Larry Cammarata, clinical psychologist, and Eddie LeShure, owner of A Mindful Emergence, a local yoga and meditation practice, will host a mindfulness retreat on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The retreat — Clear Mind, Relaxed Body, Open Heart: Transforming Stress and Suffering into Freedom —will be held at Asheville Insight Meditation ( 29 Ravenscroft Drive, Suite 200, in Asheville).
“Mindfulness is a process of intentionally attending to the present moment with acceptance and openness,” says Cammarata. “It’s a path of creating peace with self, others, and the world.” Cammarata has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 20 years and currently leads the Mind-Body Wellness Program at Still Point Wellness.
The day of mindfulness will take place in a supportive group setting, and the group will “practice and explore the path of mindfulness for health, wellness, recovery, and freedom from suffering,” he says. The retreat will also incorporate a physical element with the use of low-impact mindful movement practices, as well as self-compassion training, deep relaxation, and a segment for education and discussion.
“Our intention is to provide practical information and guidance to assist others in experiencing the benefits of mindfulness meditation and related practices,” says Cammarata. “These benefits include reduced stress and pain, improved mood and sleep, increased compassion, enhanced concentration, and freedom from suffering.”
No prior experience with mindfulness meditation is required, and experienced meditators are encouraged to attend the day retreat to reinforce, deepen, and inspire their practice. Participants are asked to bring drinking water and a brown-bag lunch. It is recommended that participants register early due to limited space. A $60 donation is requested.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Asheville Insight Meditation, a nonprofit that aims to enhance the quality of relationships at the individual, family, local community and global level.
Those interested can register for the retreat by calling Eddie LeShure at 772-1746 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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