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.

Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat for Mothers

With Hunter Clarke-Fields and Carla Naumburg

March 31-April 2, 2017
Recharge with yoga and mindfulness practices especially for moms.

Spring 2017 Evening MBSR Class

With Anne Dutton

Mandatory Orientation - Monday, April 3, 2017 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Class Dates - 8 Mondays: April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12 (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 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12 (skipping Memorial Day)
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors.

Deepening Your Practice:
An 8-Week Mindfulness Circle

With Miranda Chapman

Thursday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Spring 2017 Series: April 6 - May 25, 2017
Strengthen your practice of meditation with the support of others and mindfulness tools that you can take into your daily life.

Beginner's Mind: Introduction to Mindfulness

With Jackie Johnson

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

With Miranda Chapman

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
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

With Auguste Fortin, M.D. and
Tara Healey, M. Ed.

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
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

With Nadia Colburn

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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

With Beth Malley, CZT

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

Community Movement Experience:
Meditation In Motion

With Miranda Chapman and Sandrine Harris

Friday, May 6, 2017, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
One of the most powerful ways that we can connect to ourselves in the present moment is through moving our bodies.
Mindfulness | Movement

What You Seek is Seeking You:
The Wisdom of Rumi

With Dr. Brandon Nappi and Helen BetGivargis

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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

With Vanessa Zuisei Goddard

May 19-21, 2017
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

With Nancy Murray

June 3, 2017, 1 - 5 p.m 
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

With Maria Sirois

June 2–4, 2017
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

With Sharon Salzberg

June 9-11, 2017
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

With Sharon Gutterman

June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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

With Cory Muscara

June 30–July 2, 2017
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

With Sandrine Harris

July 9, 2017 from 1–5 p.m.
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

With Trish Magyara and Char Wilkins

July 28–30, 2017
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. 
Mindfulness | Continuing Education

Presence and Play: Meditation in Movement

With Miranda Chapman

July 29, 2017 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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

With Cheryl Jones

Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Explore mindfulness meditation practices and wellbeing activities designed to help you thrive, lower stress and build resilience.

Mindfulness, Music and Crepes Under the Stars

With Kate Callahan and Le Petite France Bakery

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 7 p.m.
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

With Nadia Colburn, Ph.D.

August 18–20, 2017
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

With Jackie Johnson

Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 10 to 5 p.m.
Explore the basics of mindfulness through sitting and walking meditation, body scan, and mindful communication.  

Introduction to MBSR

With Tracey Sondik

September 15–17, 2017
The benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are widely known. Here’s your chance to learn many of the same practices and principles in a weekend retreat.

Annual Autumn Open House Retreat

With the Copper Beech Staff

September 17, 2017, 1–5 p.m.
Our entire campus will be open, offering the opportunity to sample the Copper Beech retreat experience. 

Introduction to Zen Practice

With Paul Bloom

September 23, 2017
Learn meditation techniques in the Zen tradition, including sitting, walking, work meditation, and chanting.

Living with Pain:
Finding Wisdom in Discomfort

With Miranda Chapman

September 29, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pain can be one of our greatest teachers. Explore your relationship with pain and how to open experience in new ways.

Meditation as a Tool
for Emotional Healing and Spiritual Transformation

With  Bhante Wimala

September 29 – October 1, 2017
Join us for a peaceful, restorative weekend, learning and practicing the teachings of the Buddha with a world-renowned teacher.
Mindfulness | Spirituality

Cultivating Mindful Self-Compassion

With Angela Mazur and Theresa Nygren

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 1–5 p.m.
Discover the transformative nature of mindfulness combined with self-compassion. 
Mindfulness | Connection | Continuing Education

Five-Night Silent Retreat:
Coming Home to Kindness

With Beth Mulligan and Jon Aaron

October 3 to 8, 2017
Renew and deepen your practice of compassion and mindfulness meditation in a supportive environment enhanced by silence.

Midweek Retreat: Embodying Presence

With Sandrine Harris

October 10–12, 2017
Find the path to awareness and the gift of living in the present moment through the practice of meditative movement, breathwork, and mindfulness meditation.  
Mindfulness | Movement

Triumph of the Human Spirit:
Reflections on Stress and Human Spirituality

With Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D.

October 20–22, 2017
Learn from the stressors in your life and their potential to transform the rough edges of the soul while strengthening your spiritual fortitude and health.  

Qigong: Return to Peace

With Risa Gaull Brophy, BS, MQT

October 22, 2017 1–5 p.m.
Learn simple Chinese healing exercises that you can practice in just a few minutes each day to feel more centered, grounded, and peaceful. 
Mindfulness | Movement

The Joy of Living Mindfully in the Second Half of Life

With Sharon Gutterman, Ph.D. 

October 28, 2017, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tap into your deep well of primal energy and wholeness through mindfulness in a day of sharing, discovery, friendliness and support.  

Autumn Candlelight Labyrinth Walk

With Dr. Brandon Nappi

October 28, 2017, 7 p.m.
Join with others in a candlelight labyrinth walk to foster compassion, generosity, and peace. The evening includes meditation, mindfulness teaching, gentle yoga and dessert.
Mindfulness | Movement

Mindfulness Wisdom from the Sea

With Brandon Nappi

November 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
In this day of mindfulness practice on the shore, we’ll draw lessons from the sea that can help us deepen awareness in our daily lives. 

Riding the Waves with Grace and Grit:
A Workshop for High School Students

With Marcie Swift

November 5, 2017, 1–5 p.m.
Join us in an exploration of the challenge of transitioning from high school to college. For parents and high school students. 

Mindful Healing:
Turning Pain into an Opportunity for Transformation

With Paul Epstein

November 10, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This retreat will explore how the teachings of the Buddha, mindfulness meditation and compassion practice can be integrated and applied in the process of healing. 

The Marriage of Yoga and Meditation,
or Steadying the Gaze of Awareness in the Mind, Heart and Body

With Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad

November 10–12, 2017 
This classic, two-night silent retreat nurtures the intimacy with our true nature through sitting and walking meditation and the practice of yoga. 
Mindfulness } Movement

Mindfulness and the Practice of Patience

With Kate Mitcheom

November 12, 2017 1-5 p.m.
Learn how you can find your peaceful center in any situation and increase your capacity to sit with the unknown and “let be.”  

Annual Autumn Retreat:
Building Resilience and Self-Care Through Mindfulness Practice

With Miranda Chapman

November 17-19, 2017
Engage in yoga, meditation and mindfulness, dialogue and experiential exercises that allow you to cultivate the resilience and self-care that help you weather any storm. 

Move Through the Holidays with Joy and Ease
(No Matter What Has
or Hasn’t Happened This Year)

With Cheryl Jones

December 1–3, 2017
Explore ways to navigate the holiday season with grace and ease. We’ll engage in reflective exercises that include journaling, group discussion, meditation and mindful movement.
Mindfulness | Movement

Christian Contemplative Retreat:
Light Sitting in Light

With Fr. Martin Laird

December 8–10, 2017
Join us for a silent weekend of prayer with conferences and periods of discussion that deepen understanding of the subtle and simple practice of stillness and contemplation. 

In the Spotlight

Loving Life:
A Mindful Approach to Happiness,
Health, and Love Within

Maria Sirois
June 2–4, 2017

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