Meeting in the Heart: The Practice of Relational Mindfulness

August 23 - 28, 2020
Rhinebeck, NY

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August 23 - 28, 2020
Rhinebeck, NY

Please join us!

Our greatest human joys and sorrows thread through the fabric of our deepest relationships. From our earliest days, survival depends on care from and connection with others. Arising from multiple factors, our relationships offer sustenance and sorrow, disappointment and solace, joy, and vulnerability, and can lead to freedom and love. This week we focus on the cultivation of awareness, presence, mental stability, and calmness as resources and capacities to meet the natural conflicts, confusions, and stresses of relating.

This relational retreat supports greater awareness and steadiness while alone and in your interactions with others, through the practice of Insight Dialogue. Insight Dialogue, a relational meditation practice, founded by Gregory Kramer, Ph.D., brings together meditation, wisdom teachings, and relationship. In this 5-day retreat, meditation is cultivated seamlessly with silence and dialogue as we reflect on universal themes and draw from innate and collective wisdom. With a shared intention to wake up together, meditators, share the vitality of presence while engaging with one another.

Insight Dialogue is a whole life practice that extends the benefits of mutual practice long after the retreat is over. This retreat offers a synergy of guidance, silence, dialogue practice and community, in which we:

  • Cultivate conditions to increase attentional capacity
  • Receive support to develop and strengthen a more balanced sense of self in relationship
  • Encourage and deepen attitudes of acceptance, patience, and compassion
  • Identify, discuss, and apply, through direct experience, subtle comprehension of human relational suffering and the potential to shift toward release and relief.

This retreat fulfills part one of the Professional Education elective, Relational Mindfulness with the Brown Mindfulness Center. Part two is fulfilled with attendance at two online tutorials for MBSR teachers.