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.

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.
Mindfulness

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

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

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.
Mindfulness

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

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

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

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. 
Mindfulness

Beginner's Mind: Introduction to Mindfulness

With Jackie Johnson

Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Explore the basics of mindfulness through sitting and walking meditation, body scan, and mindful communication.  
Workshop

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.
Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Evening Fall 2017, Shoreline Campus

With Anne Dutton

Mandatory Orientation - Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Class Dates - 8 Wednesdays: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
Class Time - 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat: Saturday, November 11, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors.
Mindfulness

Deepening Your Practice:
An 8-Week Mindfulness Circle

With Miranda Chapman

Thursday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fall 2017 Series: September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 16, 2017 (Skipping November 2)
Strengthen your practice of meditation with the support of others and mindfulness tools that you can take into your daily life.
Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Daytime Fall 2017, West Hartford Campus

With Anne Dutton

Mandatory Orientation - Monday. September 25, 2017, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Class Dates - 8 Mondays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Class Time - 9:30 a.m. – noon, with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat: Sunday, November 5, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors.
Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Evening Fall 2017, West Hartford Campus

With Sharon Gutterman

Mandatory Orientation - Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Class Dates - 8 Mondays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Class Time - 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. With the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors.
Mindfulness

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. 
Mindfulness

Introduction to Zen Practice

With Paul Bloom

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

Introduction to Meditation

With Miranda Chapman

Monthly Sunday sessions, 3­–5 p.m.
Begins September 24, 2017
In this monthly two-hour gathering, we will explore what meditation is and its benefits, and how we practice meditation at Copper Beech Institute.
Mindfulness

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.
Mindfulness

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.
Mindfulness

Mindful Parenting I:
Awakening through the Journey of Parenthood

With Amanda Votto

Mondays, October 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 pm
This four-week introductory course explores the practice of mindfulness with a particular focus on parenting. It is the first in a two-part series on mindful parenting and appropriate for any caregiver of any age child.
Mindfulness

Embodying Presence:
The Practice of Awakening

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

Introduction to Meditation

With Miranda Chapman

Monthly Sunday sessions, 3­–5 p.m.
October 15, 2017
In this monthly two-hour gathering, we will explore what meditation is and its benefits, and how we practice meditation at Copper Beech Institute.
Mindfulness

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.  
Mindfulness

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

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.  
Mindfulness

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

Copper Beech Institute Annual Harvest Celebration: Cultivating Compassion

With Renowned Harpist and Singer Erin Hill.
Hosted by Kara Sundlun

November 2, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Join our annual fundraising celebration featuring farm-to-table food, a cocktail reception and silent auction with emcee Kara Sundlum, cohost of Channel 3’s Better Connecticut.  
Event

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. 
Mindfulness | Shoreline

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. 
Mindfulness

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. 
Mindfulness

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

Introduction to Meditation

With Miranda Chapman

Monthly Sunday sessions, 3­–5 p.m.
November 12, 2017
In this monthly two-hour gathering, we will explore what meditation is and its benefits, and how we practice meditation at Copper Beech Institute.
Mindfulness

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.”  
Mindfulness

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. 
Mindfulness

Finding Stillness:
Creating Wellbeing through Mindfulness

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

T'ai Chi: Welcoming the Quiet of Winter to Deepen Our Practice

With Tom Cushing

December 2, 2017, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Practice mindful t’ai chi to find the renewing, quiet spirit of winter within yourself. 
Mindfulness | Movement

Introduction to Meditation

With Miranda Chapman

Monthly Sunday sessions, 3­–5 p.m.
December 3, 2017
In this monthly two-hour gathering, we will explore what meditation is and its benefits, and how we practice meditation at Copper Beech Institute.
Mindfulness

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. 
Spirituality

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Daytime Winter 2018, West Hartford Campus

With Amanda Votto

Mandatory Orientation - Monday, January 8, 2018 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Class Dates - 8 Mondays: January 22, 29, February 5, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 (There will be no class on February 12)
Class Time - 9:30 a.m. – noon, with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat: Saturday, March 3, 2018 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors.
Mindfulness

Introduction to Meditation

With Miranda Chapman

Monthly Sunday sessions, 3­–5 p.m.
January 7, 2018
In this monthly two-hour gathering, we will explore what meditation is and its benefits, and how we practice meditation at Copper Beech Institute.
Mindfulness

Mindful Parenting II:
Deepening the Journey of Awakening Through Parenthood

With Amanda Votto

Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 pm
This is a four-week series for participants who have completed Level 1: Mindful Parenting and are interested in deepening their mindful practice with a particular focus on parenting. This course is appropriate for any caregiver of any age child.
Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Evening Winter 2018, West Hartford Campus

With Tracey Sondik

Mandatory Orientation - Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Class Dates - 8 Thursdays: February 1, February 8, 15, 22, March 8, 15, 22, 29 (skipping March 1)
Class Time - 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat: Sunday, March 11, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors.
Mindfulness

Deepening Your Practice:
An 8-Week Mindfulness Circle

With Miranda Chapman

Thursday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Spring 2018 Series: March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 2018
Strengthen your practice of meditation with the support of others and mindfulness tools that you can take into your daily life.
Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Daytime Spring 2018, West Hartford Campus

With Anne Dutton

Mandatory Orientation - Monday, April 2, 2018 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Class Dates - 8 Mondays: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4 (skipping Memorial Day)
Class Time - 9:30 - noon, with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat: Saturday, June 2, 2017, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors.
Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Evening Spring 2018, West Hartford Campus

With Sharon Gutterman

Mandatory Orientation - Monday, April 2, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Class Dates - 8 Mondays: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4
Class Time - 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat: Sunday, June 3, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors.
Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Evening Spring 2018, Shoreline Campus, Madison

With Kate Mitcheom

Mandatory Orientation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Class Dates - 8 Wednesdays: April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 30, June 6, 13 (Skipping May 23)
Class Time - 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. with the first class extended by a half hour and last class by one hour
All Day Retreat: Saturday, June 2, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Take the popular eight-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) led by trained MBSR instructors.
Mindfulness

In the Spotlight

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

Maria Sirois
June 2–4, 2017


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