Mindful Living: Teachings and Practices from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Janet Solyntjes

August 24–27, 2023

Tuition $270 + 3 nights

Inspired by the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this 3-day retreat offers both an introduction and a deepening experience of mindfulness, for being more fully present to our lives. Various tools for engaging the demands of our lives and for supporting inquiry into fundamental health and wholeness will be drawn from MBSR — the most universal expression of mindfulness.

Through embodied practices of stillness and movement–– including sitting meditation, mindful yoga, mindful eating, and awareness in nature––the ongoing practice of being present to life will be further supported by periods of silence.  This retreat builds the foundation from which one will return to their life better equipped to manage stress and to confidently integrate mindfulness into daily life.

The retreat is open to newcomers to meditation as well as to experienced meditators who are looking to deepen or refresh their practice in a group setting.

Sample Daily Schedule:

7:00 am Morning Meditation and Body Awareness Practice
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Guided Mindfulness Practice
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm ROTA (community work period) or Rest
3:00 pm Practice, Teaching, and Discussion
4:30 pm Tea
5:00 pm Guided Mindfulness Practice
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Wisdom Talk
8:30 pm Session Ends

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Janet Solyntjes

Janet Solyntjes, MA, is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has been leading silent meditation retreats in the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. She provides online study groups and individual mentoring to mindfulness teachers-in-training and has been on the faculty of Naropa University, the Center for Mindfulness, and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

Janet facilitates the annual leadership retreat: Do Nothing: Learning to Live Your Life with Genuine Care for entrepreneurs and supports business leaders and teams in the integration of mindfulness into workplace settings.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.