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Shinzen Week-Long Retreat: November Neuro-Mindfulness

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A Special Mindfulness Retreat with Shinzen Young - November Neuro-Mindfulness

Join the Monastic Academy this November for a very special retreat with Shinzen Young at our beautiful location in Lowell, VT.

This retreat will be perhaps the first ever public retreat offering Neuromodulation with tDCS devices. Neuromodulation is an emerging brain technology to directly impact the mind by targeting specific areas of the brain with various low energy technologies such as transcranial ultrasound, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and photobiomodulation (near-infrared light).

Usage of the Brain Technology offered in this retreat is completely optional.

Along with Shinzen, Dr. Baron E. Short will be at the retreat with several Zendo tDCS devices to train those wishing to use the devices. Dr. Short is a trained medical doctor and neuropsychiatrist. Dr. Bashar Badran and Dr. Baron E. Short are co-founders in this form of tDCS-enchanced meditation called "e-meditation".

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), is a non-invasive brain stimulation in which two electrodes are placed on the head and deliver a weak electrical current to the underlying brain areas. The electricity is delivered to specific brain areas that are associated with a meditative state. Stimulating these areas can accelerate and enhance meditation for both novice and expert meditators. In Dr. Short's and Dr. Badran's two initial trials, e-meditation makes individuals more calm, less restless and stressed, and reduces mind wandering.

Shinzen and neuroscientists such as Dr. Jay Sanguinetti, Dr. Short, and Dr. Badran have been colloborating on how to use neuromodulation to enhance mindfulness. Shinzen has written previously about this technology & meditation: Meet My New Girlfriend: tDCS. Below is an excerpt:

The effects of tDCS seem to map directly to the core themes in mindfulness.

  • Enhanced ability to focus (this seems to relate to the concentration piece in my definition of mindfulness)
  • Enhanced ability to detect signals against a noisy background (this seems to relate to the sensory clarity piece)
  • Enhanced ability to deal with pain (this may be related to equanimity)
  • The turning off of mental talk (i.e., a samatha effect)

Participants will have the option to choose to participate with the tDCS devices or opt to do a silent retreat without the brain technology. Either option is great.

The retreat will feature:

  • Option to use Neuromodulation tDCS devices
  • Daily group process (guided meditation, plus discussion)
  • One-on-one meditation guidance from Shinzen
  • Two healthy and abundant vegan meals served per day
  • Breathtaking views of the Green Mountains

During this retreat, Shinzen will guide retreatants through the system of practicing mindfulness he designed, Unified Mindfulness. This is a huge opportunity to dive deeply into mindfulness practice with a fantastically inventive teacher, on a beautiful property which is completely immersed in nature.

Note, there are Exclusionary Criteria for who can use the neuromodulation devices:

You cannot receive tDCS if have any of the following:

  1. Personal or Family History of Seizures
  2. Metal implanted in my body above the shoulders (piercings are OK)
  3. History of traumatic brain injury or neurological disorders
  4. Skin conditions or lesions affecting your forehead

For those already registered, we will be sending out these exclusionary criteria and questionaire to best serve your retreat.



*If a ticket is sold out, please email info@monasticacademy.com to be added to a wait list *

  • $1,400.00 for the week per person, for a shared room (room & board)
  • $2,100.00 for the week per person, for a solo room (room & board)
  • $2,100.00 for the week per person, for a solo cabin (room & board)

Early Bird Discount (expires October 1)

  • $1,200.00 for the week per person, for a shared room (room & board)
  • $1,800.00 for the week per person, for a solo room (room & board)
  • $1,800.00 for the week per person, for a solo cabin (room & board)

There will be an opportunity to give Dāna (donations) to Shinzen and to CEDAR as well. Please note that the cost does not include Dāna for the teacher (Shinzen)

The practice of generosity cultivates lovingkindness and compassion, deepens awareness of our interconnectedness and promotes non-attachment. These teachings are considered priceless. That said, your donation should only be giving from the heart and your financial situation should be taken into account.


There will be shuttles to and from the Burlington airport on the day the retreat begins and ends. There will be a $25.00 charge per ride.

Shuttle schedule:

  • November 9 pick up times at Burlington airport: 12 PM, 4 PM

  • November 15 drop off times at Burlington airport: 2 PM, 5:30 PM

The retreat will begin at approximately 7 PM on November 9, and will end at approximately 2:00 PM on November 15. Feel free to arrive at CEDAR any time after 4 PM on the 9th.



Q: Do I have to use the neuromodulation tDCS technology?

A: No one is required to use the neuromodulation technology. If you wish, you may choose to not participate. Both options are great!

Q: Is this kind of neurostimulation safe? What does it feel like?

A: E-meditation is a very safe form of neurostimulation. Dr. Short will be using Zendo tDCS devices engineered to the highest engineering and medical standards. To date the technology behind Zendo has been used in over 33,200 sessions and over 2,000 individuals and has not produced any reports of short- or long-term adverse events or irreversible injury. Zendo e-meditation is delivered via adhesive pads that stick to your forehead. These pads slowly deliver a low electrical current that feels like a warm, tingling sensation on the skin. This sensation is not painful (some even enjoy it), and for most people the sensation disappears within the first 3 minutes as your skin adapts to the stimulation. Afterwards, the majority of users don’t even realize it is on. We suggest you assess the low risk before using the devices.

Q: What technologies will we be using? Can I choose?

A: We will be using Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) Zendo devices developed by a company called Bodhi NeuroTech, Inc. There is no financial incentive or sponsorship with Bodhi NeuroTech.

Q: Am I eligble to use the tDCS devices?

A: Please see the Exclusionary Criteria above.

Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant. His systematic approach to categorizing, adapting and teaching meditation, known as Unified Mindfulness, has resulted in collaborations with Harvard Medical School, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Vermont in the bourgeoning field of contemplative neuroscience. With decades of intensive practice behind him including three years as an ordained buddhist monk in Japan as well as Ph.D research in Buddhist Studies he combines the best of rigorous practice and deep scholarship all delivered with humor and warmth.

More information on Shinzen can be found here.

Dr. Bashar Badran and Dr. Baron E. Short are co-founders of E-Meditation. They have a combined 20 years of medical and research brain stimulation experience.


Below is more information about the location and setting of the retreat. All of this info can be found on our website as well.

CEDAR (formerly the Center for Mindful Learning) is located at the end of a mile long private driveway that winds high up a hill. Our 123 acres is abundant with wildlife and boasts commanding views out over the Green Mountains. Recharge and re-examine your life in this peaceful setting where the trees, the rains, the winds, the sun, the snows, the frogs, and the stars still speak.


Our buildings are newly built with an elegant simplicity. With wood and plenty of light and air throughout they have a comfortable and human feel. The main room is large and serves as our dining room and event space. Two lounges and a loft that are great for reading and relaxing.

We have rooms with queen beds and single beds. Guests either have their own room or share a room with others. Every room has wonderful views, wood floors, a comfy bed with linens, and shelves for storing personal items. There are shared bathrooms.

For those who love the outdoors (not afraid of woods and critters) and want more isolation, we also have three solitary cabins available in the forest of the property, about a five to ten minute walk from the main building. These cabins are outfitted with a bed, propane heater, and space to meditate. They do not have electricity or bathroom facilities (outhouse is nearby).

We ask that you refrain from the use of electronic devices such as cellphones and laptops during the retreat. In addition, we hold Noble Silence during the retreat refraining from speech to each other except when necessary, during interviews, or discussion periods.

Twice a day we serve simple, healthy, abundant vegan meals.

Please arrive at the center fragrance-free. Members of our community are very sensitive to fragrance, which is found in personal hygiene products (soaps, shampoo, body wash), clothes washed with some laundry detergents and dryer sheets, and perfume or cologne. Please be fragrance-free at all our events - learn how here.

We are located at 751 Page Road in Lowell, Vermont, 05847.

CEDAR, or the Community for the Experience and Development of Awakening and Responsibilty, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to ending human greed in order to preserve life on earth. CEDAR was started by meditation teacher and contemplative leader Soryu Forall. The Center for Mindful Learning (CML) is an organization of CEDAR which is dedicated to spreading contemplative culture in the modern world. CEDAR is run by trainees of the Monastic Academy, a residential training program that develops leaders who embody wisdom, power, and love for all living things.

Check out our website for more information.

Feel free to call or email with questions: info@monasticacademy.com / +1 (802) 540-0820


Refund Policy

Note, EventBrite says "No Refunds" is incorrect and a limitation of their software. We do offer partial refunds. CEDAR must be notified in writing about any cancelations by November 1, 2017 in order to receive a refund of all but the non-refundable deposit of $250. Cancellations received after November 1 will not be eligible for any refund. Cancellations will be accepted via mail or e-mail.

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