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The 26th Annual Florida Symposia

Forgiveness: Mindfulness and Compassion in Action

- Ronald Siegel, PsyD
February 18 – 22, 2019, Naples, FL
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Program & Presenter

Ronald Siegel, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He’s a long-time student of mindfulness meditation, serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is coeditor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; author of a comprehensive guide for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; coeditor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; coauthor of the professional guide Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy; coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; and professor for The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses. Dr. Siegel is known as a down to earth, engaging, and entertaining presenter whose workshops regularly receive rave reviews.

Symposium Description

Research confirms it—holding onto anger is like drinking a cup of poison and expecting the other person to die — it’s terrible for our health. So why do so many of us cling to hurt and blame? Why do we get paralyzed by shame? Can we learn to genuinely forgive ourselves and others?

Now that mindfulness and compassion practices are being widely integrated into psychotherapy, medicine, education, and other settings, we’re discovering their potential to move us beyond stress reduction toward radical psychological freedom. We can use them to heal our deep wounds, accept our shortcomings, and develop wisdom and compassion — including the ability to effectively apologize for our mistakes and forgive others for theirs.

This workshop will explore how we might use mindfulness and compassion practices to free both ourselves and our clients from cycles of hurt and blame—whether triggered by ordinary events or by more serious trauma. Participants will learn how to utilize mindfulness and compassion practices to overcome shame, self-doubt, feelings of inadequacy, and to safely connect to others and sustain intimate relationships. Participants will also learn practical skills to help themselves and their clients forgive themselves and others more readily, enriching both their personal and professional lives.

While this course is suitable for seasoned mindfulness practitioners, no prior experience with meditation is required.

Symposium Schedule


  • How we learn to blame ourselves and others/What is forgiveness and why is it so hard?/Practical lessons from current research/Hurt: you have to feel it to heal it


  • Liberating the mind and heart through mindfulness and compassion/Cultivating inner forgiveness — for all of our parts/Embracing ordinariness


  • Mindfulness, compassion, and forgiveness experiential mini-retreat


  • Forgiving without a spiritual bypass/What makes an apology work?/Cultivating trust and common humanity


  • Forgiveness is good for your health/Insights from religion and philosophy/Forgiveness-based psychotherapy