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Retreat at St. Joseph’s of Capitola focuses on emotional health

A half-day retreat entitled “Emotions Can Improve Your Life” will be led by Susan Cabrera, M.A. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Community. Sign in is at 8:30 a.m; the retreat takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Susan Cabrera conducts retreat on emotional health
Susan Cabrera conducts retreat on emotional healthSusan Cabrera

According to Susan Cabrera, “Emotions are an essential part of our human experience. As we become aware of our emotions and understand them, we can improve the quality of our lives. Our childhoods set a foundation for our emotions. However, as adults we can come to a better understanding of our feelings and, in doing so, learn how to improve the quality of our lives. We have the ability to understand our emotions more deeply. In doing so, we can learn to control undesirable responses, release blockages, and consciously direct our reactions. This can significantly improve our lives."

Focus of retreat:

• What emotions are and how we are individually “wired”

• How our childhood experiences influence our emotions

• How positive and negative emotions affect our health

• How prayer and meditation enhance our emotional lives

Susan Cabrera has her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University. She has done individual and group counseling at the Stanford Institute for Behavioral Counseling and has conducted clinical research for the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford. She has been an executive manager by profession and is an author and lecturer. Her seminars and lectures combine her educational background, personal and professional experiences, and spiritual beliefs to help participants grow closer to God.

Susan’s two poetry books, "The Morning Star" and "Life in the Fast Lane" will be sold at the event through Agnus Dei Books. Her CD "Faith in the Workplace" will also be available.

The retreat will be held in the church hall at 435 Monterey Avenue, Capitola, Calif and is open to the public. Susan is donating her time at no charge and all donations will go to St. Joseph’s Ministry with People with Disabilities, which sponsors this event.

To sign up, leave name and phone number at 831-475-8211 ext. 17

By June Smith