Non-Residential Programs

Mindful Non-Profit Leadership Program

Retreat Description:
This five-month training program will be geared toward those in leadership positions working in social and environmental justice, education, health care, and other non-profit organizations. It will cultivate the mindful leadership skills of focus, clarity, emotional regulation, compassion, self- awareness, and well-being for non-profit leaders in the social change sector.
Through mindfulness curriculum, meditation instruction, group discussions, and practice opportunities, participants will cultivate skills and behaviors that can be applied directly to their personal and professional lives. By developing and incorporating these intentional practices, participants will strengthen professional relationships and workplace environments, expanding impact beyond their own learning for the broader benefit of their work and organization.

A Year To Live

Retreat Description:
As social beings, our lives are inextricably interwoven. The Buddha emphasized the immense power of social harmony and spiritual friendship as factors conducive to awakening. In this retreat, we will explore relational teachings that foster peace, both internally and externally. The integral part of this six-day retreat will be the practice of Wise Speech. We will study, contemplate and practice the Buddha’s teachings using Insight Dialogue and the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication. These interpersonal practices bring the insight and tranquility of traditional Buddhist meditation into our interactions with others. Through an attentive weaving of meditative dialogue practice, silent mindfulness and kindness meditation, mindful movement, and time in nature, we will deepen the essential meditative qualities that support the possibility of awakening together.

Loving-Kindness and Yoga Training Program

Retreat Description:
This five-month immersive training addresses body, mind, and heart through the study of mindful asana, pranayama, anatomy, mindfulness principles, meditation, and the wisdom teachings of Yoga and Buddhism. Students will develop both their personal practice, as well as the ability to guide and lead others. The heart of the practices will focus on providing both refuge and support for kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others.

Telling Our Stories: Meditation and Creative Writing for Women

Retreat Description:
Like meditation, writing is a powerful way to wake up to the ordinary and extraordinary moments of our human lives. Through sharing our stories, we connect with ourselves, each other, and the world we live in. But women’s stories have often been excluded from the spiritual canon — dismissed as too ordinary, too emotional, too wild, or too messy to convey awakening wisdom. In this retreat, we will awaken our creative energies, reconnect with our authentic voices, and express the deep truth of who we are — through the powerful combination of creative writing, mindfulness meditation, and gentle movement explorations.

Restoring Wellbeing with Qigong Meditation

Retreat Description:
This day retreat will bring together the two rivers of meditation and qigong. This confluence of practice is a direct pathway to calming and strengthening our nervous system and restoring balance to the mind, body, and spirit.

A Path For Couples: Joyful Connection, Mindful Communication Retreat

Description:

Most couples envision sharing a life of love and joy with each other. We look forward to deepened intimacy and inner discovery. Then somewhere along the way, we feel as though we’re bushwhacking through a thicket of life’s issues. We ask, “Is there a map or trail that will guide us on our journey?” This workshop offers a time-tested path for couples that leads partners towards the treasures that are hidden in our hearts. We discover that a joyful, awakened connection is possible. We will learn to be more mindful of our communication patterns, which can either draw us closer together or create distance.

Experiential exercises and guided partner meditations will give couples tools and inspiration to choose patterns that open our hearts and support awakening. We will learn specific practices to reignite the spark of an alive and growing love, and which can be done on an ongoing way at home.

Freedom From The Inner Critic

Retreat Description:
Do you experience the painful effects of self-judgment, from telling yourself you’re not good enough? If you wish to better understand and be free from your inner critic, then this day is for you.

During our time together, we will explore how to:
• Recognize judging thoughts
• See the functions and limitations of the inner critic
• Deal effectively with self-judgment / and inner critic attacks
• Distinguish between negative judgment and wise discernment
• Develop greater self-acceptance, self-compassion and forgiveness
This practical, experiential day retreat will include talks, interactive exercises, and mindfulness and kindness techniques, taught with lightness, compassion and finding humor with our humanness.