Stable Mind, Open Heart: August 10-15, 2018

Stable Mind, Open Heart:

A 5-day Silent Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat
August 10-15, 2018
41 CEUs for MN Psychologists and Social Workers
Dunrovin Retreat Center, Stillwater, MN



Mental health practitioners, health professionals, teachers, social workers, and all others committed to the deepening of Mindfulness practice are invited to attend.

Continuing education credits (41) have been approved by the MN Boards of Psychology and Social Work. (Other certification boards may also grant credit for their licensees.)

Cost: $1250 for lodging, food, tuition. $50 extra, paid upon registration, for those requesting CEU certificate.

Lodging: All participants will have a private room with a twin bed. Shared bathrooms are on each hall.

Arrival and Departure Schedule:

August 10: Arrive at Dunrovin between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Check in, get settled. Dinner at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm.

Daily schedule is approximately:

  • 7:00 – 8:00 am session
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am breakfast
  • 9:00 – noon session
  • Noon – 3:00 pm lunch and “unstructured mindfulness”
  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm session
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm session

Participants stay on-site throughout Retreat, observing “Noble Silence” (unplugging from computers, cell phones, conversation, etc. Facilitators and assistants will be available throughout for guidance and instruction, as needed.) Participants are asked to attend all sessions.

August 15: Program completes at 11:00 am, optional lunch 12:00-1:00 pm.

Leave Dunrovin Retreat Center by 2:00 pm.

Learn More

Join us for a FREE Zoom session, a live, online meeting and Mindfulness session with Q & A about the 5-day Silent Retreat

Your Retreat Facilitators

Paula Coyne, MA, LP, RYT

Paula Coyne, MA, LP, RYT

Janet Solyntjes, MA

Janet Solyntjes, MA

Paula has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2001. She has completed the professional training in MBSR with Jon and Saki, the Teacher Development Intensive, and the MBSR Teacher Practicum, Clinical Supervision and The Heart of the Matter. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher, and brings Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction to her clinical practice at United Family Medicine and as a teacher at River Garden Yoga (in St. Paul). She offers a variety of retreats and trainings with mindfulness as a foundation, including the 2-year Art of Peace training.

Janet is a certified MBSR teacher and serves as a faculty member for the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as well as the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She offers MBSR courses in the Denver/Boulder area and leads mindfulness retreats in the U.S. and internationally. Janet is a co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

Paula and Janet have collaborated so far on 4 one- day Mindfulness events for MH professionals and Social Workers, held at Shambhala Meditation Center in NE Minneapolis. This will be their first extended retreat facilitated together!

“Our Presence is the foundation for our stability, and for our meaningful engagement with Life.”

All of us have an innate capacity to experience well-being, resilience, and unconditional care and kindness. In order to enhance this capacity, we will directly explore the power of mindfulness and related practices such as loving-kindness and compassion for self and others. The Stable Mind, Open Heart retreat emphasizes the direct experience of mind and heart in a silent and supportive atmosphere.

This secular, accessible retreat will be offered in the tradition of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as taught through the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School, the University of MN, and in many places around the world. It will include guided meditation instruction and talks by the retreat leaders, gentle yoga and walking meditation, mindful eating, and an opportunity to discuss your meditation practice in a small group with one of the teachers. It is a profound and strengthening opportunity to meet oneself in this kind of supported, extended, compassionate setting. The St. Croix River Valley lends natural elements to further support our practice and experience with peace and beauty.

“If you want others to be happy, practice Compassion. If you want to be happy, practice Compassion.”

The Dalai Lama

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