Meditation and Yoga Retreat Weekend
Meditation Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat – Beautiful Surroundings, Delicious vegetarian food, Labyrinth, Sound & Movement Workshop, Hot Tub, Swimming Pool, Hiking Trails – Friday, August 11th – Sunday, 13th, 2017 – Joshua Tree, Southern California.
Meditation and Yoga Retreat Weekend
August 11th - 13th 2017
3:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Led by Beth Mulligan and Hugh O’Neill
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
The Weekend Retreat will run from Friday evening thru Sunday lunchtime and will include daily periods of mindfulness meditation, along with talks by the teachers. There will be Body awareness practices with 3 teacher-led Yoga sessions including Early Morning Yoga. And our very popular Mindful Sound and Movement workshop is scheduled for Saturday evening. There will be periods for walking meditation, writing exercises, and free time to hike, walk the labyrinth, explore the grounds or use the pools. The program includes 6 vegetarian meals. And all of our meeting spaces, dining room and accommodations are Fully Air Conditioned.
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Retreat program overview:
Join our meditation and yoga retreat weekend in Joshua Tree, California, to relax, unwind and explore Meditation, Mindfulness and yoga. The retreat will be led by Mindful-Way teachers Beth Mulligan, PA-C, Hugh O’Neill and their team of highly experienced guest teachers. Set in the beautiful grounds of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, (Home to Bhakti and Shakti Fest) our program is designed to be a blend of formal practices and fun, creative exploration – suitable for people of all levels of meditation and yoga practice. The retreat will run from Friday evening thru Sunday lunchtime and will include daily meditation, talks by the teachers, body awareness practices with 3 teacher-led Yoga sessions including Early Morning Yoga. And our very popular Mindful Sound and Movement workshop. Our emphasis throughout will be on Mindfulness of what ever we are doing and what is arising in the moment. Participation in all sessions is optional and there will be periods for walking meditation, writing exercises, and free time to hike, walk the labyrinth, explore the grounds or use the pools. Beginners to meditation, yoga and retreat practice are welcomed. And we have a separate introduction to mindfulness meditation session available for people brand new to practice or wishing for a refresher. All of our meeting spaces, dining room and accommodations are Fully Air Conditioned
The program includes 6 delicious vegetarian meals, prepared by our expert Chef and staff, beginning with an evening meal on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Teas, coffee, water and some snacks will be available between meals. You are welcome to bring your own snacks, however there are no refrigerators in the housing. If you have special dietary needs please let us know 2 weeks in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.
All rooms are fully heated and Air Conditioned and we have three Rooming options: Shared: Same gender Dorm Rooms, sleeping from 3 to 5 people with shared en suite Bathroom. Single Room: Private room with private bathroom. Group accommodation: Book a room for family, friends or group. Rooms sleep from 2 – 6 people, and have their own private bathroom.
Times and details are approximate and are intended for travel planning purposes only. Our retreat opens with on-site registration on Friday afternoon from 3:30pm. An evening meal will be served between 5:30 and 6:30pm. Our first formal session will run from about 7:15 to 9:30pm. Saturday Program Begins with optional early morning Yoga 6:30am and ends around 9:30pm. Our Retreat concludes on Sunday with lunch, which will be served from 12:30 – 1:30pm
Traffic and travel plans are normal. Please notify us in advance if you know you will be arriving after 7:00pm on Friday. late arrivals are welcome to join in with the program when you get there on Friday.
The Retreat center is situated on 440 acres of it’s own grounds and has numerous amenities available to all retreat participants. These include a Walking Labyrinth, Hiking Trails, numerous water features along with a Swimming Pool and a large Hot Pool.
What to Bring
This is a suggested list only: Loose comfortable layered clothing. A hat, Sunscreen, Yoga mat if you have one, (we will have some extras at Retreat Site) Blanket if you have one. Water Bottle, Flashlight, Alarm Clock, Comfortable shoes or sandals. (Closed footwear recommended if you plan to hike on the trails) Bathing suit, Bathing Towel. Personal toiletries, etc. A comprehensive list of what to bring and directions will be emailed to you upon registration or in advance of the event.
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.
Hugh O’Neill is co-owner of Mindful-Way and has studied and practiced meditation and yoga for more than 20 years. He has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D. and Dr. Saki Santorelli, and has completed teacher training at the highest level. His many years of creative and management experience in the media industry combined with his intensive training in Mindfulness Meditation programs enable him to skillfully relate the concepts and practices to a wide range of populations. Hugh has taught more than 50 MBSR classes and dozens of other mindfulness programs in universities, medical centers, non-profits, and in local government and corporate settings. Hugh has also been a presenter at the International Scientific Conference on Mindfulness, and is the lead mindfulness teacher in a number of clinical research projects. Hugh has studied and lived in residence at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center under the guidance of Zen Master Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi.