• building community with all who come through our doors
  • inviting guests to experience the rhythm of prayer as a way of seeking God and balancing busy lives
  • offering hospitality to individuals and groups through peaceful, contemplative spaces, healthy meals and interaction with other people
  • embracing justice by respecting the dignity of every person
  • committing ourselves to stability by putting down deep roots, which calls us to care for the land on which we live
Big Bear Retreat Center

1000 Sugarpine Road
Big Bear City, CA, 92314, United States


California Institute for Human Science

701 Garden View Ct.
Encinitas, CA, 92024, United States


Camp Burton

Camp Burton9326 SW Bayview Drive
Vashon Island, WA, 98070, United States


We have 20 acres of wooded and waterfront property to provide a very peaceful and beautiful setting.   We  often say you can “Escape to the Island” when coming to Camp Burton as we are close to Seattle and Tacoma and yet you truly feel like you’re “getting away” from the fast-paced world.  The majority of our guest groups return each year and are complimentary about our helpful staff, delicious food, and well-kept facilities.  There is more information, photos and sample menus on our website. www.campburton.com. For further directions, visit the Camp Burton website.

Centro Espírito Santo e Missão

Centro Espirito Santo e MissaoRua da Pena nº 225
4750-693 Silva, Barcelos , Portugal


Nestled in the beautiful North of Portugal, this center is the perfect site for retreats. It offers fresh air, mountain vistas, gorgeous wooded acreage, personalized service and the best facilities around. Located just 40 minutes from Oporto Airport, with great accesses, you will feel a million miles away from the city, but we’re close enough for an easy getaway.
The gardens offers sanctuary to reflect and recharge in natural beauty with the sounds of water all around. We recommend that you fly into the Oporto Airport and will provide you with a link to an online bulletin board for coordinating shared rides from the airport to the retreat center.

There are a few other major airports: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO / LPPR) has international and domestic flights from Porto, Portugal and is 50 km (30 miles) from the center of Barcelos, Portugal. Another major airport is Vigo-Peinador Airport (VGO / LEVX), which has international and domestic flights from Vigo, Spain and is 114 km (68 miles) from Barcelos, Portugal.

Chapin Mill Retreat Center

Chapin Mill Retreat Center8570 Retreat Center Drive
Batavia, NY, 14020, United States

(585) 343-5684

Chapin Mill is situated on a 135-acre country estate donated to the Rochester (New York) Zen Center by a former member. The grounds include a spring-fed mill pond and the original grist mill built in 1811. Perennial flower beds line many of the walkways that wind within the grounds, and large open meadows, a simple labyrinth, a swimming area, orchard and walking trails are some of the highlights of this idyllic location.

The multi-building complex includes a commercial kitchen, magnificent gathering spaces with reclaimed beams, and dormitory accommodations for more than 50 people. The crown jewel of the facility is the zendo: for the first time in the Center’s more than 40-year history, members are able to sit in a space that was designed specifically for meditation. With dozens of windows opening to the fresh air and tranquil sounds of the countryside, the Chapin Mill zendo provides an ideal setting for quieting the mind and engaging in a meditation retreat training.

During springtime in upstate New York, the landscape is striking in its lush greenery and arrays of colorful blooming wildflowers. The weather is temperate and marked by occasional rain, but is generally pleasant and comfortable.

Accommodations are retreat-style in that most rooms are double-occupancy, neatly but simply furnished, and have easy access to common bathrooms that are at most a few steps down the hall. If you do not request a specific roommate, we will assign one for you. All bedrooms are carpeted, and feature a desk and clothing bureau. Linens, blankets and towels are provided.

We recommend that you fly into the Rochester airport (ROC) and will provide you with a link to an online bulletin board for coordinating shared rides from the airport to the retreat center.

Duncan Conference Center

15820 S. Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL, 33484, United States


The Duncan Conference and Retreat Center is a serene, tranquil oasis on five tropical acres in beautiful Palm Beach County, Florida. Owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, the Duncan Center welcomes all to this spirit-filled, peaceful environment.

Facility includes five meeting spaces of various room dimensions that hold 10 to 120 people. Additionally, the Schofield Chapel seats up to 200 people which provides an inspirational and captivating experience. The dining room with complete kitchen, offers delicious and nutritious meals. Forty lodging rooms, with individual climate controls, private bathrooms with towels, linens, blankets, and daily refreshing of each room, can accommodate up to 80 guests. Amenities also include year-round pool with hot tub and WiFi throughout the Center.

For reflection and meditation, the Duncan Center is proud to offer indoor and outdoor Labyrinths. The indoor labyrinth is comprised of amazing dark green and cream colored granite tiles on the chapel floor. The outdoor labyrinth is tucked in a beautifully shaded space providing a peaceful, serene experience. Both are the same rosette design based on the labyrinth set into the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Just five miles east is beautiful downtown Delray Beach with quaint shops, restaurants and only footsteps from the beachfront Atlantic Ocean.

Easy access from nearby airports:
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach International (PBI): 22 miles
Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL): 35 miles
Miami International (MIA): 56 miles

For conferences in a retreat setting, the Duncan Center staff offers an oasis of hospitality. For more information go to www.duncancenter.org.

Elohee Center

Elohee Center81 Hobart Ln
Sautee Nacoochee, GA, 30571, United States


Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 216 acres of Elohee is just 2 hours north of the Atlanta Airport. Elohee is a retreat center where guests can take part in weekend or week-long educational and experiential courses related to stress-reduction, self-transformation, community building, health maintenance and improvement, trauma (including cancer) recovery, art, music, ecology and sustainability.

Elohee’s mission is to be a place, rooted in nature, for deepening human awareness, facilitating the healing of mind and body, and transforming individuals and society. Such an endeavor involves the integration of opposites: body and spirit, silence and activity, heaven and earth, technology and nature, individual and community. When this integration or balance is achieved, healing naturally ensues. Through teachings such as meditation, movement, yoga, art, and sustainability, Elohee provides an ideal environment for healing on many levels.

We seek to provide a home where sharing and growth occur in an intimate and personal setting. We are also conscious of operating in partnership with nature and respectfully draw upon nature’s inherently transformative power. We honor the ways in which nature can help us awaken as individuals, helping us become the basis for further transformation in the world.
Elohee is a family-based endeavor. Our intention is to create balance, wisdom, and healing: from our family to you and your family, to the wider community, and to the family of man.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up an online bulletin board for coordinating shared rides from the airport to the center.

Garrison Institute

Garrison Institute14 Marys Way
Garrison, NY, 10524, United States


The Garrison Institute is located in Garrison, New York in a former Capuchin monastery overlooking the Hudson River. It is situated on the beautiful 95-acre Glenclyffe property, formerly the estate of Hamilton Fish, Governor of New York and later Secretary of State under President Grant.Facilities include a variety of spacious meeting and break-out rooms, an inspirational non-denominational meditation hall seating up to 300, a wood-paneled dining hall holding 175 at one seating, a library, a theater, high speed internet access, and state-of-the-art audio and visual resources. The Institute currently offers accommodations for 165 overnight guests, in single, double and dorm style rooms.

One of the Garrison Institute’s primary goals is to create a hospitable environment for our guests. We can offer a place of refuge where people can withdraw from the business of their daily life. Accommodations are simple and quiet with enough space to breathe, rest and meditate. The tranquil, park-like setting, the gardens, the gazebo on a bluff by the river, and the many walking paths together create a natural setting for contemplation. The Garrison Institute property is connected to the Hudson River trail system and the Appalachian Trail.

Great Vow Zen Monastery

Great Vow Zen Monastery79640 Quincy Mayger Road
Clatskanie, OR, 97016, United States


Great Vow Zen Monastery is located in tranquil, rolling meadows near Portland, Oregon. The monastery is situated in a peaceful setting on 25 acres of meadow and forest overlooking the Columbia River, a conducive environment for restful reflection and learning.  Guests are welcome to stroll along wooded walking trails, pause in the lovely remembrance garden and enjoy the orchard and large organic gardens which feed body and soul. We will have the entire grounds to ourselves during this training. The meeting rooms, dining hall and sleeping quarters are accessible by all abilities.

We have purposely chosen this location in an effort to lower costs and enable more people to attend.

Please note: In order to keep costs to a minimum, participants (health permitting) will be asked to assist with a half hour of wash-up after meals and to make and strip their beds.

The kitchen staff prepares delicious, healthy and well-balanced meals, including local seasonal fruits and vegetables, many of which come from the monastery’s organic gardens.  Meals are ovo-lacto-vegetarian. Coffee, hot tea and snacks are available throughout the rental period free of charge.   If you have specific food allergies please indicate that when you register.

Accommodations are modest, clean and comfort dormitory style sleeping quarters with visual privacy, furnished with a single bed.  All linens, blanket and towels are provided.  Shared gender-designated bathrooms and showers are steps away.  Because many people are sensitive to scents, please do not wear perfume, cologne, scented soaps, hair products or creams during our week together.

Springtime in upstate Oregon is beautiful as the meadows fill with colorful wildflowers and the tall conifers set a green backdrop. The weather will most likely be temperate, marked by occasional rain, layering clothing for comfort is advised. It’s always wise to check the weather forecast shortly before traveling.

If you will be traveling by car, bus or train, please see specific directions to the monastery on their website.
Holy Wisdom Monastery

4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562, United Statesholy-wisdom-monastery


At Holy Wisdom Monastery, our mission, vision and ministries are shaped by values drawn from the Rule of Benedict: beauty, balance, simplicity, silence and respect for all of creation.

Holy Wisdom Monastery, home of Benedictine Women of Madison and a community of ecumenical Benedictine communities, weaves prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life. Holy Wisdom Monastery welcomes people into sacred space and our community of communities to pray, study and nourish one another. Compelled by the Gospel and rooted in the Benedictine tradition, we support personal and community growth as we live out our mission and values in a changing world.

Closest airport is Dane County Regional Airport (Madison, WI) located around 10 miles away from the Holy Wisdom Monastery.

For any questions regarding the upcoming retreat, please contact mindfulness@health.ucsd.edu.

Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center

Rolling Ridge660 Great Pond Rd
North Andover , MA, 01845, United States


Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center is a peaceful, beautiful and historic place offering hospitality and programs for the renewal of spirit and transformation of the world.

Nestled on a private peninsula and surrounded by Lake Cochichewick in North Andover, Massachusetts, just 25 miles north of Boston. The 40 room Georgian estate and Carriage House on 38 acres of woods, rolling hills and lakefront is the perfect setting for retreats and conferences, day meetings, or personal retreats. Twenty-Eight bedrooms accommodate 64 adults. Excellent, freshly prepared food in the Lakeside Gallery Dining Room, filled with original art by the Andovers Artists Guild, enhances their stay whether for one day or several. Two labyrinths, nature trails and “Ridge” wellness provide opportunity for relaxation, recreation, and renewal.The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at the Boston Logan International airport.

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
La Jolla, CA, 92037, United States


The Whidbey Institute at Chinook

Whidbey Institute6994 Old Pietila Rd
Clinton, WA, 98236, United States

(360) 341-1884

Among 70 secluded historic acres of forest on Whidbey Island, The Whidbey Institute at Chinook facilitates programs and events that inspire practical and lasting changes in the areas of:

  • Leadership Transformation
  • Community Vitality
  • Sustainable Action

The Whidbey Institute is a place where people connect deeply to the natural world and to each other, renew their life energy, and engage in deep conversation and learning to imagine and create an abundant, sustainable and life-affirming future.

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

San Diego, CA, 92122, United States


The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is a multi-faceted program of professional training, education, research and outreach intended to further the practice and integration of mindfulness into all aspects of society.

The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is a multi-faceted program of professional training, education, research and outreach intended to further the practice and integration of mindfulness into all aspects of society.

We offer a broad range of mindfulness-based programs and initiatives. Whether your interest in mindfulness is personal or professional, on behalf of a young family member or your workplace, or if you are just curious about what it is, you are invited to explore our online home. The center is a program of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine and UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine.

UC San Diego Health – Jacobs Medical Center

9300 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, California, 92037, United States


UC San Diego Medical Education Telemedicine

9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA, 92093, United States