Adventure Within: UVM Mindfulness + Connection Retreat
*Please note, this retreat is for UVM students who will be Sophomores during the Fall of 2021 or have completed one semester of their first year.*
Whereas many adventures take you out to the wilderness, this adventure guides you to go within; to connect to yourself, to one another and to the beauty and wonder of the more than human world. This 4-day, 3-night mindfulness retreat takes place at Camp Common Ground surrounded by the rolling hills of Starksboro, Vermont. Participants stay in rustic but well-maintained cabins, nestled in a maple forest, with access to hot water, electricity, flush toilets and indoor showers. Wheelchair accessible lodging is also available.
Meals are catered by Blossom catering, which specializes in plant based whole foods using as many local organic ingredients as possible. The daily retreat schedule (link to schedule) includes a variety of contemplative activities to engage in such as meditation, yoga, dance, wisdom talks, guided hikes and small groups to connect and dive deep with other participants. The retreat environment allows time and space to be quiet, to be social, to be still, to move, to rest and to play but most importantly to be yourself and to tune into what you need. The retreat staff is there to guide and support you, to welcome ALL parts of you, and to create a container for authentic connection and growth that you can carry with you into the upcoming school year. No previous experience with contemplative practices is needed and all identities are celebrated and welcome!