Mindfulness Retreats

mindfulness retreats

Our mindfulness retreats can help further your understanding of mindfulness or inspire a daily practice. These practice periods invite you to intentionally step away from daily routines and the busyness of everyday life for the purpose of renewal. A skilled mindfulness teacher will provide guided instruction related to sitting meditation as well as gentle mindful movement. Components of these retreats include silent retreat, meaning you will have the opportunity to enjoy a few hours of silence although there will be guided activities by the instructor. Part of the day will also include small group discussions facilitated by the teacher.

The Center will make available cushions, benches and a limited number of yoga mats. 

Mindfulness retreats are appropriate for those who are new to mindfulness as well as those who have completed a previous mindfulness program or have a personal practice. 

Please note that registration for mindfulness retreats is non-refundable.

To make disability-related accommodations, please contact Molly Buss, program and event manager (bussx057@umn.edu, 612-625-8164).

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Summer Mindfulness Retreats Cancelled

Your health and wellbeing, and that of the community, are of the utmost importance to the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. Due to the uncertainty and public health concern created by COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all upcoming in person retreats. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will reconvene the half-day mindfulness retreats when it is safe to gather together again. In the interim, we are offering free webinars on a variety of wellbeing topics, and free online Stress Busters sessions, which includes guided meditation and gentle movement. 


The cost for the retreat is $49. Registration to the mindfulness retreat is non-refundable, but transfers to another retreat will be allowed up to 5 days before your scheduled retreat. A transfer into a subsequent retreat is only allowable one time per registration.

University of Minnesota Employees and Spouses: Attend a retreat and earn 50 points for the University of Minnesota's Wellbeing Program under the Wellbeing My Way pledge opportunity. Learn more about other UMN Wellbeing Program offerings through the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

This retreat is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching for 4 continuing education units (CEP # 100057).