The Heart of Mindfulness: A Silent Meditation Retreat
December 1–8, 2023
The Heart of Mindfulness Retreat is a 7-day silent meditation retreat that emphasizes the deep understanding and practice of mindfulness in its most universal expression while respecting and acknowledging its contemplative and spiritual roots.
The retreat is open to all experienced meditators who are looking for an enriching silent retreat experience. It is suitable for mindfulness teachers or aspiring teachers, and fulfills the retreat prerequisite for attending MBSR and most other teacher training programs.
The daily schedule will integrate sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement and periods of informal practice, all held within the container of noble silence. The retreat leaders will offer meditation instruction and talks aimed at illuminating the foundational principles of mindfulness, the universality of the human experience, and the cultivation of wisdom and compassion. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with a retreat leader in a small group setting to discuss their experience and ask questions.
- Provide a safe, nourishing environment for cultivating a deep and grounded mindfulness meditation practice.
- Foster a rigorous retreat experience, independent of any religious outlook.
- Offer excellent support and guidance from highly trained, experienced teachers and meditation instructors.
- Practice noble silence to develop a strong container for deepening meditation practice.
Participants must attend all practice sessions
Attitudes to Cultivate
- Beginner’s mind
- Letting go
Please review the DMC COVID-19 policy before completing registration.
On Silent Group Meditation Retreats: 10 things I’ve learned along the way by Janet Solyntjes
Janet Solyntjes leads programs and silent retreats in both the Shambhala tradition and in the MBSR-based style of secular mindfulness. She is the co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living and has served on the faculty of Naropa University, the Center for Mindfulness, the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, and Mindful Leader. Janet facilitates the annual leadership retreat: Do Nothing: Learning […]
Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, has led mindfulness meditation retreats since 1976. He has taught at Stanford, the University of Washington, and Naropa University. He is the author of two books: Natural Wakefulness (on the four foundations of mindfulness) and Natural Bravery (on fear and fearlessness). He has written articles for Lion’s Roar and Tricycle magazines.