Mindfulness for Living an Authentic, Connected, and Liberated Life, Led by Dr. Lisa Baker
Holy Wisdom Monastery Retreat Center, Middleton, WI
November 11 and 12, 2022 (options for 1 day or 2 days)
Join me at the spacious and restorative Holy Wisdom Monastery Retreat Center in Middleton, WI for this unique retreat inspired by my extensive and deep work with individuals and organizations seeking greater peace, clarity, connection, and authenticity in the service of individual and collective liberation.
You are invited to slow down and “unplug“, releasing and settling in to the present moment – coming home to ourselves. In this spacious and caring setting and community, I will be offering support and wisdom of mindfulness, compassion-based practices and guidance – awakening and deepening connection and care to ourselves and the world around us.
During both the first day of the retreat on Nov. 11th, 9am-430pm, and the optional additional second day on Nov. 12th, 9am-330pm, teachings and gentle guidance in mindfulness and compassion-based practices will be tailored for both those who are new to mindfulness and those who have experience with these practices.
A variety of sitting, laying down, walking, and gentle movement practices will be offered throughout the retreat. There will also be opportunities to explore and walk on the surrounding trails, enjoying the beautiful and natural landscape as a part of these connecting and restorative practices. Care will be taken and offered to support diversity of experiences and needs throughout the retreat.
For a deepening retreat experience, you can add the second retreat day OR you can choose to just attend the second retreat day on November 12th only, with guided practices, reflective writing, and movement practice opportunities, including some practice with “noble silence” in the middle of the day. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet with me, individually, where I can offer additional support and guidance as desired or needed.
Location: This retreat will be held in a spacious and bright retreat space overlooking gardens at Holy Wisdom Monastery, located on 130 acres of beautifully restored prairie and woods. In this setting, you can experience connection to the beauty and care of the natural world, including opportunities for walking on trails and contemplative practice in this beautiful landscape.
Holy Wisdom offers healthy, fresh meals prepared by their executive chef, with some of the food grown in the monastery’s large vegetable garden. Lunch is included and will be served to retreat participants each day, where participants can eat in spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated.
Coffee and tea will be available throughout the day and we have access to a full kitchen with a refrigerator if you wish to bring any additional snacks.
Retreat Packages and Structure:
The retreat packages include either 1 or 2 days of mindfulness teaching, guided practices, and healthy, fresh lunch prepared each day by Holy Wisdom’s executive chef.
3 Retreat Package Options
1) Daylong Retreat on Nov. 11th
2) Daylong Retreat on Nov. 11th AND Daylong Retreat (including some practice with “noble silence”) on Nov. 12th
3) Daylong Silent Retreat on Nov. 12th (only)
Friday, Nov. 11th Retreat (tentative schedule)
9am-930am Welcome and Orientation
930am-1130am Mindfulness and Compassion-Based teachings with guided practices and reflections (including sitting, laying down, and movement-based practices)
1130-1pm Lunch and free time (e.g., walking on trails or indoor spaces, self-guided practice for restoration and nourishment)
1pm-3pm* Mindfulness and Compassion-Based teachings with guided practices and reflections (*break offered half-way through)
3pm-4pm Choice of writing practice, dyad and/or small group dialogue practices
4pm-430pm Closing Practice and Intention Setting
Saturday, Nov. 12th, Retreat Day (tentative schedule) –
During the middle of this retreat day, following the morning practice, participants will be invited to practice “noble silence” for a couple of hours while continuing to be offered guided practices. Individual one-on-one discussion/support by teacher will also be offered, as well as options for dyad and small group dialogue toward end of the day.
9am – 10am – Participants will be introduced to the format of this retreat day, including what “noble silence” is and potential benefits from this practice. They will be invited to share their intentions for the day in community, and explore any thoughts, concerns, questions they have about the practice with silence.
10am-1130am – Mindfulness practices – walking practice, gentle movement and body-based practices
1130am-130pm – 2 hours of “noble silence,” including silent mindful eating practice, movement, and reflective writing (e.g., walking on trails or indoor spaces, writing/reflective prompts offered for practice). *option to schedule a brief one-on-one meeting with teacher during this time.
130pm-230pm – Embodied practices for “coming home to ourselves,” including compassion-based practices and restorative practice.
230pm-330pm Closing practice, with options for dyad and/or group reflective facilitated dialogue supporting community and connections.
Overnight Accomodations. While not included in this retreat package cost, you have a great option to stay overnight at Holy Wisdom Retreat and Guesthouse, depending on room availability. If interested in this option, please contact Holy Wisdom Monestary Retreat and Guesthouse directly at https://holywisdommonastery.org/visit/personal-retreats/.
If any of these speak to you, you might benefit from this retreat:
– Feel a yearning or need to “get away”, to get space in your life to “just be”
– Have been having difficulty concentrating and/or feel emotionally overwhelmed
– Feel overstimulated or overwhelmed by so much sensory input and daily demands on your attention – the news, social media, email and text notifications, phone calls, meetings, “to do lists,” etc.
– Have been trying to start a meditation or mindfulness practice but feels too daunting in your busy life
– Meditation and mindfulness practice have been a regular practice in your life and you seek to be in a supportive community of practice
– You give so much of yourself to family, friends, work, etc. and you can find yourself with little left for self-care
Benefits of regular mindfulness and compassion-based practices for you, your relationships, your work, and for the world?
– Better sense of connection to yourself – being more “at home” in your body and greater ease and spaciousness in the mind
– Improved sleep
– Improved attention and concentration
– Increased awareness of thoughts, emotions, and our “automatic” or habitual reactions and behaviors
– Greater ability to calm the body and mind
– More able to respond to and manage stress
– Improved communication in relationships at home and at work
– Greater awareness of our biases and judgements and ability to counter biases and release ourselves from judgements when they arise
November 11th (1-Day only) $200
November 11th & 12th (2-Days) $325
Please join me in this spacious, supportive community and space as we slow down to engage in connecting, restorative, and liberating practices.
Register soon to reserve your spot as space is limited!