|Dates||October 11th – 14th, 2019 (attendance at the whole retreat is required)|
|Location||Prindle Pond Retreat Center, Charlton, MA|
|Transportation||Provided from Cambridge Campus|
|Tuition||$50. Financial assistance is available.|
|Deadline||September 27th (All applications received after this date will be put on a wait list)|
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Jessica Morey began practicing meditation at age 14 in the Insight Meditation Society teen retreats. She returned every year for 6 years and then participated for 10 years in an IMS young adult mentoring group. Jessica has attended longer (1-3 month) retreats in Asia and the US and is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. She wrote an article in the February 2014 Mindful Magazine, “Finding My Way,” about her experience learning and benefiting from mindfulness throughout her young adult years. She is an avid yoga practitioner and skier and loves dancing in any form.
Dan fell in love with mindfulness in his early 20s when he was having what people nowadays call a quarter-life crisis. Everything on the outside seemed fine: a graduate of Harvard, he was working for the LA times in Mexico City, in a great relationship, making good money, had lots of friends, but something didn’t feel right from the inside-out. There was a nagging sense that “there’s more to life” than just succeeding and “making it.” Dan went on a search for something that would help bring clarity, reduce suffering and bring greater ease.
In his search, Dan met a Zen monk living on Stone Island off the coast of Mazatlán who taught him a simple meditation practice. He felt like he had been on a long journey in the desert without any water, and somebody had finally offered him a glass of water—the cool, refreshing taste of mindfulness; of being present to whatever was happening without being caught in it and pushed around by it; of touching into a loving, caring awareness at the very core of our being.
Dan was inspired to explore the practice of mindfulness in northern India, where it originated 2,600 years ago, and lived for 10 months in the foothills of the Himalayas. He worked in a school, practiced regularly, and gained clarity about his life path: to help others awaken to the potential we all have to cultivate inner peace and meet life with courage, wisdom, grace, care and love.
Dan has been a teacher, school administrator, educational consultant, coach, and entrepreneur. He teaches mindfulness and other practices that lead to well being in wide variety of contexts from schools to corporations.
On this retreat we will explore mindfulness, through both formal meditation periods and relational mindfulness activities. Together, we will develop our skills of focused concentration, introspection, compassion, and insight. Scientifically proven to build emotional resilience, inner strength and well-being, these practices support our capacity to connect authentically with ourselves and others.
Each day will be held with periods sitting and walking meditation, small group activities, movement and free time. We move in and out of silence during the day on retreat, but please note this is not a fully silent retreat. Please come prepared to participate in all aspects of the retreat with curiosity and a willingness to engage with challenge.
Tuition is nonrefundable. There is no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.
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