The present moment is where we meet God. During this weekend retreat, we will explore ways we can live more aware of God’s Presence with us. This will be an experiential learning experience. Plan to come to spend time with God. There will be periods of instruction, practice, and discussion. There will also be periods of silence. Weather-permitting, there will be time spent outdoors.
Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to our experiences gives us valuable information we can use to live better. We become less reactive and more purposeful. Living mindfully allows us to live more connected with God and to more effectively do what He created each of us specifically to do. During this retreat, you will be introduced to some mindfulness practices you can incorporate into your life.
This weekend retreat offers more time to explore and reflect on the practices than the half-day workshops. It is fine to attend if you have come to a prior workshop. Each experience of the practice is new.
Wear comfortable clothing. If you have one, please bring a yoga mat or something soft to lay on, a cushion or pillow to sit on, and a journal or paper. You may want to bring a blanket or shawl. It is not necessary to lay down or sit on the floor to participate. Guided by Heather Alexander.
Check-in begins at 3pm. Dinner is served at 6pm and the retreat will begin at 7pm. Heather welcomes those who have attended previous mini-retreats too! If you have previously attended one of Heather’s mini-retreats at our Center, please let us know by selecting the ‘special needs’ area below and typing that information in. This will be helpful with her preparations for this retreat. Thank you.
Heather Alexander, MD, FAAP, has a passion for encouraging and empowering people to live well through being more present in their lives and living with more compassion. She sees this as her way of contributing peace to our world that is so in need of healing. Dr. Alexander received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She currently practices in Columbia, MD. She has trained with the University of Mindfulness, started by Job Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Dr. Alexander has also trained with the Mindful Schools program to teach mindfulness to children.