Continuing Education & Programs

Practice and Dialogue: Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice

Teacher: Adi BemakAdi Bemak
Time: Tuesday evenings 6:00 - 8:30 P.M.
Schedule: September 23 - October 21, 2014
Register: Call (508) 856- 2656 (Space is limited)
Location: Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School, Maple Avenue Campus
Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center
222 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA
(click for map)

Whether you wish to deepen your current mindfulness practice or wish to refresh and re-establish a regular practice, this class is an opportunity to share and be sustained by others also wanting to engage in life mindfully. Returning and being together, we can support each other in formal and informal mindfulness practices. In each class we will have opportunities to be present to self and others, watching mind and feeling states arise, remembering and exploring mindfulness practices, looking at the familiar with fresh eyes, and sharing the truth of our experience in community. Opening to this moment through practice and dialogue we will reacquaint ourselves with our own lives, investigate more deeply how we approach life events, how we meet others, and how we can be present to all that life offers us.

What to expect:

  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Practice in a community
  • Deepen current mindfulness practices and/or return to mindfulness practices
  • Self-reflection and sharing of experiences with mindfulness practices
  • Building relationships around mindfulness practices

"You Choose" Payment Options
The Center for Mindfulness has implemented new "You Choose" payment options for this graduate program.

Range of Tuition Options: $200 - $300 - $400 For this program, you may determine your own tuition payment based on your financial means, with a minimum of $200.

For those of you who can afford to, we invite you to make your payment at the higher level, which will help to allow those unable to pay more at this time to attend this program at a discounted rate.

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

A 7-day, teacher-led, silent retreat

Co-sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society

All of us have an innate capacity to experience well being, strength, and confidence, even in the face of stress, pain, or illness. In order to enhance that capacity, we introduce the power of mindfulness, the practice of meeting each moment with an open heart and mind. The Mindfulness Meditation Retreat is an intensive 7-day, residential, teacher-led, silent meditation retreat which emphasizes the deep understanding and practice of mindfulness meditation in its most universal and secular expression.

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat is suitable for mindfulness teachers or aspiring teachers, and fulfills the retreat prerequisite for attending Oasis Institute training programs.

The Retreat includes meditation instruction, individual interviews with qualified meditation instructors, talks by senior teachers, guided sessions of mindfulness meditation practice, movement exercises, and mindful eating, as well as sessions of contemplation and teachings to deepen the understanding of the practice.

The Mindfulness Meditation Retreat is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principles developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the Center for Mindfulness in the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Program Goals:

  • Provide a safe and nourishing environment for the cultivation and development of a deep and grounded mindfulness meditation practice.
  • Foster a rigorous retreat experience – independent of a specific religious outlook – that fulfills Oasis Institute prerequisites.
  • Offer excellent support and guidance from highly trained and experienced teachers and meditation instructors.
  • Practice noble silence to develop a strong container for deepening meditation practice.

For those who are new to meditation practice, please be aware that practicing for a week in silence can be an intensive and challenging – as well as a highly rewarding – experience. To guide the way, you will receive instruction and support from highly trained and experienced teachers and meditation instructors.

Date: October 31 - November 7, 2014
Location: Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO
Tuition: $665 (includes teacher honoraria) + 7 nights

Shambhala Mountain Center is located on 600 acres of pine forests, gentle meadows and sweeping valleys near Red Feather Lakes in the northern Colorado Rockies. Come breathe our mountain air as you deepen your understanding, and cultivate wisdom and compassion.

For complete information and registration:
(888) 788-7221

Janet SolyntjesJanet Solyntjes, MA, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition and has offered mindfulness courses at Naropa University, Omega Institute, Hollyhock, and in workplaces. She completed the MBSR professional training and attended the Teacher Development Intensive.

Jim ColosiJim Colosi is a Certified MBSR teacher who taught at the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical School 2006 – 2011 and has been a meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition for 30 years.

Teaching Presence in Relationship

With Florence Meleo-Meyer and Phyllis Hicks
May 1 – 8, 2015

Teaching Presence in Relationship is a training designed to prepare MBSR instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness to MBSR graduates. Based on the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue, awareness, mental stability, and calmness associated with silent meditation is developed in practice with others. Participants experience greater freedom internally and interpersonally as they integrate meditative qualities directly into relationship.


  • Participate in a regular personal meditation practice
  • Previous participation in at least one 7 – 10 day silent, teacher-led retreat
  • Previous participation in at least two 5 – 7 day Insight Dialogue retreats*
  • Previous participation in at least one of Oasis’ Professional Training Programs, beyond the basic MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine program**
  • Currently teach MBSR

* Second Insight Dialogue Retreat requirement can be met with one of the following:

  • Two Interpersonal Mindfulness and Inquiry Retreats
  • A level one Interpersonal Mindfulness Program Training (8-week training)
  • Completion of a Metta online program such as Introduction to Online Insight Dialogue

**MBSR/MBCT training from another institution may be applicable. Please include training components, dates, and instructors in the registration form.

Please visit the website for more details and upcoming prerequisite retreat opportunities.

Phyllis K. Hicks
Phyllis K. Hicks
Florence Meleo-Meyer
Florence Meleo-Meyer

The Interpersonal Mindfulness Program is a collaboration between The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Metta Programs.