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Mindfulness and Self-Compassion - a 5 Day Silent Retreat - Sponsored by CMSC, Rancho Palos Verdes (in Los Angeles) , CA , United States

David Spound and Beth Mulligan

June 2, 2019 - June 7, 2019

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This 5 night Silent retreat is sponsored by the Center for Mindful Self Compassion (MSC), and fulfills the prerequisite for MSC teacher training and other Mindfulness-Based interventions such as MBSR And MBCT.  This retreat is also 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.

We will work together with intention, gentleness, and kindness. Our days will have themes such as “mindfulness”, “loving-kindness” and “compassion”.  There will be guided meditations, evening talks, meetings with teachers, and time for asking questions. While many practices will be familiar (including the core meditations from MSC), this retreat offers a special opportunity to practice for an extended period of time, in Noble Silence, in a beautiful environment, in community, and with the support of experienced teachers.

There will also be ample time to enjoy the beautiful grounds and delicious food of the retreat center.

This retreat will fulfill the silent meditation retreat requirement for those interested in training to teach MSC.

This program is Full.

About Mary & Joseph Retreat Center:

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center is located in Palos Verdes, California, and includes 8 acres of beautiful gardens and a labyrinth. The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center provides an environment of serenity and natural beauty, creating opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.


This retreat will be co-led by Beth Mulligan and David Spound, certified teachers of MSC.

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 SpoundDavid Spound, M.Ed., is a meditation teacher, and consultant based in Northampton, 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.

If you have questions about the retreat itself, please contact David Spound at david@valleymindfulness.com or Beth Mulligan at beth@mindful-way.com



This course is being managed by CMSC and held at the serene Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Palos Verdes (Los Angeles), California. Please see the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center for general information about the Center. Please see this page  for basic information about the Center, this page for facility information and this page for directions.  Other important information will be emailed  about a month before the Retreat begins.

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center
5300 Crest Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Main Office:  (310) 377-4867

The course begins with dinner at 5:30 pm on Sunday, June 2, 2019 and ends by 12:00 pm on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Please plan to arrive at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center on Sunday, June 2 between 3:00 and 5:00 pm, so you will have time to settle in before dinner. The first session will begin immediately following dinner.



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

Sunday, June 2: 
Check-in: 3:00-5:00pm
Dinner at 5:30pm
Program immediately following

Monday – Thursday: 
Early morning sit: 7:00 – 7:45 am
Morning session: 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Afternoon session: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
Evening session: 7:15 – 9:00 pm

Friday, June 7:
Early morning sit: 7:00 – 7:45 am
Morning session: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Meal Times:
Breakfast: 8:30 -9:30 am
Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Dinner: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Continuing Education and Scholarships

There will be no Continuing Education credits offered for this program.

There may be a limited number of Scholarships available. Please contact us at events@centerformsc.org for Scholarship information.

Program fees:

$100 “Early Bird Discount” if you register and pay in full before April 1, 2019.

Earlybird tuition (before April 1, 2019): $650

Standard tuition and materials (on or after April 1): $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.

This program is Full.

Cancellation policy:

$200 Non-Refundable cancellation fee applicable at any time.

Your payment (less the $200 non-refundable cancellation fee) will be refunded if we are notified by May 1, 2019, that you need to cancel your registration.

No refunds are available after May 1, 2019, except on compassionate grounds.

A minimum of 20 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 transportation or travel expenses, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.


June 2, 2019
June 7, 2019


Mary & Joseph Retreat Center
5300 Crest Road
Rancho Palos Verdes (in Los Angeles), CA 90275 United States
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