Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and David Spound

November 4–13, 2016

Tuition $775 + 9 nights
Janet Solyntes

Janet Solyntes

David Spound

A 9-day, teacher-led, silent retreat

Co-sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.

All of us have an innate capacity to experience well-being, resilience, and unconditional care and kindness. In order to enhance this capacity, we explore the power of mindfulness and related practices such as loving-kindness and compassion for self and other. This Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation Retreat emphasizes the direct experience of mind and heart in a powerful silent container, supported by the indescribable and vivid beauty of the Rocky Mountains that surround the retreat center.

The Mindfulness Meditation Retreat is suitable for mindfulness teachers or aspiring teachers, and fulfills the retreat prerequisite for attending Oasis Institute training programs.

This retreat includes meditation instruction, small group interviews with one of the retreat leaders, talks by the retreat leaders, guided sessions of meditation practice, movement exercises, and mindful eating, as well as sessions of contemplation and teachings to deepen understanding of the practice.

This retreat is based on core principles and practices of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, and colleagues at The Center for Mindfulness in the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Program Goals

  • Provide a safe and nourishing environment for the cultivation and development of a deep and grounded mindfulness meditation practice.
  • Foster a rigorous retreat experience, independent of a specific religious outlook, that fulfills Oasis Institute prerequisites.
  • Offer excellent support and guidance from highly trained and experienced teachers and meditation instructors.
  • Practice noble silence to develop a strong container for deepening meditation practice.

Please be aware that practicing for 9 days in silence can be an intensive and challenging – as well as a highly rewarding – experience. We strongly recommend that all participants have a regular meditation practice as well as prior experience with instructor-led mindfulness training programs. If you have any questions about this recommendation, we welcome your inquiry.

Sample Daily Schedule











7: 30



Meditation, sitting and walking





ROTA (community work period) or Rest






Evening talk

Lights out

Participant Guidelines

Attendance Requirement

  • Participants must attend all practice sessions


  • Non-judging
  • Patience
  • Beginner’s mind
  • Trust
  • Non-striving
  • Acceptance
  • Letting go
  • Kindness
  • Compassion


  • Self-care
  • Confidentiality
  • Listening and participating
  • Silence
  • Non-disruptive
  • Genuine effort
  • No food or drink (except water) in meditation room

If you are interested in an introductory program or are fairly new to mindfulness practice, you may enjoy Janet’s other Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs, such as Mindful Living: Teachings and Practices from MBSR (April 21- 25, 2016) 


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: Leading with Genuine Care (formerly donothing retreat) for entrepreneurs and supports business leaders and teams in the integration of mindfulness into workplace settings.

David Spound

David Spound, M.Ed., is the Director of Valley Mindfulness in Northampton, MA. He is a certified teacher and teacher trainer of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). He has trained and worked extensively with the UMass Center for Mindfulness, the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. David trains and mentors new teachers of MSC and MBSR. He also leads silent meditation retreats for MSC and MBSR teachers, online training programs for teachers and graduates of MSC, and a men’s self-compassion workshop. He can be reached through www.valleymindfulness.com.

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.