This is a teacher-led intensive silent retreat, steeped in secular mindfulness and compassion practices from Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Deepen your ability to be present with yourself just as you are, with kindness and care with expert guidance by experienced retreat leaders. Participants will also be nourished by a natural tropical environment and wholesome, organic meals.
The all-inclusive fee includes:
Teacher-led 6-day silent retreat with guided sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement/gentle yoga/qigong, body scan, lovingkindness meditation, and teaching periods, with instructions on self-compassion woven throughout
Daily “Sense and Savor” walks in the tropic garden and opportunity to practice in nature
Six nights lodging in comfortable, climate controlled rooms with new beds
Three wholesome organic meals a day; vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available
Exclusive use of a retreat center dedicated to meditation and silent practice
120 acres of tropical gardens and trails to support your outdoor silent mindfulness practice
Individual and group inquiry sessions with the teacher to support and deepen your practice
Additional days for self-retreat or R&R are available by booking directly with GRC
Fulfills the silent retreat requirement for professional training in MSC (through the CMSC), MBSR and MBCT (through the UCSD MBPTI and Toronto MBCT training program), and in mindfulness (through the MMTCP).
Retreat begins Friday January 4, 2019 – Registration will begin around 3pm on Fri Jan 4th. Dinner will be served around 6pm. The first retreat session will begin around 7:30pm. If you are unable to arrive by 7:30, please make arrangements for dinner en route or call ahead to have food held aside for you.
Retreat ends Thursday January 10th, 2019 with lunch. The silent portion will end with a closing circle at approx noon. Lunch is included. Please plan to stay through noon if at all possible; plan for return flights no earlier than 3pm.
Sample Daily Schedule for full days, Sat – Weds: Silence, Mindfulness and Self-compassion woven throughout
7am Mindful Gentle Yoga with Trish
7:30 Sitting Meditation with Trish
8:00 am Breakfast – Mindful eating and daily yogi job/everyday mindfulness (generally 15 – 20 minutes)
9:30 – 12 Guided meditations (sitting, individual walking) and teaching on mindfulness and self-compassion by Trish
12:00pm Lunch mindful eating and unstructured self-guided practice time on the property/rest–time to practice behavioral self-compassion
2pm – 5pm Unguided sitting meditation; Gentle Chi Gong by Nancy; group sense and savor walking/seeing meditation led by Nancy/Trish and loving kindness/compassion meditation led by Trish. This is also when the inquiry/sharing groups and individual inquiry meetings with Trish will take place on some of the days.
5 -6pm Behavioral self-compassion practice time on the property/meditation/rest
6:00pm Dinner mindful eating and unstructured time self-guided practice time on the property/rest
7:30 – 9:30pm Guided meditations (sitting, body scan, individual walking) and teaching on mindfulness and self-compassion by Trish
9:30pm End of guided program, meditation hall open
Travel: If you are flying into Orlando or JAX, please plan to arrive in FL by 2pm to include time from airports. It is approx 2 hours to either JAX or Orlando airports and slightly longer to Tampa. Airport-to-airport transport or directly to the GRC is available by airport shuttle companies from all major airports. The Gainesville airport, Gainesville bus station, and Amtrak shuttle stop are all approx 15 mins to the GRC. Downtown Gainesville is approx 10 minutes. Uber and Lift are readily available from all these locations. Please email Trish if you need more info in order to plan your travel (see Gainesville retreat center for basic information).
Why this retreat center? I’ve chosen Gainesville Retreat Center for its light-filled and modern meditation hall; comfort in all seasons (heat and AC in all rooms); high quality fresh organic food with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options at all meals; beautiful, natural setting with miles of hiking trails on the property; dedication to meditation retreats; and affordable cost. We’ll be the only group on site. Everything about the center and the teaching will support your retreat and self-care. Plus–winter in sunny Florida!
Note: This silent retreat is not appropriate for those in a current mental health crisis, those with unresolved trauma or with serious untreated or unregulated mental health conditions. Please contact Trish if you aren’t sure if this right is right for you at this time.