The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) retreat will teach the practice of mindfulness meditation (present moment, non-judgmental awareness) and its application to stress reduction, self-reflection and the mobilization of inner resources to support health, healing, spiritual enrichment and personal growth. Retreat participants will experience guidance in mindfulness meditation skills, mindful yoga practice, group dialogue*, periods of extended silence, rest and relaxation. Opportunities for individual meetings with the retreat director for additional instruction, guidance and/or support will be provided. The retreat is modeled on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principles developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the Center for Mindfulness in the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Beginners and experienced participants are welcome!
Note: All participants will have the option to participate or to refrain from certain exercises according to their own comfort and safety practices.
This is a silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted*
Mark Dannenfelser is the founding director of the Mindfulness Center of Atlanta (2009). He is the Contemplative Outreach Commissioned Presenter of the Centering Prayer Method for the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University, and is also the Director of Faith Formation for Adults at Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church. He is the adjunct lecturer in the School of Theology and Ministry at Spring Hill College.
Mark is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Contemplative Outreach Commissioned Presenter of the Centering Prayer Method, a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), and a Certified Spiritual Director.
*Medical Disclaimer: The Mindfulness programs are for educational purposes only and are not intended as, nor should they be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice and/or treatment.