New Year’s Meditation Retreat

 


Our co-founders, John Bruna and Laura Bartels, will return to Mercy Center Auburn to guide this special meditation retreat. This silent retreat is a rare opportunity to be guided by both of these wonderful teachers! 

The retreat is beginner friendly and will also allow for seasoned meditators to deepen their practice. We will focus on developing the foundational methods and practices to sustain a meditation practice that is right for you. The days will include multiple short meditation sessions, quiet reflection time, guidance, and discussion in the group teachings. 

The primary meditation will be the foundational practice of shamatha (calm abiding) meditation. Shamatha is a universal practice, applicable to everyone, and is the antidote to an obsessive, compulsive, busy mind. It enhances any other meditation practice and provides the foundation for mental and emotional balance.

There will be ample time for journaling, walks, and spaciousness to gain clarity regarding your life and the way you choose to engage in the year that awaits you.  


John Bruna

John Bruna, a former Buddhist monk and author of The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness, is a counselor, educator, mindfulness, and Dharma teacher. He is the co-founder of the Mindful Life Program and director of the Way of Compassion Foundation.

Laura Bartels

Laura Bartels teaches mindfulness courses, facilitates mindfulness groups, and gives public talks on living mindfully as one of the certified mindfulness teachers with the Mindful Life Program. She is also one of the instructors for the year-long MLP Mindfulness Teacher Training and Certification program. She serves as the Executive Director of the Mindful Life Program.

Dates:  Begins Monday, Jan 1st Registration: 3:00 to 5:00 Dinner: 5:15pm. Ends Thursday, Jan 4th after Breakfast.

Cost: $350. To Register, Click Here

Mercy Retreat Center: Click Here

Location: Mercy Retreat Center, Auburn, California, USA

Mindfulness Foundations Course

MLP Online Mindfulness Foundations Course

Explore, learn and practice in a small, supportive online group facilitated by certified Mindful Life Program (MLP) teacher, Deborah Sussex. Give yourself the gift of this engaging opportunity; learning to live mindfully, cultivating genuine happiness and supporting a meaningful life. The Mindful Life Program’s Foundations Course combines the practice of meditation with the application of mindfulness in daily life and guides you to develop the habits that support you. Our goal is to help you to live your life with attention and intention, cultivating the skills that empower you to make healthy choices that are in alignment with your values and that are meaningful to you. 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.

Values – Identify and align with your values focusing on healthy habits which support those values; learning to live a meaningful life.

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

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

Course includes:

* 20 hours of engaging online class over 8 weeks 

* Companion Journal; “Transforming to a Mindful Life”

* Book; “Wisdom of a Meaningful Life” by co-founder John Bruna

* Three-month membership to the Mindful Life Community™

* Access to meditation library and additional resources

* Ongoing mindfulness resources and personal support

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

Dates: Live Zoom each Tuesday, 4:00pm-6:30pm MST. (2 – 1/2 hour class time with a short break) from October 10th – November 28th, 2023.

Registration Closes: September 30th, 2023

Cost: $299 ($350 value) Payment plans are available.

Who Can Attend: Anyone 18 years and older (unless accompanied by an adult). Maximum group size of 8. All abilities welcome whether you are new, or have some experience in, mindfulness and meditation.

Credits Available: Continuing Professional Development (CPDs) credits available for social workers, therapists, and substance abuse counselors. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available for teachers.

To register: click here

Questions: Call Deborah Sussex 218-235-8828 (mobile), Email: [email protected], or visit www.creativenaturecoaching.com

 

Mindfulness Foundations Course

MLP Online Mindfulness 8 Week Foundations Course

Fridays, January 5 – February 23rd, 2 – 4:30 pm Mountain Time – Course Limited to 5 Participants

The MLP Mindfulness Foundations Course combines the practice of meditation with the application of mindfulness in daily life. Our goal is to help you to live your life with attention and intention, cultivating the skills that empower you to make healthy choices that are in alignment with your values and that are meaningful to you. The course is designed to be practical and accessible, allowing anyone, with or without a background in mindfulness, to participate. The course is also designed to be universal so that anyone can benefit from mindfulness, regardless of cultural, economic, or spiritual background.

In this time of national and global challenges such as an ongoing pandemic, deep societal divides, and grief-inducing climate chaos, basic mindfulness skills can help us to reduce anxiety, eco-despair, and fear; to live our precious lives with genuine happiness, loving-kindness, and compassion. This course is a transformative first step on a lifelong journey into our more authentic and joyful selves.

Join the Mindful Life Program Foundations Course, January 5 – February 23, 2024. 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 MLP Foundations Course combines the practice of meditation with the application of mindfulness in daily life and guides you to develop the habits that support you.  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 through meditation training.

Wisdom – Understanding one’s biases, labeling, projections and pre-judgments. 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.

In order to live a meaningful life and develop the freedom to live consciously, the curriculum focuses on training the mind and cultivating the ability to make healthy choices that are beneficial to the life you want to live. In this way, you can live your life with attention and intention. This course consists of lectures, meditations, small group discussions, journaling, and short video presentations. Our teachers create a safe environment for participants to explore their own values and learn to apply practices to live in alignment with them.

Enrollment includes:

  • 20 hours of engaging live online class
  • “Transforming to a Mindful Life” Course Companion Journal
  • “The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life” by co-founder John Bruna
  • Three-month membership in the Mindful Life Community™ 
  • Access to a guided meditation library and additional resources

Dates: Fridays, January 5 – February 23, 2024, 2:00-4:30 pm Mountain Time

Cost: $349, scholarships available based on need. Contact the instructor for information on cost and scholarships.

To register: click here – course is limited to 5 participants

Contact: Rita Clagett, Mirador Eco-Retreat, 970.216.8020, [email protected]

Facilitator: Rita Clagett

Facilitator Website

*Continuing Professional Development (CPDs) credits may be available for social workers, therapists, and substance abuse counselors.

*Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available for teachers.

Please contact the instructor to inquire about credits being offered for this course.

The course is offered to general audiences as well as to specific audiences such as educators, mental health professionals, recovery professionals, wellness programs, and more. Ask about bringing this course to your workplace or other groups. 

Mindful Living Skills

Overcoming Complacency – Mindful Living Skills Webinar

 

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

Overcoming Complacency

July 22, 4 pm MST US (Sunday, July 23, 8 am AEST)

Register today to save your spot!

 

The panel for this month’s webinar

Laura Bartels, Co-founder of Mindful Life Program™

Jessica Sylvanson, currently in the Mindful Learning Year Teacher Certification Program. 

Dan Piquette, Mindful Life Program™ Certified Teacher


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

 

 

Online Mindfulness in Recovery® with Rachel Currier

 

Online MIR Course with John Bruna and Rachel Currier

We are excited and grateful to be able to support you in developing the skills to cultivate more inner peace, resiliency, and joy in your life. This online course provides you with daily activities, teachings from our co-founder, John Bruna, and live sessions facilitated by Rachel Currier. With our online format, you can attend from wherever you are in the world.

This is an eight-week course open to everyone for personal development and for those working with others in the treatment field. It is experiential and focused on helping participants cultivate a daily mindfulness practice that integrates the MIR skills into daily life.


About the MIR Course 

This course supports:

  • People in recovery (all pathways, including 12-step)
  • Family and friends affected by addiction
  • Clinicians, therapists, and addiction treatment professionals (serves as a prerequisite for the certification course) and is approved for 36 CEUs.

In addition to the course, participants receive:

  • 28-day self-paced online meditation training with John Bruna
  • 3-month free membership in the MIR community

This course begins with an opening session on Monday, August 7th, followed by weekly sessions every Monday through October 2nd. In between sessions, there are videos with instructions from John and exercises from the Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery and the Essential Guidebook to Recovery for Family and Friends. 

Everyone in the United States receives a copy of either the Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery or the Family and Friends version of the guidebook, and access to the private course online community platform accessible by computer, tablet, or mobile phone. You are able to interact with others in the course on that platform and in the course sessions.

*If you live outside of the USA, we will work with you to get you access to the guidebook.

Course Facilitator:  Rachel Currier

Course Schedule

August 7th – October 2nd. 

Live Session Times – Mondays at:

  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific Time, USA
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Mountain Time, USA
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Time, USA
  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time, USA

Price: $349 US. There is a $50 discount for Mindful Life and Mindfulness in Recovery Community members. Contact us at [email protected] for your discount code.

  • To Register: Use the ticket button at the bottom of this page.
  • Payment Plans and Scholarships: We always offer scholarships and payment plans for people in need. We never want anyone to not access our services due to financial difficulties. To apply for a payment plan or scholarship, click here.

Registration: Once you have registered, please fill out this information form. You will receive a confirmation email with details for the course. Look for your Essential Guidebook in the mail unless you live outside of the United States. If outside the US, we will contact you about options.

Questions: Email [email protected] or call (970) 633-0163.