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Qualities of the Heart: Five Night Silent Retreat

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Co-sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center

In this all-inclusive, five-night silent retreat in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, you will have the opportunity to sink into stillness and deepen your mindfulness practice. Guided sitting, lying down and walking meditation will be offered along with bodywork in the form of guided gentle yoga and self-directed meditative ballwork practice. We will focus on the practices of mindfulness, meditation and compassion, and the melding of mind, body and spirit.

The retreat is appropriate as a first retreat and for those with some experience in meditation. No prior yoga experience is necessary and adaptations are available for all levels of fitness. The silence and support by the staff and fellow participants creates a sense of community as we investigate and explore our experience beyond the usual superficial day-to-day life. You will have the unique opportunity to drop into moment-by-moment awareness and peace.

There will be a talk each evening as well as group and individual interviews. On the first night, we will begin with an opening circle of sharing. At the end of the retreat we will have time to share our experience and prepare for departure.

This retreat fulfills the CFM Oasis Institute requirement for a 5-day silent retreat.

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  • Amanda Noella Daddona   April 29, 2020

      Living Fully with Fear

    The Living Fully with Fear course with Amanda Votto was an incredible experience. I was able to connect with my emotions, dig deep and find what was underneath those emotions, and find comfort within myself and from the shared experiences of the others in the class. I found the practices to be extremely helpful and at times challenging (in a good way). And overall, Amanda did a great job of putting everything into context and explaining how we can relate to fear and tap into a more compassionate part of ourselves. I do wish it had been longer than four weeks. It was a lot of material to cover, and there was a lot to explore and work through. Perhaps Copper Beech might consider extending these online courses to be six or eight week experiences. Even so, I am truly grateful for the opportunity and for all that I gained from this class. Thank you to Amanda and to Copper Beech!

  • Charles Longo   November 12, 2018

      Harvest Dinner Dueling Pianos.

    As always Holy Family/ Copper Beach ALWAYS exceeds my expectations. Do yourself a favor, ATTEND a RETREAT, you will be hooked.

  • Kevin Ryan   November 12, 2018

      Harvest Celebration 2018

    As always, a delightful evening!. Thoughts: 1. May want to publish an agenda in future. Not wise to be fashionably late. Reports were that the event was in full swing at 6:30 PM and 6:45 arrival felt like we were catching up. 2. Would be wise to provide the wifi information so everyone could connect for the text fundraiser. Verizon worked but several people near me said that they could not connect using ATT. The wifi would allow everyone to connect See you next year!!

  • Marilyn Vatteroni   November 11, 2018

      A Great Night Out

    I had a wonderful experience on Saturday night. The food was great, the company wonderful & the dueling pianos fabulous.

  • Louise Cornetta   September 17, 2018

      A Magical Place

    The Copper Beech Institute offers a wide variety of courses, meditations, workshops and is housed on a beautiful peace of property. I enjoy the Wednesday Candlelight Meditation as a group or 30-40 of us meet to share this mindful experience and are led by the incredible Miranda who always gives a talk that seems to hit home. This place is filled with such love and kindness. Go check it out!

  • Lucia McBee   August 08, 2018

      Skilled and compassionate

    Kate is everything you would want in a mindfulness/yoga teacher. Her years of training and experience shine through, as well as her heartfelt approach. You will not regret any class or retreat you take with Kate!

  • Christine Carrs   August 06, 2018

      Memorable

    I've been on retreat twice now with Kate as the leader, coordinator, and Mindfullness Instructor. Both locations thoughtfully selected - serene, beautiful - with good optional excursions providing a full, balanced experience. Food good, healthy, plentiful! The groups are 20 or less folks, mostly women but men too. Kate has years of experience as health care provider, yoga and mindfulness instructor and is attune to the needs of the group so can adjust as necessary. Likes to laugh (even at herself), has good sense of humor, and goes with what the universe presents! I often return in my mind to our retreats, and use the lessons in my daily life. Another bonus is her yoga colleague providing anatomy, balls, and philosophy for all levels of practitioners. Everything is provided lightly, with good humor and gratitude for the shared experience. Memorable!!!

  • Patricia A. Bloom   August 04, 2018

      You Will Love Her!

    I have both co-taught with, and been a student of, Kate Mitcheom. I loved doing both. She brings all the wisdom, savvy, humor, integrity, energy, enthusiasm, and open-heartedness that allowed her to steadfastly bring both mindfulness and excellent prenatal care to inner city teen girls for many years, to her mindfulness classes and retreats. She makes me laugh, she makes me think, she inspires me. I love spending time with her, and learning from her, and I bet you will, too.

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