Retreats

The UF Mindfulness team organized and hosted various mindfulness meditation and compassion retreats.

1/2-Day Mini-Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

January 29, 2022.

Shambhala Meditation Center, Gainesville, FL .

Self-care and nurture for UF Mindfulness team members. 

Internal mindfulness meditation retreat only for members of the UF Mindfulness team.  Compassionate reconnecting  and mind-body practices in the first in-person retreat due to the COVID pandemic

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1/2-Day Mini-Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

May 19, 2019.

Karuna Cottage Contemplative Sanctuary, Gainesville, FL .

UF Mindfulness team members: We are all teachers, we are all students, we are all practitioners.

Internal mindfulness meditation retreat only for members of the UF Mindfulness team.  Give yourself the gift of mindfulness: Nurture yourself, self-compassion, relaxing meditations, and gentle mind-body movement practices. 

5-Day Silent Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat

January 4-9, 2019.

Gainesville Retreat Center, Gainesville, FL.

Lead Teacher: Trish Magyari.

Assistant Teacher: Nancy Lasseter.

Mindfulness practitioners are invited to join us in this 5-day silent teacher-led retreat. Nurture yourself with practices from Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), deepening your ability to be present with yourself just as you are, with kindness and care, and nourished by a natural tropical environment and wholesome, organic meals.

Lead Teacher: Trish Magyari, MS, LCPC, RYT-200 is a Certified Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and mentor; MSC and CFT teacher; Insight Meditation teacher; yoga teacher; & experienced retreat leader.

Assistant Teacher: Nancy Lasseter, EdS, LMHC, Senior MBSR and Qigong Instructor, UF – Health, Integrative Medicine, Core member of UF Mindfulness.

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1-Day Trauma Informed Mindfulness Retreat

Trauma-informed mindfulness is a hot topic. All of us have experienced trauma in one way or another and some traumas are big, while others are small (e.g., accidents, abuse, wounding in relationships, abuse, rape, a hostile boss or colleagues, non-caring parents). Trauma creates stress that can overwhelm our ability to cope and mindfulness has shown to reduce it. However, in some instances for traumatized people, mindfulness can exacerbate symptoms of traumatic stress. Some of us exposed to trauma will develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with  debilitating symptoms, such as emotional numbness, feeling jumpy, irritated and angry, ruminations, and re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks, nightmares, and distressing recollection of the event. Mindfulness practice is safer and more effective when it is combined with an understanding of trauma. In this retreat you will explore to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, the impact of trauma, and how mindfulness can help to gently transform traumatic memories opening space for personal growth and well-being.

Teacher: Trish Magyari, MS, LCPC, RYT-200 is a Certified Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and mentor; MSC and CFT teacher; Insight Meditation teacher; yoga teacher; & experienced retreat leader.

1/2-Day Mini-Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

May 19, 2018.

Shambhala Meditation Center, Gainesville, FL

UF Mindfulness core and team members: We are all teachers, we are all students, we are all practitioners.

Internal mindfulness meditation retreat only for members of UF Mindfulness. Give yourself the gift of mindfulness: Nurture yourself, self-compassion, relaxing meditations, and gentle mind-body movement practices. 

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1-Day  Mindfulness Retreat

Join Nancy at the beautiful Gainesville Retreat Center for quiet, relaxing day of mindfulness practices suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Come enjoy sitting and walking meditation, body scan, gratitude and qigong practices. Guided instructions will be provided. Reserve this time for yourself to unplug and recharge, to relax your body and mind, to uplift and renew your energy and spirit. 

Teacher: Nancy Lasseter, EdS, LMHC, Senior MBSR and Qigong Instructor, UF – Health, Integrative Medicine, Core member of UF Mindfulness.

2-Day  Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

November 5 and 6, 2016.

Casa Micanopy Retreat Center, Micanopy, FL.

Teacher: Jan Snyder.

Meditation uncovers our wisdom and sharpens our intelligence. In this retreat, we receive practical instructions and tools for bringing the clarity of mindfulness and awareness into every day life.  Daily challenges can become opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action. Through the practice of meditation we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. We will engage in meditation and awareness practices, contemplative exercises, and self insight and discovery, all within a safe and gentle environment.

Teacher: Dr. Snyder began meditation practice and study in 2004, and since then has focused on the integration of meditation and mindfulness practices into psychotherapy.  She is the coordinator of the local Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group, and has received certification within Shambhala as a Shambhala Guide and a teacher of  a series of meditation in everyday life classes.

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