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3 Days of Silent Meditation
in a Stunning Natural Environment…

Have you ever wondered what it would be like attend a multi-day meditation retreat?
Here’s the perfect opportunity….

6pm Friday May 1 –
12pm Sunday May 3
at Ghost Ranch, Abiqui, NM
drive time from Albuquerque= 2 hrs.
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Multi-day silent meditation retreats can feel daunting, but most people find the shorter ones – like this – are surprisingly doable….and incredibly relaxing, shifting, inspiring, eye-opening, and softening.

This retreats provides a true meditative experience in the world class setting of Ghost Ranch, where we can focus on rest, self-care, quiet, yoga, nature, and of course, meditation.

The meditation sessions are longer (see daily schedule below), but participants can take breaks for themselves whenever they need.  The longer sessions also include meditative yoga instruction, so attention to the body will be a part of the weekend as well.

There will be no formal instruction as part of this retreat, so participants should have some meditation experience.  Light guidance from retreat host Michelle DuVal will be provided at different times throughout the retreat, so everyone feels supported in their practice.  But please note that this is considered to be a silent retreat, so guidance will be light, and there will be no talking throughout the day’s meditation sessions.  There will be opportunity to share experience and connect with others in the group over light snacks and tea in the evenings.  During the 2 hour free time during the day on Saturday (see schedule below), participants can keep the silence or not as everyone will hopefully go out and hike and explore the incredible natural environment that is Ghost Ranch.  There is also a stunning outdoor labyrinth (see picture above) for people to practice walking meditation as well.

From Michelle DuVal, MA, Director of The Mindful Center and this retreat leader:

I was absolutely shocked the first time I went to Ghost Ranch.  The lodging is basic but has everything you need for comfort…but it’s really the outdoor setting that dropped my jaw.  We pulled in for my birthday weekend one year in the night, and there were a small family of deer to the side of the road munching grass.  Our headlights caught them as headlights do, and they looked at us with a calm presence that reminded me of how I feel when I can afford the luxury of longer, in-nature meditation.  That was the first of many true encounters with nature that weekend that told me simply, “You should come back.  And bring friends.”

The daily schedule will be as follows:

Friday, May 1:

5:45 – 6:30: Orientation over dinner
7 – 8:30pm: Evening meditation

Saturday May 2:

7-8am: Early Morning meditation
8-8:30am – Breakfast
9 – Noon – Morning Meditation (includes meditative yoga)
Noon – 1pm: Lunch
1-3:00: Free time/ rest/ hike/ yoga
3 – 5:30: Evening Meditation
5:30 – 6:30: Dinner
6:30 – 7: Rest/ Free time
7 – 8pm: Discussion and connection with your group
8-8:30: Evening Meditation

Sunday, May 3:

7-8am: Early Morning meditation
8-8:30am – Breakfast
9 – Noon – Morning Meditation (includes meditative yoga)
Noon – 1pm: Lunch
1-2: Discussion and Connection with your group
2-2:30 Final Meditation
2:30 Departure

What’s Included:

All meals and lodging are included…the rooms are rustic but comfortable.  The meals are vegetarian and healthy.
All rooms have two beds, either two doubles, or a double and a queen.  You are welcome to share a room with a friend to reduce cost.  1 spot in the meditation group is included with your reservation.  If you are sharing a room with someone who wishes to participate in the retreat, they should purchase the “retreat only” option.  If someone is sharing your room with you who does not wish to join the retreat, that’s fine as well.

Cost for retreat (which includes lodging and all meals): $650
Cost for retreat only (if you are sharing a room with someone else from the retreat; this option includes all meals and access to all retreat activities): $250

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the retreat leader Michelle DuVal, at michelle@themindfulcenter.com

 

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