Groups and Classes

TAKING IN THE GOOD: Creating New Pathways to Joy

December 9, 2017  –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 In a very real sense, we are what we experience. Our lives, our sense of ourselves, our ideas and expectations are all created as we experience daily life. Unfortunately, we humans seem to be wired for tuning in to the negative. We are often hyper-focused on what’s wrong, not what’s right, with our lives. This “negativity bias” makes our minds “like Velcro for the negative and Teflon for the positive”. In this half-day, experiential workshop we will explore and practice techniques for “taking in the good” from Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness. By training our attention to focus on and soak up what’s pleasant in our daily lives, we can build reservoirs of positive experience that profoundly affect our moods, resilience, and capacity for joy.


  • Understanding our brain’s “negativity bias” and how to counter that by our own ability to create neural networks that support our resilience and well-being
  • Building our inner resources by using a simple 3-step process for having, enriching, and absorbing positive experiences
  • Learning to use these resources to build our sense of security, positive mood, strength, self-worth, and contentment…literally “hardwiring happiness” into the brain


Where:           Partners in Resilience Group Room, 1409 Willow Street, Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN

When:             Saturday, December 9, 2017   –   9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Facilitator:        Susan Bourgerie, MA, LP.  specializes in applying Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices to her work as a psychotherapist. She is co-founder of Loring Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Center, and founding member of Partners in Resilience. Susan has twenty-plus years of experience in meditation and psychotherapy, and has a deep appreciation for the power of our attention to create joy in daily living.

Fee:     $75.00

Questions?       Contact Susan at 612.874.8608, or email

To Register:     Click here to register







a day-long workshop on developing your capacity for self-kindness and compassion

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 “A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day

A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”

– Chris Germer, PhD, Author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion


Research has begun to show that self-compassion training results in decreased depression and anxiety, increased life-satisfaction, and even changes in the neural pathways of the brain.  We know from experience that self-compassion is a pathway to freedom from the life-limiting practices of self-rejection and judgment that many of us have perfected over the years.  This day-long, experiential program will support your efforts to create a string of self-compassionate moments, a life of self-acceptance and joy.  We will draw on the work of Tara Brach, PhD (author of Radical Acceptance), Kristin Neff, PhD (author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Up on Yourself and Leave Insecurity Behind), and Christopher Germer, PhD (author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion).


  • Understanding your Self-Compassion Profile
  • How to “stop the bleeding” of self-criticism
  • Befriending yourself using mindfulness and visualization
  • The key elements of self kindness and how to integrate them into your daily life
  • Using breath, touch, and imagery to self-comfort
  • Creating and practicing Loving-kindness Meditation to develop self-compassion


Where & When:                  

Facilitator:            Susan Bourgerie, MA, LP.  Susan specializes in applying Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices to her work as a psychotherapist.  She is co-founder of Loring Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Center, and founding member of Partners in Resilience.  Susan has twenty-plus years of experience in meditation and psychotherapy, and has trained with Buddhist teachers and psychologists including John Welwood, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Marsha Linehan, and Tara Brach.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Susan at 612.874.8608   or

To Register:  Click here for a flyer and registration form


******for mental health care providers******


Next series will be coming in Fall, 2017


PARTNERS IN RESILIENCE is offering a unique training group for mental health providers interested in our integrative, resilience based model of working with issues of stress, depression, and anxiety our clients present.  The training is based on The Chemistry of Joy Workbook, co-authored by Henry Emmons, MD, Sandra Kacher, LICSW, Susan Bourgerie, MA, LP, and Carolyn Denton, MA, LN.  This resilience-focused approach is grounded in the best of brain science and the Psychology of Mindfulness, and our work together will include implementing this approach in our own lives.

The group will be facilitated by Sandra Kacher, MSW, LICSW and Susan Bourgerie, MA, LP.  Nutritionist Carolyn Denton, MA and Henry Emmons, MD, will regularly join the group for information presentations and consultation.

This 10 session series will equip you to effectively use an integrative, whole-person model for working with depression, anxiety, and other stress related conditions in work with your clients, and for your own well-being.

Each session will include informational presentations, discussion, mindfulness practice, and case application.   Core topics include:

  • Understanding and facilitating the “whole person change process”
  • Balancing brain and body using exercise, nutrition, supplements, and medication
  • Practicing meditation and mindfulness to settle the mind, open to the full range of emotion, and develop skillful approaches to changing behavior
  • Cultivating self-compassion and acceptance
  • Developing supportive relationships and a sense of connection and belonging
  • Creating a deeper connection to inner wisdom and to the life of the spirit

All sessions 9:30 – 12:00






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This ten-week program, based on The Chemistry of Joy Workbook, integrates the best of movement, nutrition and supplements, and the psychology and practice of mindfulness to help you restore your resilience and rediscover joy – even if you have been dealing with depression or anxiety for months or years.

This program is for you if:

  • You are struggling with overwhelm – the feeling that you don’t have enough time, energy or personal resources to meet life’s demands.
  • Depression or anxiety is part of your past or present experience.
  • You are looking for new skills and perspectives that empower you to improve your sense of physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, and to increase your sense of personal choice and effectiveness.
  • You accept that life is complex and solutions require more than a pill or other one-step interventions.

Program benefits include:

  • Assessing your resilience skills and building an individualized program to enhance your overall health and well-being
  • Identifying and dealing effectively with the challenges you face in creating a resilient life Learning the latest information on balancing brain chemistry through nutrition and supplements
  • Practicing meditation and mindful living to help calm your mind, deal skillfully with emotions, and open your heart to connection with self and others
  • Experiencing group support and encouragement in making lifestyle changes

Where: Partners in Resilience, 1409 Willow Street, Suite 210 (PIR Group Room), Minneapolis, MN 55403

Fee: $695.00, including The Chemistry of Joy Workbook and accompanying CD

To Register:  Visit the Partners in Resilience website at