Residential Conferences and Retreats-Silent Retreats, MBSR Fundamentals
Learning to Meditate One Day Retreat
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Join us for a mindfulness meditation retreat on Saturday, January 27 from 9-3pm. This retreat is for those interested in learning the basics of how to meditate, or for more experienced meditators looking for a beginner’s mind approach. Pause, quiet your mind and body and cultivate the balance we all need in these stressful times.
Learn how mindfulness meditation can help us be more present in all of the moments of our lives. Together we will explore mindfulness meditation practices that can help us relate to every moment in our lives with compassion and kindness.
Learn how meditation is different from relaxation and the power of mindfulness meditation in building awareness, focus and concentration.
We will alternate periods of meditation, mindful walking, gentle movement, mindful eating with time for Q & A.
Please bring a yoga mat if you have one and dress in layers as the rooms can sometimes get cool. Please bring your own lunch and drink.
Cost: $40 Community, $15 Ramapo Faculty, Staff & Students
To register and receive your parking pass, click here.
Bio for Beth Sandweiss
Beth trained as an MBSR Instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, in MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and with the Mindful Schools Program. She teaches MBSR at Montclair State University, the VA Hospital in Orange, the Krame Center at Ramapo College and at Valley Hospital where she developed a Mindfulness for Teens program.
Beth has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, and maintains a private therapy practice in Montclair, NJ where she uses mindfulness based interventions to treat families, adults and teens. Through her personal mindfulness practice and clinical work, Beth has come to value the power of mindfulness to enhance the capacity for joy and to develop greater awareness, wisdom, compassion and resilience in the face of inevitable challenges we all encounter.
As a consultant, Beth trains and supervises therapists, and provides Mindfulness Workshops for educators, parents, clergy, organizations and human service practitioners throughout the tri/state area.
She is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at Jewish Family Services of Metrowest NJ and serves on the Steering Committee of the NY/NJ MBSR Collaborative.
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.
5-Day Mindfulness-Based, Residential Silent Retreat: In collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness at UMass
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.
- Dates: March 11-16, 2018. Retreat check-in begins at 2:30pm 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: $1,250 (including $500 non-refundable deposit). Includes 3 meals a day, snacks, water, tea & coffee, and double room on-campus residential lodging. Please see Meals & Snacks, Retreat & Housing Guidelines and Sample Schedule below.
- Application/Registration Process: Step 1 is to fill out an application by clicking here. We will begin notifying participants of acceptance into the retreat after November 15. Step 2 is to register and pay upon receipt of your acceptance email.
- Cancellation Policy: Cancellation prior to February 11 will receive a refund of tuition less the $500 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations after February 11 will receive $375, or half of the total of tuition less the $500 non-refundable deposit.
- Registration must be complete by February 18. Spots are give on a first come, first served basis, dependent upon on payment and room availability.
- 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.
Retreat Leader Eowyn Ahlstrom, BA, LMT, E-RYT500 Bio
Silent Retreat Leader Eowyn Ahlstrom
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.
Daily Retreat Schedule
Sunday Opening Day Schedule
7:00 Course Opening – Silence Begins at the Close of this Session
6:00am Wake Up
6:45am Quiet Sitting
8:15 Mindful Working
8:45 Sitting and Instructions
9:30 Morning Practice Period – Alternate Sitting, Walking, Standing, & Reclining
11:30 Guided Mindful Hatha Yoga
2:15pm Guided Sitting
3:00 Afternoon Practice Period – Alternate Sitting, Walking, Standing, & Reclining
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
8:15 Quiet Sitting
9:00 Rest or Further Practice as you see fit
Friday Morning Schedule
6:00am Wake Up
6:45am Quiet Sitting
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 1:00-3:00 Check Out in Mackin 1st Flr Lobby
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, hand towel, wash cloth and a bath mat. Please note that shower towels are not provided. 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 the following items with you:
- Shower Towel
- Blankets (1 for retreat room, 1 for bed for added warmth)
- Hat & scarf (meditation room tends to get cold)
- Bed Pillow (if you need two pillows or prefer a thicker pillow)
- Toiletries (shampoo, hand and shower soap, lotion)
- Slippers and shower shoes
- Snacks (snacks are provided throughout the day and evening, please see listing on website.)
- Alarm clock for your room (cell phone use is not recommended)
- Wrist watch (cell phone use is restricted)
Prohibited Items: (visit https://web.ramapo.edu/reslife/guide/11-1-overview/ for full listing)
- Aerosol Products
- Space Heaters
- Hot plates
- Electric Kettles
- Coffee Pots
- Rice Cookers
- Toasters and Toaster Ovens
- Hookahs & E-cigarettes
- Extension cords and multiple plug adapters
- Leger and Wiremold Power Strips
- Silence: 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.
- 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.
- Exercising: is fine (without music). Feel free to work in exercise time around the retreat schedule. The campus offers beautiful outdoor space to explore. The gym at the college is not accessible.
- Cell Phones: 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.
- Note Taking: During the evening talks you can take minimal notes as needed.
- Message Board: There will be a message board where you can write a note if you need something or require assistance.
- Attendance: We request that you attend the entire retreat including all of the practice periods and talks.
- Punctuality: We request that you arrive at each practice period on time and stay for the entire period. Of course, if you have to use the toilet facilities during these sessions, you’ll be free to do so.
- Meditation Hall: 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. Also, we will ask you to remove your shoes before entering the meditation hall. Feel free to bring slippers or socks.
- Chairs and Cushions: 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.
- Interview Sessions: 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.
- Emergency Contact: If a family member needs to reach you due to an emergency, please give them the Ramapo College Public Safety phone number 201-684-6666. They must mention your name and the Krame Center Silent Retreat in the Pavilion. Public safety will immediately know where to find you.
Meals & Snacks
Meals are served 3 times per day. They are prepared by our wonderful on-site catering staff, are vegetarian based with fish and chicken options, and are catered to your specific dietary needs, as indicated on the application form. Snacks, tea and coffee are available all day for your convenience. Snacks include breads, nut butters, butter, jams, nut mix, and whole fruits. Gluten free options available.
MBSR Fundamentals Professional Education: In collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness at UMass
Formerly Practicum – The first step to becoming an MBSR Instructor (after taking the MBSR course)
In collaboration with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at UMass Medical School, the Krame Center now offers the first step in Oasis Institute’s comprehensive, highly-professional training to become a CFM Certified MBSR Instructor, with the opportunity to earn CFM “Qualified Teacher” status after the first three courses (SR-401, SR-402 and SR-403). With completion of all six courses (SR-FLEX, plus SR-401 through SR-405), you will earn CFM MBSR Teacher Certification. You can now complete your first step in becoming an MBSR teacher at the Krame Center (after taking the MBSR course as a participant.) For more on CFM UMass Oasis MBSR Teacher Education and Certification, click here.
When you register for the 8-Week Fundamental Course, you will automatically be registered for the 8-Week MBSR course Both courses must be completed at the same time. You must also attend an MBSR orientation. See registration link with Wednesday evening course information below.
SR-401-8W MBSR Fundamentals – 8 Week MBSR Fundamentals is an immersion in the CFM 8-week Stress Reduction Program to study the curriculum, program flow, and contextual and theoretical background of MBSR. A small cohort explores issues arising out of the MBSR learning and teaching experience.
SR-401-9D MBSR Fundamentals – 9 Day MBSR Fundamentals is an intensive residential training based on the 8-week MBSR curriculum. For the first 5 days, students are immersed in the Mindfulness Tools Program™, a synthesized format of the 8-week MBSR course that includes intensive meditation, small and large group dialogue and interaction, and teacher instruction. In the 4 days immediately following Mindfulness Tools Program™, students participate in an intensive, highly experiential professional training to facilitate further integration of the Mindfulness Tools Program™ through instruction, investigation and dialogue with teachers and other Fundamentals participants. This intensive is to study the curriculum, program flow, and contextual and theoretical background of MBSR. A small cohort explores issues arising out of the MBSR learning and teaching experience.
WEDNESDAY EVENING 8-WEEK FUNDAMENTALS COURSE DATES:
CFM Fundamentals Instructor – Meg Chang
April 18 | Fundamentals Orientation – 10am-2pm | MBSR Orientation – 7-9pm
April 25-June 13 | Fundamentals – 2-5pm | MBSR – 7-9:30pm
June 15, Friday | Fundamentals Closure – 10am-2pm
Sunday, June 3 | Full Day Retreat | 9am-4pm
Location: Course in Anisfield School of Business Building Room 420. Only the retreat will take place in Trustees Pavilion. Please park in Mackin-Bischoff Lot for both the course and the retreat.
Cancellation Policy: If cancelled 5 days before training begins, 50% of tuition will be refunded; if cancelled 7 days prior to training 10% will be refunded. No refunds in less than 7 days notice.
NOTE: When you register for the 8-Week Fundamental Course, you will automatically be registered for the 8-Week MBSR course Both courses must be completed at the same time. You must also attend an MBSR orientation.
Registration: Application deadline is February 25, 2018
Step 1: Please apply for the 8-Week MBSR Fundamentals through CFM by clicking here.
Step 2: Once approved by CFM, they will send you a Krame Center link to both register and pay for the course through the Krame Center. NOTE: Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2018.
Bio Meg Chang
Meg is a licensed dance/movement therapist who, starting in 1992, studied and began teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the first Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her initial MBSR teaching was through the Massachusetts Department of Corrections Prison Project with George Mumford and Saki Santorelli, at the Inner City Clinic, and in the Stress Reduction Clinic itself under the supervision of Saki Santorelli and Jon Kabat-Zinn.
The next 9-Day Fundamentals Professional Education Teacher Training will in August 2018.
This retreat consists of the 5-Day Mindfulness Tools Residential Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Intensive program and the 4-Day Fundamentals Teacher Training Intensive.
Please check back for more information and to register.
“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