In-Person 5-Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat: Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion – Eric López Maya and Bob Stahl – Omega Institute – October 6-11, 2024

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5-Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat
LOCATION: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York
DATES: October 6-11, 2024

Dates, Times, and Pricing Details

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5-DAY RETREAT SCHEDULE (times subject to change): 
Sunday, October 6 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (EASTERN TIME)
Monday, October 7 from 6:45 am – 9:00 pm (EASTERN TIME)
Tuesday, October 8 from 6:45 am – 9:00 pm (EASTERN TIME)
Wednesday, October 9 from 6:45 am – 9:00 pm (EASTERN TIME)
Thursday, October 10 from 6:45 am – 9:00 pm (EASTERN TIME)
Friday, October 11 from 6:45 am – 12:00 pm (EASTERN TIME)
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Detailed Daily Schedule

Arrival Day One:

6:00 PMDinner
7:30 PMWelcome and Opening the retreat
8:15 PMMindful Movement
8:30 PMSitting
9:00 PMClosing for the day or further practice

Full Day Schedule:

6:45 AMSitting / Mindful Movement
7:15 AMBreakfast
8:45 AMSitting – Instructions/ Q&A
9:45 AMWalking
10:30 AMSitting
11:15 AMWalking
12:00 PMSitting
12:30 PMLunch
2:30 PMSitting
3:00 PMWalking
3:45 PMSitting
4:30 PMWalking
5:15 PMSitting
6:00 PMDinner/Tea
7:30 PMSitting
7:50 PMMindful Stretch
8:00 PMDharma Talk
9:00 PMRest or continue practice

Last day:

6:45 AMSit / Mindful Movement
7:15 AMBreakfast
8:45 AMSitting
9:30 AMWalking
10:15 AMSitting
10:45 AMTalk/Breaking silence/Closing circle
12:00 PMFare-thee-well

Program Description

The practice of retreating to explore the inner self has roots that stretch back over 5,000 years – from the ancient mystics and the revered philosophers of the old world to the indigenous wisdom healers and modern-day spiritual leaders. Today, this ancient practice remains relevant, supporting individuals to uncover innate tools for leading a more authentic life.

Informed and expanded by cutting-edge research in neuroscience, biochemistry, and technology, silent mindfulness retreats are an opportunity to experience a reprieve from the fast-paced, tech-driven, and stressful aspects of modern life. They provide a sanctuary for individuals to reconnect with themselves and their values.

More About the Program

Retreat experiences and their associated benefits vary widely from person to person and may include the following: 

  • Stepping-away from the assault of distractions and interruptions
  • Experiencing silence and stillness 
  • Cultivating paying attention to your mind and body and meeting each moment with an open mind
  • Nurturing an open heart with compassion to be less judgmental of self and others
  • Discovering a deeper understanding of  thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations
  • Becoming more aligned with your core self, more aware of the world around you, and the intersection of the two
  • Reducing the symptoms of stress and suffering
  • Restoring and recharging mentally, physically, and emotionally for a healthier life

Instructors offer gentle and compassionate guidance to nurture a safe and supportive environment throughout the experience, including dedicated one-on-one meeting opportunities as individual needs arise.

The benefits of a mindfulness retreat can be transformative over a lifetime as you integrate your practice and learnings into daily routines.  

This retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and cultivate further understanding of mindfulness meditation. It may also be of interest to those teaching or aspiring to teach mindfulness in a variety of settings.

Please note: This retreat fulfills one of the retreat requirements for MBSR, MBCT and other teacher training programs at many teacher training organizations.

This specific retreat is a traditional mindfulness meditation retreat, offering silent periods of sitting and walking meditation as well as times for practice discussions. Each day there will be a talk and systematic meditation instructions on the four foundations of mindfulness that are embedded in lovingkindness. These teachings and practices will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity, wisdom, and compassion; and foster the depth of practice.

Who is this for?

This retreat is open to all who wish to practice mindfulness and is specifically designed for those interested in a mindfulness-based approach to meditation and yoga practice.

Teachers and Assistant Teacher
Eric López Maya

Eric López-Maya, PhD, brings over 20 years of leadership and teaching in the field of mindfulness. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology with formal training at esteemed institutions such as Harvard, Brown, UMass, and UCLA. He currently serves as the Director of the Mexican Institute of Mindfulness, contributing to the landscape of mental health and well-being.

An influential educator, Eric has taught mindfulness courses to numerous corporations and organizations including GE, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Epson, Lufthansa, EY, Volkswagen, Novartis, Shell Oil, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Minnesota, among others. He extends his expertise through popular mindfulness applications such as Calm, UCLA mindfulness app and Breethe.

Eric is the lead teacher of the only MBSR Teacher Training program specifically designed for People Serving Historically Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups in the Mindfulness Field at theBrown University Mindfulness Center. He is also the lead author of research papers on mindfulness, including “Mindfulness meditation and improvement in depressive symptoms among Spanish- and English-speaking adults.”

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Bob Stahl

Bob Stahl, PhD, has founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the SF Bay. He serves as an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University Mindfulness Center and formerly at the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob teaches Mindfulness Meditation retreats worldwide and is the former guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He is coauthor of 5 books:  A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (1st & 2nd editions), Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday.

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Dianne Horgan

Dianne E. Horgan has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for more than 30 years.  She melds her professional experience as an organizational leader and manager with an education and strong interest in psychology and human development. Dianne’s professional highlights include Executive Director of the Insight Meditation Society, Chief of Operations and Associate Director, UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and Associate Director of the Mindfulness Education Unit at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center. She is a founding member of the Global Mindfulness Collaborative and serves on its Board of Directors. She is a partner and co-founder of the Mindfulness and Health Institute and serves as its Vice President and Program Director. 

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Join us to explore how mindfulness may support you in living life more fully, with greater ease and joy.

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