This retreat is accepted as a part of the requirements of MBSR teacher trainings at both Brown University Mindfulness Center and UCSD (University of California San Diego). This retreat also meets the requirements for participants in Jack Kornfield + Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification program through Sounds True. Please read the Criteria for MMTCP Retreat Attendance Requirements.
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.
Schedule PT (tentative and subject to change):
Saturday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday– Thursday8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
8:00 Silent Stationary/Sitting Meditation
8:45 Movement/Walking Meditation
9:30 Silent Stationary/Sitting Meditation with Instructions and Q&A
10:30 Practice Group Meeting (when assigned) or Movement/Walking Meditation
11:15 Silent Sitting Meditation
12:00 Practice Group Meeting (when assigned) or Movement/Walking Meditation
12:30 Silent Stationary/Sitting Meditation
1:00 Meal Break
3:00 32 Parts Instruction
4:30 Silent Stationary/Sitting Meditation
5:00 Mindful Stretch/Bio Break
5:15 Dharma Talk
6:00 Meal Break
7:30 Silent Stationary/Sitting Meditation
8:00 Rest or Continued Practice
Dana/Generosity: There will also be an opportunity to offer Dana for the teachers and center at the end of the retreat. Thank you for your support!
My intention for this retreat was to feel more at home in my body. The experience fulfilled my intention and brought gifts I could not have envisioned. Learning from Bob Stahl, Mary Grace Orr, Christiane Wolf & Marcy Reynolds has been a great honor! Thank you to the teachers as well as to Anisa, Alex & all of the support staff for an amazing adventure! – Shari S.
I had no idea a Zoom-based retreat could be so profound. A powerful experience rebalancing my body and mind. Each of the teachers brought such wise, deeply real teachings. The many different elements of the retreat were so thoughtfully woven together into a balanced, holistic experience. The combination of body and mind practices was rich and different from any Buddhist retreat I’ve experienced; I am so happy to have gained this truly embodied window into practicing the Dharma. Also, everything felt extremely well organized and the logistics flowed smoothly. I was surprised to feel a real sense of sangha even online; the teachers managed to cultivate a real sense of all of us being in spiritual community, on retreat together. – Redwood R.
I entered this retreat with no expectations or knowledge of what it would specifically include. I signed up intuiting I needed to develop a relationship with my body, but didn’t know where to start. I entered feeling somewhat skittish, anxious, insecure. I now realize that was my fear mind having its way with me. I now feel more at home in my body, fear of being in my body has been replaced with gratitude for my body’s internal workings, a releasing of unrealized holding, and ultimately freedom from my old narrow, pathological narrative. The qigong was a delightful and enriching surprise at how it solidified the body practices even deeper. My body, mind and spirit now feel in alignment with my deepest heart’s intentions. Additionally, the connection I felt with the group, virtually no less, was something unexpected and yet fulfilled a longing I didn’t know was there. – Anna R.
A truly amazing experience. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who feels at war with themselves, aggression towards self, or full of self loathing. These practices will challenge and delight you in so many unimaginable ways. And in the end you will have a deeper appreciation for your body and your planet. – Xochitl M.