Mindfulness Retreat for Educators
Rona Wilensky and Kristin McKeown
June 2–6, 2018
Take time to cultivate your capacity for attention, emotional balance and compassion in and out of the classroom. Designed to support you in bringing a mindful presence to your personal life and professional work in schools, this retreat includes daily periods of silent meditation practice, one full day of silence, mindful movement, solitary reflection, time in the natural world, and opportunities to share perspectives and experiences with other educators.
Mindfulness for educators is part of a global movement to bring research-based practices and mindsets to individuals and organizations interested in transformation.
This program is open to those with any level of experience (or no experience) with mindfulness practices. This program is not focused on bringing mindfulness practices to students.
Hemera Scholarships (FULL, WAITLIST ONLY)
A limited number of Scholarships are available for educators, health care professionals, and artists through the Hemera Foundation.
Levels of Support
- 100% Funding – for individuals who have never attended a residential meditation retreat longer than a weekend. However, we request that each participant offers something toward the cost of the program if you are able. We suggest $100, but please let us know what is workable for you. In addition to making an energetic exchange, this allows us to make funding available to more people. *Please note this energetic exchange is a request from the presenter and is specific to this program.
- 50% Baseline + Needs-Based Funding – for individuals who have previously attended at least one meditation retreat longer than a weekend.
Lodging Types available for this fellowship include Red Feather Double or equivalent. Retreatants may pay to upgrade or choose to downgrade if they wish. If a Red Feather Double or equivalent is not available, fellowship funding can be used for the next level of housing down. Please see all housing options here.
After submitting your scholarship application you will be notified of your award and given instructions for how to register online for the retreat.
Please note: This retreat is full. Any new scholarship applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
Rona Wilensky is Director of Mindfulness Programs and a senior faculty member for SMART in Education—a research-based mindfulness program for educators at PassageWorks Institute. She has served on the Leadership Council of the Initiative on Contemplative Teaching and Learning at Garrison Institute and has helped plan and facilitate convenings on contemplative practice and social justice. She served as founding principal of New Vista High School in Boulder, Colorado from 1992 – 2009.
Kristin McKeown is a teacher advocate and personal coach who helps hard-working educators manage their stress, integrate mindfulness and meditation into their lives, and find the balance that allows them to be at their best. As the founder of TeachingBalance, Kristin integrates her experience as a meditation teacher with her 22 years in public education to offer mindfulness-based strategies for wellness and self-care.