Slowing down and turning toward ourselves with kindness isn’t easy: we live in a world where being overextended and ignoring or downplaying our own pain and stress can seem normal, maybe even admirable. The Kindness Retreat is an opportunity to pause and offer your precious mind, wise body, and tender heart what is most helpful and kind—and to support others who want to do the same. Separated by time zones, we will come together in a timeless zone—a virtual heart space in which this weekend retreat will unfold. Designed for graduates of the MBSR, MBCT or Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) courses (or for those who have an established formal mindfulness practice), this silent online retreat is for anyone who wants to step away from their usual goings-on to see more clearly what is actually called for. From there, you will be invited to give to yourself whatever that may be, and to hold the space for others to extend care and kindness to themselves. A commitment to nurture all of who you are, while holding to a high standard of practice, will form the container for group practice.
Note: Participating in this retreat satisfies the requirement of attending a 3-day, silent, teacher-led retreat before entering the East Coast Mindfulness MBSR Teacher Training Pathway.
This retreat is led by Rebecca Eldridge and Carol Bowman.
Carol Bowman, Ed. D., is an Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College, is Program Coordinator for Mindfulness at Ramapo College of New Jersey and Director of Yoga Studies Programs at Ramapo College. She trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with John Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and Lynn Corbell. Carol teaches in and directs the Ramapo Yoga Teacher Certification Program, convenes the Contemplative Studies Minor which includes MBSR and yoga courses, conducts research into yoga and mindfulness education teaching workshops for educators in mindfulness education. Her greatest motivation is the transformation of education to embrace both mind and heart.