2018 Residential and Commuter Retreats

The growth and development of your mindfulness practice occurs through the continued deepening and sustaining of longer practice periods.  Sustaining practice for one or more days in extended practice periods shifts our attention and awareness inward to assist in accessing more continuous stillness and silence.  Retreat practice is time out from your daily responsibilities, allowing for a rich and beneficial opportunity for practice and its benefits.

Retreats are held at Questhaven Retreat Center in San Marcos, CA.
Please RSVP at button below and select full-day or half-day options for the Mindful All-Day on Saturday, April 7 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Mindfulness graduates and friends are welcome to attend from 9:00am – 4:00 pm
$25.00 is a requested donation to cover the cost of the space.  Dana or offering for the teachings and the teacher are graciously accepted and always welcome.  There will be a basket for such offerings at the retreat site.  Thank you always for your kindness and generosity!

2018 Residential and Commuter Retreat Opportunities

Led by Diana Shimkus, Founding Teacher of EMC, with the Encinitas Mindfulness Community (EMC) and friends. We will be opening early-bird registration for residential and commuter retreat options on Friday, February 1, 2018.  Participation in the retreat does not require attendance in the 8-week Tuesday study series.

Please visit the EMC website using the button below to get more information and registration for the Spring Mindfulness Retreat - Mindful Relationship: Cultivating Intimacy, Connection and Belonging through Skillful Communication.  This retreat will be held from Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, 2018.  During the retreat, we will be expanding our practice from the winter 8-week study series, inviting deeper inquiry into the aspects of our primal and more integrated sense of connection to that which seems unknown, unfamiliar and threatening.  The participants will be investigating their habitual tendencies to align, alienate, bond and separate from that which we perceive and identify as "me and mine" versus "not me".

In addition, Diana will be offering a 3-day silent retreat for those who are looking for time in intense practice with twice daily interviews.  Diana will meet with all participants at the start of the retreat to establish an individual practice intention and plan, established specifically for the practitioner's current practice aspirations.  There will be no food service provided for this portion of the retreat until Wednesday, April 18th dinner meal.  Diana suggests bringing a few simple items for meals.  This will contribute to reduced distraction and increased focus within the retreat period.  Please identify this option on the Encinitas Mindfulness Community webpage following the button below.  Practitioners will have the option of electing only the silent practice period, the 4-day guided practice period from Wednesday through Saturday or the full 6-day practice period from April 16 - 21.  

The Tuesday Study Group beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 7:00 AM will be using two texts by Diane Musho Hamilton, everything is workable and The Zen of You and Me during the study group.  These can be easily purchased on Amazon.  

Residential and Commuter Options: The 3 or 6-day retreat options will include the option of an initial 3-day silent retreat without food service and twice daily interviews with Diana.

Held at: Questhaven Retreat Center San Marcos, California. Questhaven is nestled among chaparral-covered hills in north-east San Diego County. The grounds encompass one square mile of coastal wilderness traversed by several miles of nature trails offering hilltop vistas, shaded oak sanctuaries, wayside shrines, seasonal streams, and a variety of wildflowers, birds and wildlife. From time in nature, we find release from the stress of our daily lives and come to the pristine stillness and silence of pure awareness.