“ME Time” Mini~Retreats

Invest in some essential “ME Time” (ME = Mindful Exploration)

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Nourished by Nature

Outdoor Mindfulness Meet-up Series

COMING THIS SUMMER!

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WHAT?

This is a special “IN”vitation for you!

Join me for a special outdoor mindfulness meet-up series (mini-retreats) this summer to be nourished by nature and fill your well of well-being by connecting to nature! Let Nature be your teacher and resource. I would be honored to be your guide in practicing the essentials of mindfulness, self-care, and nature connectedness.

FYI: I have been fully vaccinated! We will have a limited size group and follow any current COVID guidelines in place at those times. 

I have been studying and learning all about “Nature Connectedness,” “The Nature Process,” and “Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing” and can’t wait to share some wonderful practices with you.

WHY?

People come for many reasons to a mindfulness meet-up (mini-retreat). What do you need?

Invest in some essential “ME Time” (ME = Mindful Exploration) and take some time out to let go of your list of to-do’s, free yourself from your responsibilities, release any worries and challenges, whatever those may be, and give yourself permission to rest, replenish, and restore balance within your heart, mind, and body by connecting to the resources nature, Mother Earth, provides. By deepening your connection with nature, you are enhancing your personal wellbeing and psychological resilience, like tiny seeds planted in the soil awaiting the right conditions to emerge.

These “mini-retreats” provide a perfect opportunity to slow yourself wayyyy down in the company of others, while diving deeply into yourself. Experience for yourself how mindfulness, when practiced, can be the foundation for greater strength, resilience, health, and happiness. 

Additional details are below: logistics, more details, testimonies of previous retreat attendees!

“Nature’s way of communicating is nonverbal. It communicates on a full sensory level, and the only way in which we can truly understand what nature is saying is by experiencing this communication through our bodies. When we allow this communication in, we become fully supported by nature and we let go of stress and anxiety that keeps us stuck in the same patterns and discover how creative and innovative we truly are.” Tabitha Jayne, “The Nature Process”

WHEN?

Beginning in June! Dates will be posted soon.

I will be offering a variety of meet-ups (mini-retreats) this summer. Attend one or attend all! 

  • weekends (TBA)
  • morning, noon, or night
  • twice a month (maybe more)
  • typically two hours

WHERE?

Variety of locations along the CA Central Coast – from Montano de Oro to San Simeon. 

General locations will be announced for you to decide which ones you would like to attend – a beach, a park, in the trees, on a hike – it will vary! Specific locations and details of what to bring will be given to registrants.

WHO?

These meet-ups are open to residents of our local communities, as well as to visitors to the beautiful CA Central Coast.

These events are generally for anyone over the age of 18 seeking well being, unless otherwise noted, as there will be some family events planned, as well!

No experience with mindfulness or meditation is necessary. “Beginners” are welcome and encouraged! Simply attend with your curiosity and an open-heart. Leave with rekindled intentions and inspiration to positively support you when responding to life as it is — the good stuff, the tough stuff, all of it — with grace and skill. Make this the year your “well” of well-being remains full! 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Each meet-up will be different. Details will be provided when you register.

Basics will be suggested ~ like layers of clothing for the changing nature of our weather patterns on the coast, water, sunscreen. Specifics will vary depend on each separate event – sometimes you’ll be asked to bring a chair to sit on, sometimes a bucket for collecting, etc.

Masks will be required during our shared group time. 

COST

TBA – may vary by event. Fees are non-refundable. 

>>> REGISTRATION LINKS COMING SOON <<<

PRE-REGISTRATION IS ALWAYS REQUIRED & WILL HAVE A DEADLINE.

SPACE IS LIMITED DUE TO COVID RESTIRCTIONS.

After you register you will receive an email providing you with additional details such as what to wear, bring, etc.
Please invite someone you know! Treat someone you care about with a GIFT CERTIFICATE!

“Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your feet

and the winds long to play with your hair.”

~ Khalil Gibran

General Info About MK YOU Mini-Retreats:

The descriptions below are general descriptions for each of our mindfulness meet-ups or mini-retreats. The themes and specific “activities” change to align with the theme and location from retreat to retreat. Please note that these descriptions do not apply to any family-focused events with children.

Immerse yourself into essential “ME time” blended and balanced with…

  • Silence & Contemplative conversation ~ You’ll be mostly in silence throughout our time together to allow your mind and body to focus on YOU, to settle, gain clarity, and be open for insight. There will, however, also be opportunities for sharing reflections and insights, and asking questions.
  • Stillness & Movement ~ Periods of our time together will be in stillness, for example, during guided mindfulness meditation. Periods of time will be walking or movement exploration, experimentation, and engagement with self and others through our movement principles and practices to break free from familiar patterns of stress and tension.
  • Group + Individual Time ~ Periods of time will be guided and shared as a group, and periods of time you will choose from suggested “on-your-own” practices for inner contemplation.
  • Creating ~ We may be doing some he’artful creating as part of your inner exploration.
  • Reflection ~ Reflection will be invited as part of your inner exploration, as well as setting intentions to fill you “well” moving forward.

I look forward to sharing this time with you.

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.

A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” 

~Christopher Germer

The science and research is confirming

the powerful and transformational benefits of mindfulness and meditation! 

According to the World Health Organization, chronic stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century which affects physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being. And when we are impacted, it begins to ripple out and impact our relationships with those around us at home and at work. Although we may not be able to eliminate the stressors in our lives, the good news is that we can learn how to change our relationship to them. Self-care is not selfish, it’s essential!

Cutting-edge research shows that self-compassion is not only a skill anyone can strengthen through practice but also one of the strongest predictors of mental health and wellness. I will be your guide and in just a few hours you will experience for yourself how simple, pragmatic practices of mindfulness, self-care, and self-compassion can be the foundation for greater strength, resilience, health, and happiness.

Mindful Kindful YOUniversity offers mini-retreats for busy people to UNPLUG and to benefit from simple, relaxing, and effective mindfulness-based stress-reduction and essential self-care practices to re-set, re-balance and re-nourish your nervous system! Each retreat will have a different theme.

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Recently, during the “shelter at home” period, I was doing a private online mindfulness and relaxation session for a mother and daughter (a 5th grader). Mother had signed up for a private 3 hour retreat prior to the pandemic so we broke it into three weekly online sessions. During one of the sessions my heart broke wide open – I was so grateful to have witnessed something so simple, so beautiful, that it brought me to tears. I had them doing some partner activities together, one of which was “mirroring” movement to some lovely music. One would lead and the other follows, like looking in a mirror. Each of them guided the other with gorgeous movements like birds in nature. It was true joy in from the heart shining from their faces and revealed in their fluid movements. If you would like to schedule a special family or solo mini-retreat-like session with me while sheltering at home, please reach out to me. And looking forward, save the date for our  “Earthing Outdoor Retreat” (see below). ~Dee DiGioia (Contact)

 

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What some previous guests shared:

” This was a learning experience that I so appreciate. I was hesitant to come and even thought of backing out. I am so glad that I gave myself this gift. To hear other people’s struggles and self truth is so helpful in our own journeys. Dee, you are a very good guide and putting things in a way that changes the way I was thinking about things/issues. Thank you so much!” ~ Guest

“Your Vitamin Sea Summer Sensations Mini Retreat on July 14 was awesome. Not only was the setting beautiful, but I particularly liked the way you established a very sacred space among all of us so we felt safe very quickly to participate however we chose to do so. Your guided meditations were done beautifully, inviting us to be still and listen and pay attention in such a loving, soothing and powerful way. Your business name, Mindful Kindful Youniversity is so appropriately named and you model it in such a mindful and kindful way. Thank you so much for creating this circle of mindfulness and kindness and providing each one of us with some ways to stop and take better care of ourselves. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon where I was able to “fill up my well” beyond overflowing. That time spent in tune with the rhythms of nature inspired me to continue to do so on a regular basis (including during our upcoming adventures!). Thanks again! Hope your summer is unfolding beautifully and you find more and more ways to give your extraordinary gifts.” ~Peace and blessings always, Annie Rohrbach-Walker, Conscious Order Estate and Professional Organizer, and Author of Conscious Order: Clear Your Mind, Leave Clutter Behind

“This retreat was more than I imagined… this year I’ve struggled with my mindfulness, journaling, and presence. This retreat was exactly what I needed to get back on track, I feel so connected, grounded, and present. I’m going to buy a watch, so I can PUT MY PHONE DOWN more! I am renewed and reset.” (How likely are you to attend another retreat?) “100% – I’d like to get them all on my calendar.”  ~ Guest

“This was my first time I’ve been to one of these retreats. I absolutely loved my time today learning about mindfulness and how I can use what I learned here today throughout my daily life. I will definitely be back for another mini-retreat with Mindful Kindful YOUniversity and recommend it to my family and friends. I didn’t know what to expect. I came with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised.”  ~Laura

“As I walked along the water, I reflected on how distant the sound of my own voice was in my head. It had been too long that I left my phone tucked away. I check it first thing in the morning when it buzzes me awake, and set it next to me throughout the day. It was refreshing to look up and see the birds burrowing in the sand and taking flight together. Thank you for allowing me the time to hear my voice again.” ~ JAC

“When my friend first told me about this retreat I thought “well maybe”. Then I figured it might be useful to me. Wow. Sure was! I left feeling renewed and inspired and have some handy tools to help me on my path. You are a gifted teacher ~ thank you!” (How likely are you to attend another MK YOU mini-retreat?) “YES! Next winter when I come back from Montana!” ~ JD

“I absolutely loved the retreat. I really needed time for myself without constant interruption. I learned that I need to be more “present” and aware of what’s around me. It’s also obvious to me that I am too addicted to my phone and need to be more present.” ~ AM

“Loved it. I never unplug without an activity. Just being for a few hours was great. Might be fun to do with a father/son thing.” ~ John

“…I am also reminded it doesn’t take much time to build in a practice of mindfulness and giving myself permission to focus on myself, my health, my attitudes, my calm is far better than anything else I think is important throughout my day.” ~ MM

“Participating in these retreats recharges and rejuvenates me. My life s hectic and many times stressful, so devoting time for mindfulness is healing. The activities offered in the retreat promote calm and peacefulness. The art project promoted introspection and helped me to identify things weighing heavy on my heart and mind.” ~ Anonymous

“I enjoyed learning some new tools to encourage mindfulness through movement- small simple movements that should be easy to remember at home. Quiet meditation with option to spread out really made it easier for everyone to find their comfortable spot. The guided meditation was lovely and left me feeling more aware of how sending love to others can also help myself.” ~ Olivia

“I found it beneficial to set apart a block of time to learn and practice mindfulness. The retreat was relaxing & enjoyable. I liked that different activities were incorporated and we learned how to bring mindfulness into our daily lives.” ~Claudia

“This was a well-planned, well researched presentation. I have heard most of these things before, but not as well organized and at the same time as this was.” ~ Daniel 

“Thanks for taking us through the movement exercises. That is a new addition for me to a mindfulness practice. I also really enjoyed the guided loving kindness meditation. Your home is so welcoming and comfortable- a really great spot for a retreat like this. You created a very accepting and nurturing morning for us. Thank you!!!” ~ Teresa

ARTICLES:

Mindful Moments Tribute ~ My Training Retreat:

This video, “Mindful Moments”,  is dedicated to my amazing Mindful Schools “family” following a retreat at the Earthrise Retreat Center in Petaluma, CA. It holds sacred memories of our two retreats that began and ended our year-long certification journey. This video project is something I wanted to offer from my heart to all the beautiful people who are planting seeds around the globe to contribute to a more mindful, kindful, compassionate world. What a privilege to journey together. Although most of the pics are my photos, other beautiful photos were contributed by other friends at the retreat who also have a mindful eye and heart. Photography has really helped me to see things in a unique way and stay mindful in the moment. It truly brings me joy. There are a few editing glitches but I decided to “let it go”. (Big step for me!) ~ Dee DiGioia

PREVIOUS MK YOU EVENTS:
January 11, 2020 ~ Fill Your Well of Well-Being ~ Los Osos, CA
July 14, 2019 ~ Vitamin Sea ~ on the beach in Morro Bay, CA   March 30, 2019 ~ Life on Pause ~ Los Osos, CA
January 12, 2019 ~ Loving Myself Mini-Retreat ~ Los Osos, CA
September 19, 2018 ~ Accuzip in Atascadero, CA (private event)
May 6, 2018 ~ Be the Stillness Mini-Retreat ~ Los Osos, CA
February 10, 2018 ~ ME Time Mini-Retreat ~  Los Osos, CA
April 30, 2017 ~ Mindfulness Exploration Retreat (ME-Treat) ~  Los Osos, CA

Questions? Contact Dee DiGioia, your mindfulness coach

 

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