The Heart-Centered Therapist

Authenticity and Presence for Clinicians Working with Trauma

Guy Macpherson

Boone, North Carolina

Sept 20 – 22
September 22, 2019 1:00 pm
Retreat Type
Self DiscoverySelf Discovery
Retreat Goals
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development
Relieve stressRelieve stress


Working with Individuals who’ve been impacted by trauma can be incredibly rewarding, demanding, and challenging. People come into this field for a variety of reasons, and one of those is simply and powerfully, to…help.

Education is often times the next step with enrollment in courses, workshops, reading and conferences. All of which are vital and necessary. But they aren’t the complete story. The personal growth and development of the therapist is a crucial and, Guy Macpherson believes, undervalued piece of working in the trauma field.

Cultivating authenticity, presence, and vulnerability – which are integral to this work – don’t just happen. They are skills that need to be honed. Exploring one’s purpose and why working in the trauma field is a journey that many times never takes place.

In this workshop we are going to address these topics and take that journey together.

• We’ll look at how your reasons for pursuing this work impact your work.

• Explore the qualities of authenticity, presence, compassion, and vulnerability that are necessary for anyone who works with individuals who have been impacted by trauma.

• Deep-dive into connecting to your core, your authenticity, and your story to learn how to use that in the work you do.


These qualities are not simply a kind of accompaniment to the necessary knowledge therapists must have, but rather they are the driving force for connection, relationship, and healing.

Bring your courage, your openness, and your willingness to laugh.

You will take home an enlightened understanding of how your unique strength, compassion, and vulnerability is the foundation for forming therapeutic relationships.


This program is aimed at early stage professionals, as well as people who currently work with, or are interested in working with, individuals who have been affected by trauma.


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Guy Macpherson, PhD

Guy Macpherson, PhD, is a husband, a father of two, and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has spent the last several years studying the impact and treatment of trauma and early psychosis. In 2014 Guy founded The Trauma Therapist Project to raise awareness of trauma, and create an educational and supportive community for new trauma workers. Now, the associated podcast has an audience in more than 160 countries, and the project’s online membership community educates and inspires trauma workers who are just starting out on their journey. Guy’s focus is on creating a vibrant global community and change the way that trauma is taught at the graduate level.

Rooms & Pricing

All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out. (Rates below are Per Person)

Private Hotel Room


$319/Night/Per Person

The private hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)


$246/Night/Per Person

The shared hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.


Private Retreat Room


$233/Night/Per Person

The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)


$190/Night/Per Person

The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you. 


Shared Retreat Room (3 People)


$165/Night/Per Person

The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you.



The Heart-Centered Therapist: Cultivating Authenticity and Presence For Clinicians Working With People Impacted By Trauma

September 20th-22nd, 2019

Your Program Session Times (subject to change)

Friday 7:30-9:00 pm

Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm;  2:00-4:00 pm

Sunday 9:30-11:30 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)



Arrival Day

3:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 3:00pm, but if you arrive early we will hold luggage at Reception.

6:00-7:00 pm Dinner

7:00-7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)


Optional Onsite Activities

We hope you enjoy your stay with us at the Art of Living Retreat Center. While here, we invite you to immerse in the quiet peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains and connect with yourself. Apart from the activities in your program schedule, there are also opportunities to join daily yoga and meditation classes, restorative Ayurvedic spa treatments, guided hiking trails, pottery classes, evening Kirtans, the outdoor labyrinth or the weekly Bonfire. Here are more details for your stay:


Optional Complimentary Activities (Please join only if above mentioned Program schedule permits)

7:30-8:30 am Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall) During Program Dates only

9:45-10:45 am/4:15-5:15 pm Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall)

11:00 am-12:00 pm Mind and Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)

1:30-2:00 pm Yoga Nidra (Venue: Geeta Hall) Saturdays and Sundays only

2:00-3:15 pm Property Tour (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only

1:30-2:30 pm/3:00-4:00 pm Guided Nature Walk (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only

5:30-6:00 pm Guided Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)

7:30-8:15 pm Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Geeta Hall)

8:30-10:00 pm Bonfire (Below Veda 2; Weather permitting) Saturdays Only



7:30-9:30 am Breakfast

12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)

6:00-7:30 pm Dinner


Ayurveda Spa Appointments

We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.


Our Clay Studio is open Thu-Sun; Hand-building classes and Throwing classes are available by appt. Clay pieces can be glazed and shipped back as well. Please contact our front desk to make an appointment.


Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in


639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary. The perfect place to begin your journey to wellness. *NOTE* Please avoid using GPS…It will take you up a private road to a locked gate.  Use directions provided on this site.

Distance from Nearest Airport

2 Hours by car without traffic


For room reservations & spa retreats, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.

To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guest to not consume alcohol or meat in our public spaces, however guests may enjoy these items in their rooms. That being said our property is always smoke-free.

Yes, we ask that guests with food allergies simply inform us so we can communicate those needs to our chef. Typically we label potential allergens such as gluten, dairy and nuts.

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