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The Roots of Mindfulness:
A 7-day Silent Mindfulness Practice Retreat
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Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the comfort of your own home. The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness practice both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.
Roots of Mindfulness Theme:
We'll explore the core Buddhist teaching called the "Three Marks of Existence." The Three Marks are impermanence, not-self, and suffering. The Buddha taught that much of our suffering arises around our not fully meeting the way things are in regard to these three dimensions. And the good news is that we can practice a deeper understanding and acceptance of reality leading to greater freedom and happiness. You can read some background on this teaching here. Robin and Tim will unpack these ideas from early Buddhism and apply them to our daily lives in the modern world and in light of world events around the pandemic and our growing understanding of systemic oppression.
This Live Online retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan, as well as compassion cultivation and loving kindness meditations.
The daily schedule allows an integration of committed meditation practice, teachings, and your life at home. We will have us away from the screen for most of the afternoon. We have found this format leads to an engagement with this work that is both deep and realistic. We aren't simply "moving" our retreat from in person to Zoom. Rather we have re-invented a home-based retreat. This format has been very effective for lead teacher, Tim Burnett, in previous retreats.
Who this event is for: This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness students interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of contemporary programs like MBSR.
Getting ready for a multi-day online retreat:
You will need a quiet room or corner (headphones can help) for our periods of formal practice and we invite you to think about the rest of the day. You can do our integrated online retreats at home or you could consider booking yourself a stay somewhere for a personal retreat. Both work well.
When we are not together formally on Zoom, you will be invited to integrate your practice into the situation you find yourself in. While we recommend having a conversation with family ahead of the retreat around maintaining a quieter home environment, we also encourage being very flexible and accommodating to the needs of family, peers, or essential work during the retreat week.
Our online "retreats" are not so much retreats in terms of getting away from it all but an opportunity to integrate committed mindfulness practice into your life at home. It will be a time to explore seeing everything in life as part of the retreat and show up with awareness, acceptance and kindness to every moment of the day whether it's during meditation with Zoom, helping your children, exercising, handling essential work tasks, or if you need to run an errand.
Before practicing for nearly a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed first for graduates of the intensive 8-week classes in Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.
Rev. Tim Burnett, Lead Teacher: Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest
Robin Boudette, PhD, co-teacher: Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Clinical Psychologist, and director of Mindfulness for Everyone in Princeton, NJ.
Location: Live Online using Zoom (contact info is emailed upon registration).
Our online retreat days will run from 7 am Pacific time until 8 pm with breaks for meals and an ample open period in the middle of the day which can be used for more formal practice on your own, exercise, personal care, or any necessary home or work business that must be attended to.
Starts Sunday, October 11, at 4 PM.
Closes Sunday, October 18, at 3 PM.
Cost: $850 - $455 Sliding Scale Tuition.
We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge for some lodging options (see below).
Note that there will also be an opportunity during registration to practice generosity by making a contribution to our Accessibility Fund so that others with fewer means can attend.
Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).
For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.
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