Online Silent Meditation Retreat August 13th – 18th 2021

Join us remotely for our 5-Day Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Led by Beth Mulligan PA-C and Hugh O’Neill

Offered through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness

Online Silent Meditation Retreat August 13th – 18th 2021

August 13th - 18th 2021

4:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Led by Beth Mulligan and Hugh O’Neill

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093
United States
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This retreat is open to all who sincerely wish to cultivate their mindfulness and meditation practice. In addition, this silent retreat is also suitable for those already teaching or interested in teaching mindfulness-based programs (MBP) such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion. It fulfills the silent retreat prerequisite for all Mindfulness-Based Interventions. Some experience with mindfulness meditation is expected.

An important aspect of teaching MBP is the requirement to have a personal mindfulness practice, our intention for this retreat is to support your personal practice. This 5-night silent retreat will consist of sustained periods of silence, alternating sitting and walking meditation, with periods of Mindful Movement; (All vital for deepening a personal practice and fundamental to teaching and living a rich full life). There will daily talks by the teachers and two separate occasions to meet and discus your practice with a teacher in a small group setting.

The Retreat meets the requirements for teacher training and certification at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, University of California at San Diego.


For Hugh O'Neill, email or call +1-951-750-9020


Draft retreat schedule outline. Subject to change.

Day 1:
Orientation: 4:00pm-6:00pm (PDT)

Day 2-5:
Morning Practice: 6:30am-8:00am (PDT)
Informal Practice/Meal Break: 8:00am-9:00am (PDT)
Practice Period: 9:00am-10:30am (PDT)
Informal Practice/Work Practice/meal: 10:30am-11:30am
Practice Period: 11:30am-4:00pm
Evening Session: 4:00pm-5:30pm (PDT)

Day 6:
​Morning Practice: 6:30am-8:00am (PDT)
Informal Practice/Meal Break: 8:00am-9:00am (PDT)
Sit and Closing: 9:00am-12:00pm (PDT)


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

Hugh O’Neill

Hugh O’Neill

Hugh O’Neill is co-owner of, and a certified MBSR Teacher and International teacher trainer and retreat leader.  Hugh has studied and practiced meditation and yoga for more than 20 years. His many years of creative and management experience in the media industry, including significant time working in international news and documentary production, combined with his intensive training in Mindfulness Meditation programs enable him to skillfully relate the concepts and practices of mindfulness with sensitivity and compassion to a wide range of populations.  His experience working in the news business in Ireland and Northern Ireland has given him personal experience with Gun Violence; combined with his training in Trauma Informed Mindfulness makes him a key part of our work with offering MBSR to Survivors Empowered.. Hugh has taught more than 100 MBSR courses and dozens of other mindfulness programs at universities, medical centers, corporations and government agencies including the US Navy.  He is the lead instructor on a multi year- multi site NIH study on MBSR for Parents of developmentally delayed children. Hugh has also been a presenter at the International Scientific Conference on Mindfulness, is a regular event speaker, and is the lead mindfulness teacher in a number of clinical research projects. Hugh has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the originator of the MBSR program, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D. He has studied and lived in residence at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center under the guidance of Zen Master Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi, and is Certified as an MBSR teacher through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.