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The Mindfulness Retreat

We have decided to offer the May mindfulness retreat online via Zoom.

Your health and wellbeing, and that of the community, are of the utmost importance to the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. Due to the uncertainty and public health concern created by COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all upcoming in person retreats. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will reconvene the half-day mindfulness retreats when it is safe to gather together again. In the interim, we are offering free webinars on a variety of wellbeing topics, and free online Stress Busters sessions, which includes guided meditation and gentle movement. 

Retreat Information

These retreats are opportunities to further your understanding of mindfulness or inspire a daily practice. These practice periods invite you to intentionally step away from daily routines and the busyness of everyday life for the purpose of renewal. A skilled mindfulness teacher will provide guided instruction related to sitting meditation as well as gentle mindful movement. Components of these retreats include silent retreat, meaning that participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a few hours of silence although there will be guided activities by the instructor. Part of the day will also include small group discussions facilitated by the teacher. The Center will make available cushions, benches and a limited number of yoga mats. 

Mindfulness retreats are appropriate for those who are new to mindfulness as well as those who have completed a previous mindfulness program or have a personal practice.
Day-of Event Logistics
Please wear clothes according to your comfort, and bring a light shawl, sweatshirt, or blanket for warmth in case the room temperature fluctuates. You are also welcome to bring anything else you would need to enjoy the facilities, including your own yoga mat. We will have hot tea, but please bring a bottle of water for your use. Lunch will not be provided so plan to bring a bag lunch.

University of Minnesota Employees and Spouses:
Attend a retreat and earn 50 points for the University of Minnesota's Wellbeing Program under the Wellbeing My Way pledge opportunity. Learn more about other UMN Wellbeing Program offerings through the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.
Continuing Education Credit
This retreat is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching for 4 continuing education units (CEP # 100057). If you would like to attend this retreat for NBHWC continuing education units, please add this option onto your registration (Cost $15).

If you are not a NBHWC certified health coach, it is your responsibility to confirm that the course or event meets the requirements of your governing institution or credentialing board and that they will accept NBHWC CEUs. NBHWC CEUs are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Location for all sessions:
Mayo Meditation Space
Mayo Memorial Building, 3rd Floor
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Half Day Cost:  $49
Half Day UMAA Member:  $44

Course Terms, Policies and Additional Information

Course Terms

As part of the registration, you will need to agree to these terms:

Item 1: Mindfulness programming may not be appropriate for persons experiencing recent grief or trauma, serious mental or physical health challenges, chemical dependencies or suicidal feelings. If any of these apply to you, please contact the facilitator prior to beginning the session. Should you determine that the program is not appropriate at this time, you will receive a full refund.

Item 2: This mindfulness programming includes skill training or practice in relaxation and meditation methods as well as gentle stretching (yoga) exercises. I understand that if for any reason I am unable to, or think it unwise to engage in these techniques and exercises whether during the weekly sessions at University of Minnesota, Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing or at home, I am under no obligation to engage in these techniques nor will I hold the above named facility liable for any injury sustained from these exercises.

Item 3: I understand that I am not to attend sessions under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs.

Registration to the mindfulness retreat is non-refundable, but transfers to another retreat will be allowed up to 5 days before your scheduled retreat. A transfer into a subsequent retreat is only allowable one time per registration.

Exceptions to this policy are granted for extenuating circumstances. Please contact the Bakken Center's mindfulness programs office if this applies to you (mindprg@umn.edu, 612-625-8164).

Learn more about the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing's mindfulness programs.

To request accessibility accommodations, please contact Molly Buss, program manager (612-625-8164, bussx057@umn.edu).

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Contact us:
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
420 Delaware St SE, MMC 505
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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