Breathing Out Fear: Facing the World with Equanimity and Courage

2016-2017 complete program listing

Copper Beech Institute offers more than 50 retreats, courses, and events each year – from overnight retreats to day retreats and workshops, to community meditation groups. A complete listing of everything we offer is shown below in date order. 


Solitude and the Virtuous Life
February 24–26, 2017 / Arnie Kozak, Ph.D.
Explore the importance of solitude for living a virtuous, awakened life and cultivate your capacity for aloneness through guided meditation, poetry, neuroscience research, and humor.
Mindfulness | Spirituality | Continuing Education


Yoga for Healing: Connecting to Self and Spirit
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. / Jeanine Oburchay and Kerri Gawreluk
Unlock your individual life stories to connect more deeply with your Truth and bring about healing on many levels.
Movement | Connection


Mindful Eating: Free Yourself from the Diet Mentality
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 1–5 p.m. / Angela Mazur and Theresa Nygren
Discover how mindful eating can liberate you from the suffering and struggle with food and body weight based on new research from Duke University.


Welcome Fresh Life This Spring
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. / Millie Grenough
Come for a day of refreshing rejuvenation to begin this spring season. Shed worry, delight in what is —now.



Deepening Your Practice: 
An 8-Week Mindfulness Circle with Miranda Chapman
Thursday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Spring 2017 Series: March 23-May 11, 2017
Strengthen your practice of meditation with the support of others and mindfulness tools that you can take into your daily life. 


Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
March 24–26, 2017 / Cheryl Jones 
Explore the basic practices and principles of the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in a weekend retreat.


Where Art Meets Meditation: Zentangle® Retreat
March 24–26, 2017 / Meredith Yuhas, Beth Malley and Janet Valencis
Learn or deepen your artistic journey using the Zentangle method, working with various art mediums as a conduit for mindful exploration and practice.
Creativity and Art | Mindfulness


Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat for Mothers
March 31-April 2, 2017 / Hunter Clarke-Fields and Carla Naumburg
Recharge with yoga and mindfulness practices especially for moms, and learn how to stay focused on what really matters to you and your children.
Mindfulness | Connection | Continuing Education


Spring 2017 Daytime MBSR Course with Anne Dutton
Mandatory Orientation: Monday, April 3, 2017 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Class Dates: 8 Mondays: April 17, 24, May 18, 1522June 512 (skipping Memorial Day)
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors. 


Spring 2017 Evening MBSR Class with Sharon Gutterman
Mandatory Orientation: Monday, April 3, 2017 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Class Dates: 8 Mondays: April 17, 24, May 18, 1522June 512 (skipping Memorial Day)
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors. 



Beginner’s Mind: Introduction to Mindfulness
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Explore the basics of mindfulness through sitting and walking meditation, body scan, and mindful communication.


Spring Day of Mindfulness: Planting Seeds of Transformation
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Miranda Chapman
Take a day in retreat and through meditation and sharing, explore what wants to be planted in your life during this fertile season.
Mindfulness | Movement | Connection


Mindfulness for Health Professionals and Caregivers: How the Science and Practice of Awareness Supports Resiliency and Well-Being
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.Auguste Fortin, M.D. and Tara Healey, M. Ed.
This half-day program offered in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will teach clinical professionals restorative techniques, rooted in mindfulness and meditation, which they can begin employing immediately for the purpose of increasing their capacity to be present with their patients and in all other aspects of their lives.
Mindfulness | Health Care



Breathing Out Fear:
Facing the World with Equanimity and Courage
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Nadia Colburn
We live in a world full of great change, challenge and insecurity as well as great love and joy. How do we meet these challenges without getting swept away by them so that we can be present for and cultivate the great gifts of being human?
Mindfulness | Movement



Mandala Workshop
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 1–5 p.m. Beth Malley, CZT
Unlock your creative energy! Relax and enjoy the ancient practice of creating a mandala or “sacred circle.” No art experience required.
Mindfulness | Arts


What You Seek is Seeking You: The Wisdom of Rumi
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Dr. Brandon Nappi and Helen BetGivargis
Explore the central spiritual themes in Rumi’s poetry, including love, loneliness, letting go and embracing challenge, and finding your life’s purpose.
Mindfulness | Spirituality


World Labyrinth Day Celebration: Candlelight Labyrinth Walk
An Evening in Community at Copper Beech Institute
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate World Labyrinth Day by joining in the ancient tradition of walking the labyrinth to foster compassion, generosity and peace in the world.



Moving into Stillness: Running as Meditation
May 19-21, 2017 / Vanessa Zuisei Goddard
Explore running as a moving meditation, a way to study the body and mind and examine the dynamic dance between stillness and movement. Running experience helpful but not essential.   
Mindfulness | Movement


The Yoga of Connection
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1 - 5 p.m / Nancy Murray
Celebrate summer with some inspiring outside yoga! We will practice yoga outside while focusing on our connection to nature and to the larger world.
Movement | Spirituality


Loving Life:
A Mindful Approach to Happiness, Health and Love Within
June 2–4, 2017 / Maria Sirois
Explore mindfulness as a foundation for inner serenity and kindness toward yourself that will increase your wellbeing, contentment, joy, and sense of meaning. 
Mindfulness | Shoreline Retreat at Mercy Center


Lovingkindness Retreat 
June 9-11, 2017 / Sharon Salzberg
Through talks, guided meditations, and writing exercises, explore the relevance of right intention, right speech, and right action in cultivating kindness in our hearts and minds.



Inviting Change by Letting Go:
Gently Moving From Impossible to Possible
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Sharon Gutterman
Come and deepen your experience of well-being, compassion, and personal freedom with nourishing teachings and heartfelt conversation to help transform your life no matter what your circumstances.


Mindfulness for Educators
June 30–July 2, 2017 / Cory Muscara
Learn how to bring mindfulness into your personal and professional life so you may live with greater intention, clarity, and groundedness.
Mindfulness | Education 


Connecting from the Inside Out
Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 1–5 p.m. / Sandrine Harris
Explore heart-opening experiences of the present moment through gentle movement, meditation and walking in the outdoors.
Mindfulness | Movement


Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Focused Approaches to Teaching Mindfulness: A Professional Training
July 28–30, 2017 / Trish Magyara and Char Wilkins
Learn how to deliver trauma-informed mindfulness meditation, practices and psychotherapy in a way that is healing for people with trauma histories. For mental health professionals, teachers and teachers-in-training of mindfulness-based programs.


Presence and Play: Meditation in Movement
Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. / Miranda Chapman
Connect with the playful and creative energies of summer through guided and silent meditation, mindful movement, outdoor time and sharing. 
Mindfulness | Movement


Create Wellbeing and Thrive: A Mindful Retreat for Women
Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. / Cheryl Jones
Explore mindfulness meditation practices and wellbeing activities designed to help you thrive, lower stress and build resilience.


Mindfulness, Music and Crepes Under the Stars
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 7 p.m. / Kate Callahan and Le Petite France Bakery
Enjoy an evening of guided meditation, a labyrinth walk, fresh dessert crepes, and an outdoor concert with singer-songwriter Kate Callahan, Connecticut’s state troubadour. 
Arts | Mindfulness


Living from Your Center: Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit
August 18–20, 2017 / Nadia Colburn, Ph.D.
Use the tools of mindfulness, yoga, and writing to go deeply within, reconnect with yourself, and emerge recharged with a renewed sense of equanimity, purpose and clarity.


Beginner’s Mind: Introduction to Mindfulness 
Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 10 to 5 p.m. / Jackie Johnson
Explore the basics of mindfulness through sitting and walking meditation, body scan, and mindful communication. 




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Solitude and the Virtuous Life 
Arnie Kozak
February 24-26, 2017

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