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Foundations of Mindfulness: A Silent Retreat
Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 5:30 PM – Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 7:00 PM EDT
The practices offered on this retreat will emphasize the ancient roots of mindfulness-based stress reduction, especially the four foundations of mindfulness first taught by the Buddha. Daily meditation instructions, sustained moment-to-moment practice, and a silent environment will all support participants in deepening experiences of both practicing and understanding these essential teachings. Mindfulness in the body, whether sitting, standing walking, or lying down, and including mindful movement, will be a primary support for our practice. Some previous mindfulness meditation experience may be supportive, but is not required. Beginners and those with experience in yoga are welcome.
The course will include a full daily schedule of sitting and walking practice, lying down and standing meditation, twice daily mindful hatha yoga, and evening talks. On the first evening and the last day of the course there will be opportunities for group dialogue about practice. During the retreat there will also be brief meetings with the teacher to discuss the unfolding of the practice.
This is truly a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the four ways of establishing mindfulness!
For information about and to see pictures of the facility, the beautiful grounds and the excellent accomodations (which are very comfortable, simple, contemporary shared guest rooms and baths), please visit spiritfireretreatcenter.com.
The food will be vegetarian, with gluten free and dairy free options available.
Course size is limited to 18, which will provide a wonderful, intimate atmosphere for this powerfully introspective mindfulness program.
The retreat begins with a buffet dinner on Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. and concludes with lunch at 12pm on Monday September 4,, 2017. Please plan to arrive between 2:30 and 5:00PM on the 30th to allow time for getting settled into your rooms.
This retreat is co-sponsored by the UMass Center for Mindfulness, and fulfils the Oasis Institute requirement for silent retreats. That said, the program is not limited to Oasis trainees; anyone who wishes to engage in a silent mindfulness retreat is welcome to attend.
Note: This is a silent retreat, which means the intention is to make a full-on commitment to be present. You are asked to be in silence and turn off your cell phone from the start of the retreat to the end (except in the case of an emergency). The program will include practice sessions that start at 6am and run through 9pm. Self care is supported and encouraged through periods of mindful movement, lying down meditation, mindful eating, and small group meetings with the teacher to discuss practice.
Until July 15, cancellation will result in a full refund minus a $75 processing fee.
Until August 15, cancellation will result in a refund of half the registration fee minus $75 processing fee.
No refunds can be issued on cancellations after August 15.