"What a wonderful retreat - and treat - in such a beautiful and restorative environment in the mountains of New Mexico. I am aware of a subtle "shift" within, an enhanced awareness of pausing and leaning toward releasing ingrained habits of mind."
Carol Pangburn, PHD, Boise
INSIGHT WITH KINDNESS
Mindfulness retreats at Casa Primera Luz offer beginners the experience of an extended period of meditation practice
as well as providing depth for experienced meditators.
“Mindfulness” is the art of bringing focused attention to our
sensory experience and thoughts in the moment.
It is a gentle practice that has numerous benefits for our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Paying attention to our sensations, thoughts and feelings is challenging. At Path of Heart we have a strong emphasis on being kind and patient with ourselves while we attempt to tame our “monkey mind” and achieve a deeper sense of peace and quiet.
The stillness and peace of Casa Primera Luz provides the ideal surrounding for mindfulness practice: The trees, beautiful rock formations and charming trails offer connection and grounding during the 2 days of inner focus and insight.
STRUCTURE OF MINDFULNESS RETREATS
We begin with an introductory talk on Friday evening after which we go into silence till Sunday noon. Numerous meditation practices including mindful breathing, body scan and loving kindness meditation are offered over the course of the retreat. We practice some gentle yoga and Quigong plus several mindful walks are scheduled. The retreat ends on Sunday after lunch.
During this precious time of turning inward, we refrain from screen time, texting, reading and writing to give ourselves a real chance to unplug from our usual distractions. Participants are encouraged to let family and friends know that this is a time of no contact. An emergency contact will be provided before the retreat.
"It was an inspiring weekend, soulful and reinforcing why it is so important for me
to slow down. The stillness and peace embraced me. I hope to return, it was a special gathering."
M. Pokemper, Retired Art Therapist
IS THIS FOR ME?
Joining our mindfulness retreat may be right for you if any of these ring true:
You are interested in learning how to meditate but don't feel committed to a particular spiritual tradition.
You are looking for an introduction to mindfulness tools and meditation.
You are on a spiritual path that serves you and would like to integrate mindfulness into your practice.
You have had experience in meditation and want to go deeper.
You have taken an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course and want to practice for a longer period of time.
You want to reduce stress in your life.
You are longing for quiet and stillness.
You want to get away from the hum and bustle of the city.
We have shared rooms and two niches in the main house plus two small cabins. We also have tents available if someone would like to sleep outside and participants are welcome to bring their own trailers. The assignment
of rooms depends on the number of participants and gender distribution.
The sleeping spaces are all comfortable, aesthetic and quiet. However, we don't offer luxury lodging. Please be prepared to sleep on a comfortable floor mattress. The Casa has 4 full bathrooms.
“The setting was perfect for insightful experiences. This quiet space, and the gentle nudging of Katrin, provided me with clarity of where and why I have been spiritually stuck. What a blessing!”
$100 for actual costs + a contribution for facilitation ($50 - 250)
Registration fee: $100