THE FIVE INVITATIONS: “Cultivate Don't Know Mind” A MORNING OF GRATITUDE
Hospice of Santa Barbara Jeanne M. West, MHA, Community Engagement Manager & Suzanne Retzinger, Ph.D., MFT, Counselor & Education Expert
By Bonnie Carroll
Suzanne Retzinger, Ph.D., MFT, Counselor and Education Expert, and Jeanne M. West, MHA, Community Engagement Manager for Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc. lead the final session of The Five Invitations at the Old Mission Santa Barbara this weekend. The Five Invitations: “ Cultivate Don't Know Mind” attracted a huge crowd who filled the Bonaventure Hall where guests viewed a film clip of Frank Ostaseski, and learned valuable education goals and objectives, participated in small and large group discussions, and were given helpful tools on how to “Cultivate Don't Know Mind. The learning objectives shared on the difference between being and doing with 4 ways to track experiences and apply them for Honorable Closure was outstanding.
The two hour program provided references from Frank O's video, The Four Rivers of Life, Angeles Arrien, Making Honorable Closure, Patrick O'Neill, Keeping and Evening Journal, Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., Cultivating the Witness, Ram Dass and Practice: Don't Know Mind, and Jack Kornfield.
Doctor Retzinger did a brilliant job facilitating the program that attracted people in the medical field, Hospice of Santa Barbara clients, and other interested guests, and Jeanne West, who coordinated the community event, made everyone feel welcome. Along with others who attended, I was impressed by the valuable information given, touched by the openness of communication of the attendees, and grateful for the opportunity to be in attendance; my only regret was that I missed the first four sessions. Many guests said they would gladly repeat the entire five sessions. According to Jeanne West “the response has been so positive that we hope in the future we can plan another The Five Invitations to offer to the Santa Barbara community.”
Since 1974 Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc. has been providing compassionate care and support to those impacted with serious illness and the bereaved in our community. We are the second oldest hospice program in the United States, and we continue to build today on our distinguished history. For information on Hospice of Santa Barbara or to make a donation please visit www.hospiceofsb.org.