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Join Us For Our Annual Expressive Arts Retreat! We are thrilled to be back in our retreat home at Villa Maria Education & Spirituality Retreat Center in Western Pennsylvania for the Redefine Therapy Expressive Arts Retreat, formerly called the Dancing Mindfulness Facilitators and Friends Retreat. Join us for this unique retreat experience that is known for its ability to bring together outside-of-the-box thinkers, feelers, and doers from a variety of professions. Select CE credit hours are available for our pre-retreat workshop this year. Retreat directed by Dr. Jamie Marich. Special guests scheduled: Rev. John Michael Thornton, Dr. Kellie Kirksey, Spiral Rhythms Ensemble, other guests TBA

"Going With" The Cycle of Death and Rebirth in EMDR, Clinical, and Wellness Work

Presented by Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, REAT, EMDRIA-Approved Trainer and Rev. John Michael Thornton


Location: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center

Discussant: Kellie Kirksey, Ph.D., LPCC-S

*Lunch will be provided*

April 26, 2024

9:00am-4:30pm ET


Course Description

Six major global religions, most notably Hinduism and Buddhism, espouse teaching on the cycle of death and rebirth—colloquially known as reincarnation, totaling 1.9 billion people (or 19% of the world’s population). Recent research shows that 24% of American Christians hold a belief in some form of reincarnation, and many EMDR therapists have reported the emergence of “past lives” and similar themes in EMDR therapy sessions and other wellness work. Once considered a fringe area to study in modern psychology, having an understanding in these belief systems and how to work with them clinically is an important cultural humility/competency issue for EMDR Therapists.

This workshop is co-facilitated by master EMDR Therapy trainer and author Dr. Jamie Marich and content expert in the metaphysical arts Rev. John Michael Thornton. The first part of the workshop is for all clinical and wellness providers to review the core concepts of teaching on the cycle of death and rebirth from various global traditions and to discuss how they might show up for clients in trauma-related sessions. In the second part of the workshop, we will divide into groups of EMDR therapists and other providers to discuss cases and implementation issues specific to practice and settings. All EMDR content is compliant with the standard 8-Phase protocol of EMDR Therapy, although past lives work as a proposed “fourth prong” to the three-prong model are discussed, and issues around “staying out of the way,” and working with spiritually informed interweaves are also incorporated. 

Cost of workshop: 

$135.00 (clinical professional rate, CEs required)

$ 95.00 (professional or general interest, no CEs required)

Cost includes lunch whether you are coming to main retreat—registration required two weeks in advance to reserve a spot for lunch

Can also be taken as a pre-retreat add on ($75.00 for anyone attending the retreat, whether CEs are required or not)


Course Objectives

After this workshop participants will be able to:

(a)    To define what is meant by the cycle of death and rebirth as a spiritual/religious and cultural construct

(b)    To contextualize how major global religions (e.g., Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism, Shinto) explain the cycle of death and rebirth, also comparing and contrasting how similar beliefs may be held for people who belong to the Abrahamic faiths (e.g., Judaism, Islam, Christianity) and for those who practice Indigenous and tribal religions 

(c)    To discuss how the cycle of death and rebirth can be conceptualized as part of the proposed “fourth prong” (Robinson, 2016) of the three-pronged EMDR Therapy model and part work in addressing dissociation and complex trauma

(d)    To cultivate a series of spiritually-attuned resources for clients who desire to bring this aspect of their lives and selves into EMDR, other trauma therapy, and wellness services 

(e)    FOR EMDR THERAPISTS: To apply principles of “staying out of the way,” in accordance with the adaptive information processing model, while also being aware of interweave options when a client articulates beliefs about the cycle of death and rebirth and/or the afterlife

(f)    FOR EMDR THERAPISTS: To implement skillfully client disclosures about their spiritual beliefs into EMDR Therapy cases conceptualization, specifically Phase 8 re-evaluation 

(g)    FOR NON-EMDR THERAPISTS: To develop culturally-attuned treatment or service plans that skillfully work with the clients articulated spiritual or religious beliefs about the cycle death and rebirth and/or the afterlife 

(h)    To uphold the relevance of this content on the cycle of death and rebirth as legitimate content for clinical professionals to study as a cultural and clinical competency issue, especially when challenged by colleagues and their misguided and Eurocentric comments challenging its relevance for clinicians.  

Continuing Education Approvals

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the following organizations to offer 6 continuing education (CE) credit hours for this course:


State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306

American Psychological Association

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Association of Social Worker Boards

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness, #1735, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 3/16/24-3/16/27. 

National Board for Certified Counselors

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6998. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Institute for Creative Mindfulness is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course is APPROVED by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved training provider in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approval: #10002. EMDRIA is not a provider of continuing education, although they do authorize training providers in EMDR therapy after a rigorous approval process. The EMDRIA approval number for this course is #10002-148.


A General Note About Approvals

Please also note that APA-approved sponsors are accepted by many state boards, such as California BBS and major licensure boards within the state of Pennsylvania. In both of these cases, separate paperwork does not need to be filled out. Many state boards also accept out-of-state providers, which is why our Ohio approvals appear on every training. In some states, pre- or post-program approval forms must be sent, and you are responsible for checking into the rules of the licensure board in your state as to what is required. Please let the Institute for Creative Mindfulness know if you need support documentation in any way for these pre or post-program approval applications.

About Your Instructors

ICM Founder & Director Jamie Marich

Dr. Jamie Marich (she/they/we) began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003, primarily teaching English and music. Jamie travels internationally teaching on topics related to trauma, EMDR therapy, expressive arts, mindfulness, and yoga, while maintaining a private practice and online education operations in her home base of Akron, OH. Marich is the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy. Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015), and Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery (2019). Marich co-authored EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger in 2018, and their new book with Springer Publishing Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma-Focused Guide released in 2021. North Atlantic Books published a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps in the Summer of 2020, and they released The Healing Power of Jiu-Jitsu: A Guide to Transforming Trauma and Facilitating Recovery in 2022. Her latest release with North Atlantic Book, Dissociation Made Simple: A Stigma-Free Guide to Embracing Your Dissociative Mind and Navigating Life came out in January 2023. She has three more projects in the works with North Atlantic Books, including her personal memoir about surviving spiritual abuse called You Lied to Me About God, due out in Autumn 2024. The Huffington Post published her personal story of being out as a clinical professional with a dissociative disorder in May 2023. The New York Times featured Marich’s writing and work on Dancing Mindfulness in 2017 and 2020. NALGAP: The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their esteemed President’s Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) granted Jamie the 2019 Advocacy in EMDR Award for her using her public platform in media and in the addiction field to advance awareness about EMDR therapy and to reduce stigma around mental health. Jamie also sits on the editorial board of the EMDR Journal of Practice and Research, and she was the 2008 winner of the Poster Research Award at the EMDRIA Annual Conference.

Guest Instructor John Michael Thornton

John Michael Thornton is a psychic and co-founder of Great Conjunction Spiritual Center. He is the author of Grounding, Forgiveness & Gratitude ~ Three Guided Meditations to Heal your Soul as well as guided meditation cds and ebooks. John has lectured for Mindful Ohio, Lily Dale Assembly, BMSE, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment. His energetic and charismatic style has made him a popular teacher and lecturer throughout the Northeast.

Course Curriculum

    1. Lecture on the Scientific Evidence for Reincarnation by Dr. Chris Bache

    2. Exploring the History of Reincarnation Beliefs (2024)

    3. Pew Research Center: Views on the Afterlife (2021)

    4. What Religions Believe in Reincarnation? (2008)

    5. Course References

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