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Making Peace: Reconciliation and Loving Kindness

Event Description

As we grow and develop as human beings, we may recognize the importance of relinquishing opinions, grudges, judgments and resentments through honest mindful reconciliation. This is the path of the heart that leads to deeper wisdom, compassion, and peace.


November 17 – 19, 2017


All Levels

Silence Level


With reconciliation, the heart may naturally begin to open into loving kindness for ourselves and to others… May this be a time to heal our hearts and make peace within.

In this weekend workshop you will learn and practice:

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Reconciliation Meditation
  • Loving Kindness Meditation
  • Walking Meditation
  • Interpersonal Mindfulness to deepen communication

There will also be didactic presentations, and small and large group discussions.

This will be a weekend intensive training on cultivating mindfulness and compassion based approaches into our lives. This is a hands-on “learning from the inside” experience. We will begin by understanding the art and science of mindfulness and compassion that is based in science, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, and contemplative practices. There will be time for formal and informal mindfulness practices as well as to talk in small and large groups about the practices of mindfulness and compassion.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the foundational principles and practices of mindfulness
  • Describe the relationship between mindfulness and compassion
  • Cite scientific evidence related to the benefits of mindfulness and compassion practices
  • Describe how the practices of mindfulness and compassion can support reconciliation within ourselves, in our relationships with others, and in the world
  • Identify formal and informal mindfulness practices that can develop resilience and build compassion
  • Practice and strengthen skills related to mindful communication during the symposium exercises and discussions
  • Explain application of mindfulness in personal and professional situation
  • Identify the mechanisms through which stress conditions, exacerbates, and often precipitates illness, and lack of self-worth
Continuing Education

16 hours of APA Continuing Education Credit are available for psychologists. CEs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 16 hours of CE credits for licensed nurses in California are available through the co-sponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (BRN Provider CEP10318). California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about CE visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 17 November 2017 to 19 November 2017

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Teacher Bio


Bob Stahl, PhD

Bob Stahl is a co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, and A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety. Bob is the Guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation. He also founded and directs mindfulness-based stress reduction programs at Dominican Hospital and El Camino Hospital and serves as a Senior Teacher for Oasis, the institute for mindfulness-based professional education and innovation of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Jan Landry, BSN MA

Jan Landry has worked in the field of hospice care both as a nurse and as a chaplain, for over 30 years. Her work in the field of death and dying, serves as an ongoing reminder of how precious each and every moment of life is, and informs her meditation practice which has developed and deepened over many years. She is a yoga practitioner, a student of the Ridhwan School and of life. As a teacher of mindfulness meditation, she hopes to support others in cultivating a practice of mindfulness that fosters awareness and deep listening to the inner wisdom of one's own heart.

Teacher’s fees

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teachers is not included in the fee information detailed on this page. Instead, we invite you to consider bringing a cash donation with you to express your gratitude for the teachings. (Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat and this is supplemented by a donation from Vajrapani Institute.)

Fees (inclusive of accommodation and meals)

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible.

Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result.

The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Option A Option B
Main Dormitory $238.00 $310.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $258.00 $330.00
Private Room $358.00 $430.00
Private Room – extra person
$220.00 $290.00
Cabin $428.00 $500.00
Cabin – extra person
$230.00 $320.00
10% membership discounts are applicable for members.

Financial Aid is Available

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at