Mindfulness Foundations Course

Mindfulness Foundations Course, March 21 – May 9, in Gunnison, CO

Join the Mindful Life Program Foundations Course, March 21 – May 9th, 2024, at Here & Now in Gunnison, Colorado. Give yourself the gift of this lively and engaging opportunity to learn to live mindfully, with attention and intention, cultivating genuine happiness and a meaningful life. The course teaches the practice of meditation and the practical application of mindfulness in daily life. Empower yourself to integrate the four key areas of mindfulness – attention, wisdom, values, and an open heart – into your life in practical, accessible and universal ways.

Attention – Developing attention skills through meditation training.

Wisdom – Understanding one’s biases, labeling, projection, and pre-judgment. Increasing emotional intelligence and learning to respond rather than react.

Values – Living a meaningful life. Developing healthy habits and responses that are in alignment with one’s personal values.

Open heart – Developing healthy relationships and connections. Cultivating skills of compassion, loving-kindness, empathic joy and equanimity.

Enrollment includes:

  • 20 hours of engaging in-person class 
  • Foundations Course Companion Journal
  • Copy of The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life by co-founder John Bruna
  • Three-month membership to the Mindful Life Community w/ app access
  • Access to meditation library and additional resources
  • Daily practice guide

Read the full description for the course under the Programs tab, and read more feedback from recent participants here.

Dates: Thursdays, 5 – 7:30 pm from March 21 – May 9th.

Cost: $350. Scholarships are available, contact facilitator for more information. 

Location: The Here & Now Center in Gunnison, Colorado. Meditation cushions and chairs are provided.

To register: Click Here or Contact Jessica Sylvanson by phone: (970) 641-6095, or email: gunni.wellspring@gmail.com.

Facilitator: Jessica Sylvanson

Mindfulness Foundations Course

Mindfulness Foundations Course, January 11 – March 7, in Gunnison, CO

Join the Mindful Life Program Foundations Course, January 11 – March 7th, 2024, at Here & Now in Gunnison, Colorado. Give yourself the gift of this lively and engaging opportunity to learn to live mindfully, with attention and intention, cultivating genuine happiness and a meaningful life. The course teaches the practice of meditation and the practical application of mindfulness in daily life. Empower yourself to integrate the four key areas of mindfulness – attention, wisdom, values, and an open heart – into your life in practical, accessible and universal ways.

Attention – Developing attention skills through meditation training.

Wisdom – Understanding one’s biases, labeling, projection, and pre-judgment. Increasing emotional intelligence and learning to respond rather than react.

Values – Living a meaningful life. Developing healthy habits and responses that are in alignment with one’s personal values.

Open heart – Developing healthy relationships and connections. Cultivating skills of compassion, loving-kindness, empathic joy and equanimity.

Enrollment includes:

  • 20 hours of engaging in-person class 
  • Foundations Course Companion Journal
  • Copy of The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life by co-founder John Bruna
  • Three-month membership to the Mindful Life Community w/ app access
  • Access to meditation library and additional resources
  • Daily practice guide

Read the full description for the course under the Programs tab, and read more feedback from recent participants here.

Dates: Thursdays, 5 – 7:30 pm from January 11 – March 7th, no class on Thursday January 28th.

Cost: $350. Scholarships are available, contact facilitator for more information. 

Location: The Here & Now Center in Gunnison, Colorado. Meditation cushions and chairs are provided.

To register: Click Here or Contact Dusty Sylvanson by phone: 970-641-3898,.

Facilitator: Dusty Sylvanson

“I am a teacher and appreciate that many people can be trained to teach the curriculum. However, Dusty’s personality and demeanor make him especially suited for teaching a course like this. I don’t know that I’ve met many people who are so naturally kind and supportive.” —Liz, Recent course participant

Four Immeasurables Retreat with John Bruna

Main hall at Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

April 11-14, 2024

Hosted by the Way of Compassion Dharma Center

Our co-founder, John Bruna, will be facilitating a retreat on the Four Immeasurable Attitudes – equanimity, loving-kindness, compassion, and empathetic joy. Teachings on each of these beneficial attitudes can be found in many spiritual traditions and cultures. While they have origins in Buddhist philosophy, the benefits of cultivating the four immeasurable attitudes are universal, not bound by any particular spiritual or religious belief. In our current times, we believe the world needs us to cultivate these qualities more than ever.

In addition to helping us cultivate a healthy and open heart, which nourishes our relationship with ourselves and others, the four immeasurables are also the antidotes to unhealthy attachments and aversions, hatred, ill will, jealousy, and envy—just as turning on a light dispels the darkness, these immeasurable attitudes dissipate destructive emotions and attitudes. Needless to say, one does not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from these precious teachings, they are universal to people of all faiths, traditions, and cultures. The four immeasurables, combined with meditation and mindfulness, help us all live with more resiliency, develop our inner resources, and have more peace and joy in our lives.

To learn more and register visit the Way of Compassion Dharma Center.

Mindful Living Skills

Mindful Living Skills Webinar – The Art of Reflection and Celebration

Mindful Living Skills Webinar

 

The Mindful Life Community™ is excited to announce our next Mindful Living Skills webinar: 

The Art of Reflection and Celebration

December 16th, 4 pm MST US (Sunday, Dec 17, 10 am AEST)

Register today to save your spot!

The panel for this month’s webinar:

Laura Bartels, Executive Director of Mindful Life Program™

Mark MolonyCo-founder of Mindful Life Program™


Our monthly webinars bring Mindful Life Program™ founders, teachers, and guests together in a collective conversation on key aspects of practice. Join us to learn, explore, and have a chance to ask questions during these live events.

 

The webinars are open to anyone, so feel free to invite friends. They are free to members of the Mindful Life Community™ and Mindfulness in Recovery® Community. If you’re not a member of either, register for just $10.

After checkout, look for an email with your personal link to the webinar.

Already a member?

Register at no charge from the Event link within your community. For ease, we’ve copied them below!

Mindful Life Community

Mindfulness in Recovery® Community

 

 

Women's Retreat March 2024

Women’s Retreat at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch: Living and Leading with an Open Heart

Women’s Retreat at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch

Living and Leading with an Open Heart

with Laura Bartels

March 14 – 17, 2024
Waunita Hot Springs Ranch
Gunnison, CO

Join us for this offering of a women’s mindfulness retreat at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch near Gunnison, Colorado in a beautiful high mountain valley. Bringing the caring and experienced guidance of mindfulness teacher Laura Bartels and the practices and wisdom of the Mindful Life Program™ together in this retreat, we will explore practices and wisdom for opening our hearts to, and in the face of, the challenges and suffering of life and the world and how to be more intentional in leading with an open heart. With a view to our own flourishing, we will reflect on what insights and attitudes support us while identifying those habits and beliefs that limit us. Recognizing our interconnectedness with others, we strengthen further the unselfish value of opening our hearts at the edges of what challenges us.

This retreat is beginner friendly and also beneficial for seasoned mindfulness practitioners. We will engage with the essential elements of shamatha meditation and other meditations to bring this meditative clarity to opening the heart. Shamatha is a universal practice that is used to become more mindful and present in your life and can be applied to any spiritual or religious practice. It develops the stability of mind to help improve other meditation practices.

This retreat includes silence in the mornings with multiple short meditation sessions and plenty of breaks, quiet reflection, small and full group exploration and sharing, and guidance in the group teachings.

Waunita Hot Springs Ranch is a quintessential mountain ranch with an historic lodge and private hot springs. This high mountain valley ranch is family-owned and operated for over 50 years. The ranch is surrounded by Gunnison National Forest land and summer pasture.

About the Facilitator

Laura Bartels

Laura Bartels helped to create the Mindful Life Program and regularly teaches mindfulness courses, facilitates mindfulness groups and gives public talks on living mindfully. She is one of the instructors for the year-long MLP Teacher Training and Personal Development program. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Mindful Life Program. Laura’s professional path of 20 years brought her to be a leader in the field of sustainable building and community development. This provided a unique and valuable perspective on the need for “inner sustainability.” As Laura’s path has been one of navigating what it means to live consciously and meaningfully, it’s been a natural transition to move from outer sustainability to inner sustainability; when we are not in balance, we cannot be of benefit to ourselves or others. To learn more about Laura, see her full bio

 

Retreat Details

This is a three-day retreat is located at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch. The retreat fee includes lodging, meals, and use of the Hot Springs. There are options for single and shared rooms. There are stairs to the meeting room for this event. If you have mobility issues, please contact us for more information.

Location: Waunita Hot Springs Ranch, located high in the Colorado Rockies at an elevation of 8,946 ft., is 10 miles west of the Continental Divide, east of Gunnison, Colorado. The ranch is surrounded by Gunnison National Forest. The main lodge and Hillside lodge include single and shared rooms, all with private bathrooms. The retreat activities take place upstairs in the barn, with views of the surrounding mountains. Fed by natural hot springs, the 35×90 ft pool is one of the largest private pools in Colorado and has an adjacent hot tub and bathhouse. 

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Dates: March 14 – 17, 2024. The retreat begins on a Thursday evening and ends on a Sunday around 11 to 11:30 am. 

Meals: The meals will be vegetarian. There are gluten-free options available. Please let us know if you have additional dietary needs and we will contact the retreat staff. 

Cost: $470 per person for a shared room. $610 per person for a private room. The price for the retreat is all-inclusive for the retreat, lodging, breakfast, and dinner (light snacks midday), and hot springs. The teachings are offered on a free-well donation basis. See the donations information below. 

Travel: Waunita Hot Springs Ranch is located 27 miles east of Gunnison, Colorado. While Gunnison operates a regional airport, retreatants also fly into Grand Junction or Denver airports and travel by car to the ranch. 

Register: Choose between a single and shared room. You can register securely online with a credit card, choosing your room type below. If you prefer to pay by check, contact us at admin@mindfullifeprogram.org or (970) 633-0163. Space is limited. Please inquire if you have questions. 

Donations: With this retreat, the teachings are offered on a free-will donation basis. You may offer a donation for the teachings at the retreat by cash, check, or credit card. This donation is not tax-deductible.


Retreat Schedule

Thursday
3:oo pm to 5:30  pm: Check-In
6:00 pm or 6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm: Opening Session

Friday and Saturday (Noble silence is observed in the morning until brunch)

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Morning Meditation
9:00 am – 10:00 am: Breakfast
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break/Personal Time – light snacks
2:00 pm 5:00 pm: Afternoon Session
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Evening Session

Sunday 
7:30 am – 8:30 am: Meditation
9:00 am – 9:45 am: Breakfast
10: 00 – 11:30 am:  Closing Session and Farewells
You may stay and soak in the hot springs if you would like.

If you have any other questions or if we can be of help in any way, please let us know. Please contact us at admin@mindfullifeprogram.org or (970) 633-0163.