Autumn Mindfulness Retreat

A Silent Morning Retreat

with meditation teacher Rev. Senpai Daishin, M.A.

October 20, 2024
Registration is Open

Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in silent serenity with our Autumn Mindfulness Retreat.  Our annual retreat will take place at the beautiful Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies in Middletown, CT and will offer a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit overlooking a harmoniously balanced Zen garden.

This retreat focuses solely on the practice of mindfulness, providing practical tools and a serene place to cultivate inner peace, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. By creating a neutral, inclusive environment, we offer a space where you can explore mindfulness practices without any religious, sectarian or doctrinal content. Our goal is to help you develop a deeper connection with yourself and the present moment, empowering you to navigate life’s challenges with greater clarity and calm. Join us and discover how mindfulness can transform your life, in an open and accepting community dedicated to personal growth and inner harmony.

The retreat theme is Silent Simplicity, which underscores non-judgmental awareness, mental relaxation, being in the present moment within the vast web of interconnectedness. 

First-timers to the most advanced are welcomed to our 2.5-hour morning retreat, which will include: basic sitting meditation instruction, conscious breathing, sitting, walking and voice meditation, and noble silence. This retreat is not religious or “buddhist” but focuses on the human practice of silent meditation. As already mentioned, it’s appropiate for anyone, over the age of 16, from any religious tradition, and for the non-religious too.  

Potential Outcomes:

1) Enhanced Mental Clarity and Focus

2) Reduced Stress and Anxiety

3) Emotional Healing and Well-being

4) Deeper Spiritual Connection

Whether you are seeking to deepen your mindfulness practice or simply crave a tranquil morning getaway, our retreat offers a transformative experience that will leave you feeling refreshed, recentered, and/or deeply reconnected to the present moment. Join us for a morning of relaxation, reflection, and renewal, and let the tranquility of autumn restore your inner harmony.  

In Summary & Registration

Our Autumn Mindfulness Retreat will take place at the beautiful Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies in Middletown, CT.  Our 2.5-hour morning retreat includes: basic sitting meditation instruction, conscious breathing, sitting, walking, and noble silence. To learn about what is mindfulness (sati) and its benefits scroll below.

Retreat Time: from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Arrival:  8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

No prerequisites: for first-timers, beginners to the most experienced.

Cost: $55

Open to the general public including friends, non-buddhists, buddhists & non-religious.

What to wear? Loose, causal, & non-distracting clothing and socks. Participants may bring a bottle of water. Zafus (cushions) and chairs are available.

Limited enrollment. The retreat space is limited. Sign up early to have the best chance of getting a spot at the event.

Register Here. Registration is open until October 19, 2024 at 12:59 p.m.

Be sure to read on the ticket the Refund Policy Disclaimer of Responsibility, Code of Conduct, & Image Release Agreement. By registering to this event, you have confirmed and agreed to these policies, agreements, code of conduct.

What Is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness (sati) is the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment–non-judgmentally and completely–rather than dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. It generally involves a heightened awareness of sensory stimuli (really noticing your breathing, feeling the sensations of your body, etc.) and being “in the now.” While mindfulness has origins in Eastern philosophy and Buddhism, there is no necessary religious component to mindfulness — anyone, with any belief system, can enjoy the benefits of mindfulness.

How is mindfulness attained? Mindfulness can be achieved through meditation, but one can also practice mindfulness through daily living. Simply focusing on the present moment and quieting your inner dialogue can help you attain mindfulness.”  – By Elizabeth Scott, M.S