During the last 38 years Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) have spread exponentially. Mindfulness is now being integrated into medicine, health care, psychology and education and a wide range of other social institutions including law, criminal justice, business and leadership. In parallel, it is a focus of systematic research in medicine, healthcare, neuroscience, experiential learning theory, and workplace and organizational behavior.
Yet, as this interest in mindfulness expands, there is a gap in understanding regarding the origins, ethos, ethics, and heart of mindfulness as they are implicitly and explicitly expressed in MBSR. Through the doorway of meditative awareness we’ll explore these domains while looking deeply into the causes of human distress, our resources for transformation and greater well-being, and the convergence of contemplative practice, science, and the democratic spirit of participation embodied in MBSR.
Embedded in seven days of silence, through ongoing practice and evening talks we will explore the universal qualities of mindfulness and their expression in contemporary, non-sectarian settings. Grounded in the spirit of warmth, curiosity and befriending, this retreat is an intensive immersion in wakefulness cultivated through sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement and yoga, and group and individual meetings with the retreat teachers. Emphasis will be placed on intimacy with the body, mind, and heart and the recognition of our innate courage, clarity, kindness, and insight.
This retreat requires no adherence to a particular faith tradition. It is suitable for those seeking an in-depth immersion in silence and mindfulness that is supported by a community of practice, as well as anyone teaching or aspiring to teach MBSR, other MBPs, and/or mindfulness in a range of institutional and social settings. It fulfills one of the silent retreat requirements for becoming a Certified MBSR Teacher through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society and Oasis Institute.
Attendance at this retreat does not constitute authorization by Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, or Bob Stahl to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
Participants will be able to:
Practice mindfulness meditation
Explore the foundational underpinnings of MBSR and other MBPs
Recognize the importance of embodying these foundational underpinnings when teaching MBSR
Discuss dimensions of personal practice with the retreat teachers
Utilize mindfulness meditation in your personal and professional life
Participate in and contribute to a community of mindfulness-based professionals
Scholarships are available; see Convergence Silent MBSR Retreat application at eomega.org/scholarships.