Mini-Retreats for Well-Being

Fill Your Well of Well-Being

San Louis Obispo County, California

Visitors to the beautiful CA Central Coast are welcome!

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Mini-retreats for Busy People

I would be honored to be your guide in practicing the essentials of mindfulness and self-care. Make this the year your “well” of well-being remains full! 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 rest, replenish and restore balance in your nervous system as you renourish your heart, body, and soul. 

A Retreat:

a quiet, private place that you go to in order to get away from your usual life;

a period of time when someone stops their usual activities and goes to a quiet, peaceful, safe place;

refuge ~ something to which one has recourse in difficulty

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 to help you 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.

>>> Blog Are YOU a Peaceful Warrior? <<<


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

The mini-retreats and meet-ups are generally for anyone over the age of 18 seeking well-being, however mature teens are welcome to share the experience with a parent/guardian.

No experience with mindfulness or meditation is necessary. “Beginners” are welcome and encouraged! 

YOU are invited to let go of your list of to-do’s, free yourself from your responsibilities, release any worries and challenges and give yourself permission to slow yourself wayyyy down in the company of others, while diving deeply into yourself. Simply attend with your curiosity and an open-heart as you 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, as well as for asking questions.
      • Stillness & Movement and Walking ~ Periods of our time together will be in stillness, for example, during guided mindfulness meditation or “sensory bathing”. To break free from familiar patterns of stress and tension, periods of time will be walking and/or exploring movement through slow or restorative yoga, or “slow grooving” through music and creative exploration with music and engagement with self and others. 
      • 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.

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.

Experience for yourself how mindfulness, when practiced, can be the foundation for greater strength, resilience, health, and happiness.



1- Mini-retreats at “Mindful Kindful YOUniversity”

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view of Morro Bay from my home YOUniversity in Los Osos, CA


2- “Nourished by Nature” Mindful Meet-ups

Mini-retreats out in nature:

Into the Forest >>> LEARN MORE <<<    



Nourished by Nature Self-Retreat

“Into the Forest, Into Me”

Includes journal (pages to print or do online), guided practices, guided relaxation, and more!

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3- HOST a mini-retreat for your workplace or interest group

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4- Request a private mini-retreat

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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

“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

“Your Vitamin Sea Summer Sensations Mini Retreat on July 14 (2019) 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 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


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

Questions? Want to host? Contact Dee DiGioia, your mindfulness guide


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