Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at Prairiewoods
- 6:30 p.m. -
- $180 – $230
- All Ages
“Life unfolds in moments. The healing power of mindfulness lies in living each one as fully as we can.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living. Mindfulness is an open, kind, non-judging attention to what is happening in the present moment as it is happening. It shapes a wise and compassionate relationship with and response to experience as it unfolds moment by moment. As Joseph Goldstein writes in A Heart Full of Peace, “Mindfulness is the quality and power of mind that is deeply aware of what’s happening—without commentary and without interference … keeping us connected to brushing our teeth or having a cup of tea … connected to the people around us.” Scientific research shows that mindfulness can positively affect stress resilience, physical and mental health, the ability to sustain attention, self-regulation of emotions, interpersonal skills, and general well-being and happiness. Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for a weekend retreat with facilitator Chris Klug to cultivate mindfulness in silence amid instruction, questioning, sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement and mindful eating. All are welcome to participate, whether we are interested in beginning a formal mindfulness meditation practice or have been practicing for some time. Facilitator Chris Klug has practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 30 years, including seven silent extended mindfulness meditation retreats. He is an instructor in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at Prairiewoods and at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), where he began teaching in 2001 following participation in training by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He is a grief counselor, educator and consultant in private practice in Iowa City, and a consultant to the palliative care staff at UIHC. Chris has more than 30 years of experience facilitating retreats and workshops on mindfulness, nonviolence, creative conflict resolution, and grief and loss. The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration. (Full payment is required to register online. If you prefer to pay the $25 registration fee now and the balance when you arrive, please call 319-395-6700.) If you want to stay in a Hermitage, you also will need to register by phone. If you have dietary restrictions that affect your health, please list them.