Deepening Mindfulness: A Seven-Day Silent Retreat

About This Event

Deepen your practice with a silent retreat led by an experienced mindfulness and yoga teacher.

This mindfulness meditation retreat is grounded in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principles developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the Center for Mindfulness in the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The retreat includes daily meditation instruction, guided sessions of mindfulness meditation practice, gentle mindful yoga, and mindful eating, together with teachings to deepen your understanding of the practices. During the retreat, there will also be an individual meeting and a small group meeting with the teacher to discuss your practice.

For those who are new to meditation practice, please be aware that practicing mindfulness for a week in silence can be an intensive and challenging as well as a highly rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Note: This is a silent retreat, which means the intention is to make a full-on commitment to be present. You are asked to be in silence and turn off your cell phone from the start of the retreat to the end (except in the case of an emergency). The program will include practice sessions that start at 6am and run through 9pm. Self care is supported and encouraged through periods of mindful movement, lying down meditation, mindful eating, and small group meetings with the teacher to discuss practice.

While open to all students who wish to experience a silent retreat, this retreat also fulfills one of the retreat prerequisites for the Oasis Institute.

"Being at retreat at the Won Dharma Center is like being reintroduced to yourself. You know that person, the one that is grateful, loving, and compassionate? That’s who you get to spend time with at retreat. The environment itself sets the stage for the introduction. I was encircled by natural and beautiful surroundings. Then I was greeted with sincere graciousness from the reverends and fed organic food from the garden loving prepared. Silence was perhaps the greatest blessing as it gifts me with an unobstructed view of my thoughts." -Kathy A.

Event Highlights

  • In this mindfulness meditation retreat you will be supported to explore:
  • Silence
  • Simplicity
  • Self-Respect and Respect for Community and Nature

Schedule

This is a silent retreat with a full daily schedule of practice. Here is a sample day's schedule (note that times may be shifted slightly depending on the actual situation of this particular retreat.)

5:30am Optional Sitting

πŸ”” 6:00am Wake Up Bell

πŸ”” 6:45am Sitting

7:30 Breakfast

8:15 Mindful Work Period

πŸ”” 9:00 Sitting and Instructions

10:00 Open Practice Time: Alternate Sitting, Walking, Standing, Reclining & Yoga*

πŸ”” 11:15 Guided Mindful Yoga

12:00 Lunch

πŸ”” 2:15pm Guided Sitting

3:15 Open Practice Time: Alternate Sitting, Walking, Standing, Reclining & Yoga*

πŸ”” 4:45 Sitting

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Walking or other form of independent practice

πŸ”” 7:00 Teachings and Reflections on Practicing

7:45 Walking or Self-Guided Move or Stretch

πŸ”” 8:15 Sitting

9:00 Rest or Further Practice as you see fit

Venue Highlights

Conveniently located in a rural setting near New York City and Boston, the Won Dharma Center is set on over 400 acres in upstate New York, overlooking the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains. Surrounded by wooded foothills with a nearby brook, the retreat center is a serene natural setting for contemplation and renewal.

A green community designed with sensitivity to nature and issues of Sustainable Design, the center consists of eco-friendly buildings designed to provide a tranquil and meditative atmosphere.

The buildings of the center, which include permanent and guest residences, an administration building, and a large meditation hall, are modern, quiet, and convenient.

Accommodations

Accommodations are quiet, simple, convenient, and comfortable. You can choose a quad, double or single room.

All rooms have shared baths.

Each residence house has a spacious, shared lounge with a magnificent view of the Catskill Mountains.

Amenities

  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu/Cuisine

Three healthy meals a day, lovingly prepared with a Korean style, are included in the retreat fee.

Breakfast includes eggs and/or hot cereal, fruit, yogurt and bread with various condiments for toasting. Lunch and dinner center around carefully prepared vegetables, legumes and rice, with meat and fish occasionally offered. Fruit and tea are always available.

Directions

By Plane

The closest airport to the Won Dharma Center is the Albany International Airport in Albany. We are a forty-minute drive from Albany International Airport. A taxi from Albany International Airport to AMTRAK Rensselaer Station takes ten minutes for an 8-mile trip.

The other major airports are Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK. If you are using these airports, you can rent a car at the airport and drive to the center. Travel times to/from these airports vary due to traffic and weather-related conditions, but are generally 2 hours and 40 minutes from LaGuardia, 2 hours 50 min from JFK, and 2 hours 40 min from Newark International Airport.

If you use public transportation from these airports to get to here, you can take a cab, the subway, or a train to Penn Station in Manhattan, and then take AMTRAK to Hudson, NY.

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Taxi Services

Taxi service is generally available at the Hudson station. We recommend that you make a reservation for the taxi, especially in the evening. It is about a 15-minute drive from the Hudson AMTRAK Station to the Won Dharma Center. Riverview Taxi : (contact info blocked)

Tags: mbsr meditation mindfulness silence yoga

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