MBSR-Based Silent Retreats
Retreats are Live & Online (Zoom) lead by senior certified MBSR instructors. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the UMASS Medical Center.
- Lead by senior certified MBSR instructors with deep experience leading retreats
- Pick-what-you-pay pricing
- Secular, trauma-informed, and research based practice
- 5-Day Retreats qualify as one of the prerequisites for MBSR, MBCT, MBRPT, and Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training
- Digital Certificate of Completion
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- Expand your understanding of mindfulness and experience the benefits of deep multi-day silent retreat practice
- Explore your inner landscape and reconnect with your essential nature
- More gracefully handle challenges and inspire those around you
- Return recharged, more at ease, and with new perspectives
Who Should Attend?
Our retreats are not appropriate for people new to meditation. There is some guidance and teachings; however, we will not teach you how to meditate. If you are a beginner we suggest signing up for the MBSR 8-Week Course.
Individual Mindfulness Practitioners • Mindfulness Teachers / Teachers in Training • Yoga Teachers • Coaches • Wellness Professionals • HR Professionals • Healthcare Professionals • Leaders • Entrepreneurs • Internal Champions of Mindfulness
Testimonials from Mindful Leader's MBSR courses:
“I thought I had mindfulness/meditation down pretty well before this course. However, this course has brought my practices to new depths through explorations, collaborations, new resources and practices. I have said it in class and I'll say it again... this class has a "sneaky brilliance" in its format, progression and style. Bravo!”
Pharmacist, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Mass
Retreat at a Glance (US ET Times)
Pre-Retreat Evening Orientation
- 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Opening
Typical Retreat Days (Day 1 - Day 4)
- 9:30 - 11:00 am: Morning practice
- 11:00 - 12:00 am: Meal (informal practice)
- 12:00 - 1:30 pm: Practice
- 1:30 - 2:30 pm: Meal (informal practice)
- 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Practice
- 5:30 - 7:00 pm: Meal (informal practice)
- 7:00 - 8:30 pm: Practice
Final Retreat Day
- 9:30 - 11:00 am: Morning practice
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm: Meal (informal practice)
- 12:00 - 3:00 pm: Sit and closing
Pick What You Pay
By offering a tiered pricing scale we aspire to make this valuable training available to as many people as possible. If you have been impacted by COVID-19 or would not be able to access this retreat otherwise, please select the scholarship tier. The base tier is the standard price that allows us to continue running these retreats and the supporter tier helps support scholarship participants.
5-Day Silent Retreat Pricing
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For lower income participants
Standard price for participants
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Get the benefits of going on retreat from the comfort of your home. Experience world-class MBSR instructors without the cost of travel and accommodations. Return energized and recharged ready to more gracefully handle challenges and difficulty.
We stand behind our work and unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with your purchase. If you’re not 100% satisfied simply email us before the first day of your retreat and we will give you a full refund.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are retreat open to beginners?
Our retreats are not appropriate for people new to meditation, there is some guidance and teachings however we will not teach you how to meditate. If you are a beginner we suggest signing up for the MBSR 8-Week Course.
What platform will retreats be hosted on?
Retreats will be hosted on Zoom. Zoom information will be sent to you prior to the retreat.
How long is the retreat?
Retreats run for five days and start with an orientation session the night before. Participants will meditate as a group for most of each day. There will also be opportunities to talk with instructors individually and in small groups.
When will the next retreat be?
We will announce the next retreat to our mailing list when registration begins. Sign up for our mailing list below to be notified about our upcoming MBSR offerings.
Can I get a refund if I’m not satisfied?
We put a great deal of effort into packing incredible value into this program. We stand behind our work and unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with your purchase. If you’re not 100% satisfied simply email us up to the first day of the retreat and we will give you a full refund.
Does this retreat fulfill a prerequisite to become an MBSR teacher?
Yes. This retreat does not authorize you to teach MBSR nor does it substitute for the MBSR 8-Week Course, it does fulfill the minimum retreat prerequisite to begin teacher training with Brown University, the Global Mindfulness Collaborative or UCSD. If you are intending to take the retreat for this purpose, attendance at all sessions is essential.
What are the benefits of a retreat?
Retreats offer safe space and time to cultivate and deepen a mindfulness meditation practice away from everyday distractions. Longer meditation periods also allow participants to develop their concentration and discipline.
How long are meditation periods?
Most sitting meditations last about 30 minutes, followed by shorter periods of mindful movement. Participants will engage in many forms of mindful exercise, including sitting meditations, lying down meditations, mindful walking, mindful moving, and standing meditations.
Are most meditations guided?
At the beginning of the retreat, most meditations will be guided. Guidance will lessen throughout the retreat. Some meditation periods will be done in silence.
Will there be dialogue between instructors and participants?
Yes, during small group sessions participants will be able to talk to instructors but not to other participants.
What if sitting on a meditation cushion is too difficult or painful for me?
Participants are encouraged to practice meditation in a position that works best for them, whether sitting in a chair, lying down on the floor, or standing. If you would like to discuss accommodations, please contact us in advance of the retreat.
What should I have available?
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
- Meditation cushion or a straight-back chair
- Yoga mat
Should I prepare specific meals?
Please consider using healthy, well-sourced foods for meals.
Do I have to be silent the whole time, even during meals and breaks?
Yes. We do understand that you are doing the retreat from home and may occasionally have to break your silence. However, we ask that you coordinate with others in your household in advance to ensure you have the time and space necessary to practice and can remain silent for as much of the retreat as is possible.
How do I reach out if I have a problem or need something during the retreat?
If you need to reach an instructor during the retreat, you can chat them privately on Zoom. Instructors will not check their phones or email regularly during the retreat.
Am I allowed to read or write while on retreat?
We recommend you do not read or write on retreat. This time without external input is rare.
Can I use technology during the retreat?
We ask that the only technology you use is the computer or tablet you connect with. Please do not use your phone, another device, or the device you connect with for any purpose outside of the retreat for those five days. We recognize that the temptation is there, but please be present with your instructor and fellow participants throughout the retreat.
Can I miss any part of the retreat?
No. It is important to the instructors, and to others in the retreat that you attend all the formal practice sessions and that you arrive at the scheduled times. If an emergency comes up, inform the instructors as soon as possible. If you know in advance that you will not be able to make it to the entire retreat, please wait and sign up at a later date.
Should I take some time to transition at the end of the retreat?
Although we wrap up a little bit earlier on the final day of the retreat we recommend not planning anything afterward and allowing yourself time to transition and reacclimate.
Is the retreat trauma-sensitive?
The retreat is trauma-sensitive and instructors have trauma-sensitive mindfulness training. If there is a specific concern or request that you would like to make please include it in the participant questionnaire during the registration process.
Are the retreats secular?
Mindful Leader courses and retreats are MBSR-Based and lead by MBSR instructors. Similar to MBSR, retreats are secular and adhere to research and evidence-based practice.
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