FINDING Freedom from Habit Patterns
Our first East Coast Retreat
Friday evening May 4th through Wednesday May 9th mid-day, at Pendle Hill in Wallingford PA
Join us for a 5-day retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Pendle Hill, a beautiful Quaker retreat center just south of Philadelphia. With 23 acres of tranquil woods, walking paths, and gardens, Pendle Hill offers the perfect setting for contemplation and renewal. 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.
2018 East Coast Roots of Mindfulness Theme: Finding Freedom from Habit Patterns
In the chaos of our everyday lives, we often run on auto pilot finding ourselves caught in unhealthy habit patterns. In the tranquility of retreat setting, we will slow down and take a closer look at patterns of the body, mind and heart. Integrating both the ancient wisdom of Buddhist psychology and new learnings from modern science, we will explore the steps of waking up to patterns, seeing clearly what we get from them and applying skillful means to find a new sense of freedom.
Course details: This residential 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.
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 MBSR.
Schedule: May 4 – May 9, 2018. Starts Friday May 4th (3pm-5pm check-in). Closes Wednesday May 9th 1:00pm after lunch.
Prerequisites: Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed firstly for graduates of the intensive 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class 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.
Teacher Training and Development: This course meets the prerequisites for those in the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway. See the CFM website for more information. It meets CFM's requirement to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 5 days for ongoing development and one of the 4 required retreats before certification as an MBSR teacher. This retreat also meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details).
Rev. Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest, Certified MBSR Instructor, Soto Zen Dharma Holder. Tim teaches mindfulness classes, workshops and retreats to communities, physicians, and others in Washington State. This is his first teaching trip to Pennsylvania.
Cost: $850 - $1250 sliding scale for shared room and board (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system), plus teacher & scholarship donations.
- Robin Boudette, PhD, Certified MBSR Instructor, Community Dharma Leader. Robin directs Mindfulness for Everyone and teaches mindfulness in Princeton and in Philadelphia; and co-teaches retreats with Tim in Washington State.
There is a $150 surcharge for single occupancy rooms (subject to availability).
A deposit of $250 is due by March 1st to reserve a space at this retreat. Payment in full is due by April 1st. Per our registration policy, the $250 deposit is non-refundable after April 4th.
Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so please register early.
Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
Registration: REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.
Location and Directions: Pendle Hill is a 25 minute drive from Philadelphia, 2 hours from New York City and 2.5 hours from Washington, DC.
The Philadelphia Airport and Bolt station are about 25 minutes away and you can take a taxi directly to Pendle Hill or public transportation to the Wallingford train station. From the Wallingford station, you may walk or call 610-613-7660 for the Pendle Hill Shuttle service. The shuttle service is available from the Wallingford train station and the Providence Road trolley stop in Media at no charge Monday-Sunday 8:00am – 7:00pm on the days of your arrival and departure only. Please call 610-613-7660 to arrange your shuttle service and a member of Pendle Hill's hospitality staff will pick you up.
Please note that the shuttle from Wallingford Station to Pendle Hill must be arranged separately with Pendle Hill by calling 610-613-7660, not through Mindfulness Northwest or Mindfulness for Everyone.
For more details on transportation see: Pendle Hill Directions
Pendle Hill Main Campus
338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086-6023
Housing Details: Guest rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chair, and lamp. All rooms have windows that open and access to controls for heat and air conditioning. Most guest rooms share a bath with one or two other rooms; bedding and towels are provided.
Please note there is a $150 surcharge for a single occupancy room (subject to availability). Three delicious homemade meals are prepared each day made with local and organic ingredients.