Sitting in Beauty: A Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Mary Linda McBride

August 10–15, 2021

Tuition $350 + 5 nights

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

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

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.  


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.