Mindfulness Meditation Day Retreat

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Event Overview

In this beginner-friendly day retreat, unplug from technology and spend the day learning the basics of mindfulness meditation, learn its role in dealing with conflict, and have the opportunity for an extended sitting and walking meditation period.


Date: Saturday, 1/4/29
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration & Arrival Time at 9:30 a.m.)
Location: Woolman at Sierra Friends Center
13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA


Mindfulness Meditation is used to increase awareness of our bodies and emotions, and provides the tools for greater insight into how our minds work. The morning session covers the basics of the meditation practice and the afternoon session provides additional mindfulness work around conflict, gives an extended period for outdoor practice, and then concludes with loving-kindness meditation.


The talk and additional practice session for this day retreat focuses on mindfulness's role in dealing with conflict, our own responsibility for the conflict in our lives, how to use our conflicts for greater self-awareness, and also how to respond more consciously and effectively during life's difficult moments.


AGENDA 
• Class Arrival / Introductions 
• Why Mindfulness? A Background and Basic Understanding of the Practice
• Postures 
• Morning Practice 
............Using the Breath as Home 
............The Body and the Senses 
............Emotional Awareness 
............Thoughts and the Mind 
............Walking Meditation (Outdoors, weather permitting)
• Lunch Break (A vegetarian or vegan lunch is provided)
• Afternoon Practice 
............Talk: Mindfulness in Conflict
............Self-Reflection and Practice for Understanding Your Own Role in Conflict
............Extended Mindfulness Meditation Practice (Outdoors, weather permitting)
............Guided Meditation for Loving-kindness
• Q&A Period
• Wrap-up 


​This day retreat is at Woolman at Sierra Friends Center. We will do the instruction portions inside the Meeting House, a spacious, high-vaulted ceiling building on the main campus (shown above). During the extended sitting and walking portions of the day, participants will be able to explore the site's 236 acres of forest trails, meadows, and fields. Weather permitting, we will spend time both indoors and outdoors.

What to Bring

Note: Lunch will be provided and we will be using chairs and benches for the sitting portions of this beginner-friendly retreat. If you wish to use a meditation cushion instead, please feel free to bring one with you. Please bring a pen and notebook for n

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Filtod Walker

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With over 15 years of experience in adult education, Filtod Walker is a master teacher whose courses and individual workshops focus on educational leadership, new teacher training, communication, presentation, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence skills. He has been a Vipassana (Insight) meditation practitioner since 1997 and is a secular teacher.

Filtod has spoken at conferences on mindfulness, emotional intelligence, stress management, cognitive distortions, instructional design, employee/volunteer correction, understanding cultural awareness, and learned helplessness.

A longer bio is available at http://www.filtod.com/about.html.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Morgan S.
    Reviewed on 12/11/16

    Great class with a great teacher!

    Great class with a great teacher!

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    Willie W.
    Reviewed on 04/12/16

    I really enjoyed the Mindful Meditation course. There was several profound lessons in this class. Admittedly, I'm not used to meditating for so long, but I felt the class was well structured and broken up into parts that time seemed irrelevant.

    I really enjoyed the Mindful Meditation course. There was several profound lessons in this class. Admittedly, I'm not used to meditating for so long, but I felt the class was well structured and broken up into parts that time seemed irrelevant.

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    Sam S.
    Reviewed on 04/01/16

    I enjoyed the class very much. The instructor was very knowledgeable, supportive and very engaging. The skills I learned will certainly help me at work as well as in my everyday life. The question is, practice and practice. Overall the class was small enough that allowed for good communication and practice.

    I enjoyed the class very much. The instructor was very knowledgeable, supportive and very engaging. The skills I learned will certainly help me at work as well as in my everyday life. The question is, practice and practice. Overall the class was small enough that allowed for good communication and practice.

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    Fawna S.
    Reviewed on 01/08/16

    This class was fantastic! Filtod provided an excellent breakdown of the different elements of mindfulness...noticing breath, body sensations, emotions, and thoughts, and helped us put it all together through different guided exercises that were challenging and rewarding. The exercise on responding as our best self to triggering situations was extremely helpful for me. The variety of activities and lively discussion really kept things interesting, and the time flew by. I would recommend this class to someone who has no experience in mindfulness, as well as others who have an established practice and want to dedicate time to exploring these components further.

    This class was fantastic! Filtod provided an excellent breakdown of the different elements of mindfulness...noticing breath, body sensations, emotions, and thoughts, and helped us put it all together through different guided exercises that were challenging and rewarding. The exercise on responding as our best self to triggering situations was extremely helpful for me. The variety of activities and lively discussion really kept things interesting, and the time flew by. I would recommend this class to someone who has no experience in mindfulness, as well as others who have an established practice and want to dedicate time to exploring these components further.

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    Barbara A.
    Reviewed on 01/03/16

    I found this class to be very interesting and helpful in learning to meditate. I did not realize that there were so many techniques!
    The 5 hours flew by and while most of it was spent meditating, there was ample time for discussion and questions.

    I found this class to be very interesting and helpful in learning to meditate. I did not realize that there were so many techniques!
    The 5 hours flew by and while most of it was spent meditating, there was ample time for discussion and questions.

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