Resting in the Now: A Retreat for the Curious 5/7

  • Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence – Half-Day Retreat
    May 7, 2017
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Date: Sunday May 7th
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm (bring your own lunch)
Location: La Maida Institute, 11159 La Maida Street, North Hollywood, CA 91601 (map)
Cost: $85  – no one turned away for lack of funds

Presented by Aligned Mind & Compassion LA

Beginners welcome. No prior retreat experience required.

Many students often ask: “How long should I sit in meditation?” It’s a great question, and for people starting out, the answer often includes short periods of practice one or more times a day. However, as a mindfulness practice develops, spending more time in an exercise opens new possibilities, including: How to strengthen a natural ‘somatic memory’, ways to conserve energy, working with rather than against inner obstacles, dissolving the division between formal practice and everyday life, and distinguishing between the many mind states that flux within the field of awareness, and the equanimity of awareness itself.

Practicing in retreat conditions is ideal for these and many other reasons. With a structured but flexible schedule of sitting, walking, and eating meditation practice, Resting in the Now will offer retreatants both new and experienced an enriched atmosphere to support the development of insight and compassion from their own experience.

If you’ve never been on a retreat it can seem intimidating. Not to worry, the day is structured to thoughtfully support first-timers while also accommodating experienced retreatants. We’ll be alternating periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation, mindful movement, short talks, and Q&A periods. And you’re welcome to sit in a chair, on a cushion, or both.

On this retreat, you will…

  • Practice with guided meditations on the theme of Resting in the Now
  • Experience the benefits of calm, concentration, and connectedness that come with continuous practice
  • Integrate your experience with an end-of-retreat group process and Q&A
Beginners welcome. No prior retreat experience required.

Brian Shiers, MA, Certified Mindfulness Facilitator

Brian is a senior teacher for the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) and serves as a mentor in the MARC Training in Mindfulness Facilitation program. With an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a Masters degree in Psychology/Interpersonal Neurobiology, he specializes in the body’s role in developing a flexible mind and emotional intelligence. Working with the general public as well as in organizations, Brian has provided mindfulness programs for corporations such as NASA, Disney Animation Studios, Mattel, Inc., and, and serves as the mindfulness coach for the UCLA Womens Varsity Indoor and Beach Volleyball Teams. He is currently developing mindfulness interventions for the LAPD and leads 3-day silent retreats for law enforcement in the Pacific Northwest. For more on Brian’s offerings go to