The retreat is designed to provide time for mindful contemplation and practice within a community of DBT practitioners who seek to live fully in the present moment without judgement.
This is a silent retreat, which means that you will be encouraged to eliminate all unnecessary talking. Sitting meditation takes place between 6 am and 9 pm in the meditation room. Sitting meditation will be conducted in 25 minute intervals with 5 minutes of walking after each interval. Rest times will include work assignments such as cleaning the meditation room, and common areas. There will be a daily talk by the leader, a communal morning walk, and time for stretching, yoga or walking each afternoon, on your own. Meals are also in silence, except for the opening dinner and final breakfast.
The retreat is an opportunity to leave behind activities that might interfere with focus on your practice such as reading, working on your computer, talking or texting on your cellphone. If you need to be in contact with family or others during the retreat please do so in such a way as to not disturb the practice of others.
Who Should Attend
This mindfulness and meditation retreat, sponsored by Portland DBT Institute, is open to DBT practitioners of all levels. This will serve well as either an introduction to sitting practice for new meditators or as a brief, formal retreat opportunity for regular practitioners of mindfulness meditation. This retreat is inclusive of many traditions but not affiliated with any one practice, religion or belief system. People of all religious and nonreligious backgrounds are welcome to attend.
Who is the Retreat Leader?
The retreat is led by Cedar Koons, MSW, a seasoned practitioner of mindfulness meditation and a student of Prem Rawat since 1974. Cedar is the author of The Mindfulness Solution for Intense Emotions, and also a DBT team leader, trainer and consultant. Cedar has assisted at retreats led by Marsha Linehan, Roshi. Cedar will give a daily talk on mindfulness and will respond to your questions both during daily Q & A and in daily opportunities for one on one interviews.
Registration fee includes meals, room and board for the duration of the Mindfulness Retreat. Standard registration (shared rooms) is $675; single occupancy registration is $799.
Please note that the facilitator, Cedar Koons, MSW, has requested that all participants stay on the premises of the retreat center to minimize possible distractions from the practice.
For additional information call Christopher Williams at 503-290-3295 or email at email@example.com