Convergence: A Silent Retreat Inquiring Into the Heart of Mindfulness and MBSR
October 2017

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Convergence

A Silent Retreat Inquiring Into the Heart of Mindfulness and MBSR

Intensive Price Tiers: One of the ways Convergence stands for equality and access for all is by creating a pricing tier structure that invites participants to pay based on their income level. Please consider what is truly sustainable for you, and choose a price that feels in integrity: $1,500; $1,100; or $800.

To register, please call 877.944.2002.

October 15, 2017 – October 22, 2017
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
Course:
SM17-5607-248
Teacher:
Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Bob Stahl
Tuition:
$1,500
Plus accommodations
SM17-5607-248Saki F. Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Bob Stahl,
Description

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
More Information

This workshop begins Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.

Please note that there may be periods of time outside of normal workshop hours when silence will be expected of class participants.

Florence Meleo-Meyer is also teaching Mindfulness Tools and a 7-day MBSR professional training.

Schedule

Please note this course begins Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and has a special schedule with extensive extended hours. There may also be periods of time outside of normal workshop hours when silence will be expected of class participants.

SUNDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
MONDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
TUESDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
WEDNESDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
THURSDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
FRIDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
SATURDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
 
SUNDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Meditation
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Teachers

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, is the executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, director of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic, and associate professor of medicine, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has more than 30,000 hours of clinical experience in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and oversees training and certification programs at the Oasis Institute. He is author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine. umassmed.edu/cfm

Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, coauthor of The MBSR Workbook for Anxiety, is director of Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness. A licensed family therapist, she is also the developer of the mindfulness-based program, Cool Minds™, for adolescents, and wrote and narrated a DVD for young adults, Living Awake™. umassmed.edu/cfm

Bob Stahl, PhD, has founded seven Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently at Dominican Hospital and El Camino Hospitals in Mountain View and Los Gatos, California. He is also the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. mindfulnessprograms.com