Mindfulness Retreat for Educators

Rona Wilensky and Sean Guard

June 2–6, 2021

Tuition $315 + 4 nights
Rona Wilensky

Rona Wilensky

Sean Guard

Sean Guard

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. This program is not focused on bringing mindfulness practices to students.

Mindfulness for educators is part of a global movement to bring research-based practices and mindsets to individuals and organizations interested in transformation.

Scholarship Information

Shambhala Mountain Center is offering special support for educators to attend this 2021 Mindfulness Retreat for Educators. Applications are collected through Shambhala Mountain Center and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served 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.)
This year, we are limiting attendees who have attended this retreat once before to 4 people, first come-first-served.
If you have attended this retreat in the past more than once, please allow primarily first-time retreatants to attend this year by foregoing your application.
Levels of Support
  • For individuals who have never attended a residential meditation retreat longer than a weekend, the retreat will cost $215, plus a processing fee, for Red Feather Double lodging, or Tent Single if Red Feather Doubles are full. Retreatants may pay to upgrade if they wish.
  • For individuals who have previously attended at least one meditation retreat longer than a weekend, the retreat will cost $600, plus a processing fee, for the same lodging described above.
Additional Information
  • The lodging types available for these scholarships are our Red Feather Doubles. Retreatants may pay to upgrade 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 been awarded 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.

Sean Guard

Sean Guard is a mindfulness instructor who helps teachers find their own version of balance, perspective, and resilience. He has been a meditation practitioner in the Soto Zen and Shambhala traditions since 1991, worked in urban public schools for fifteen years, and has been on the faculty of Passageworks since 2013. He holds a master’s degree in education and in 2015 received a Jared Polis Teacher Recognition Award for his work as the department chair for English Language Development at Aurora Central High School.

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.