Mindfulness Retreats

 DAY OF MINDFULNESS

Our goal is to meet in companionable silence together where we give each other the support and spaciousness to have our own unique experience. We will be practicing in silence as your teacher guides the group through the sitting and movement meditations that most students of mindfulness practices are familiar with.

This is an opportunity to be with the pleasant and unpleasant moments that arise and disappear daily- thoughts, sensations and emotions- in a supportive environment. This is ‘together action’ as we focus on becoming more aware of our life as it is- just this- always changing.

Retreat details: Preparing for an online retreat:  
We all have a unique home environment. Here are a few suggestions to help you create an optimal retreat experience:
  1. As much as you can, create a separate, quiet space away from family, even pets if they might distract you. Earbuds can help you to hear the retreat leader speak more clearly if you continue to have trouble hearing, after turning the computer volume up.
  2. Wear comfortable clothing: we will be practicing some mindful movement during the retreat. Make sure that you have a chair or meditation cushion/bench that will support your body comfortably, as we will be sitting in 30 minute segments.
  3. Please “unplug” from your phone, clock, or any other electronic device unless using it to connect to our Zoom retreat room. It is advisable to put your cell phone in another room- they are sooo tempting to want to check.
  4. Please prepare a lunch and/or snacks before the retreat begins. There will be a 45 minute meal break, where we hope you will practice quiet, mindful eating.
  5. Minimize as many tasks as you can. Usually a retreat center setting allows for an immersive experience. Retreating at home offers the benefit of being able to practice mindfulness skills in your regular environment; it also offers the potential challenge of home distractions.
  6. If you live with others, please prepare your household members ahead of time, letting them know you’ll be practicing silence during this time. You might even inspire family members to try some silence with you! 
  7. Please accept that the day will unfold in the way that it does and much is beyond our control. If things are busier or in some way not to your liking in your environment, try to accept things as they are and know that there is benefit to becoming comfortable with distractions- another way to practice awareness of each moment without judgment, holding compassion for yourself and others. 

Please:

  1. Sign in a little early. The Zoom room will be open for signing in at 9:45am – your camera and mic can be off before we begin.
  2. Turn your camera on once the retreat starts.
  3. Maintain silence -as much as possible- throughout the day: no speaking, reading, writing, or using devices.

All of this helps create a strong and seamless container for our retreat. This benefits the whole group — and you! Thank you for your interest and attention to our suggestions. See you soon!

Additional Information:

When you register with Olympic Peninsula Mindfulness for any online class, we will send you an invitation to register with Zoom.us. Please register asap. Then in a couple of days- and again on the day of the retreat or class- we will send out the Invitation to join the class you have registered for. Please call us if you have any questions: 360-316-6544.

A retreat on Zoom.us takes a bit of preparation if you are unfamiliar with the process. You can create a free Zoom.us account. Then, you can familiarize yourself with the online tools of a Zoom meeting: using the video and audio buttons are fairly simple, and we recommend that you register with Zoom.us a few days before the retreat. If you have questions please contact us a few days ahead of time as well. A successful Zoom experience is also determined by the amount of bandwidth you have with your Internet provider. You can run a ‘speed test’ online to make sure that you have  at least 2.0 Mbps to have a stable connection. The more bandwidth the better, especially if you are sharing your Internet connection with other members of the house or building.

 

 


Upcoming Retreats*

  • Saturday June 18, 10 AM – 4 PM.  
  • Saturday July 16, 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Saturday August 20, 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Classes will be held in-person at our office in beautiful Port Townsend, or on Zoom.us depending on how participants sign up.
  • Course fee: sliding scale from $30 – $60

Instructor: Ellen Falconer


Registration: Retreat:
  • Retreat Location – In-person, or online via Zoom.us .
  • Course fee: Sliding scale: $30 to $60. (Please see details at the PayPal payment area).
Registration is a two step process:
  1. Complete and submit this form
  2. Select a payment option (below the form)

If you have questions, please contact us.

Step 1: Class Registration

    Step 2: Tuition

    We are offering this class on a sliding scale fee basis. Please pay as high on the scale as you can – this makes the lower cost options available for those who need them.

    You can pay for the course online through PayPal (No PayPal account necessary – you can just use your preferred credit card on their site) by choosing your payment level, and then clicking the “Buy Now” button:

    Choose how much you will pay –



    Or submit your payment by check payable to:
    Ellen Falconer
    427 Washington Street
    Port Townsend,  WA 98368