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Teachers: Mark Coleman, Erin Selover

Retreat Description:

In this mindfulness meditation retreat, we will explore the innate quality of awareness as the foundation for cultivating clarity, understanding, and insight into our human experience. We will investigate how, through mindfulness practice, we can develop insight into the causes of stress and the causes of genuine happiness. We will examine what it means to abide, with kindness and awareness, in the midst of life, so we can live with a genuine non-reactive freedom wherever we are.

As well as sitting and walking insight meditation practice, we will emphasize integrating loving kindness and compassion into all moments of the retreat. This allows a kind embrace of ourselves and connects us intimately with each other and the world. In this retreat, there will be periods of meditation, dharma talks, and opportunity for questions and discussion. Suitable for experienced and newer students to meditation.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $40 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.


Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. Continuing Education (CE) creditavailable. See below for attendance requirements and more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • List at least three benefits of how a health care professional cultivating a mindfulness practice can improve patient care;
  • Utilize mindfulness practices to steady the mind and opening the heart in preparation for clients and patients, in ways that may improve focus and reduce rumination;
  • Describe a mindful communication practice;
  • Describe how mindful communication practices can improve interactions with patients, colleagues, and clients;
  • Utilize mindfulness exercises and practices to improve emotional regulation during stressful times;
  • Apply the principles of equanimity to reduce stress and professional burnout;
  • Utilize compassion practices to reduce compassion fatigue when working with clients or patients;
  • Utilize mindfulness of the body practices to improve attentional abilities when working with others in a clinical setting;
  • Use mindfulness techniques to identify and prevent habitual reactivity, in ways that reduce emotional exhaustion and result in improved patient care