Half-Day Mindfulness Meditations Silent Retreat
Saturday, November 18
Student Center room 156-158
Join us for a half-day mindfulness meditation silent retreat on Saturday, November 18. Take the time to recharge, reflect and relax. This silent retreat will alternate periods of meditation and mindful walking.
Please bring a yoga mat if you have one and dress in layers as the rooms can sometimes get cool. Please bring water or snacks if you would like.
The retreat leaders are Carol Bowman and Peter Shalit.
Cost: $35 for community members | $25 for Ramapo MBSR graduates | $15 for Ramapo faculty, staff and students
Bio Carol Bowman
Carol Bonilla Bowman, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College of New Jersey, holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her specialties include elementary education, portfolio assessment, bilingual education, and mindful education. She is the Associate Director of the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living and Director of Yoga Programs at Ramapo. She was trained at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to teach Mind Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Her training to teach .b mindfulness curriculum to middle and high school students was completed in July 2015. A yoga practitioner most of her life and a yoga teacher for the last 10 years, her practice has expanded to include a variety of contemplative practices of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.
Bio Peter Shalit
Peter Shalit is a Graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in Psychology. He studied Eastern Philosophy and Practices in Asia for several years and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. Peter has participated in numerous silent retreats. He is currently in the process of becoming a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher. Peter leads meditations and mindfulness practices for the Krame Center.
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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.
March 11- March 16, 2018
Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ
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.
- 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.
- Dates: March 11-16, 2018. Retreat check-in begins at 4pm on March 11 followed by a dinner and an orientation. The retreat will end on March 16 at noon followed by a lunch. Please plan accordingly.
- Tuition includes food and lodging:
- Please check back soon for registration and details.
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.
“We wanted you to know we that we have officially fallen in love with Ramapo and the Krame Center. It was perfection for our all-day silent retreat. Thanks too for sprinkling the fawns and woodchucks around for our deep pleasure. Nature abounds here!”
Lynn Koerbel, Center for Mindfulness Fundamentals Instructor