Open to all, days of mindfulness are offered one weekend day each month in Naples, Tampa, and other Florida locations. Days of mindfulness provide an opportunity to spend an entire day in mindfulness, practicing sitting and walking meditation, listening to Dharma talks by our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, and having questions answered. These days also provide time to relax, renew ourselves in nature, and nourish the seeds of happiness and true purpose within us. Days of mindfulness are conducted as silent retreats to encourage looking within, paying attention to our breath, and being mindful of the present moment. Since most people cannot afford the time to come to a three- or four-day retreat, taking one day to practice with others makes attending a silent meditation retreat more viable.
Participating in a day of mindfulness supports an individual’s meditation experience with practice, teachings, and discussion. It also fosters a more committed daily practice and regular attendance at local sangha meetings.
A typical day of mindfulness schedule follows this format:
9 a.m. – Sitting and walking meditation
11 a.m. – Dharma talk and discussion
12:30 p.m. – Lunch and lazy time; individual practice
2 p.m. - Guided meditation/deep relaxation
2:30 p.m. – Mindful movements
3 p.m. – Meditation
3:20 p.m. – Closing circle: deep sharing and deep listening
4 p.m. – Day of mindfulness ends.