Immerse yourself in the healing pause of mindfulness during this day-long instructor-guided silent retreat. Look forward to being be guided in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation, gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.
The retreat is ideal for healthcare professionals with some mindfulness or meditation experience. Introductory information about mindfulness will not be provided at this session. Rather, we will dive right in to guided practice. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge; however, all are welcome. For some, “jumping in” is a great way to start.
This day of practice is designed to benefit all kinds of healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, therapists, social workers, administrative staff and more. If you think this day could be of benefit to you, we encourage you to join us. Spouses and partners are also welcome to join.
About Our Online Silent Retreats
We've been happy to discover that doing a full day or multi-day meditation retreat online works well. It's a different experience than a residential retreat at a retreat center, but very valuable. With an online retreat done at home there are powerful opportunities to integrate your mindfulness practice experience into daily life within familiar surroundings.
Below are a few suggestions to help you create an optimal retreat experience, realizing each of you has a unique home situation.
PREPARING FOR YOUR RETREAT AT HOME
- A quiet space - As much as possible, create a separate, quiet space away from family and distraction, even pets if they might distract you or other participants.
- Unplug - Plan to “unplug” from your phone, clocks, or any other electronic device unless using it to connect to our virtual retreat room. Turn off any notifications that might pop up on the device you're using to connect to the retreat.
- Free yourself up - Minimize or eliminate as many tasks and activities as you can. Normally we would be in a retreat setting to allow for an immersive experience. Retreating at home offers the benefit of being able to practice mindfulness skills in your regular environment while it offers the potential challenge of home distractions.
- Have a conversation ahead - We suggest that you prepare your household members ahead, letting them know you’ll be practicing silence during this time. If you're able to, maintaining silence or minimizing talk between practice periods (like we do at our in-person retreats) is a valuable contribution to the retreat experience.
- Explore integration and accept what happens - See an online retreat as an opportunity to integrate mindfulness practice and your daily life instead of as a way to “get away” – it helps to see this as a different type of experience from an in-person retreat at a retreat center.
- It won't be perfect - Resistance and wanting things to be other than they are can be a part of all contemplative practices. Please accept that the day will unfold in the way that it does and much is beyond your control. If things are busier or in some way not to your liking in the environment as you do the series of practices offered, please accept things as they are and know that there is benefit.
WE ASK THAT YOU:
- Sign in a little early to make sure you can connect.
- Turn cameras on once the retreat starts. This is not a requirement, but we've found that having cameras on best supports a rich and connected experience for all participants.
- Stay muted unless we are having a discussion.
- Maintain silence and focus as possible during practice times: refraining from speaking, reading, writing, or using other devices.
Following the guidelines supports a deep dive into practice for you and the entire community. Thank you.
Sunday, April 30, 2023
9am – 3pm PST
Offered Live Online. Zoom link will be sent to you by email once you register.
Choose what’s right for you on our sliding scale: $55 – $90
- Scholarships – Limited scholarships available. No need to apply; just choose scholarship tuition during registration.
- Payment Plans – No interest, 4 month payment plan option is available during registration.
Beth Glosten, M.D.
Beth attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and had an academic anesthesiology career until physical issues prompted her to step back from her career. She studied pilates, and through this system embraced moving mindfully. She was drawn to meditation several years ago and found it meshed naturally with her approach to teaching movement: turn focus inward to listen to, and befriend, one’s self. From this place, growth and healing are possible.