|Dates||5:00 PM on August 1st – 1:00 PM on August 4th, 2019|
|Location||Middlesex School, Concord, MA|
$595 for MX faculty or staff
|Who can attend?||Parents/Guardians, Teachers, Youth-Serving Professionals, and members of the Middlesex Community
All levels of experience welcome
|Deadline||July 18th: All applications received after this date will be put on a wait list|
|Questions?||(978) 254-7082 or email@example.com|
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Cara Lai started meditating over ten years ago, and began sitting long retreats regularly in 2011. Most of her practice has been in the IMS/Spirit Rock tradition, although she has explored many other avenues of self-discovery. She seeks to find freedom through her own intuitive process, however that may vary from the ways we normally think about Buddhism, and to help others do the same. Nature, intuition, and the body are all integral to her teaching. She teaches for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and works as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, artist, and occasional wilderness guide. She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Vermont; and in the past has worked in a therapeutic high school, an adoption agency, and various outdoor education settings. In 2020 she will complete the Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. In her spare time she enjoys walking and watching plants grow.
Doug Worthen is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts. Since 2010 he has been supporting and educating the Middlesex School community (students, faculty, staff, parents, and alums) in mindfulness. Doug began practicing mindfulness meditation in 1999 as a member of the UVA national championship lacrosse team and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. Living through two bouts of lymphoma, including a bone marrow transplant in 2007, Doug has also experienced how supportive mindfulness can be when living with illness. Doug has attended several 1-3 month-long mindfulness retreats, a variety of teacher trainings, and is dedicated to supporting other schools in creating full-time mindfulness faculty positions. He regularly staffs iBme retreats and served on the iBme board from 2010–16. You can read about his classes at Middlesex.
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Please join us for the fourth annual adult mindfulness retreat at Middlesex. The retreat will mostly be held in silence – practicing sitting and walking meditation with occasional relational and movement practices.
You will have a glimpse into the potential for life changing effects of mindfulness with guidance to cultivate an open-minded approach to being in the present moment. People often walk away from retreat living with this degree of calm, peace and ease that many people have never experienced before. Many people also report, after retreat, that things become more vibrant, along with a stable feeling of joy.
Do I need to sleep in a dorm? We encourage attendees to stay in the dorms (all rooms are singles) to have the full retreat experience, but if you want to commute to campus daily that is ok.
Can I miss part of the retreat? For several reasons we encourage you to experience the entire retreat, but can make exceptions given particular circumstances.
Is it ok if I have never practiced before? Definitely. Many have found retreats of this length to be a great way to learn the mindfulness practice. If you are worried that the “typical day” schedule is too much please know that many find it much easier time than expected.
What is a typical day like? See below. The days are held mostly in silence with some times open for Q&A.
7:00am – Wake Up
7:30am – Mindful Movement and Sitting Meditation
8:00 – Breakfast and Free Time
9:30 – Morning Meditation Program (including Q&A)
Noon – Lunch and Free Time
2:00 – Afternoon Meditation Program (including Q&A)
4:30pm – Mindful Movement and/or Walk
5:30 – Dinner and Free Time
7:30 – Evening Meditation Program (including Q&A)
9:30 – Free Time
10:30pm – Bed
Amazing and transformative weekend.
Revealing, insightful, deepening, connective
Extremely valuable to all ages and to all levels of experience with mindfulness.
Peaceful, calming, and validating
It was a wonderful experience. I was longing for the solitude, the quietude, and the guidance.