns we play out that create a sense of separation—from ourselves, others, and all of life. These are fear-based programmed ways of being that include people-pleasing, withdrawal, inflating or deflating ourselves in comparison to others, holding grudges, and defensiveness. Together, we’ll untangle the distorted assumptions we hold about the world and learn to meet our tender emotions with loving acceptance.

Untying the knots that lie at the core of our relationship struggles brings freshness, ease, and space for new and authentic ways of being. We realize our shared humanness, which brings compassion for ourselves and others, melting into the one boundless heart beyond our personal selves.

We learn about relationships from our first connections with our caregivers early on in life. Fear of rejection, hurt from feeling unseen, mistrust, the need to please—these are signs of unexamined contractions that are waiting for liberation.

Do you feel separate in your relationships? With guided inner reflection, a journaling exercise, small group experiences, and Q&A, we’ll practice creating safe space for authentic connection. You’ll leave with new insights, ways to experiment in daily life, and tools for being in your relationships as a pathway for awakening. I look forward to being with you!

Please feel free to contact Gail with any questions about the program at gail@gailbrenner.com.
For technical questions please reach out to web@opencirclecenter.org.

“I am now experiencing longer moments of pure awareness and joy. No longer a slave to external circumstances and inner chatter. Loving life the way it is.” ~Susan R.

“What you’re pointing to is so difficult to talk about in words, but you describe it so brilliantly and give such practical, actionable steps to follow that I truly, deeply get it. I just cannot express to you how transformative your approach has been for me.” ~Sandra Joseph, Broadway star and author of Unmasking What Matters

Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is your guide on this journey. She is a clinical psychologist and lover of truth with a fire that burns brightly. She brings to this work years of experience with individuals and groups and is known for creating the sense of safety and trust needed for this deeper exploration.


Sliding Scale: $25 to $45
Some Partial Scholarships Available
Please Register Early if you can.


Thursday, April 14, 2022
9:00am - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)
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Open Circle Online Retreats