Mindfulness Retreats


BBMC Annual Residential Retreats

UPCOMING!  For social activists: November 3-5, 2017

Click here for details:  2017-18-mindfulness-retreat-flyer

Registration:   https://socialhealthconcepts.wufoo.com/forms/z19hrcog0nm44rm/

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AND SAVE THE DATE!  For people of color: February 2-4, 2018

The work of social justice activists and community organizers is challenging and often leads to burnout.  Through diverse means, we struggle to right the wrongs of unjust systems, and often forget to take care of ourselves. The path of mindfulness helps us cultivate clarity, understanding and compassion.  We bring integrity, calm and peace as we strive for balance inside and outside of ourselves.

Overview:  Our retreats are suitable for both beginning and experienced mindfulness practitioners.  We will pause to stop running, to stop ‘doing’, to calm our minds and bodies and be at ease.  Retreats are opportunities to leave the mental commentary, the past and the future, and begin to be present for the activity of the moment.  Everyone can practice because everyone can breathe.  We will focus on the relationship between body, breath and mind.  Slowly, we will develop this awareness of the present moment, and begin living a more wakeful life.

Activities:  Daily format includes sitting and walking meditation, gentle movement and awareness exercises, mindful eating and Dharma talks. Free time for personal practice will also be available. We will observe noble silence each evening after dinner concluding after breakfast.

Cost:  Sliding scale: $250 – $300. The fee includes all vegetarian meals and accommodations.  These are residential retreats.  Please plan to stay overnight instead of commuting.  Please give at the highest level you can afford so others can attend.  Some scholarships are available – contact Marisela at socialhealthconcepts@gmail.com.

Travel:  Carpooling facilitated. Email bbmcspace@gmail.com to request or offer a ride share.

Registration:     https://socialhealthconcepts.wufoo.com/forms/z19hrcog0nm44rm/ 

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Next residential retreat for people of color:   February 2-4, 2018

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Past Residential Mindfulness Retreats

For People of Color
Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World
2017: Friday, March 3, 9 am – Sunday, March 5, 3 pm
Trinitarians Retreat Center, 8400 Park Heights, Ave.,  Baltimore, MD

Photos to be posted soon…

Registration closed.
Cost:
Sliding scale: $250-$300. This includes meals and accommodations.

Please give at the highest level you can afford so others can attend.
Some scholarships are available – contact Marisela at email above.

Note: These are residential retreats. Please plan to stay overnight instead of commuting.  Ride sharing is available; please indicate on the registration form your need for carpooling and/or your availability to drive others.

For All Activists
Sacred Justice: Where Spirit and Action Meet
2016: Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 am – Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 pm
Trinitarians Retreat Center, 8400 Park Heights, Ave., Baltimore, MD

Photos to be posted soon…

 

2015 Residential Mindfulness Retreats

Below are photos and information about the retreat.  Click on the photos to enlarge them. If you missed it this year, we hope to welcome you next year.

August 7-10 2015 at Wellspring Conference Center, Germantown, Maryland

For People of Color

Returning to Our True Home: Nurturing Our Roots, Celebrating Our Wholeness
Friday, August 7, 9 am – Saturday, August 8, 5 pm

For All Activists

Sacred Justice: The Heart of Compassion for Ourselves and for Our World
Sunday, August 9, 9 am – Monday, August 10, 5 pm

More info: http://bmoreantiracist.org/events/partner-events/retreats/
Contact: Marisela Gomez at socialhealthconcepts@gmail.com
Cost: Sliding scale: for individual retreats: $100-$145; for both: $240 – $295. This includes meals and
accommodations. Please give at the highest level you can afford so others can attend.

Some scholarships are available – contact Marisela at socialhealthconcepts@gmail.com
Note: These are residential retreats. Please plan to stay overnight instead of commuting.

Facilitators

Jewel

Kaira Jewel Lingo, formerly Sr. Jewel, was ordained as a nun by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1999 and as a Dharma teacher in 2007. She returned to lay life in March of 2015 and continues to share the practice of mindfulness as a lay Buddhist teacher. Kaira Jewel has led mindfulness retreats in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Brazil, India and Southern Africa. She shares mindfulness and compassion, especially with children, families and young people, and brings mindfulness to teachers and schools. She also leads regular retreats for people of color and artists. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader.

Marisela

Marisela Gomez is a mindfulness practitioner, author, public health scholar activist, and physician. Of Afro-Latina ancestry, she has spent more than 20 years in Baltimore involved in social justice activism and community building/health research and practice. Since 2004 she has been studying and practicing mindfulness and other forms of meditation in US, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, Colombia, Belize and France. She has co-organized retreats for People of Color at Blue Cliff Monastery in New York since 2007, a monastery in the tradition of Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh.