Events, Retreats, and Trainings
Community is the nature of existence, the source of our greatest joys and our biggest challenges. Mindfulness connects us to our relatedness, the ways we are dependent on each other, the earth and the vast network of life and the realization of our dreams. Mindfulness energizes us, motivating us to take responsible action in the world and moving us to work together toward a more sustainable future.
“When we no longer hold a rigid self / other distinction then we recognize that the world mirrors the self; that to work on the self it is necessary to work in the world, and to work effectively in the world, it is necessary to work on the self.” – Charles Eisenstein
We offer a variety of events, retreats and trainings for people of all ages, interests and experience levels. Our programs are built on a comprehensive framework for applying mindful perspectives and practices in daily life; caring for body, mind, and spirit. Our programs are collaborative and support people in making choices and commitments for themselves that lead to real transformation, greater health and lasting happiness.
Life’s natural rhythm undulates from movement to rest. Retreats are a time we dedicate to rest and renewal. They give us the space to step back from daily patterns and habits so that we can take a fresh look, regain our strength and start anew.
We offer retreats of various lengths throughout the year. All of our retreats include time for silent contemplation, a focused reading or reflection topic, shared meals, tea, conversation and gentle movement. We use a simple and flexible format that allows anyone to participate and benefit from the experience.
- One-day Retreat Information: One day retreats begin on Friday tonight at 7pm and end on Saturday afternoon at 5pm. Full participation is required. Breakfast and lunch is included for all retreats, as is lodging for all retreats at the Willows our facility in Wisconsin. Urban Monk Marc Anderson will lead all retreats unless otherwise noted.
- Multi-day Retreat Information: Multi-day retreats begin at 7pm on the first day. The retreats in October and May will end at 2pm of the final day and rohatsu in December will end at 10am on the final day. Urban Monk Marc Anderson will lead all retreats unless otherwise noted.
Mindfulness Training Periods
M2 Mindfulness Training periods offer the structure, support and the accountability necessary to realize noticeable and positive transformation. Our training periods last one month. Participants will be asked to register with a letter of intention. Required commitments include – attendance at the opening and closing ceremonies, a minimum of 30 minutes of meditation 5 days a week, at least one day of intensive meditation retreat, a renunciation commitment, a self defined body practice and active engagement with the weekly reflection materials.