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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Foundations of Mindfulness
Diana Winston, Nikki Mirghafori, Alex Haley, Melvin Escobar (yoga)
Monday, June 19, 3:00pm - Sunday, June 25, 11:30am
upper Retreat Hall
$1475 - $670 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 276R17.
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NOTE: All Young Adult Rates and Scholarship funds for this retreat have been allocated.
Download application forms to submit via fax, email, or postal mail.
If you are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.



Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to our present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. Through the practice of mindfulness, we learn tools to regulate emotions, develop attention, and cultivate states of compassion, even-mindedness, and greater well-being. When we attend to the present moment over a sustained period of time, practitioners report deeper connection to themselves, more self-compassion, and greater insights into their lives.

In this week-long retreat we will practice mindfulness meditation through sitting and walking meditation as well as lectures and opportunity to meet with teachers who will guide our practice. While rooted in Buddhist practice of mindfulness, this retreat will focus on the practical applications of mindfulness, and is open to people of all backgrounds and experience, especially those interested in secular mindfulness. An excellent retreat for beginners, but open to all levels.

Co-sponsored by UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

For more information about Hemera Foundation Scholarships: ONE scholarship allowed per person, per calendar year.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

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