*WAIT LIST* The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

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With Bill Morgan, Psy.D., Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS and  Ronald Siegel, Psy.D.


August 8-15, 2015


We are pleased to offer the seventh annual mindfulness retreat for mental health professionals at Vallecitos. This retreat is limited to 32 participants.

Many in our field have been studying mindfulness and its clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their meditation practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out of everyday life and into a retreat environment, the subtle habit patterns of heart and mind are more easily accessed, and mindfulness can begin to deepen.

This week we will study and practice a core training element of Buddhist psychology, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness–body, feeling tones, mind and mental qualities. Applied mindfulness and compassion exercises relevant to each domain will be explored and practiced.

This yearly course provides a container in which to explore these practices with colleagues. The teaching is experience-near, focusing on the development of mindfulness practice and its relevance in our work with others, particularly in the delivery of accurate empathy and therapeutic presence. There will be daily mindfulness meditation instruction and three to four hours of meditation each day, study modules most afternoons in combination with dyadic or small group discussion, and individual meetings with teachers. The rest of the time we will observe silence, including during meals, to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience.

This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in an exquisite natural environment and work closely with leaders in the growing field of clinical mindfulness meditation and compassion. Every effort will be made by the teachers and staff to give each participant a delightful, educational, retreat experience, so that you can return home with renewed enthusiasm for clinical work and for cultivating mindfulness and compassion in daily life.

20 Continuing Education units are available to psychologists, social workers and mental health counselors.

This retreat is sponsored by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. For more information on CE units, please visit their website. 

Registration and Cost:

THIS RETREAT IS FULL. PLEASE REGISTER TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST. A 50% DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM YOUR SPACE ON THE WAIT LIST. The cost of this retreat is $800.  The fee includes all meals, accommodation and CE credits. 

The Tradition of Dana: Mindfulness and related teachings have traditionally been sustained by the 2,600 year-old tradition of dana, which literally means “generosity.” We follow this tradition by inviting participants to offer donations to the retreat leaders, who otherwise receive minimal compensation at the end of the course.

Shuttle service is available for this retreat to and from the Albuquerque Sunport and Hotel Santa Fe in downtown Santa Fe. If you plan to take the shuttle from the Albuquerque airport, you will need to schedule your arriving flight no later than 1:30 PM. On the day your retreat ends, the return shuttle will bring you back to the Albuquerque airport in time to catch a flight leaving at 2:00 pm or later. For more information about the shuttle, visit our Location and Getting Here page.

Arrival and Schedule: Drivers are requested to arrive and check-in between 3:00-4:00 pm on the first day of the retreat.  Please do not arrive later than 4:00 pm.

Drivers will check in, get settled in their housing, and park their vehicles before the arrival of the shuttle from the Albuquerque airport. The shuttle will arrive at the ranch between 5:30 – 6:00 pm.

The retreat will end at 8:30 am on the last day of the retreat.

Cancellations and Refunds:

Late cancellations are costly and mean that others cannot attend the retreat. If you cancel 45 or more days prior to your retreat we will issue a full refund less a $50 administrative fee. If you cancel less than 45 days before the retreat, you will be responsible for half of your retreat fees. If you withdraw less than 10 business days before the start of your retreat, you will not receive a refund or transfer option. All refund requests must be emailed to refuge@vallecitos.org.

Please be aware that due to circumstances beyond our control, a scheduled teacher may not be able to attend their retreat due to health, family emergency or travel interruptions. In this case, a qualified substitute teacher(s) will be provided.


To transfer from one retreat to another, you must notify us at least 10 business days before the original retreat. There is a $50 fee per transfer, and no more than two transfers will be accepted. Prior to the start of the retreat, you may designate another person to attend in your place. There is no fee for this.

Waiting Lists:

If a retreat is full, you may request to be placed on a waiting list. A 50% deposit is required to be placed on a waiting list. If an opening occurs, you will be confirmed into the retreat and notified. If you do not accept, a cancellation fee will apply. If no opening occurs, your full deposit will be refunded. Please let us know immediately if you decide you no longer wish to attend.

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About the Teachers:

The teachers are board members of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a non-profit organization in Boston, which offers seminars, courses, retreats and a certificate program for mental health professionals. They are contributing authors to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, a best selling text in its second edition.

Bill Morgan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing meditation for over 35 years in both the Zen and vipassana traditions. He has participated in more than 6 years of silent retreats, and once lived in a Trappist monastery for 6 months. He has a private practice in two Boston locations.

Susan Morgan, CNS is a psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. She consults with therapists who are interested in deepening therapeutic presence. Susan has recently completed a 4-year silent mindfulness meditation retreat along with her partner, Bill. She has co-led retreats for psychotherapists with Bill for the past 15 years. Lovingkindness and body awareness practices are integral to her mindfulness teaching.

Siegel Color Head ShotRonald D. Siegel, Psy.D.

Boston, Massachusetts 

Ron is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind-body treatment. He is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problem, coauthor of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice