4th Annual Lovingkindness Meditation Retreat: Mindfulness + Lovingkindness – 4 days, 3 nights
With Stephanie Swann, Ph.D., LCSW and Helen Barnes Vantine, Ph.D.
March 26 - 29, 2020
This year we are offering two retreats in one. Come for 3 days of Lovingkindness or 4 days of Mindfulness + Lovingkindness, it’s your choice. Choose Thursday-Sunday or Friday-Sunday.
Our 4 day Mindfulness + Lovingkindness retreat starts on Thursday, when we will begin by settling into the quiet space of Elohee and the beauty of Bald Mountain. Using the nature that surrounds us as our guide, we will allow our pace to slow, our minds to calm, and our hearts to open. The first 24 hours will be a time of relaxing the body and concentrating the mind, letting go of the to-do list and giving ourselves the gift of being present. As the mind quiets, we can begin to feel our hearts open to ourselves, others and the world at large. We will practice both walking and sitting meditation.
On Friday evening the second part of our retreat will begin with an introduction (or review) of lovingkindness practice. This part of the retreat will follow the traditional method of lovingkindness practice, taking time to focus our hearts and minds on ourselves and others. Lovingkindness will be practiced through sitting meditation and walking meditation. On Friday and Saturday evenings there will be talks related to the topic of lovingkindness.
If you have never done lovingkindness practice, this is a beautiful introduction. If lovingkindness is already part of your practice, talking several days to commit solely to the practice can deepen and strengthen your experience of open heartedness.
Tiffany Andras-Myers with A Mindful Heart Yoga will provide yoga practice for us daily. She is a beautiful teacher who embodies lovingkindness through her yoga.
There will also be free time for wandering the beautiful mountains of Elohee.
**Please note that the retreat is held in noble silence. This retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators.
The cost of the program is $400.00. But, because we understand that everyone has different financial ability, tuition is on a sliding scale that allows participants to pay according to individual means. Sustaining tuition is $400; mid tuition is $300; and base tuition is $200. Please choose your amount based on an earnest assessment of your financial ability. When you pay at the highest level you can, it allows others to attend who may not otherwise be able to join us.
At checkout, you will be asked for a discount code. For sustaining tuition, no discount code is required. For mid and base tuition, please enter one of the following codes: mid300 or base200, respectively.
Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW, is co-owner of the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. She, along with Dr. Vantine, is one of only three certified MBSR instructors in Georgia. Her certification is through the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Center for Mindfulness.…
Learn more about Stephanie Swann, Ph.D., LCSW
Helen Barnes Vantine, PhD, founded AMI in 2008 with a mission to help others find insight, love, joy, compassion, and acceptance through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She teaches mindfulness skills to individuals, businesses, small groups, health care professionals, and graduate students.…
Learn more about Helen Barnes Vantine, Ph.D.