Mindfulness Retreat for Educators

Rona Wilensky and Kristin McKeown

June 1–5, 2019

Tuition $300 + 4 nights
Rona Wilensky

Rona Wilensky

Kristin McKeown

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.


Scholarship Information

Scholarship spots for this retreat are now full. You may still apply and be placed on a waitlist. 

Shambhala Mountain Center is offering special support for educators to attend this 2019 Mindfulness Retreat for Educators. Applications are collected through Shambhala Mountain Center and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Employed full-time in a pre-K-12 school or school district setting
  • Currently enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a M.Ed.
  • Professionals working as early childcare providers (ages 0-3) (i.e. licensed day-care professionals, etc.)
Levels of Support
  • 85% – for individuals who have never attended a residential meditation retreat longer than a weekend.
  • 40% Baseline + Needs-Based – for individuals who have previously attended at least one meditation retreat longer than a weekend.
Additional Information
  • The lodging types available for these scholarships are our Red Feather Doubles. Retreatants may pay to upgrade or may choose a lodging type of lesser value if they wish. If the Red Feather Double is not available, scholarship funding will be used for the Tent Single.
  • Scholarships do not cover travel expenses.
  • Please do not register for this program until you have found out about your scholarship.
  • After submitting your scholarship application you will be notified of your award and given instructions for how to register online for the retreat.

To apply, please CLICK HERE.



Rona Wilensky

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

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.

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. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. 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.