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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 Sternlieb

July 22, 2018 - July 27, 2018

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We invite all who have completed a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course to join us for 5 days in which we will deepen our meditation practices and take time to nourish our minds, bodies, and hearts. All MSC graduates are welcome, including those who are new to the practices, those who have practiced in depth, and those who teach MSC.


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.

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 Sternlieb and David Spound, certified teachers of MSC.

Beth Sternlieb is co-guiding teacher of InsightLA, Santa Monica, CA. She graduated from the Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Trudy Goodman. Beth is a guiding teacher of yoga and mindfulness clinical and research programs at the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program and a certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher.

David Spound, M.Ed., is a meditation teacher, and consultant based inNorthampton, 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 [email protected] or Beth Sternlieb at [email protected]

Closed for Registrations

Venue and Schedule

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, July 22, 2018 and ends by 12:00 pm on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Please plan to arrive at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center on Sunday, July 22 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, July 22: 
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, January 20:
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

This course will have 40 participants.

Continuing Education and Scholarships

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

There will be a limited number of Scholarships available. Please contact us at [email protected]for Scholarship information.

Closed for Registrations

Program fees:

$100 “Early Bird Discount” if you register and pay in full before June 22, 2018.

Earlybird tuition and materials (before June 22, 2018): $650

Standard tuition and materials (on or after June 22, 2018: $750

Room and Board Double Occupancy: $599

Room and Board Single Occupancy: $784 (very limited number)

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.


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 July 1, 2018, that you need to cancel your registration.

No refunds are available after July 1, 2018, 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.


July 22, 2018
July 27, 2018


Mary & Joseph Retreat Center
5300 Crest Road
Rancho Palos Verdes (in Los Angeles), CA 90275 United States
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This retreat is being held in Palos Verdes, which is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California.