An Introduction to Mindfulness for Gay Men

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally”. Jon Kabat-Zinn

When we cultivate our awareness of the here and now, we are more likely to see other response options to the pressures of everyday life. We learn to step out of the 'automatic pilot' mode in which we´re immersed most of the time.

More than 30 years of scientific studies show that most people who practice a mindfulness program like MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) benefit both psychologically and physically.

In Opening the Box we´ll explore different mindfulness tools which enable us to be more present and aware of what is happening within and around us.  We will learn several techniques to help us reduce the stress that every one of us faces in everyday life.We´ll learn to recognize stress and address it earlier, and how to cope with it more effectively.

We´ll explore different types of meditation, like sitting, walking, and lying down. And we´ll experiment with mindful movement and mindful yoga,

About the Facilitator

Rates and Accommodations

All rates include housing, food and programming unless otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed.

  • Commuter: $ 245
    Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.
  • Camping - Bring Your Own Tent: $295
    Includes programming and meals; bring your own tent, Bathroom facilities in the Lodge.
  • Garden Cabin: $ 495 
    Dormitory style with 5 bunk beds that can sleep up to 10 people. Bathrooms facilities in the Lodge, 500 ft away.
  • Quad: $ 545 
    Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds. its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.
  • Semi Private: $ 695 
    Each semi-private room has 2 beds, a bathroom and shower. You may be sharing with 1 other guest.
  • Event starts with dinner on Thursday, Apr 13th at 7pm
  • Event ends with Closing Circle on Sunday, Apr 16th around 2pm
    You can arrive anytime after Noon on the start day. Rooms will be ready no later than 3pm)