• Commuter – $440.00
  • Private Room: Single – $680.00
  • Private Room: Couple – $1,250.00
  • Junior Suite: Single – $840.00
  • Junior Suite: Couple – $1,470.00

Date & Time Details: Friday, May 10 (check in 3-4 PM; program starts 4:45 PM) until Sunday, May 12 (checkout 1 PM)

Location: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

Address: 191 Cragsmoor Road, Cragsmoor, New York 12566, USA

Contact: [email protected]

Check-in Time: 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Per Person Price: Prices include 3 meals per day and use of all campus facilities.

  • Commuter – $440
  • Private Room (shared bath): Single – $680
  • Private Room (shared bath): Couple – $625
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Single – $840
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Couple – $735

To extend your stay on Personal Retreat: Simply add days before or after the program during step 2 when making your reservation.

Cancellation Policy: Refundable up to two weeks prior to the program (less a $50 processing fee). See our policy to learn more.

Strengthening Self-Kindness Mindfulness Retreat

With Jean Vitrano

May 10 - 12, 2024


Research shows that self-compassion is a key ingredient to our wellbeing. Yet, we are often our own worst critics. Thankfully, this is something we have control over. We can relearn how to treat ourselves and re-pattern the habitual behaviors that drag us down. When we start to respond to our self-critic with kindness, we set up a whole new way of being. Join Jean to explore the ways you can be a friend to yourself.

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Being kind to ourselves is not something many of us learned how to do. Either we weren’t modeled it or we got caught up in a culture of thinking we need to be better, achieve more, have more—be “perfect.” But, life simply feels better when we are kind to ourselves!

This immersive mindfulness retreat will offer you precious space and time to be yourself, get quiet, and cultivate greater self-awareness, self-kindness and self-compassion. You will learn to let go of the voices that don’t serve you, the ones that get in the way of living the way you aspire to live. You will free yourself from self-limiting perceptions and tap into more connection. With an emphasis on slowing down, this time away will allow for plenty of rest and space to meditate, listen, share, and remember what matters to you within a warm community of individuals.

Together, we will strengthen the tools we can use to take care of ourselves with mindfulness and loving-kindness, learning to live with more presence, ease, and joy, through:

  • Guided, silent, and walking meditation to strengthen presence and awareness
  • Contemplative exercises (done as a group, in pairs, and in journaling prompts)
  • Loving-kindness meditation and practices to strengthen compassion and self-care
  • Befriending the critical voices that arise in us
  • Listening for and making room for our needs
  • Strengthening the power of positive thinking and gratefulness
  • Seeing our interconnection and remembering our humility to let go

Additional Practices:

  • Periods of Noble Silence
  • Mindful listening and sharing
  • Mindful eating
  • Deep relaxation
  • Personal time to rest, unwind, quiet the mind, and just be


  • Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher
  • Interactive sessions with question and answer periods
  • Delicious all-vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients
  • Option to extend stay on Personal Retreat
  • Extensive library of dharma books
  • Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful paths, flora and fauna


By invitation only. Open to members who participate in Jean’s A Mindful Life programs and invited members of the sangha. Basic meditation instruction will not be given.


We ask that cell phones are turned off for the weekend.

Please bring something to share at our community sharing event on Saturday night (poetry, art, stories, music, movement, art, etc.). While this is optional, it does create a wonderful evening of connection!

The retreat will be limited to approximately 26 people, and spots are expected to fill quickly.


(subject to change)

Friday, May 10

3:00 PM Check in begins
4:45-5:45 PM Welcome and Introduction
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:15-8:45 PM Session 1: Guided Meditation
Group Practice
8:45 PM Noble Silence begins until after lunch

Saturday, May 11

7:20-7:50 AM Silent Meditation (optional)
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast (maintaining Noble Silence)
9:15-11:30 AM Session 2: Guided Meditation
Group Practice
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Personal Time (maintaining Noble Silence)
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch (maintaining Noble Silence)
1:30-2:30 PM Walking Meditation
3:00-4:30 PM Session 3: Meditation
Group Practice
Deep Relaxation
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:15-8:30 PM Community sharing (music, poetry, stories, art, movement)
8:30 PM Noble Silence begins until after breakfast

Sunday, May 12

7:20-7:50 AM Silent Meditation (optional)
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast (maintaining Noble Silence)
9:15-11:30 AM Session 4: Guided Meditation
Group Practice
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Checkout and Departure



Jean Vitrano
Jean Vitrano integrates her 25+ years of training in mindfulness practices, meditation, movement, and body therapies to assist individuals in living with greater awareness, ease, and joy. With an emphasis on discovering your own insight, Jean invites curiosity,​ ​kindness, and compassion in everyone who seeks to live a mindful life. Understanding that we all discover our inner wisdom, in our own time, she creates safe communities for people to explore,​​ listen, and share.​​ ​Through meditation and reflective questions and exercises, Jean invites you to pause, sense, and observe your thought and feeling patterns. Jean studied with the late Buddhist Zen…
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Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road

Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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© 2019 Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing. All rights reserved