Fri - Sat, Oct 20 - 21, 2023 | Private Retreat Location—Bella Vista, Arkansas
2-day Fall Retreat
Come enjoy the gift of stillness and community as we facilitate group and individual meditation. This can enrich both beginners, who haven't meditated formally, as well as seasoned practitioners, who want another chance to practice in community.
Time & Location
Friday, Oct 20 | 1 - 8 PM
Saturday, Oct 21 | 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday Dinner and Saturday Lunch Provided
Private Retreat Location
Bella Vista, AR 72715
(Address sent after registration)
About the Event
Paul Peterson, LMFT, LPC
I'm a resident of Bella Vista and run my local therapy practice in North Bentonville. I have enjoyed mindful practices for several years, including as yoga teacher, mindfulness counselor, and hypnosis/meditation facilitator.
Movement & Sound Facilitator:
Anna, Embodied Arts Group Facilitator, Embodiment Coach
Most of my day is spent trying to be a patient and helpful human with our three children—a spiritual practice in itself—and being outside in Mama Nature as much as possible. I am trained in facilitating yoga and intuitive movement, semi-guided imagery, song and drum circles, conscious living classes, and embodiment coaching.
We are excited to offer you some retreat from (and new engagement with) the whirlwind of life.
This retreat is open to the public and to helping professionals. We will be guiding you both as a group and individually through a few fundamental meditation practices that often result in greater freedom, clarity, and processing. We will be inviting the power of silence and stillness to facilitate a deepen understanding of the nature of mind. (But we also enjoy sound and movement, so there will be some of both!)
Many people find that their lives are unmanageable and would like a system for relief. But, when they try meditation for relief on their own, it is unsuccessful. The benefit of a retreat setting like this is in-the-moment feedback, focused and guided sessions, and several repetitions of diving into a "meditative state" and back out. In addition, it allows more practice at maintaining Presence out of formal meditation sits. We've found that this way of learning yields much greater rewards for our participants and provides something they can actually return to on their own after leaving.
We are influenced by teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Shinzen Young, Culadasa, Tara Brach, Douglas Flemons, John Kesler, Thomas McConkie, Joseph Goldstein, Sam Harris, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Cynthia Bourgeault, Bernadette Roberts, and Rupert Spira.
All levels of experience (or non experience) are welcome to come.
When you attend, you can expect:
A beautiful environment that dampens of the hustle of life
Smiling faces, frustrated faces, and peaceful faces—all welcome
A tight-knit group of participants
Deep silence, with options to chant together or check-in verbally
Q/A on improving your experience and direct, facilitated feedback
Material for further reading and practice
Dinner Friday night and Lunch Saturday are included in the retreat price. These meals include vegetarian options. If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know.
FRIDAY, Oct 20
1:00 opening, group greeting, retreat overview & practice, enter silence
6:15 group practice and Q&A
8:00 break for the evening
SATURDAY, Oct 21
8:00 group & individual practice, discussion
1:00 group & individual practice, discussion
4:00 closing, exit silence + time to visit and connect with others
SATURDAY, Nov 4 (optional)
9:00 group post-retreat check-in via zoom
Pricing & Registration:
Pricing includes all instruction, practice sessions, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. We also provide a pre-retreat packet with some reading as well as a post-retreat packet. Two weeks after the retreat, on Nov 4 at 9am, we will also hold a 1-hr online integration meeting to see how things are going post-retreat.
(Note: You don't need a PayPal account to pay. After clicking "Register Now," select the yellow PayPal Checkout button and scroll past the login info to the gray box with "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" and select it. It will then ask for card info.)
If you have special billing circumstances or questions, or would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, please contact us via the form below. Please note early and two-ticket rates as well.