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Making Peace: Reconciliation and Loving Kindness

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Event Description


November 16 – 18, 2018


All Levels

Silence Level


What is it?

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

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
  • Utilize techniques to practice and strengthen skills related to mindful communication
  • Explain the application of mindfulness in personal and professional situations
  • Identify the mechanisms through which stress conditions, exacerbates, and often precipitates illness, and lack of self-worth
Continuing Education

12 hours of APA Continuing Education Credits are available.  CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The 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 this program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Vajrapani Institute at For questions about CE, visit  or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Additional information
  • Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat.
  • Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat.
  • For a preview of our accommodations, please click here.
  • For answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.

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

  • 16 November 2018 to 18 November 2018

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Teacher Bio

Bob Stahl and Jan Landry


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.

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.

Option A Option B
Dorm $250 $319
Semi-private room $271 $340
Private room $376 $443
Private room – extra person $231 $299
Cabin $449 $515
Cabin – extra person $242 $330

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