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The idea behind the ½ day or day long immersive retreats is create space for people to really slow down, have an extensive practice, and sink deeply into it rather then rushing off to the next event. The retreats are geared to be counter-New-York-culture and a respite from the usual way of living and practicing in the city.
Mindstream provides private and community space for practitioners as well as their clients. We have a dedicated meditation group studio that everyone is encouraged to sit and practice when classes are not running. Our programming in the group room shows our commitment and importance of learning and education in the healing process. We believe that depth of healing occurs not in isolation, but in community and in conjunction with education, contemplation, and embodied practice. Our physical space represents this model of healing.
All the practitioners at Mindstream are private providers, and we have come together to support each other’s practice. We are not a centralized clinic, and aspire to help each practitioner grow in the unique ways they wish to grow and evolve.
Integrative therapies emphasize the relationship between the client and practitioner, and approaches each unique individual as a whole being rather then a set of symptoms or concerns in isolation. Furthermore, integrative therapies draw from and pull together ancient and modern methodologies, art and science to meet the unique needs of each individual.
We refer to ourselves as practitioners because the basis of our work with other is the work we do on ourselves. Having been changed or healed by our personal contemplative study, reflection and practices, we bring our whole selves to the work. We are always practicing and learning, and while we have developed a level of expertise, we know fundamentally that there is always more to learn, grow and evolve in ourselves and our work with others.
Creating community was one of the founding intentions for Mindstream. We have seen and experienced the silo’ed nature of private practice, and are too aware of the detriments of this on practitioner’s health and capacity to maintain working with others. We also know that creating community takes effort and structure, and embed this in the structure of Mindstream. We host events for all practitioners to network, host weekly peer case conferences to learn differing approaches to working with people, and provide significant discounts and access to the programming and events at Mindstream.
Ultimately finding the right practitioner is about finding the right fit between you and the practitioner. We encourage clients to get to know practitioners first through their profiles and to reach out and have a consultation to get the feel of the practitioner and ask questions about how she or he works. Not everyone is the right fit, and no healing practice is one size fits all. Often we also encourage people to meet with a new practitioner for a couple sessions as a way to get the feel and see if it’s a good match.
The providers at Mindstream draw from ancient methodologies including eastern and western forms of meditation, yoga asana, breath work, energy and somatic work, as well as natural remedies. Some practitioners work in a “standard” therapy set up with a couch and a chair, others use yoga during the sessions and the work is on a mat on the floor, others may do energetic body work and process the experience after the session. Furthermore, an underlying tenet for Mindstream practitioners is the understanding that the healing potential of each person resides within each of us, and that the work of the practitioner is to help in the process of unearthing that potential. Every practitioner simply approaches this unearthing from their unique lineage and training.
Learning is a crucial part of integrative and contemplative therapies, which makes group work such an integral offering. Community learning provides clients with ideas, practices and tools to take home, try out, and see if it resonates and is true, or reject it if not. The community experience is crucial in the learning process for many reasons, most importantly having support and shared experience with others. Many practices can be challenging to maintain on one’s own, and having community to check in with can be incredibly helpful in deepening the practice. There is also the boon of being in the presence of other engaging in a contemplative practice, often people can feel a palpable difference between practicing on ones own and practicing with others and/or guides.