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A Mindful Beginning To The New Year – Silent Retreat

January 1 @ 2:00 pm - January 4 @ 4:00 pm MST

Join us for our annual New Year’s Event

Silent Retreat

January 1-4, 2022

with John Bruna and Laura Bartels

John Bruna and Laura Bartels will return to Mercy Center Auburn to guide this meditation retreat. This silent retreat is dedicated to establishing and cultivating the foundational meditation practice of shamatha (calm abiding) meditation.

Shamatha is a universal practice that can be applied to any spiritual or religious practice and it enhances any other meditation practice by establishing mental and emotional balance. This retreat is beginner friendly and also deepens the practice for seasoned meditators. Our focus will be on developing the foundational methods and practices to sustain 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.

Join us for this once a year mindfulness retreat to begin your new year!

About the Facilitators
John Bruna

John Bruna


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






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.

Begins Saturday, Jan 1st
Registration 3:00 to 5:00
Dinner: 5:15pm
Ends Tuesday, January 4th after breakfast.

Register Here

for more information, see the Mercy Center website here



January 1 @ 2:00 pm MST
January 4 @ 4:00 pm MST
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Mercy Center Auburn
535 Sacramento Street
Auburn, CA 95603 United States
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(530) 887-2019