Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, A 5 Night Silent Mindfulness Retreat

This 5 night Silent retreat is Co-sponsored by the Center for Mindful Self Compassion (MSC), this retreat fulfills the prerequisite for MSC teachers and other Mindfulness-Based interventions such as MBSR And MBCT. This retreat is open to all who want to deepen their connection with mindfulness and compassion practice.

 This retreat will be based on the life-changing and well-researched work of Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, creators of the Mindful Self Compassion Program, as well as ancient wisdom practice from several traditions. This is an opportunity to renew and deepen your practice of compassion and mindfulness meditation, and live fully in a strong, supportive, and beautiful environment enhanced by silence with the support of experienced teachers.

This retreat is cosponsored by the Center for mindful Self Compassion http://centerformsc.org/

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, A 5 Night Silent Mindfulness Retreat

June 7th - 12th 2020

3:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Led by Beth Mulligan and David Spound

$1.377.00 Double Room Occupancy before April 7th 1,585.00 SIngle Room Occupancy before April 7th
5300 Crest Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275
United States
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Program Details: Much of our time will be spent engaged in sitting and walking meditation with periods of mindful movement. The teachers will offer daily talks and individual meetings, and highlight the foundations of MSC. This retreat is open to anyone with prior meditation experience, especially with MSC, MBSR or other mindfulness meditation experience.


For Gail, email mail@CenterForMSC.org or call (413) 570-0312

Program Goals

  • Provide a safe and nourishing environment for the cultivation and development of a deep and grounded compassion and mindfulness meditation practice.
  • Foster a rigorous retreat experience – independent of a specific religious outlook – that nourishes and deepns our practice and our lives, fostering resillence through Self-Compasision f
  • Offer excellent support and guidance from highly trained and experienced teachers and meditation instructors.
  • Practice noble silence to develop a strong container for deepening meditation practice.

For those who are new to meditation practice, please be aware that practicing for a week in silence can be an intensive and challenging – as well as a highly rewarding – experience. 

Daily Schedule will run from 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM and will consist of periods of guided and unguided meditation, Movement, Walking, and talks by the teachers

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Participant Guidelines


Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all practice sessions.


Means no conversation except during formal interviews. No reading, writing or use of technology except under special circumstances where you may need to maintain contact with the outside world i.e. (illness of a family member, etc). 


  • Non-judging
  • Patience
  • Beginner’s mind
  • Trust
  • Non-striving
  • Acceptance
  • Letting go

Program fees:

$100 “Early Bird Discount” if you register and pay in full before April 7, 2020.

Earlybird tuition (before April 7, 2020): $650

Standard tuition and materials (on or after April 7): $750

Room and Board Double Occupancy: $625

Room and Board Single Occupancy: $825

All meals will be arranged with Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in advance. The kitchen is famous for their delicious and healthful meals elegantly presented in a buffet style.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.


Beth Mulligan

Beth Mulligan

Beth Mulligan, PA-C is a certified MBSR teacher, teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. She currently teaches at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UCI and Insight LA. Beth teaches the 10-week and nine-day practicum for teachers in training nationally and internationally. Beth is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and does international training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant having graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University and has practiced medicine for over thirty years. She is a long time student of Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center where she has lived in residence. Beth is the Guiding Dharma teacher at Insight Community of the Desert and is a certified yoga instructor.

Beth is the Author of The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness, New Harbinger Publications

David Spound

David Spound

David Spound, M.Ed., is a meditation teacher, and consultant based inNorthampton, MA where he offers courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) through his company Valley Mindfulness. He has been teaching MBSR since 2006 and MSC since 2015. David was certified as a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, where he also served as a member of the MBSR teaching staff and coordinated the MBSR teacher training and certification program.