Online Silent Meditation Retreat


During this time of so much fear, change, and uncertainty, we need each other and opportunities to practice Mindful Self-Compassion and Equanimity the most. How to do this without gathering?

We are offering this unique opportunity to engage in a silent retreat, from the comfort of your own home. This retreat fulfills the retreat prerequisite for Mindful-Self Compassion Teacher Training. (See below for other institutions that will accept this retreat).

Beth Mulligan and David Spound, both MSC Certified Teachers and Teacher Trainers, will be holding the retreat virtually. They will guide you through the retreat just as they would in person, while you can stay healthy, safe and sleep in your own bed, while having full days of mindfulness and compassion meditation practice, walking meditation and Mindful Movement, talks, and teachings. There will be opportunities to meet in small groups once during the retreat.

If you’d like to join us, we invite you to consider how you can set up your week, so you can have as little external input as possible and really drop into the center of peace with in you. Even though we would normally ask you to refrain from work emails, reading and writing, these are extraordinary times and we know you’ll have to stay informed and connected to family and friends, so in this instance we’ll ask you to keep it to a minimum, which is good for your mind and heart anyway.

This silent retreat is for those already teaching or interested in teaching Mindful Self-Compassion, and other mindfulness-based programs (MBP) such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, In addition, it is open to any individuals who would like to further develop their mindfulness meditation practice. Some experience with Mindfulness and Loving Kindness  meditation is expected.

The Online Silent Retreat meets the pre-requisite requirements for MSC Teacher Training, as well as the requirements for teacher training  at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, University of California at San Diego, and Brown University Center for Mindfulness.

To read The Benefits of Online (virtual) Retreats by Beth Mulligan click here:  Benefits of Online Retreats

If you are attending the retreat as a teacher training prerequisite, you will need to attend all sessions, except for medical emergencies, Weather related outages, and unexpected issues . If you are teaching that week, and can’t find a sub, or if you are in a teacher training, then we suggest you please find another time to sit your retreat. Please treat this as a residential retreat as much as possible. If you have questions about what might be allowable for an absence, please reach out to [email protected] or [email protected].

Online Retreat Schedule

All times in Pacific Daylight Time

The approximate schedule for the program (subject to change):

Tuesday, December 7:
4:00 to 6:00 pm Opening

Wednesday – Saturday, December 8 -11:
6:30-8:00 Morning Practice
8:00-9:00  Informal practice/meal break
9:00-10:30 Practice period
10:30-11:30 informal practice/ work practice/meal
11:30-2:30 Practice period (movement, sit, walk, teaching)
2:30 – 4:00 Informal practice/meal break
4:00-5:30 Practice period

Sunday, December 12:
6:30 AM-8:00 Morning Practice
8:00-9:00 Informal practice/meal
9:00 AM-12:00 PM  sit and closing

Online Platform


Program Fees

$650 USD Tuition Fee

$100 USD MSC Teacher discount. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

There will be a limited number of Scholarships available for those facing economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. The Scholarship discount is $150 USD off the $650 USD tuition fee.  Please contact  [email protected] for Scholarship information.

All available Scholarship funds have been awarded for the Silent Retreat in December.


This retreat will be co-led by Beth Mulligan and David Spound, Certified MSC Teachers and Teacher Trainers.

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.

David Spound, M.Ed., is a certified teacher and teacher trainer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).David trained in MSC at the USCD Center for Mindfulness where he continues to serve as a teacher trainer and mentor for new teachers of both MSC and MBSR. David also works with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion on programs that include silent meditation retreats, online teacher training and mentoring, online continuing education for MSC graduates, and self-compassion workshops for men. David trained and served as a staff member at the UMass Center for Mindfulness (founded by MBSR developer Jon Kabat-Zinn) where he taught MBSR and coordinated the MBSR teacher training and certification program.David is also the founder and director of Valley Mindfulness in Northampton, MA. He can be reached through his web site:

If you have questions about the retreat itself, please contact David Spound at [email protected] or Beth Mulligan at [email protected]

Cancellation Policy

$100 USD Non-Refundable cancellation fee applicable at any time.

Your payment (less the $100 non-refundable cancellation fee) will be refunded if we are notified by November 23, 2021 that you need to cancel your registration.

No refunds are available after November 23, 2021, except on compassionate grounds.

A minimum of 15 registrants is required to offer this retreat.  In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, CMSC is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for  any miscellaneous expenses.