Discovering Peace in a Stressful World with Janet Solyntjes
October 12–17, 2008
We all long to live at peace, yet given the frenzied pace of daily life, we often react to life circumstances by feeling stressed. When we are in this state, we not only put our health at risk, but we also miss the vivid beauty and potential ease inherent in our lives. However, by bringing mindfulness to our body, thoughts and feelings, we can begin to shortcircuit the stress response. In becoming intimately aware of our own experience, moment by moment, we come to recognize that peace is not only possible, but it is also the essence of our very being. In this retreat, we will explore contemplative practices that enhance the power of mindfulness, including sitting and walking meditation, gentle yoga and body scan. The program will also include talks, discussion and several days of silence.
Prerequisite: Previous experience with meditation, yoga or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is recommended.
Recommended Reading: Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Janet Solyntjes, MA, teaches mindfulness practices at Naropa University, Shambhala Meditation Centers and Omega Institute. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she has trained in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet is also co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living.
Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher (Shastri) in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition and has offered mindfulness courses at Naropa University, Omega Institute, Hollyhock, Shambhala Mountain Center, and in corporate and non-profit workplaces. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and an MBSR Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet leads MBSR courses in Colorado and offers mindfulness seminars and retreats in the U.S. and internationally. She is the co-founder of the Boulder-based The Center for Courageous Living and is a teaching faculty member of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.
Financial aid is available for this program.