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March 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
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Conference: Mindfulness and Phenomenology

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologistsicnap (ICNAP) Ninth Annual Meeting hosted in collaboration with the Krame Center

Ramapo College of New Jersey
May 25–28, 2017

This conference will explore the congruence between mindfulness meditation practices and the field of classical Phenomenology.   Mindfulness generally refers to the contemporary application of ancient Asian contemplative systems of thought to health and well-being whereas phenomenology is here understood within the philosophical tradition inaugurated by Edmund Husserl at the beginning of the last century. While the two systems of knowledge arose from vastly different cultural and historical contexts, the commonality between their respective methodologies and approaches can be remarkable.  Many mindfulness practices are inherently phenomenological and many aspects of phenomenological scholarship and research are share profound similarities with Asian mindfulness techniques and applications.  It is the goal of this conference to explore, in an interdisciplinary spirit, the many shared latencies between these distinct yet cognate systems of knowledge and their applied practices. See call for papers below for more details.

The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists is committed to cultivating connections between teachers, students and researchers in phenomenology across the disciplines. Founded in 2008 by colleagues from Architecture, Communicology, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, ICNAP has had its annual conferences enriched by the contributions of colleagues from Education, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Literature, Musicology, Nursing and Health Care, Social Work and Psychiatry. Findings in other fields are also expanding our horizons.

Featured Husserliana speaker will be:

Michel Bitbol, Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Husserl Archives, École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Other invited speakers:

Shaun Gallagher
The Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis page1image12848

Richard Kearney
The Charles B. Seelig Professor Department of Philosophy, Boston College

Call for Papers

Call for Papers (PDF)


Fairfield Inn & Suites, Mahwah, NJ.  201-529-4000. Website

Call the Fairfield Inn to book your room-single rooms or double rooms can be reserved for $119. Make sure to mention “Krame Center Ramapo College” to receive this reduced rate, reservations must be made by April 24, 2017.

Creating a Mindful School 2 Day Educator Retreat in Collaboration with TMI Education

July 21-22, 2017
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College

This is two day conference for Educators in grades K-12. The first day will focus on the educator’s personal practice and the second day will focus on creating a mindful classroom and developing a curriculum infused with mindfulness and will break into 2 groups K-5 and 6-12. There will be a participant-led evening on July 7th where educators will be encouraged to share what they have done in the classroom.

There will be a group discount rate available for groups of teachers coming from one school.

Check back for registration information.

This is not a residential retreat, but for those interested in local accommodation see below:


Fairfield Inn & Suites, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-4000. Website

Call the Fairfield Inn to book your room-single rooms or double rooms can be reserved for $119. Ask for the Krame Center at Ramapo College rate.

MBSR Fundamentals: 9-day Residential program includes 5-day intensive MBSR Tools followed by 4-day Teacher training in collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical University

9-Day MBSR Teacher Training August 10-19, 2017
5-Day MBSR Tools Intensive August 10-15, 2017
Trustees Pavilion,
Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ

MBSR Fundamentals/9-Day is a 9-day residential program for MBSR teacher trainees. This program starts with a 5-day immersion in the Mindfulness Tools™ intensive MBSR program (this program is open to all including those not training to be an MBSR teacher), followed by a 4-day rigorous professional MBSR teacher training.

Mindfulness Tools, a 5-Day Residential Intensive Program™ is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), and is offered for those who may not be able to participate in the traditional 8-week course. The program consists of 5 days (38.5 hours) of direct instruction. It is strongly recommended that you take it as a residential course to fully immerse yourself in this program. For more information about this program, please click on the link above.

Cost of the program:

*The program cost includes lunch, dinner and an all day service of snacks, nuts, fruit, coffee and tea. Lodging is separate. A continental breakfast comes with your hotel accommodations.

Fundamentals 9-Day MBSR Teacher Training: $3,360 (see above inclusions)

Acceptance and Registration:

As with all CFM Oasis programs, acceptance into this course is required. Please do not make reservations or travel plans until you have received an official acceptance determination from the CFM Oasis Institute.

Step 1: Application Process:

Please click here to fill out the CFM 9-Day Fundamentals Teacher Training application. NOTE: Please wait for CFM to reach out to you with an official acceptance email before making any travel plans.

Step 2: Registration Process:
Once accepted into the program, you will receive a confirmation email from CFM with a link that will lead you to a page to process your registration and payment through the Krame Center. Once you complete the registration and payment process, you are ready to reserve accommodations.


Please make sure you have gone through Step 1 & 2 above, and have received an acceptance email from CFM, prior to making any travel accommodations for 9-Day Fundamentals. Thank you.

Single Accommodations: Approximately $120. Please call one of the below hotels directly to reserve your single room.

Double Accommodations: Approximately $60. The Krame Center will make these reservations for you based upon your registration application.

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Mahwah, NJ.  201-529-4000.
Please make sure to mention the Krame Center Ramapo Event to receive the discounted price.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-5880.
Please make sure to mention the Krame Center Ramapo Event to receive the discounted price.

Program Cancellations:

If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, you must do so by July 11, 2017 in order to receive a 50% reimbursement of tuition. No other refunds are available.

5-Day Mindfulness-Based, Residential Silent Retreat: In collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness at UMass at Ramapo College of NJ in Northern New Jersey.


5-Day Silent Retreat March 2017 Information

March 12- March 17, 2017
Mackin Hall/Trustees Pavilion
Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ

Program Description CFM Logo top

All of us have an innate capacity to experience well-being, strength, and confidence, even in the face of stress, pain, or illness. In order to enhance that capacity, we introduce the power of mindfulness, the practice of meeting each moment with an open heart and mind. The Mindfulness Meditation Retreat is an intensive, residential, teacher-led, silent meditation retreat, which emphasizes the deep understanding and practice of mindfulness meditation in its most universal and secular expression.

While open to all students who are willing to undergo the discipline of silent retreat, this retreat also fulfills one of the retreat prerequisites for attending the CFM’s Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training.

The Retreat includes meditation instruction, individual interviews with qualified meditation instructors, talks by senior teachers, guided sessions of mindfulness meditation practice, movement exercises, and mindful eating, as well as sessions of contemplation and teachings to deepen the understanding of the practice.

During the retreat, there will be one small group session and one brief individual interviews.

The Mindfulness Meditation Retreat is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principles developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the Center for Mindfulness in the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Single room $1470.
Double room $1150.

Program Goals

  • Provide a safe and nourishing environment for the cultivation and development of a deep and grounded mindfulness meditation practice.
  • Foster a rigorous retreat experience – independent of a specific religious outlook – that fulfills Oasis Institute
  • Offer excellent support and guidance from highly trained and experienced teachers and meditation instructors.
  • Practice noble silence to develop a strong container for deepening meditation practice.

For those who are new to meditation practice, please be aware that practicing for a week in silence can be an intensive and challenging – as well as a highly rewarding – experience.

Daily Retreat Schedule

Sunday Opening Day Schedule
2:30 Registration
5:30 Dinner
7:00 Course Opening – Silence Begins at the Close of this Session
9:00 Sleep/Rest


6:00am Wake Up
6:45am Sitting
7:30 Breakfast
8:15 Mindful Work
9:00 Guided Sitting with Instructions
9:45 Guided Mindful Hatha Yoga – Reclining
10:00 Reclining with Instructions

10:30 Instructions for and Walking Practice
11:15 Sitting
12:00 Lunch
2:15pm Standing with Instructions
3:00 Walking
3:45 Sitting

4:30 Guided Mindful Hatha Yoga – Standing
5:30 Dinner

6:30 Walking or other form of independent practice 7:00 Talk and Q&A
7:45 Walking/Self-Guided Move or Stretch
8:30 Final Sitting
9:15 Rest or Further Practice as you see fit

Daily Schedule – Tuesday-Thursday

6:00am Wake Up
6:45am Quiet Sitting

7:30 Breakfast
8:15 Mindful Working
9:00 Sitting and Instructions
9:30 Morning Practice Period – Alternate Sitting, Walking, Standing, & Reclining
11:30 Guided Mindful Hatha Yoga

12:00 Lunch
2:15pm Guided Sitting
3:00 Afternoon Practice Period – Alternate Sitting, Walking, Standing, & Reclining
5:00 Guided Mindful Hatha Yoga
5:30 Dinner

6:30 Walking or other form of independent practice 7:00 Teachings and Reflections on Practicing
7:45 Walking or Self-Guided Move or Stretch
8:30 Quiet Sitting
9:15 Rest or Further Practice as you see fit

Friday Morning Schedule

6:00am Wake Up
6:45am Quiet Sitting
7:30 Breakfast
8:15 Mindful Work – Room Cleaning
9:00 Sitting with Instructions for Kindness Meditation Practice 9:45 Walking or Self-Guided Mindful Hatha Yoga
10:00 Lovingkindness Sitting
10:30 Course Closing – Group Go Around
12:00 Lunch

Housing Description

You will be staying in Mackin Hall, a dormitory on campus designated for first-year students. They have dressers, a bathroom with a shower and shower curtain, an adjustable air conditioning / heating unit, and linens will be provided in each room. Linen sets include sheets, a pillow case, a thin blanket, a thin pillow, a shower towel, hand towel, wash cloth and a bath mat. Each room also has a small refrigerator and microwave, but no coffee maker or tea pot. There is a vending machine and laundry facilities on the 1st floor, however laundry detergent is not supplied. We suggest you bring your own blanket, pillow, and toiletries.

Prohibited Items: (visit for full listing)

  • Aerosol Products
  • Space Heaters
  • Hot plates
  • Electric Kettles
  • Coffee Pots
  • Rice Cookers
  • Toasters and Toaster Ovens
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Hookahs & E-cigarettes
  • Extension cords and multiple plug adapters
  • Leger and Wiremold Power Strips
Retreat/Participant Guidelines
  1. Often referred to as noble silence – the entire retreat will be conducted in silence except during designated daily Question and Answer and practice discussion sessions.
  2. Noble silence means the following: suspension of all talking, reading, writing, texting, cell phone
    use, picture taking, listening to music or poetry, painting etc. Integral to this silence, we will also
    give ourselves over to the practice of “modesty of the eyes” – refraining from eye contact with one another. This is not meant to be a form of “shunning” or isolation. Rather, as in many retreat traditions across the world, this practice provides another means of minimizing distraction and attending with closeness and care to the unfolding of our lives.
  3. Exercising is fine (without music).
  4. Unless you are on-call because of your profession or in the midst of a family crisis, we request that
    all devices (cellphones etc.) be turned off and stored for the duration of the retreat. While challenging, your cooperation will support everyone’s practice. If you request support with this guideline, the
    retreat staff will hold your devices and return them to you at the end of the retreat.
  5. During the evening talks you can take minimal notes as needed.
  6. There will be a message board where you can write a note if you need something or require assistance.
  7. We request that you attend the entire retreat including all of the practice periods and talks.
  8. We request that you arrive at each practice period on time and stay for the entire practice period.
    Of course, if you have to use the toilet facilities during these sessions, you’ll be free to do so.
  9. Unless you have a medical condition that requires you to eat in the meditation hall, with the exception of water, please refrain from eating and drinking in the meditation hall.
  10. There will be chairs for everyone. If you prefer sitting on the floor, while some cushions and mats will
    be available, it is best if you bring your own cushion and mat.

During the retreat you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for both group and individual interview sessions. The interviews are brief and will be conducted by the retreat guides.


  • Non-judging
  • Patience
  • Beginner’s mind
  • Trust
  • Non-striving
  • Acceptance
  • Letting go


  • Self-care
  • Confidentiality
  • Listening and participating
  • Silence
  • Non-disruptive
  • Genuine effort
  • No food or drink (except water) in meditation room

Registration Details

    • Dates: March 12-17, 2017. Retreat check-in begins at 4pm on March 12 followed by a dinner and an orientation. The retreat will end on March 17 at noon followed by a lunch. Please plan accordingly.
    • Tuition includes food and lodging: $1470 single and $1150 double
      $500 non-refundable deposit

Silent Retreat leader

Retreat Leader Eowyn Ahlstrom.

Retreat Leader Eowyn Ahlstrom, BA, LMT, E-RYT500 Bio

Éowyn currently serves as the guiding teacher for the mindfulness communities of the Lancaster First Unitarian Church and the Gardner Unitarian Universalist Society, both in central Massachusetts. Based at Listening Wellness Center in Barre, she teaches regionally and is a part-time faculty member at the Center for Mindfulness. At Listening Wellness Center, Éowyn has developed an innovative, in-depth, nine-month program to re-integrate yoga and meditation, entitled Living Yoga, Living Mindfully. Her approach to practice and teaching is holistic, with a strong emphasis on embodiment.

Prior to full-time teaching, she was on staff at the Insight Meditation Society for seven years, serving in the areas of communication and development. Silent retreat remains a priority for Éowyn, who devotes at least one month each year to that way of practice

While open to all students who are willing to undergo the discipline of silent retreat, this retreat also fulfills one of the retreat prerequisites for attending the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMASS Medical School.