Summer Retreat: A Day of Mindfulness and Silent Meditation ~ August 10, 2019
This day of lightly facilitated mindful sitting and movement allowed us to settle deeply into the stillness of a perfect day. Some of our practices were indoors, but many of us spent our time during the walking and gazing meditations focused upon the presence and beauty of the animals who inhabit the outdoor spaces at Daw Farm. Goats, llamas, chickens, and ducks were among the subjects of our meditations, enjoyed by participants and teachers alike.
About 45 participants joined us. We appreciated spending time with all those who took time on a lovely Saturday to deepen their practice.
Winter Retreat: A Day of Mindfulness & Silent Meditation ~ January 12, 2019
A full house of beginning and experienced meditators rang in the New Year with us.
Deepest thanks to all who joined us in this fundraiser, including the meditation leaders, who volunteered their time for this event. We enjoyed a quiet day of guided mindful sitting, movement, and eating meditations with poetry sprinkled between many of the activities. At lunchtime we had a delicious vegetarian meal and soaked in the presence of the llamas and goats right outside the barn at Dawn Farms.
We host regular seasonal meditation retreats and are always delighted to see you. Please keep an eye out for details about our summer retreat and consider joining us!
Trauma-Informed Mindfulness with Trish Magyari ~ Oct 20–21, 2018
On October 20th and 21st, we hosted Trish Magyari for a valuable workshop and a retreat on Trauma-Informed Mindfulness and Compassion.
Workshop participants learned about the theory, evidence and strategies for using mindfulness and self-compassion to cope and recover from experiences of trauma.
Trish has written two professional book chapters on teaching “Trauma-informed” and “Trauma-focused” mindfulness meditation. The retreat was an opportunity to apply these strategies as Trish guided us through a silent day of practice.
We all gained a tremendous amount from this experience. Thank you, Trish.
A Day of Mindfulness & Silent Meditation ~ June 3, 2018
Thanks to all who joined us at Michigan Friends Center in Chelsea for a day of lightly facilitated mindful sitting and movement!
We had a lovely daylong retreat for beginning and experienced meditators. This event was offered as a fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness Scholarship Fund, with all teachers donating their time for this event.
A Day of Mindfulness & Silent Meditation ~ January 13, 2018
This second annual January retreat, on January 13 from 10am to 4pm, was a wonderful opportunity to enter the new year. We meditated together in stillness and movement, allowing the mind to settle into serenity and equanimity.
Although it was very cold outside, the llamas, goats, ducks and chickens at Dawn Farm’s Barn again kept us company on short walking meditations outside. We hope to hold another retreat in the spring or summer and will be posting it here! We’re looking forward to meditating together again.
A Day of Learning with Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness and Dr. Elisha Goldstein — “Imagine the Ripple Effects”
More than eighty people gathered on November 4, 2017, to learn from Elisha Goldstein about Mindfulness and Resilience. The Barn at Dawn Farm was a delightful setting for the all-day event. Dr. Goldstein began the day by reminding us to Pop into the Present, and moved on to focus on mindfulness, compassion and play.
He reviewed neuroscience research, provided opportunities for experiential learning and small group discussions. His final slide of was an invitation to “imagine the ripple effects” of paying attention in a different way, understanding our interdependence, and intentionally cultivating positive experiences.
It was an engaging and informative day!
Winter Mindfulness Retreat ~ January 14, 2017
The llamas, ducks and chickens were the perfect background for the first Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness Winter Retreat, held on Saturday January 14. Over 50 people gathered for six hours to sit together in silence. The retreat was held at Dawn Farms, where the barn provided a wonderful space for meditators to create a temporary community.
Meditations were led by members of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness, with the invitation to bundle up and move outside the warmth of the high-ceilinged, wood-paneled barn for walking meditations. We alternated with sitting meditations, walking meditations, mindful yoga, and lovingkindness meditation. We ended with group reflections on the day. We look forward to more retreats in the future.
Self Compassion Workshop ~ October, 2016
At this wonderful event, a crowd of 200 gathered in UM’s Rackham Amphitheater to learn about self-compassion from one of the world’s leading researchers. Dr. Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin and author of the book Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. She presented research findings and invited the group of therapists, educators and community members to engage in informal and formal self- compassion exercises both individually and in small groups.
We were encouraged to breathe affectionately, listen compassionately, accept and befriend difficult emotions, and treat ourselves, as though we were our own best friends.
The lessons learned in the day and a half workshop are essential for living a life based on common humanity rather than isolation. Learning from Kristin took us one step closer to the vital understanding that suffering is part of the human condition and that treating ourselves with kindness leads to greater satisfaction, optimism and gratitude. For more information go to www.Self-Compassion.org.
*This workshop was a collaboration with The Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education.