Day of Mindfulness Retreats

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Just a huge thank you! This was a great “tag team” approach . . . Absolutely met my expectations! I liked the variety of meditation practices and clear instructions.

Day of Mindfulness: Meditation & Writing Retreats

Day of Mindfulness: Meditation & Writing Retreats are free, day-long retreats, open to women who are veterans, active duty, reservists, or women military family members/partners. Writing is private, free form, and intended to allow presence with, expression of, and curiosity about thoughts and feelings that arise during meditation. The goal is to support the use of meditation and writing as tools for personal healing and growth, both alone or in the presence of others.

Facility great. Retreat format casual and good.

The retreats are co-lead by Mitra Bishop, Roshi, Mountain Gate, family member, and Caroline LeBlanc, MFA, veteran, family member, writer, and owner of Wilderness Heart Workshops/Writing For Your Life.

What Happens during retreats?

Retreats begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Participants spend the day in silence. The schedule involves alternating periods of group meditation and individual writing. Several different types of mindfulness meditation are taught throughout the day. A light lunch is served midday, and snacks are available as well. Reservations are Required.

I came with few expectations. I was looking for a space to explore my inner experience and I found it here.

Who Is Eligible?

Women who are veterans, active duty, reservists, or women military family members/partners.

How Much Do They Cost?

Day of Mindfulness retreats are offered FREE to all who are eligible.

This program is made possible entirely through the kindness and generosity of donors. If you would like to help, you can send a donation to Mountain Gate earmarked for the “Day of Mindfulness Retreats” or you can donate via the PayPal button below.

How Do I Apply?

There is no application form. Just let us know you are interested by sending us an email through the contact form. Reservations are Required.


Retreats are held at the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, at the corner of Carlisle and Comanche.

Retreats in 2017 (10:00 am–4:30 pm)

 Saturday, January 21

 Saturday, February 11

 Saturday, April 1

 Saturday, April 29

 Saturday, May 27

Saturday, June 24

 Saturday, July 22

 Saturday, August 12

 Saturday, October 28

Saturday, December 16

Retreats in 2018 (10:00 am–4:30 pm)

 Saturday, January 27

 Saturday, March 24

 Saturday, April 28

Saturday, June 23

 Saturday, July 28

 Saturday, August 25

 Saturday, October 27

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