‘The Art of Processing Emotions’ The Spring Retreat, led by Michelle Faye Pereira (Registration Closed)


The onset of spring is an invitation to embrace new beginnings and a sense of aliveness. In celebration of this beautiful season, the retreat aims to delve deeper into the transition from winter to spring, a phenomenon that may also manifest in the psyche. This transition marks a movement from darkness to light, brokenness to wholeness, and suffering to liberation.

As we walk on the path, we may face strong emotions and intense feelings that can challenge us. What should we do when old memories and pains resurface repeatedly despite all the inner work we have tried? How can we deal with habitual patterns that we wish to change? How can we manage triggers without being overwhelmed or avoiding them altogether?

Emotional turmoil can be viewed as either a hindrance or an opportunity for growth. As Rumi once said, “The wound is where the light enters you.” Despite being aware of this, we often become weary of carrying our emotional baggage. At times, even the desire for inner peace can cause us distress.

Could a broken heart be a vehicle for awakening and wisdom?

Empower yourself with effective tools and techniques from spiritual traditions and psychotherapy to enhance your emotional well-being. Consciously working with our emotions leads to harmonious relationships, and makes us aware of what energy we contribute to the lives and spaces we inhabit. We learn to channel this wisdom energy towards uplifting the world with positive intentions and building greater capacity for personal and collective growth.

This is a partially silent retreat that offers ample space for meditation practice. You will also get the opportunity in the day to learn the theory behind the practice and be provided with tools to process your emotions. There will be allocated time to practice these therapeutic techniques, as well as free time to integrate. The early mornings are precious and will begin with guided meditation, prayers, and reading of wisdom texts. To help you ground, somatic movements, breathing exercises, and body relaxations will also be offered.

In the evenings, we enjoy coming together in a sacred space to share stories from our lives; let’s enjoy the love of a sangha in our solitude.


– Grounding and resources to create a safe space for self-therapy
– Neuroscience and healing the nervous system
– Spiritual Bypass and other defence mechanisms
– Compassion as Medicine
– Meditations for healing and holding emotions.
– Process past hurts/difficult emotions.
– Writing to heal, transform and grow.
– Ways to shit habitual patterns and stagnant energies
– Learn how to tap into the wisdom and inner guidance of feelings
– Resting in pleasant emotional states without clinging
– Nature of Shenpa and Rigpa


– Space and designated time for prayers and meditation practice
– Time to reflect, journal, and integrate
– Storytelling circles
– Digital Sabbatical
– Sitting and Walking Meditation
– Mindful somatic movement
– Theory and techniques for Emotional wellbeing
– Silent hours 9 pm to 430 pm
– Free time

Important notes

– This is not a replacement for psychotherapy
– Attending the retreat does not certify you to teach and guide these techniques
– If you are undergoing psychiatric treatment, please get the consent of your mental health professional or psychiatrist before consenting to attend.
– If you are facing psychosis, severe clinical depression, addiction, or clinical mood disturbances, this is not an advisable retreat.
– The retreat is a great space to learn and practice first on minor difficulties. Advisable not to use this program to heal trauma, personal psychotherapy is recommended for such concerns.
– This is a gadget-free retreat. We recommend you switch off from the internet and any communication with the external world.

Retreat begins on April 2 at 5 pm and ends on April 8 at 4:30 pm.
6:00 am to 6:30 am – Somatic Movement
6:30 to 7:30 am – Guided Meditation, Wisdom Texts & Prayers
8 am – Breakfast
8:30 am to 10:00 am – Personal Free time
10:00 am to 12 Noon – Theory and Techniques Teachings
12 Noon – Lunch
12:30 to 2:00 pm – Personal Free Time. Take Rest.
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Practice time
4:30 pm – Tea
5:00 to 6:00 pm- Personal free time. Use it to walk, draw, watch the sky, or just be.
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Storytelling Circle
8:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Silent Meditation
9:00 pm – Silence Begins
Talking is allowed from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
9 pm to 430 pm Noble Silence


Meals and accommodation at Deer Park Institute will be based on actual
While attending the retreat is free of charge, we would appreciate a donation of any amount that you can offer to the facilitator for hosting the retreat and Deer Park for supporting this as per your financial situation. Donation boxes will be kept outside of the retreat hall on the last 2 days of the retreat.
To Register please write to info@deerpark.in

Phone: +91 70184 06363
Office hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

About the Facilitator—
Michelle Faye Pereira is a Holistic Counselling Psychologist and a Meditation Guide. She nurtures two spaces, ‘The Little Sanctuary’ which is her private practice that offers individual and couples’ counseling/psychotherapy, courses, and nature and meditation retreats. ‘Simply Breathe’ organises holidays with the theme of compassionate living, meditation, and scuba diving. She loves exploring, both the outer and inner. Sees herself as some sherpa on the beautiful outer journeys of life as well as the deep, rich inner adventures.
Michelle has vast experience in mindfulness, training, and counseling, from teaching budding Psychologists at Sampurna Montfort College to conducting workshops and training in the corporate segment, working in family/marriage counseling centers, coaching corporate clients, and training religious clergy in Counselling.

To know more, go to https://www.thelittlesanctuary.in/michelle-faye-pereira

Please note- “attendance in all sessions is mandatory.”
For queries, registration & accommodation, please email: info@deerpark.in


Apr 02 - 08 2024


Deer Park Institute, Bir
Deer Park Institute