Self Compassion Afternoon Retreat

The sound of jingle bells, the smell of freshly baked cookies, the colorful lights and festive decorations…the celebrations that cross all religious and cultural lines….oh what a beautiful time of the year.

So WHY is it so stressful?

Stress may involve trying to do too much, money worries, running out of time to do everything, stress of finding that perfect present, managing family relationships, loneliness, grief and loss and many other factors.

Self-compassion is the antidote to stress. Come and set yourself apart and take time for that beautiful and wonderful YOU.

Enjoy an afternoon of quiet meditation and reflection….Walk the prayer paths with new awareness, rest in the embrace of the labyrinth or sit and listen at the water’s edge. Leave rejuvenated with easy tools to soothe your nervous system and “gift” yourself a compassionate tool kit for this holiday season.

“I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side.”  

-Maya Angelou

Meet the Presenter

Susan Bednarick

Susan Bednarick is a passionate facilitator and student of creating spiritual space to nurture, strengthen and celebrate the unique Light in each of us. Susan is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Sounds True and the Awareness Training Institute, certified Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and currently studying with National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Wellness Coach.  She enjoys volunteering at Well offering programs such as this.

Want to Extend Your Stay?

Contact our office at 704-539-5449 to inquire about overnight reservation openings in conjunction with this event.

Office hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10am-5pm.  704-539-5449


If you would like to attend this event but are financially unable to do so, you may request Retreat Mercy. There are a few partial scholarships available.

Wait List

If this event is sold out, you can be added to the Waitlist by emailing our office at with your name and retreat title.

Cancellation Policy

Well of Mercy is a ministry of hospitality and healing sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Begins: December 6, 2023 @1PM
Ends: December 6, 2023 @ 4:30PM

Maximum Attendees: 12

Cost: $55

All content found on Well of Mercy's website is intended as suggestions for independent spiritual exploration and is not meant to be prescriptive. Before beginning a practice, or engaging in an activity that may affect mental and/or physical health, please discuss any concerns with an appropriate medical or mental health provider.