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Wed, Apr 17


Barre Center For Buddhist Studies

Cultivating the Holding Environment: Setting Up the Posture of Mindfulness Practice

With Bill Morgan, Psy.D. and Susan Morgan, CNS

Cultivating the Holding Environment: Setting Up the Posture of Mindfulness Practice
Cultivating the Holding Environment: Setting Up the Posture of Mindfulness Practice

Time & Location

Apr 17, 2019, 7:00 PM – Apr 21, 2019, 11:00 PM

Barre Center For Buddhist Studies, 149 Lockwood Rd, Barre, MA 01005, USA

About The Event

In our work as caregivers, we understand the importance of creating a holding environment in which people can safely explore their inner life. Our mindfulness practice will benefit if we set up a container that is akin to this.

Throughout this course, we will study and practice setting up the internal environment conducive for making progress in mindfulness meditation. In our experience, practitioners in our cognitively oriented and high stimulus culture frequently struggle in this area. We will offer many instructions and guided meditations designed to create a personally meaningful and enriching environment in which mindfulness practice may flourish.

During our time together didactic modules, group discussions and mindful communication exercises will be offered. Apart from this, outside of the meditation hall, silence is observed, including during meal times, in order to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience. Mornings and evenings are devoted to guided sitting and walking meditation.


Sustaining: $716

Mid Level (Actual Cost): $556

Supported: $436

Non-Resident: $260

Scholarship assistance is available for this retreat.

Please click here for information on scholarships through Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS), or click here for information on scholarship assistance through Bill and Susan.


12 CEU units are available to psychologists and other mental health professionals. (Visit BCBS registration page for details)


Participants will utilize mindfulness and concentration practices in the service of being present and deepening therapeutic presence.

Participants will be able to identify and establish the essential components of the holding environment for mindfulness meditation practice.

Participants will demonstrate how to set up mindfulness practice in all four postures (sitting, standing, lying down, and walking).

Participants will utilize compassion practices to enhance empathic attunement.

Participants will learn techniques for working with unwholesome mind states.


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