Sitting in Beauty: A Silent Mindfulness Retreat
Janet Solyntjes and Mary Linda McBride
August 10–15, 2021
What is the experience of sitting in beauty — within our own being, within the flow of communication, and within the natural world? Mindfulness invites us into the experience of now and is an essential element in the cultivation of kindness, common humanity, beauty and wisdom. We find solace in the present moment. We discover joy unleashed when we relax to the sensory world. We feel connected to others when we are deeply at ease within ourselves. We allow space to inquire how to take care of our interior domain as well as the shared domain.
In this retreat, you will explore practices from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, body scan, and sensory exercises.
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Janet Solyntjes, MA, is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has been leading silent meditation retreats in the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. She provides online study groups and individual mentoring to mindfulness teachers-in-training and has been on the faculty of Naropa University, the Center for Mindfulness, and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.
Janet facilitates the annual leadership retreat: Leading with Genuine Care (formerly donothing retreat) for entrepreneurs and supports business leaders and teams in the integration of mindfulness into workplace settings.
Mary Linda McBride is a certified mindfulness teacher through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute – a rigorous training program focused on bringing mindfulness skills to under-resourced populations. Currently, she leads a team of volunteers offering yoga and mindfulness classes at a women’s prison in Raleigh, NC. She is also a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and yoga instructor.
Through her firm, Mindful Resolution, Mary Lin specializes in bringing mindfulness skills into workplaces with the aim of helping teams manage stress and foster a culture of wellbeing. Prior to founding Mindful Resolution, Mary Lin enjoyed a 20-year career in nonprofit management and taught nonprofit fund development at North Carolina State University.