Attending a silent retreat provides an opportunity to give moment-to-moment attention to mindfulness practice over the course of a number of uninterrupted days, thus deeply exploring awareness, experience, and the intrinsic relationship between them. Such times of dedicated mindfulness practice support deepening and widening into an every moment of our lives. Our retreats are designed to be rigorous and intensive but also nourishing and reflective.
This mindfulness meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting, walking meditation, and yoga as well times for practice discussions. Each day there will be a talk and systematic meditation instructions on the four foundations of mindfulness that are embedded in lovingkindness. These teachings and practices will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity, wisdom, and compassion; and foster the depth of practice.
This retreat is open to all who wish to practice mindfulness and is specifically designed for those interested in a mindfulness-based approach to meditation and yoga practice.
This retreat fulfills one of the requirements for training to become a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.
Eowyn Ahlstrom, MEd and Priscilla Szneke, BSN, MSc
Total of 6 Dates:
Opening Evening is April 2: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Full 4 days are: April 3-6: 8am - 8pm
Closing: April 7: 8am - 11am
Guidance for Participating in the Retreat
When a silent retreat is held live-online, it offers some particular opportunities and challenges. Please read the guidance below carefully and reach out to the retreat teachers of this program if you have questions or concerns about your participation.
Preparation for the Retreat
Refraining from communicating with others as best you can during the retreat supports a gentle collecting of attention that is a key aspect of retreat practice.
- If you live with others, talk with them well before the retreat starts about your intention to sustain silence during the retreat. Negotiate an arrangement with your housemates that allows you to remain silent as much as possible.
- To the fullest extent possible, find a quiet, comfortable space from which to participate in the retreat. This may be just one room if you are living with others, or if you live alone your entire home may act as your retreat center.
- Put an autoresponder on your email accounts and plan to only use your computer for connecting with the retreat, not for outside communications. Let loved ones who do not live with you know in advance that you will be off-line during the retreat.
- To support your practice, there will be opportunities during the retreat to connect with the teachers and discuss what's arising in your practice. If you need to connect with a teacher before your scheduled meeting time, you can use the chat function in the retreat meeting to reach out for that purpose.
Simplicity is another element of retreat that supports deepening mindfulness.
- Before the retreat starts, set up your meditation and yoga props in a way that supports a contemplative, reflective orientation.
- Plan your meals for the duration of the retreat ahead of time, so that you eliminate or limit trips out for shopping
- Turn off any devices you do not need during the retreat and shut down any programs that are likely to distract you from the retreat.
- Consider in advance where you will practice walking meditation. Is there an outdoor space for walking that will allow you to remain quiet? If yes, being in nature can be supportive.
- Consider unplugging your TV, if you have one, to remind yourself of the intention to stay with the simplicity of the basics of human experience, like sitting, walking, breathing and eating.
PROGRAM FEE: $630.00