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, Certified MSC Teacher, Teacher Trainer and mentor, and Hugh O’Neill, Certified MBSR Teacher, Teacher Trainer and retreat leader, will be holding the retreat virtually, and guiding 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]

Online Retreat Schedule

All times in Pacific Daylight Time

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

Tuesday June 8:
4:00 to 6:00 pm Opening

Wednesday – Saturday, June- 12:
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, June 13:
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.


This retreat will be co-led by Beth Mulligan and Hugh O’Neill, 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.

Hugh O’Neill is co-owner of, and a certified MBSR Teacher and International teacher trainer and retreat leader.  Hugh has studied and practiced meditation and yoga for more than 20 years. His many years of creative and management experience in the media industry, including significant time working in international news and documentary production, combined with his intensive training in Mindfulness Meditation programs enable him to skillfully relate the concepts and practices of mindfulness with sensitivity and compassion to a wide range of populations.  His experience working in the news business in Ireland and Northern Ireland has given him personal experience with Gun Violence; combined with his training in Trauma Informed Mindfulness makes him a key part of our work with offering MBSR to Survivors Empowered.. Hugh has taught more than 100 MBSR courses and dozens of other mindfulness programs at universities, medical centers, corporations and government agencies including the US Navy.  He is the lead instructor on a multi year- multi site NIH study on MBSR for Parents of developmentally delayed children. Hugh has also been a presenter at the International Scientific Conference on Mindfulness, is a regular event speaker, and is the lead mindfulness teacher in a number of clinical research projects. Hugh has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the originator of the MBSR program, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D. He has studied and lived in residence at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center under the guidance of Zen Master Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi, and is Certified as an MBSR teacher through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.

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 May 25, 2021 that you need to cancel your registration.

No refunds are available after May 25, 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.