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May 8th - May 14th, 2021

Awake and At Home: Embodied Mindfulness Retreat for Women

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Teachers

Leslie Booker
Anne Cushman
Janice Gates
Amana Brembry Johnson
Kate Johnson
Dawn Mauricio
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About This Retreat

As a virtual at home retreat, this is an opportunity to deepen into mindfulness practice and explore what it means to awaken in each embodied moment of our often challenging, chaotic and beautifully sacred lives as women. Join a diverse community of women from around the globe and experience meditation practice in a way that honors the intuitive and embodied aspects of the journey.  Through mindful movement, stillness, silence and connection, our team of seasoned teachers, all trained in both mindfulness meditation and embodied awakening practices (such as yoga and qigong), will create a nourishing retreat container to slow down, reconnect with the wisdom of your body and return home to your heart. Collectively we will support and empower each other on this journey of becoming more fully grounded, spacious, and responsive in our day to day lives.  All those who identify as women are welcome.

What makes our retreats unique

Intimate

With small group work at the heart of our virtual retreat model, we always prioritize human contact & relationship–deep intimacy at a distance.

Guided

You’ll be supported, for 3 hours each day, by our highly-experienced retreat teaching team.  Receive quality instructions, get your questions answered, we’ve got your back.

Peer-Led

Help build the retreat by hosting & attending silent peer-led practice sessions. All you have to do is click a link, show up, sit, and ring the bell at the end of the practice session. On retreat we practice alone, together.

Customizable

You can turn your life into a retreat by designing your own formal retreat schedule. We make the logistics easy, so you can do the hard work of showing up & being present.

Worldcentric

Practice in a multicultural community of global adults, tuning in from across geographic time-zones & cultural backgrounds. ALL are welcome in a Mindfulness Retreat Online.

A Mindfulness Retreat Online may be for you if…

  • You’re looking to deepen your meditation practice with dedicated peers and deeply experienced teachers.
  • You want to meet the retreat prerequisite for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP)–offered by Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach in collaboration with Sounds True and the Greater Good Institute.
  • You’d like to connect with fellow meditation practitioners in a worldcentric learning community.

Core Retreat Features

Large Group Community Meeting

A Daily Meeting where everyone on the retreat will get together for a daily teaching plus small group work with approximately 8 people facilitated by an experienced meditation teacher. The large group community meeting marks the both the beginning of each new day of the retreat, so is an important common point of reference as we practice together in different timezones.

Small Group Practice Meetings

Twice each day, you will be joining a group of 16 dedicated peers, and a retreat teacher, to engage in group practice. These sessions will give you a chance to practice along with the retreat curriculum, and ask practice related questions. These sessions will be offered at a number of times throughout the day, and you’ll be able to see which teachers & times are available before registering for the retreat.

Peer-Led Practice Sessions

Throughout each day of the retreat there will be 30-minute peer-led practice sessions offered. These peer-led sessions give retreatants ample opportunity to engage in supportive group practice and, if attending to meet the prerequisite requirement, meet the two session a day group sitting requirement. You can even help host them, taking even deeper ownership for the continuity of practice on this retreat.

Mindfulness Retreat Online Network

Each retreat is offered through our Mindfulness Retreats Online Network.  Here, you’ll be able to find a detailed schedule for your retreat, along with recorded talks and supplementary learning material from the retreat teachers.  In addition, once the retreat is live, this network is where you’ll find the event information you’ll need to join the live peer-led practice sessions.

Meet Your Teachers

  • Leslie Booker

    Leslie Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Social Justice. She shares her expertise nationally as a guest lecturer at conferences, universities, and Dharma centers, on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has contributed to several books and academic papers including Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting and Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report: Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice. Booker is a graduate of the 2020 Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher Training, is a 2020 Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellow through Auburn Seminary, and was voted by her peers as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement in Mindful.org. She continues to be inspired to hold folks in their journey to find a sense of freedom and liberation within a world that is burdened by greed, hatred, and delusion.

  • Kate Johnson

    Kate Johnson is a meditation teacher, facilitator, author and mama who leads classes and retreats integrating spirituality, social justice and creativity. A passionate meditator since her early 20’s, Kate is authorized as an independent Buddhist meditation teacher through Spirit Rock’s 4 year teacher training. As an organizational consultant, she has trained hundreds of leaders and change-makers to use embodied, awareness-based approaches to systemic transformation. She holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the Alvin Ailey School and MA in Performance Studies from NYU. Her first book, Radical Friendship, will be published in May 2021.

  • Dawn Mauricio

    Dawn Mauricio has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005, and has graduated from the first teacher development group of True North Insight, and Spirit Rock's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, Dedicated Practitioners' Program, and 4-year Retreat Teacher Training. She is known to teach with a playful, dynamic, and heartfelt approach, and leads daylongs, retreats, year long programs, and mindfulness workshops in Canada and the US for Spirit Rock, True North Insight, and for teens with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. Dawn is also the author of "Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners." 

  • Anne Cushman

    Anne Cushman is MMTCP’s Director of Mentoring and a pioneer in the integration of mindfulness, embodied meditation, and creative writing. A practitioner of dharma and yoga for over 35 years, she is the author of the memoir The Mama Sutra, the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, the mindful yoga manifesto Moving Into Meditation, and the India pilgrimage guide From Here to Nirvana; and her essays on spiritual practice in daily life have been widely published. A member of the Teachers’ Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she leads regular meditation retreats with a focus on creativity, embodiment, and daily life practice.

  • Amana Brembry Johnson

    Amana Brembry Johnson teaches meditation and compassionate movement nationally and internationally. As a spiritual mentor, Amana nurtures practitioners who wish to deepen and integrate meditation into daily life. Rooted in the ethics of Dharma and social justice, wisdom and liberation practices are made accessible to diverse communities by interpreting the teachings through the language and cultural artistry unique to those communities. Body and breath awareness are central in Amana’s distinctive form of contemplative movement, one that interweaves indigenous wisdom with yoga, Qigong, and other embodiment practices. An accomplished visual artist, Amana creates imagery that exposes emotional and spiritual barriers of the heart as gateways into kindness, compassion, and self-love.

  • Janice Gates

    Janice Gates has been teaching the integration of meditation, mindfulness and embodied practice for over 25 years, including at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, UC Berkeley, San Quentin Prison and in businesses and retreat centers around the globe. She began practicing Vipassana meditation and yoga while living in Asia in 1988 and her teaching is influenced by Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism, her studies in somatic practices, the psychospiritual work of Jennifer Welwood and many years of falling down and getting back up! Janice currently works as a teacher, mentor, coach and facilitator and is most interested in how these teachings can support our down-on-the-ground daily lives and relationships.

Each day of the retreat we will all gather together for the Large Group Community Meeting.

This meeting goes from 1:00 – 2:45pm EST.

Small Group Times

Small practice group times will be offered throughout the day and will also vary depending on the retreat. In general, we aim to offer small group times to accommodate people living in most time zones around the world, though this retreat schedule is optimized for North America and Europe. Below, you will find a list of the current teachers, and small group times, that are currently open for this retreat:

Dawn Mauricio

7:00–8:15am EDTclosed
10:00–11:15am EDTclosed

Leslie Booker

8:00–9:15am EDTclosed
10:00–11:15am EDTclosed

Kate Johnson

9:00–10:15am EDTclosed
11:00am–12:15pm EDTclosed

Anne Cushman

5:00–6:15pm EDTclosed
8:00–9:15pm EDTclosed

Amana Brembry Johnson

6:00–7:15pm EDTclosed
9:00–10:15pm EDTclosed

Janice Gates

7:00–8:15pm EDTclosed
11:00am–12:15pm EDTclosed

Sample Retreat Schedule

This is a sample of what your schedule might look like

Day 1
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 2
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 3
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 4
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 5
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 6
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

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Choose between the BIPOC ($300), Base ($600), Supporter ($750), & Benefactor ($900) rates and then select either to pay up-front or over a 3-month period.

Everything above the Base Rate will be given back as scholarship funds to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) retreat participants who request them. We will automatically give a 1/2 off scholarship to any self-identified person of color who selects the BIPOC option below.

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Testimonials

"A Mindfulness Retreat Online is an opportunity to deepen your capacity for presence, coming home wherever you are."

Liz Tassone

Participant

"This retreat was both an approachable and profound deepening of practice for me. The community felt vibrant, wise, welcoming, and safe, which lead to breakthroughs likely impossible to foster alone. So much gratitude."

Kara Barnhart

Participant

"Unique experience dissolving borders between life and practice, blending experience of one with other human beings in a joyful way. There is gratitude!"

Jan Dufek

Participant

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your refund policy?

No refunds will be given within 14 days of the retreat start date. If you cancel more than 14 days prior to retreat start, you will receive a refund of the cost of the retreat minus a $200 Administration Fee.

Am I guaranteed a small group meeting time?

You are guaranteed at least two small group meetings per day, however we cannot guarantee a particular time.

What if only one small group time works in my schedule?

Your registration is dependent on you attending two group meeting times. If you can only find one that works, please try a different retreat or wait to see if we open up new group times.  Each retreat will have a maximum of 12 small group times offered.

Are there small groups available that work for people living everywhere in the world?

All retreats will have plenty of workable options for small group meetings.  The large group community meeting will work for those living in North America, South America, & European Timezones.  Those folks in Asia, Australia, & the Middle East who can’t make the live large group meetings, are welcome to watch the recorded talk, while still participating in their 2 small group meetings and peer-led practice sessions.

What technology platforms will we use for this retreat?

The live video interactions will all be powered by Zoom.us. Primary communication about the retreat will happen through E-mail, while peer-led practice and additional learning material will be accessed through our Mighty Network.

Do I have to lead a peer-led practice session?

No, you don’t have to lead anything, but all participants will be asked if they’d like to host at least one peer-led group session during the retreat.  By hosting a silent sitting, you can benefit other people’s practices by holding space for others, and support your own practice at the same time.

Can I continue to work during this retreat?

You can work during this retreat as long as you’re able to attend most all of the live group sessions–two small group meetings and one large meeting–each day.  If you are using this retreat to fulfil the prerequisite for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, you won’t be able to work full-time, as there are additional live practice requirements that require a full-time commitment to the retreat and a commitment to silence throughout the duration of the retreat.

Do I need to attend live sessions on camera?

Yes. This retreat will be an intimate experience and you are highly encouraged to attend all sessions on camera. This allows the participants and teachers to sense the learning that is happening in community in a deeper way.

Will sessions be recorded?

The only thing that will be recorded are the daily talks during the large group community meeting.  Those teaching talks will be reposted for everyone to watch, but no other content will be recorded during this retreat, so as to protect the sense of privacy and growing intimacy of practice.  All participants are also asked to follow the same no recording guideline, in order to participate in this retreat.

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