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November 2018 : Event Details
Fri, Nov 9 - 6:30pm
Sun, Nov 11 - 1:00pm
Chris Klug
Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Become centered in the present moment in this silent weekend retreat
Chris Klug

“Life unfolds in moments. The healing power of mindfulness lies in living each one as fully as we can.”

—Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living

Mindfulness is an open, kind, non-judging attention to what is happening in the present moment as it is happening. It shapes a wise and compassionate relationship with and response to experience as it unfolds moment by moment. As Joseph Goldstein writes in A Heart Full of Peace, “Mindfulness is the quality and power of mind that is deeply aware of what’s happening—without commentary and without interference … keeping us connected to brushing our teeth or having a cup of tea … connected to the people around us.” Scientific research shows that mindfulness can positively affect stress resilience, physical and mental health, the ability to sustain attention, self-regulation of emotions, interpersonal skills, and general well-being and happiness. Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) to cultivate mindfulness in silence amid instruction, questioning, sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement and mindful eating. You are welcome to participate whether you are interested in beginning a formal mindfulness meditation practice or have been practicing for some time.

Chris Klug has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 30 years, including seven silent extended mindfulness meditation retreats. He is an instructor in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at Prairiewoods and at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), where he began teaching in 2001 following participation in training by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He is a grief counselor, educator and consultant in private practice in Iowa City, and a consultant to the palliative care staff at UIHC. Chris has more than 30 years of experience facilitating retreats and workshops on mindfulness, nonviolence, creative conflict resolution, and grief and loss.

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch). The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. Lodging is strongly encouraged. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration. (Full payment is required to register online. If you prefer to pay the $25 registration fee now and the balance when you arrive, please call 319-395-6700.) If you want to stay in a Hermitage, you also will need to register by phone. If you have dietary restrictions that affect your health, please call or send an email to

Regular Registration Fees
$180.00 Commuter
$230.00 Single w/ Shared Bath
Program Code: 18PGR10593
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