Programs

For times when the support and commitment
of a live class or retreat feels most relevant
to your learning process

What We Provide

Group classes provide a community experience with a particular learning trajectory. Distinct from private services/consultations, which are individualized, and distinct from memberships, which are ongoing explorations of practice, classes last three, six or eight weeks and focus on a particular theme, which may be seasonal, theoretical or practical. See below to find a current class that’s right for you. Retreats are residential or at-home online immersions in particular practices. The Middle Path Healing Arts Approach includes silent retreats, mindful movement retreats and of practice and dialogue retreats. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you are sincerely interested in learning, but need financial assistance, please complete our contact form. We will reach out to you about possibilities for financial assistance.

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Women’s Winter Wellness

This specially designed series for women includes one week each for focusing on practices that support body, mind and heart.

Dates: November 19, December 3 & 17
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am ET
Group Size: 8 to 12
Location: Listening Wellness Center Yoga Studio

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MBSR & CCT Classes

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Cultivation training are both evidence-based eight-week programs for a general audience.

Dates: 1/23, 1/29, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6 & 3/13
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm ET
Group Size: 10 to 20
Location: Online

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Introduction to Breathing for Awareness & Wellness

In this free introductory program we will explore the basics of breathing both well and mindfully.

Date: Saturday, December 10th
Time: 10-11am ET
Location: Live-online
Group: Open to All
 

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Living Mindfully, Embracing Kindness

Join us for a weekend of retreat practice with Éowyn Ahlstrom and Madeline Klyne. Mindfulness and kindness combined with wisdom can transform the way we live in these extraordinary times.

Dates: March 17-19, 2023
Group Size: 12 to 30
Location: Copper Beech Institute

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Sharing the Refuge of Space & Simplicity

Grounded in the practices of insight meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), this Live, In-Person, residential retreat will emphasize bringing kindness and awareness together, moment by moment.
Dates: September 9-16, 2023
Location: Won Dharma Retreat Center, 361 State Route 23, Claverack, NY

More About Retreats

Meditation retreats provide a way to deeply cultivate, explore, and strengthen sustained mindfulness, kindness an compassion practices. There is simply nothing like a retreat to help connect with yourself and learn from your inner life.

Our retreats are open to and supportive of anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of mindfulness. Held in silence and relative simplicity, retreats support the growth of deeper wisdom and compassion. In addition, retreats are profoundly important for those training to teach mindfulness as well for established teachers since ultimately, a teacher must be able to teach based on their wisdom, which comes from their own direct experience.

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Retreat Sample Schedule

6:30 AM – Greet the Day Sitting 
7:00 AM –
Mindful Meal and/or Informal Mindfulness Practice 
8:00 AM –
Guided Practice and Meditation Instructions 
9:00 AM –
Walking  
9:45 AM –
Lightly Guided Sitting 
10:30 AM –
Walking 
11:15 AM –
Sitting 
12:00 PM –
Mindful Meal and/or Informal Mindfulness Practice 
2:00 PM –
Lovingkindness Sitting 
2:45 PM –
Walking or Group Meeting 
3:30 PM –
Sitting 
4:15 PM –
Guided Mindful Movement 
5:00 PM –
Sitting 
5:30 PM –
Mindful Meal and/or Informal Mindfulness Practice 
7:00 PM –
Talk, Reflections on and Guidance around Practice 
7:45 PM –
Brief Walking or other Self-Guided Mindful Movement 
8:00 PM –
Sitting 
9:00 PM –
Goodnight 

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What to expect from a retreat

  • Cultivating the ability to be with discomfort (physically, mentally and emotionally) and meet it with less reactivity, greater wisdom, and growing balance.
  • Seeing and understanding more clearly the causes and effects of actions as well as their impacts on oneself and others.
  • Identifying the subtle mental habitual patterns of reactions and mediating a wiser and kinder relationship with them.
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What you can expect when attending a retreat

During a retreat, you will find yourself in an environment conducive for mindfulness practice. The spaces provided are comfortable and neutrally pleasing to the senses. The meals offered are nourishing to the body and mind. Our retreats are silent, as there is great richness in observing the present moment and learning within quietness. You may discover deep insight into yourself and life experiences that can be otherwise overlooked by day-to-day busyness. And, there will be scheduled group discussions to share and wonder together about practice.

We recommend stepping back from technology devices for the length of your stay as we welcome you into a silence that provides such a sacred space for mindfulness to emerge and be fully present. You may wish to connect with your loved ones prior to the retreat to let them know you will be unavailable during your stay, and then turn on autoresponders. For those who find it helpful, we can store your devices securely during the retreat if you wish.

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What to Bring with You

  • Clothing that is flexible, breathable, and comfortable. Consider wearing layers to adjust to your  comfort levels
  • Hygiene accessories
  • A favorite pillow or blanket
  • Props for meditation – Although we offer supportive props to sit with, if you have  accommodated yourself with specific items to ease your sitting experience, please do bring  them.
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What to Bring with You

Thursday Chilled Cucumber Soup with Almonds Summer Ratatouille 

Friday Classic Tomato Gazpacho Signature Vegetarian Grain Bowl Composed salad platter over quinoa  with lentil salad, avocado, sauteed greens, pickled local beets, grilled  summer  squash, house pickle kraut, edible flowers, etc. With creamy turmeric tahini dressing on the side 

Saturday Vegan Corn Chowder With local sweet corn and potatoes Zucchini and Tomato Rice Gratin  With local summer squash and local tomatoes 

Sunday Lentil Soup with smoked paprika, local veggies, tarragon and garlic  Thai Vegetable and Smoky Eggplant Salad With lime leaves and soy sauce over thin rice noodles 

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