Posted by on Oct 4, 2010 in Events and Education, Spirituality or Religion | 0 comments

This is an event fyi…I have known Bridget for years, she’s a great teacher, this promises to be a lovely day. There is a lovely labyrinth at Mercy Center as well if you make it out there.

peace 🙂

Taking Refuge in the Present Moment

Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

** Optional 2nd retreat day, Sunday, November 7, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Sunday **

Mercy Center, 2039 N. Geyer Rd, St Louis, MO

By Donation *

Sylvia Boorstein defines mindfulness in this way:  Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience. . . It isn’t more complicated than that.  It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” This kind of non-judgmental awareness allows us to find a refuge from suffering in each present moment of our lives.  The retreat will support us in deepening our practice so that mindfulness may provide a place of rest in the midst of the challenges of life.  The day of mindfulness is open to both beginning and experienced meditators. Those who wish to extend their retreat practice into 2 days may do so.


Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1997.  Recognized by the Spirit Rock Teachers Council as a Community Dharma Leader she co-leads the St. Louis Insight Meditation weekly meditation group, teaches classes and workshops, and leads retreats. As Vice-president of Mid America Dharma she has been instrumental in bringing nationally known dharma teachers to the Midwest to teach and has managed numerous retreats for the organization.  In 2007 she completed Matthew Flickstein’s “Teaching as a Form of Practice.”  She is also the program facilitator for Masterpeace Studios’ Mind-Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in Crestwood, MO.

** Space Limited – You must pre-register to attend **

To register please send your name, phone number, home address and email address, with a $20 administration fee to Bridget Rolens, 3934 Arsenal Street, St. Louis, MO 63116

Please make checks payable to Bridget Rolens

For more information call 314-369-1391 or email

Bring a non-perishable lunch and any bottled water or special beverage you wish, both days. Tea will be provided throughout the retreat.

*Please note that the registration fee covers only facility rental and other overhead. Teacher compensation is by donation (dana).  Scholarships are available to those in need of financial assistance.

Sponsored by St Louis Insight Meditation Group

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