Are you being mindful? Practice your skills with a live, guided retreat on May 20, 2022. Details.

$149.00 USD
  • Live Experience with Audience Participation Engaging and interactive online program, including small group experiences
  • Guided by Mindfulness Leader Learn from Dr. Ryan Niemiec, the creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice and a global leader in mindfulness and character strengths
  • Latest Scientific Research Benefit from new findings on using character strengths as pathways to peace
  • 8 Hours of Activities Full-day retreat for progressive learning
  • Session Materials Live participation is most beneficial for developing your practice. A recording is provided for personal use after the retreat.
  • No Prerequisites Available for anyone to join. A good Internet connection with audio/camera for this Zoom session and comfortable clothes are recommended.
  • Language English offered (closed captioning available upon request)

About this Live Retreat

In a busy world with many distractions, mindfulness helps us return back to the present moment. A Mindfulness Retreat offers a designated time to practice this skill using routine activities (like walking, breathing, listening, speaking, eating, and playing) so you are empowered to live more mindfully each day.

Join us for the Mindfulness and Strengths Full-Day Retreat on May 20, 2022 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT), to learn how to use your unique strengths to transform moments of mindlessness into moments of mindfulness. You will experience hands-on training to bring the wisdom of mindful living and character strengths right into your life—with immediate application. New and experienced mindfulness practitioners and meditators are welcome.

For this retreat, there will be a special focus on peace and how character strengths can be used to boost harmony, reduce conflict, and develop inner peace and relationship peace. Learn from the latest scientific research on how character strengths can be pathways to peace in your own life and lead to a positive ripple in the world.

What Will You Experience On this Live Retreat?

Rethink how you approach everyday routines with the help of Dr. Ryan Niemiec, internationally-recognized mindfulness leader and creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice.

This live, online event includes real-time instruction, activities, group discussions and meditations for you to practice alongside fellow attendees from around the globe. Apply lessons to your life, and expand your view as you learn from others with a range of diverse perspectives during small group breakouts.

While the retreat is one day, you will discover new practices and tools that you can continue for months to come. You will be guided to create your personal “call to action” for greater harmony.

2022 Live Retreat Dates

The Mindfulness and Strengths Full-Day Retreat will be held once in 2022, online on May 20 from 9:00 a.m. EDT to 5:00 p.m. EDT (New York time). Register now.

Interested but have a scheduling conflict? Sign up for our enewsletter to be notified about future retreats, including a half-day mindfulness and strengths retreat on October 14, 2022.



Who Should Join this Live Retreat

Do you feel distracted or disconnected? Are you struggling with loneliness, isolation, sadness or upset feelings? Perhaps you wish you had more inner peace or peace in your relationships? The Mindfulness and Strengths Full-Day Retreat can be a respite for you, while also providing tools to help you address these feelings and create more harmony and calmness in your life.

Course Details

  • Live Experience with Audience Participation Engaging and interactive online program, including small group experiences
  • Guided by Mindfulness Leader Learn from Dr. Ryan Niemiec, the creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice and a global leader in mindfulness and character strengths
  • Latest Scientific Research Benefit from new findings on using character strengths as pathways to peace
  • 8 Hours of Activities Full-day retreat for progressive learning
  • Session Materials Live participation is most beneficial for developing your practice. A recording is provided for personal use after the retreat.
  • No Prerequisites Available for anyone to join. A good Internet connection with audio/camera for this Zoom session and comfortable clothes are recommended.
  • Language English offered (closed captioning available upon request)

Save 20% on Mindfulness Programs

Purchase the live Mindfulness and Strengths Full-Day Retreat—and the on-demand Mindfulness and Strengths in Daily Life Course—together and receive 20% off.

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Key Themes of this Retreat

1

Practice Mindful Living Tap into the joy of the present moment during routine activities, including walking, breathing, listening, speaking, eating, and playing.

2

Uncover Your Peace Strengths Understand the wide range of strengths you can use to increase your peace and well-being.

3

Build a Peace Mindset Explore the many faces and perspectives of peace, including examples of peace that is tough, gentle, compromising and wise.

4

Cultivate Inner and Relational Peace Increase your sense of inner calm and harmony, and engage in a practice that builds relational harmony.

5

Reduce Conflict Learn what might be the most important strength to manage conflicts and tensions.

6

Create Your Peaceful Call-to-Action Put your retreat experiences into a plan for positive, peaceful action.

Course Faculty

Dr. Ryan Niemiec

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D. is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He is creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), an evidence-based program that integrates the science and practice of mindfulness and character strengths. It is the first, and one of the only mindfulness programs in the world to offer an alternative to the deficit-based approach, by targeting what’s best in people rather than targeting problems.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I really do a retreat online? Shouldn’t I be in a beautiful setting in the forest or along the ocean or lake?

Sure. Beautiful settings are a wonderful place to practice and cultivate mindfulness and strengths use. But, our setting should not dictate whether or not we are mindful. Your mindfulness can be expressed wherever you are. We spend most of our days in settings relating to home and work so why not practice mindfulness and strengths use in those settings? That will make your future application more abundant. Ryan Niemiec/VIA Institute have offered nearly 20 MBSP Retreats virtually over the years and past participants have reached a consensus—the retreats are insight-generating, user-friendly, and remarkably applicable and beneficial. Numerous stories of personal transformation have emerged from these online retreats.

Can I purchase the retreat for multiple individuals in my organization?

Yes. Please contact VIA Customer Service at info@viacharacter.org for more information.

What is the schedule for the Mindfulness and Strengths Full-Day Retreat?

There will be a short orientation to the day, along with foundational points on peace psychology, mindful living, and character strengths. The retreat will include presentations, mindful intentions, weaving strengths into meditation, mindful walking, mindful food preparation and mindful eating. There will be at least three small group discussions. These breakouts will encourage the practice of mindful listening and speaking on retreat focal points, such as the creation of inner peace, relational peace and a strengths-based call-to-action. There will also be short open periods for participants to engage in “mindful strengths use,” where they will be encouraged to focus on their creativity, their gratitude, and their mindful use of other strengths (suggestions will be shared during the retreat).

What should I bring to the Mindfulness and Strengths Full-Day Retreat?

Nothing is required to bring. A good Internet connection and good audio/camera is recommended. We’ll be doing gentle movements so comfortable clothes may be helpful. For the mindful eating element, you’ll be invited to mindfully prepare your food, snack, or drink so take that into consideration with the timing per your time zone and whether you’ll be at home, work, or elsewhere. But, most of all, bring 1) an open, curious, and accepting mind; and 2) a willingness to share/connect with others across the globe.

Will a recording be available?

Yes. This retreat is hosted on Zoom. The entire retreat will be recorded and shared so you can re-engage with key points or experience any portion of the day you might unexpectedly miss. Live participation during the retreat is highly encouraged.

How can I learn more about mindfulness and character strengths?

The Mindfulness and Strengths in Daily Life Course is an 8-session, on-demand course that can help you learn how to authentically engage with your strengths in everyday experiences. Research-based tips show how to actively bring forth the best parts of yourself to become happier, more engaged with life and better prepared to handle stress and challenges. Plus this course includes a personalized report on how to activate the 5 mindfulness skills.

Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) is a live, 8-week program offered several times throughout the year. Participants learn research-based skills to increase self-awareness, improve relationships and manage problems. Weekly sessions include group discussions, a variety of meditations and experiential activities, strengths practices, lecture/input, and homework exercises. Through the MBSP program, participants can grow in their understanding of who they are and how they bring their best qualities forward in their work, relationships, leisure, and daily life.