Learn to Meditate

Patricia Kelly

October 1–3, 2021

Tuition $150 + 2 nights

Working with your mind is one of the most beneficial skills you can learn, yet most of us don’t even know where to start. Through the practice of meditation, it is possible to balance your thoughts and emotions, become less distracted and reactive, and be more engaged and responsive in your life. While meditation itself is simple, it is important to start with the right view, take the correct posture, and know how to work with common obstacles. During this immersive weekend, you’ll learn everything you need to know to jumpstart your personal meditation practice. Through learning contemplative practices, participating in group discussions and spending time in nature away from the speed and busyness of daily life, you will return home feeling focused and relaxed.

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Patricia Kelly

Patricia began practicing meditation in 1986. She was introduced to zazen by an Episcopal priest, who was also a zen practitioner. This, along with reading Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, set her on a path that brought her to Naropa University, where she received her Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy. After completing her degree, she began practicing psychotherapy at the mental health center in Boulder. Over the last 30 years, she has continued as a meditation student and teacher in the Shambhala tradition. Patricia lives in Louisville, Colorado where she has a private psychotherapy practice specializing in treating trauma.


Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. This program ends with lunch on the final day. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.