Reflecting on the success of Making Friends With Our Minds: A Mindfulness Training for Adults and Teens

October 15-17, 2010
Facilitated by Daniel Rechtschaffen

We are thrilled to report that the mindfulness training weekend, Making Friends with Our Minds, that took place on the weekend of October 15-17 went incredibly well. Daniel Rechtschaffen inspired both adults and teens with his authenticity, insight, and skill. Fifty people attended Friday night’s Mindful Community Night, in spite of the dramatic weather. The evening provided both an introduction to mindfulness, some instruction and sitting practice, as well as a discussion of how mindfulness can be integrated into school settings. Clips from the video that we took of Friday night will soon be available on this site.

On Saturday, over fifty adults gathered for a day-long retreat that included talks on mindfulness, several periods of meditation, a silent lunch with walking amidst the spectacular fall trees, and ample opportunity for questions and answers.

Twenty-six teens participated in the Teen Mindfulness Training on Sunday. The amazing group of five young adults who formed the “Teen Team” designed a day that flowed from council circle to meditation instructions to mindful eating to movement. The participants were very enthusiastic about the day and, like the adults the day before, expressed interest in The Karuna School creating an ongoing practice group. We are in the process of creating a mindfulness practice group for adults and another one for teens and will let everyone know the details of time and location very soon.

Participant Feedback:

There were a lot of good questions and really helpful answers. I think the practice of embracing what comes into our minds during meditation and then bringing the mind back is a good way of keeping balance and being accepting of ourselves.

–Adult Participant

I enjoyed the opportunity to have a day of meditation and have some techniques thrown in. I think that Daniel is doing some very vital work at this point in history.

It is inspiring to know he is doing this with young people.

–Adult Participant

I most appreciated Daniel’s presence and his way of helping me be compassionate about myself when I’m impatient meditating.

–Adult Participant

The training met so much more than I was expecting!
I was able to make a personal connection to my own life. I also felt it was very helpful to have some practical aspects to take home and use right away, both personally and professionally.

–Adult Participant

I appreciated Daniel’s model of vulnerability and joy! I’ve never been taught in a group like that.

–Adult Participant

This was an easy event for a solo newcomer to enter. It deepened my practice. What kind leaders and participants!

–Adult Participant

It was a great joy!

–Adult Participant

Daniel was wonderful. I especially appreciated his ability to
make this meaningful for my son at the teen workshop. What a wonderful
role model for a way to be in the world with presence and compassion.

–Adult Participant

I appreciated the small groups where we spoke about events in our lives and used mindfulness to help us gain control when we loose focus.

–Teen Participant

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