Mindfulness Retreats

mindfulness retreats

The Center’s online mindfulness meditation retreats provide an opportunity to step away from your daily routines and the busyness of everyday life to deepen, renew or inspire your mindfulness meditation practice.

Throughout the retreat, you will be guided through mindfulness meditations and gentle mindful movement by one of the Center’s experienced mindfulness instructors. Although these retreats are designed for an immersive practice opportunity, time will also be allocated for participant introductions, periodic practice questions and reflections, and a retreat closure. This half-day retreat is ideal for those who have some mindfulness meditation experience, or for those who have completed any of the Bakken Center’s mindfulness programs and would like to practice with others in a supportive, community setting. If you are new to mindfulness meditation and would like instructions on how to meditate, we invite you to sign up for one Center’s mindfulness meditation programs.

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

How to prepare for your online mindfulness meditation retreat

  • Plan for a time of silence and self-renewal and, as best you can, an easy period prior to and immediately following the retreat.

  • If living with others, you may wish to negotiate a quiet space in your home where you can practice uninterrupted for the duration of the retreat. The space should also allow room for gentle stretching and mindful movement.

  • The retreat will include guided mindful meditations, walking meditation and gentle movement. Please care for yourself and adapt any of the instructions as needed, to support your individual needs.

  • Plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may wish to dress in layers to accommodate fluctuations in body temperature due to periods of stillness and movement. Please have a yoga mat and/or blankets accessible throughout the retreat.

  •  You also may also wish to have a water bottle, cup of tea and/or light snacks close at hand for use in-between each practice session.

  • Time will be allotted throughout the retreat for quiet reflection, periodic participant questions, and short breaks.

  • To build community, we invite you to leave your camera on throughout the retreat, however, please monitor your personal needs around screen time and needing to periodically rest your eyes.

Mindfulness Programs Information Session

Attend our session and take the opportunity to practice a short mindfulness meditation, to share their experiences, and to ask questions. Examples will also be provided for practicing "everyday" mindfulness, at work and at home. The webinar will conclude with an overview of the Bakken Center's mindfulness resources and programming.

Free Registration, Live via Zoom on June 7 from 12pm to 1pm Central.

Sliding Scale Pricing

The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is deeply committed to the wellbeing and flourishing of all communities. In order to make our programming accessible to a broader audience, we have implemented a sliding scale fee structure.

The suggested registration fee for this program is $45. We also offer a scholarship rate of $25 and a supporter rate of $65 for those who would like to contribute toward making this programming accessible to all.

We do not want cost to be a barrier to participating in our programming. If you are not able to pay one of the listed registration fees, you are able to take the program at no cost.

Mindfulness Retreats Held Virtually

Your health and wellbeing, and that of the community, are of the utmost importance to the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. We are currently offering all of our mindfulness retreats in a virtual format, live via Zoom.