A 5-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat August 2023

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Beth Mulligan, PA-C and Hugh O'Neill
This retreat will be offered in person at Big Bear Retreat Center

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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, in a safe, beautiful environment, wonderful healthy food, with experienced teachers Beth Mulligan and Hugh O’Neill. Learn more about the retreat.

Each participant will have a daily Yogi Volunteer Job at the center for approximately 30 minutes each day. More information will be provided to you before the program starts.

Tentative Schedule

First Day

Registration: 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Dinner: 6:00--7:00 pm

First Session: 7:30-9:30 pm

Last Day Session Ends: Noon

Sample Daily Schedule (may vary depending on the venue’s kitchen schedule)

7:00am – 7:30am Optional sit

7:30am – 8:30am Mindful Movement

8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast

9:30am – 12:30pm Practice Period
(sitting and walking meditation, with some guidance in the early days.)

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch

2:30pm – 5:30pm Practice period

5:30pm – 6:30pm Dinner

7:00pm – 8:30pm Practice and Dharma Talk

8:30pm Lights out


$200 “Early-Bird Discount” if you register and pay in full on or before June 6, 2023 Early-Bird Rate On or Before June 6, 2023 On or After June 7, 2023
General Registration $695 $895
UC San Diego Faculty / Staff $595 $795
Room & Board Single Occupancy with Private Bath $1195 $1195
Room & Board Singe Occupancy with Shared Bath $995 $995
  1. Either a proof of vaccination or negative Covid test within 72 hours of arrival is required.

  2. Registration fee does not include room & board fee.

  3. Each participant will have a daily Yogi Volunteer Job at the center for approximately 30 minutes each day. More information will be provided to you before the program starts.

  4. Your remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the event. If we do not receive your full payment by the due date, your registration will be cancelled.