Applied Mindfulness

The Science of Practice


Sharon Salzberg, Judson Brewer

September 8-15, 2017
Friday-Friday, 7 nights
CE Credits available

$895 Tuition

Plus 7 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

We live in a time when meditation and mindfulness are becoming widespread in individual lives and institutions, teaching us tools for tapping into our capacity for authentic presence, stronger relationships, fulfilling work, and increased resilience and well-being.

This immersion provides a special opportunity for those who are interested in or currently using mindfulness in professional settings to dive into practice and share space with one of the pioneers who brought these practices to the United States, Sharon Salzberg.

Sharon is one of America’s most well-known Buddhist meditation teachers and authors, and this week she is joined by Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, whose insight into the scientific background of these practices will inspire you with astounding evidence-based information highlighting the profound effects of mindfulness.

You will experience new levels of self-awareness, happiness, and connection as you learn:

  • The scientific underpinnings of mindfulness
  • Classical descriptions and meanings of mindfulness
  • A range of practices
  • The relationship between methods of mindfulness, loving-kindness, and compassion
  • Practical ways to share this work as educators, clinicians, researchers, and those in the helping professions.

Experience the sweetness and ease of daily formal meditation practice (both insight and loving-kindness), meetings with the teachers, talks, guidance, and extended periods of silence. Gain confidence in your capacity to share mindfulness in your own workplace or community. Return home feeling rejuvenated, re-inspired, and recommitted to setting time aside each day for silence.

Faculty Bio

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, one of America‰’s most well-known Buddhist meditation teachers and authors, has been leading meditation retreats throughout the world for more than three decades. She began teaching vipassana (insight) meditation when she returned from intensive studies in India in the early 1970s.

With Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, Sharon cofounded the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, which has since become one of the most prominent and active meditation centers in the West. She and Joseph Goldstein expanded their vision by cofounding the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS), and the Forest Refuge, a long-term retreat center.

A New York Times best-selling author, Sharon focuses her teachings on both vipassana and the deep and profound practice of metta (lovingkindness) meditation. Her numerous books include Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness; Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience; A Heart as Wide as the World; and the bestseller Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation‰, A 28-Day Program. Her newest book is Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. Sharon‰’s writing has also been published in The Sun magazine, on Huffington Post, and been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Judson Brewer

Judson Brewer is a renowned thought leader in the science of self-mastery, having combined nearly 20 years’ experience in mindfulness training with his significant contributions to scientific research.

A psychiatrist and sought after expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Dr. Brewer has been featured throughout the media, including on 60 Minutes, TEDMED, BBC, NPR, and in Time, Forbes, and Businessweek.

He is the director of research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School, adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017), spoken at international conferences, and trained US Olympic coaches.

Several prestigious organizations and foundations, including the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and Fetzer Trust, have funded Dr. Brewer’s work.

To move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for behavior change into the marketplace, Dr. Brewer founded Claritas MindSciences.

Why Attend

  • Reset your nervous system, replenish your energy levels, soothe your heart, sharpen your mind, and nourish your body with a week dedicated to your self-care on all levels.

  • Substantiate your experiential knowledge of the benefits of mindfulness with cutting-edge scientific discoveries.

  • Expand your knowledge of the MBSR curriculum with a deeper understanding of its philosophy and practices.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    Open to anyone with a basic formal mindfulness practice who is interested in or already applying mindfulness in professional settings.

  • What to Wear

    Comfortable, loose fitting clothes appropriate for extended periods of meditation.

  • Recommended Reading

    The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits by Judson Brewer

    Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg

  • Special Interest to

    Anyone applying mindfulness in professional life, such as educators, clinicians, and researchers engaged in mindfulness-based approaches


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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