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Meditation as Medicine (MBSR)

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Meditation as medicine is an approach to stress reduction, chronic pain, illness and well-being. This retreat will offer you key teachings and meditation practices of MBSR and will include discussion and inquiry in both small and large groups.


November 17 – 19, 2017


All Levels

Silence Level


What will be covered?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed in 1979, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. MBSR seeded the mindfulness movement which is now found all over the world bringing mindfulness to medicine, psychology, education, science, business, and government.

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in day-to-day life. Mindfulness develops the potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with serenity and clarity. One can feel more alive and gain access to the powerful inner resources for healing. MBSR consists of intensive training in mindfulness meditation, gentle mindful movement and group support.

Who is it for?

This retreat is applicable to anyone wanting to live better with stress, pain or illness. It is designed for people who yearn for more balance in day-to-day life, promote healthy living and renewal, as well as improving ones health and well-being.

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.

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.

Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
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