Inner Space: Silent Mini-Retreat in the Maryland Mountains

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Turn Off, Tune In, Chill Out: Enjoy two days of digital detox, meditation and yoga at a rustic summer camp in the Maryland mountains.

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Imagine: a weekend with no email. No push notifications. No cooking. No laundry. Set your brain to "do not disturb" at this two-day silent meditation retreat and soak up the benefits of extended time in nature and time away from electronic devices. You will be led by an experienced teacher through a variety of mindfulness practices: sitting, forest walking, mindful eating, fire circle and simple chores (e.g., dishwashing). This retreat is perfect for beginning meditators, those using apps like Headspace, Calm or Breathe, or anyone with an existing daily practice. Experience the benefits of practicing with others, extended silence in nature, and learn new skills to strengthen and deepen your daily home practice.

Leaders:

Michael Bombardier, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been teaching and practicing meditation for 18 years. Michael has created and led mindfulness-coping skills groups at Towson University, Stony Brook University, and the University of Texas at Austin and currently works with independent schools in the Baltimore area to bring mindfulness into educational settings. Michael lives in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore and has a private practice in Towson.

Healthy, yummy meals will be prepared by Guli Fager, MPH a former camper and frequent head cook at Catoctin summer camp.

Setting & Accommodations:

Catoctin Quaker Camp is a primitive summer camp nestled in the Catoctin Mountains outside of Frederick, MD. The camp is on more than 380 acres of protected forest land and has a lagoon, screened-in sleeping shelters, a lodge with fireplace and attached dining hall, and trails for walking.

Participants should welcome intimacy with the outdoors and feel comfortable in a camping-like setting. Please note that the camp is not wheelchair accessible, and the outdoor grounds (e.g., trails to cabins) are not lit. An on-site lockbox will be used to safely store electronic devices from Friday night to Sunday morning.

The retreat size is limited to 20 participants to foster an intimate experience. All meals will be provided starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. If you have special dietary needs (e.g. gluten-free, vegan), please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. We will have coffee, tea, and snacks available throughout the day.

Sleeping shelters are simple, screened in structures with "naked" wood bed frames. You will need to bring a sleeping pad or air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow and flashlight--shelters do not have power. Shelters will be double occupancy. BYO tent camping is an option as well.

The bathhouse (built in 2015) features clivus multrum composting toilets and hot and cold running water. There are 2 large rooms with 4 toilets, 4 showers and sinks in each and there are also 2 family style bathrooms with a toilets, a showers and a sink.

You can read more about Camp Catoctin here: https://bymcamps.org/programs/catoctin-quaker-camp/

Sample Schedule:

Friday:

4-6pm: Arrival and check in

6pm: DINNER

7-7:30pm: Orientation to Catoctin, safety and emergency procedures, communication policy

7:30-9: Introductions, intentions, guidelines around phones and communication. Guided group meditation.

{silence begins}

10: lights out

Saturday:

6am- morning wake up bell

630-730: sitting/walking as a group

730-830: BREAKFAST in silence

830-9am: dishwashing, self care, change for yoga

9-1030: Yoga/moving meditation

1030-12: Sitting/walking as a group

12-1: LUNCH in silence

1-130: work practice

1-3: Sitting meditation with walking intervals

3-4: Guided Yoga and extended Savasana

4-6: On your own time for journaling/reading/walking/forest bathing

6-730: DINNER in silence followed by mindful dishwashing

730-930: meditation around the fire and discourse with anonymous questions. Singing or some kind of fun group thing.

930-10: journaling, retire early

10pm: Lights Out

Sunday:

6am- morning wake up bell

630-730: sitting/walking as a group

730-830: BREAKFAST in silence

830-9am: work practice, self care, change for yoga

9-1030: Yoga/moving meditation

10:30-11: pack belongings

Break silence before lunch at bell

12:00 LUNCH

1:00-2:00 Closing activity

(Schedule may change)

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