Mindful Life Retreat, September 6 – 9, 2018 in Auburn, CA

“Mindfulness is much more than present moment awareness, mindfulness includes and facilitates the cultivation of concentration, wisdom, and the ability to make healthy choices that foster genuine happiness and a meaningful life.” – John Bruna

Join us for a mindfulness retreat guided by mindfulness teachers John Bruna and Laura Bartels at Mercy Retreat Center in Auburn, CA. The Mindful Life Retreat combines the practice of meditation and the practical application of mindfulness in daily life. Living mindfully empowers you to live your life with attention and intention, cultivating the skills to make healthy choices that are in alignment with your values and are meaningful to you.

Our retreat at the Mercy Retreat Center will provide you with mindfulness tools to help you reduce stress and increase inner peace, resiliency and well-being. We will focus on the four keys of living mindfully:

  • Concentration– 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– Exploring your values so they can be a guiding force in your life.
  • Open heart– Developing healthy relationships and connections. Cultivating skills of compassion, loving-kindness, empathic joy and equanimity.

The retreat will include periods of silence, meditation, discussion, and journaling.  We recommend reading The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness prior to the retreat.

John Bruna, 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 is the Executive Director of the Mindful Life Program and a certified mindfulness teacher. 

About the location

Mercy Retreat Center

Mercy Center Auburn is a Retreat and Conference Center located in the beautiful foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.


Mercy Retreat accommodations include 40 bedrooms in a quiet and informal community setting. Each single-occupancy bedroom is furnished with a desk, a comfortable chair for relaxation, a sink and lighted vanity mirror, and full or twin bed.



All resident registrations are for single rooms


Registration will be open soon. Registration is through Mercy Retreat Center at

Space is limited so we encourage early registration. 

For more information, call us at 970-633-0163 or email us at [email protected].