A 5-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat December 2023

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Beth Mulligan, PA-C and Hugh O'Neill
This retreat will be offered online.

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This silent retreat is for those already teaching or interested in teaching mindfulness-based programs (MBP) such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion. It fulfills the silent retreat prerequisite for all Mindfulness-Based Interventions. In addition, it is open to individuals who would like to further develop their mindfulness meditation practice. Some experience with mindfulness meditation is expected. The importance of Silent Retreats for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Interventions is articulated beautifully in this article by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

An important aspect of teaching MBP is the requirement to have a personal mindfulness practice, our intention for this retreat is to support your personal practice. This 5-night silent retreat will consist of sustained periods of silence, alternating sitting and walking meditation, with periods of Mindful Movement; (All vital for deepening a personal practice and fundamental to teaching and living a rich full life). There will be afternoon sessions exploring the attitudinal foundations of mindfulness with additional meditation practices to foster and strengthen kindness and compassion, and evening talks. Throughout the week there will be scheduled group and individual meetings with the teachers. The container of Silence, which includes refraining from speaking (except with the teachers as scheduled and as needed) reading, writing, and technology, with the exception of emergencies of course. It is a rare opportunity to slow down and give our hearts and minds some space to access our inner wisdom and compassion.

The Retreat meets the requirements for teacher training and certification at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, University of California at San Diego.

Join us to nourish and sustain your practice with experienced teachers Beth Mulligan and Hugh O’Neill. Learn more about the retreat.

Tentative Schedule

Day 1:
Orientation & Welcome: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Day 2-5

Morning Practice: 6:30am-8:00am
Informal Practice/Meal Break: 8:00am-9:00am
Practice Period: 9:00am-10:30am
Informal Practice/Work Practice/meal: 10:30am-11:30am
Practice Period: 11:30am-2:30pm
Informal Practice/Work Practice/meal: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Evening Session: 4:00pm-5:30pm 

Day 6

​Morning Practice: 6:30am-8:00am
Informal Practice/Meal Break: 8:00am-9:30am
Sit and Closing: 9:30am-12:00pm

$200 “Early-Bird Discount” if you register and pay in full on or before October 1, 2023 Early-Bird Rate On or Before October 1, 2023 On or After October 2, 2023
General Registration $695 $895
UC San Diego Faculty / Staff $595 $795
  1. Full payment is needed 30 days before the start date of the program.

  2. A refund (minus the $100 non-refundable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing 30 days prior to the retreat. No refunds will be allowed after that date.

  3. In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.