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Mindfulness Meditation Weekend

September 24 @ 4:00 pm - September 26 @ 2:00 pm

Mindfulness seems to be popping up everywhere these days.  But what exactly is it?  Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.

Simply we become aware of the present moment experience.  And when our mind drifts into thinking, we kindly bring our attention back to this present moment.  We use an anchor to help keep us in the present moment.  Breath is frequently used as an anchor;  sound, an image, body sensations and words can also be used.  The choice is up to you.

Mindfulness itself is secular and can be partner with any religion or no religion.

Mindfulness meditation consists of both formal and informal practice.  The formal practice is setting aside time to do nothing but meditate.  Informal practice is when we apply mindfulness to something we are already doing in everyday life.

In this weekend you will learn more about mindfulness, but more powerfully, you will experience both formal and informal practice.  There will be gatherings throughout the days teaching and practicing different kinds of mindfulness.  Saturday evening you will have the opportunity to experience a guided imagery with music group session.   There will also be large spaces in the schedule to walk in the woods, nap, read a book or talk to friends, because mindfulness is meant to be used in the world – it is not a task to be conquered.

If you have every thought you wanted to begin a meditation practice, this is the perfect retreat for you. If you have been practicing and want a refresher or want to join with others after the long season of isolation, come join us too!


Brenda Burgner will be our instructor for the weekend. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Fellow and trainer in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and meditation instructor. She combines her thirty years of clinical experience to help people awaken to their own strengths and inner resources.

Weekend Highlights Include

  • Teaching and Practice of mindfulness Guided Imagery and Music

  • Guided Hike

  • Campfire

  • Good Food and Fellowship

Click HERE to download a flyer/description of the weekend.

Click HERE to download the tentative schedule for the weekend.

Click HERE for a map to Shrine Mont.  We strongly discourage using GPS or mapping software.

Rates (include two nights lodging, six meals and instruction)

Double Occupancy $310 per person
Single Occupancy $360 per person

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September 24 @ 4:00 pm
September 26 @ 2:00 pm
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Shrine Mont
217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States
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