Please note this retreat meets the requirements for participants in Jack Kornfield + Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification program through Sounds True.
This Online retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. We will work primarily with the first of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness – mindfulness of the body. The “32 Parts of the Body” meditation has rarely been taught in the West; you will be introduced to it from an Insight perspective of the true nature and wonders of the body. This practice has also been used for healing illness and most importantly to help eradicate the erroneous view of self. Various methods will be taught to strengthen mindfulness of the body and to explore the mind/body connection.
We will follow the usual format of an Insight Meditation (Vipassana) retreat, with periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as qigong sessions for further exploration of mindfulness of the body. Each day there will be a talk and systematic meditation instructions that are embedded in lovingkindness. These teachings and practices will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity, wisdom, and compassion; and foster the depth of practice.
This retreat is appropriate for the general public, health professionals, and mindfulness teachers or in training.
Please note: These retreats are accepted as a part of the requirements of MBSR teacher trainings at both Brown University Mindfulness Center and UCSD (University of California San Diego) as well as for the MMTCP (Mindful Meditation Teacher Certification Program) by SoundsTrue.
Monday Sept 14th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday Sept 15th – Saturday Sept 19th 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday Sept 20th 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Schedule for Tuesday Sept 15th – Saturday Sept 19th 8:00 am – 8:00 pm:
- 8:00 Qigong
- 9:00 Sitting and 32 Parts Instructions
- 10:00 Walking Meditation
- 10:15 One-Hour Practice Group Meeting (if you are assigned)
- 10:45 Sitting Meditation
- 11:30 One Hour Practice Group Meeting (if you are assigned) or Walking Meditation
- 12:15 Sitting Meditation
- 1:00 Lunch
- 3:00: Qigong
- 3:45 Sitting and 32 Parts Instructions
- 4:30 Walking Meditation
- 5:15 Dharma Talk
- 6:00 Dinner
- 7:30 Sitting Meditation
- 8:00 Rest or Continued Practice
*The retreat includes 6 full days and 6 nights of practice together. MMTCP participants are required to attend all bolded items. All others are strongly encouraged to attend as much of this retreat as your schedule allows.
Any participants from the MMTCP training program will be required to fill out this agreement form as a prerequisite to the retreat.
Continuing Education (CE) (Optional)
Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program when working with clients.
Based on the content of this workshop, health care professionals will be able to:
- Integrate the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation in ways useful to clients;
- Communicate to clients, and incorporate in a professional setting, the positive effects of deepening the quality of concentration in order to reduce stress and improve well-being;
- Use, and describe to clients, ways to identify and ease mental and physical compulsions by developing kind, open, and non-judging attention;
- Incorporate practices when working with clients to identify and establish a greater balance of compassion for oneself and others;
- Incorporate skills to work more effectively with stress, and be able to share these skills with clients;
- Utilize non-judgmental, moment to moment awareness of the relationship between the body and mind, in ways that may be shared with clients;
- Incorporate mindfulness meditation skills with clients to improve their sense of well-being and personal life control.
- Identify at leases 4 benefits of mindfulness meditation that are useful in health care;
- Describe the relationship between a health care professional’s mindfulness practice, and improved clinical outcome;
- Incorporate mindfulness of breath practices to develop presence moment awareness, and to calm the mind in preparation for, and when working with clients.
- Utilize a variety of qigong movements in preparation for clients or patients in ways that may reduce stress and improve patient care.
- Utilize a variety of qigong movements after working with clients or patients to cultivate qi in ways that may prevent burnout and emotional exhaustion.
- Utilize qigong techniques to strengthen the endocrine and immune systems, in ways that may reduce anxiety and tension.
Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by theAmerican Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 16 CE credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 16 CE credit may be applied to your license renewal throughthe California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.
Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 16 contact hours.
This is a dana retreat. The Base Cost includes InsightLA’s administration fees only and it does not include compensation to the teachers. There will be an opportunity at the end of the retreat to give a donation/dana to the teachers.