Simplicity Retreat: An Online Weekend of Practice and Discovery
Friday, July 23 thru Sunday, July 25, 2021
with Margaret Fletcher and Jacob Buch-Andersen

The opportunity to commit to a weekend of simple quiet, to listen deeply and closely to our innermost truth, is precious. Most of us are caught up in a whirlwind life of hurry, acquiring, and achieving. The Simplicity Retreat is an opportunity to pause and offer yourself the gift of quietude, restoration and insight—and to support others who want to do the same. Separated by time zones, we will come together in a timeless zone—a live online gathering through which this weekend retreat will unfold.

Designed for graduates of the MBSR or MBCT course (or for those who have an established formal mindfulness practice), this silent retreat is for anyone who wants to release their usual busy pace, to see more clearly into the nature of being. You will be invited to give yourself space, sweet care and the opportunity to let go of the usual pressures to become and achieve. In doing so, each will hold the space for others to extend kindness and simplicity to themselves. A commitment to welcome 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 Margaret Fletcher and Jacob Buch-Andersen.

During this retreat you will:

  • Practice mindfulness intentionally from the space of your own home
  • Live an entire weekend with the intention to befriend yourself and this world, simply and fully
  • Hear teachings on the value of your natural awareness
  • Relate with the story of your life from a fresh perspective
  • Experience silent group practice with meditators from various areas of the world

At the end of this retreat you will:

  • Explore ways to live from your innate, spacious awareness
  • Establish the ground for open-hearted relationship with yourself and others
  • Recommit to meeting the moments of your life with friendliness and wonder
  • Apply insights from the weekend to your everyday life

The Simplicity Retreat is open to graduates of the MBSR or MBCT course, as well as those with an established mindfulness practice.

Required Technology and Preparation:

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Laptop or desktop with speaker, microphone, and video capability; full-sized screens ensure face-to-face connection among all participants. No phones, iPads or other tablets, please.
  • Current version of Zoom installed
  • A place for practice that allows for being undisturbed

To support this time of group practice, please arrange to participate for the entire weekend (note that all times shown are in US Eastern Time):

Dates Times
Friday,
July 23
5:30-7:30PM
Saturday,
July 24
8:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday,
July 25
8:00AM-2:00PM


Click here to see the schedule for the weekend (note that the schedule is subject to slight changes).

Click here for information about preparing, and so on.

We have created a sliding scale to accommodate more people. Generosity policy applies—to cover business costs, and to ensure adequate compensation for the instructor, please use your own wisdom to determine the level that applies to your personal situation.

TIER 1 (Supporting Others): $550

TIER 2 (Our Cost): $450

TIER 3 (Subsidized Rate): $375

If Tier 3 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us so we can find a way for you to participate.

From the pulldown menu, please select the level of payment that applies to your situation, and complete your registration using either a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.

You do not need a PayPal account in order to use your credit card to make your payment (you may need to select the "Checkout as Guest" option to use a credit card).

You will be asked to provide your phone number during the payment process—this is so that we can contact you should there be any changes to the course schedule, etc.

Choose the payment level that applies to you:

Once you have paid, your slot is reserved.

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Margaret Fletcher, co-founder of East Coast Mindfulness, is an MBSR teacher and teacher trainer who holds an M.A. in Mindfulness Studies. She has taught mindfulness for various businesses, in healthcare, for government entities, for her own church community, and others. She taught classes and trained MBSR teachers at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Margaret was previously Guiding Teacher for White Mountain Sangha, a non-dual meditation community in New Hampshire. She has led many meditation retreats through White Mountain Sangha, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, NH and now online through East Coast Mindfulness.

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Jacob Buch-Andersen is an MBSR teacher trained at the Danish Center for Mindfulness and the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness. He's also trained by Buddhist teacher Stephan Wormland and inspired by the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. After a mental health breakdown, Jacob re-found the magic of life, and the intimacy of reality through mindfulness. Since then he's been teaching mindfulness in many contexts, and taught numerous short retreats. He is in training as a psychotherapist at the ID Academy, a Scandinavian institute inspired by the thoughts of Ken Wilber.

  • Schedule

    To support this time of group practice, please arrange to participate for the entire weekend (note that all times shown are in US Eastern Time):

    Dates Times
    Friday,
    July 23
    5:30-7:30PM
    Saturday,
    July 24
    8:00AM-7:00PM
    Sunday,
    July 25
    8:00AM-2:00PM


    Click here to see the schedule for the weekend (note that the schedule is subject to slight changes).

    Click here for information about preparing, and so on.

  • Cost

    We have created a sliding scale to accommodate more people. Generosity policy applies—to cover business costs, and to ensure adequate compensation for the instructor, please use your own wisdom to determine the level that applies to your personal situation.

    TIER 1 (Supporting Others): $550

    TIER 2 (Our Cost): $450

    TIER 3 (Subsidized Rate): $375

    If Tier 3 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us so we can find a way for you to participate.

  • Register

    From the pulldown menu, please select the level of payment that applies to your situation, and complete your registration using either a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.

    You do not need a PayPal account in order to use your credit card to make your payment (you may need to select the "Checkout as Guest" option to use a credit card).

    You will be asked to provide your phone number during the payment process—this is so that we can contact you should there be any changes to the course schedule, etc.

    Choose the payment level that applies to you:

    Once you have paid, your slot is reserved.

  • Retreat Teaching Faculty
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    Margaret Fletcher, co-founder of East Coast Mindfulness, is an MBSR teacher and teacher trainer who holds an M.A. in Mindfulness Studies. She has taught mindfulness for various businesses, in healthcare, for government entities, for her own church community, and others. She taught classes and trained MBSR teachers at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Margaret was previously Guiding Teacher for White Mountain Sangha, a non-dual meditation community in New Hampshire. She has led many meditation retreats through White Mountain Sangha, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, NH and now online through East Coast Mindfulness.

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    Jacob Buch-Andersen is an MBSR teacher trained at the Danish Center for Mindfulness and the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness. He's also trained by Buddhist teacher Stephan Wormland and inspired by the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. After a mental health breakdown, Jacob re-found the magic of life, and the intimacy of reality through mindfulness. Since then he's been teaching mindfulness in many contexts, and taught numerous short retreats. He is in training as a psychotherapist at the ID Academy, a Scandinavian institute inspired by the thoughts of Ken Wilber.

REFUND POLICY:
You may receive a full refund if you notify us via email (info@eastcoastmindfulness.com) by Monday, July 19. No refunds will be granted thereafter.

Questions? Please email us at info@eastcoastmindfulness.com


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