Mindfulness in Minutes
November 3 – 5, 2017
Learn simple techniques that can be used anywhere and anytime to bring the benefits of mindfulness into your life—right now!
Throughout the weekend, join Dr. Nina Smiley and David Harp, co-authors of The Three Minute Meditator and Mindfulness in Nature, to discover how you can change your life one moment at a time. Learn how to use mindfulness meditation to address many aspects of your life as you reduce stress and support your optimal well-being. Understanding how to work more skillfully with thoughts, emotions, and events in real life and real time can make a real difference.
Nina and David offer an opportunity to explore mindfulness for real people in real lives – when you really need it. David’s unique Harmonica-based Mindfulness™ workshop on Sunday morning will give you the gift of mindfulness and music all in one remarkable session! Attend any or all of the program events —the choice is yours!
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Mindfulness in Minutes – Part 1
When meditation is seen as something you have to do “outside” of real life – find the perfect setting, be surrounded by silence, and spend a required amount of time on a daily practice – the desire to pursue this can be overtaken by the reality of daily life. In the midst of hectic days, you may be on-the-road or on-the-run, caught up in meetings, busy with family, and dealing with… whatever! But these are exactly the moments when we can most use the benefits of mindfulness. Nina offers an approach that makes mindfulness accessible to real people in real lives when they really need it. In this session, Nina will guide you through some simple techniques that will help your brain begin to form a new habit – what if you could learn to watch the mind, instead of going with its storyline? Rather than reacting-and-regretting, what if you could learn to respond more skillfully in the moment? Learn more about how to bring it into your life!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Mindfulness in Minutes Overview
If you missed Part 1 last night, join Nina for an overview of Mindfulness in Minutes and then continue with Part 2 at 10 am.
Mindfulness in Minutes – Part 2
Building on our first Mindfulness in Minutes session, Part 2 with Nina will bring an opportunity to learn how to use these skills in the nitty-gritty moments of your life. For example, insomnia – is anyone In Search of A Good Night’s Sleep? Minds can be very active – especially at three in the morning. Learn how to use mindfulness to set the stage for sleep. What about Relationships That Really Work? Throughout the day, we’re constantly interacting with other people—family, friends, colleagues… Discover how a mindful approach to relationships can lead to more skillful interactions at home and at work. Instead of thinking “I wish I hadn’t said that” learn to change “that” behavior. And Nina will also focus on your most important relationship – with yourself. There will be time to talk about Never Diet Again – a mindful take on weight loss and wellness… And we’ll look at suggestions on relating to pain as a “habit” and exploring a different way of working with it. You’ll leave this session with an understanding of mindfulness that empowers you to bring it into your life and use it to enhance well-being, one moment at a time!
Forest Bathing: Mindfulness In Nature
The term “forest bathing” or “shinrin-yoku” has been used in Japanese writings and research to describe the sense of well-being that comes from being outdoors immersed in nature. This Mindfulness in Nature walk with Nina and David guides you through wooded trails, alongside timeless cliffs and our crystal-clear lake. Embrace your senses with this unique walk before you enjoy lunch!.
Time on Your Own!
Enjoy the spectacular outdoor setting of Mohonk Mountain House, take a swim in our indoor heated pool, delight in a spa treatment, take a boat out on the lake…or do anything else you choose…mindfully, of course!
After Tea Talk and Book Signing: Mindful Work by David Gelles
One of the most surprising and promising trends in business today is the rise of mindfulness in the workplace. At first, the notion of yoga and meditation in the office seems like the province of Silicon Valley startups where employees bring their dogs to work and play football in the lobby. But in recent years, mindfulness has gone mainstream. Many of America’s largest companies, such as General Mills, Target, Google, and Aetna, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. This is because—as employees and employers are discovering, and psychologists and cognitive scientists have confirmed—mindfulness has tangible benefits. For workers, meditation lowers stress, increases mental focus, and alleviates depression. For companies, a more mindful workforce is more productive. Gelles’s revelatory book picks up where bestsellers like Thrive and 10% Happier leave off, by detailing the profound impact mindfulness can have on the world of work, and by showing readers how to become more mindful themselves.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Mindfulness in Music – Drumming and Harmonica
Mindfulness–being present in the moment–is all about focus… and music can be a promising (and playful!) point of entry. Consider the concept of rhythm. Whether in the beating of your own heart or the cadence of your steps as you walk through the forest or the city… life is based on rhythm. In this workshop, you’ll learn to play percussion (mindfully, of course!) with simple blues, rock, and classical drum rhythms. Then you’ll apply these catchy rhythms by learning to play simple blues, rock, and classical harmonica–since the process of breath focus is considered by many spiritual traditions to be the basis of mindfulness practice.
The intense concentration needed to play these delightful instruments instantly (and David guarantees this) will give you a lovely way to express yourself musically, while strengthening the focus skills that underlie all mindfulness practices. Join David to get your chops going: in mindfulness… in drumming… in harmonica… and take home three new skills that complement each other in a unique way! It will be a great mix of music and mindfulness, and you’ll go home with an amazing set of tools to deal with, well…anything! Absolutely no musical experience needed.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADERS
Dr. Nina Smiley
Director of Mindfulness Programming
Nina graduated from Vassar College and earned a doctoral degree in psychology from Princeton University. She is the co-author of The Three Minute Meditator, now in its fifth edition, and Mindfulness in Nature (Spring 2017), along with the CD Mini-Meditations That Will Enhance Your Life. Nina taught psychology at the University of Maryland and worked at the American Psychological Association. She has studied mindfulness with Jack Kornfield (founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center), Sharon Salzberg (co-founder of Insight Meditation Society), and others. Nina’s work has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Shape, Self, The New York Times, and Prevention. She delights in sharing insights about mindfulness meditation and well-being.
Cognitive Scientist, Author, Speaker, Musician
David is the author of more than two dozen books, including (Mindfulness To Go: How to Meditate While You’re On the Move! and Neural Path Therapy: How to Change Your Brain’s Response to Anger, Fear, Pain, and Desire). A corporate speaker and a professional musician, David travels the United States and the world helping organizations work more co-operatively, more creatively, and with less stress. But David never just lectures his audiences on the mysteries of the human brain, as he also happens to be America’s best-known, and fastest, harmonica teacher, with more than a million students to his credit, and the holder of the undisputed World’s Record for Most-People-Taught-to-Play-Harmonica-at-One-Time (2,569)! Thus David combines his two favorite mental disciplines—harmonica and cognitive psychology—into entertaining, interactive, and highly effective workshops. His work has been featured on Good Morning America and National Public Radio.
David Gelles is a staff writer for the New York Times Sunday Business section. Previously, he was a correspondent for the Financial Times, and his work has appeared in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He has also practiced meditation regularly for over a decade, ever since studying the technique while living in India. His award-winning book Mindful Work reveals what business leaders around the country are already discovering: meditation may be the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace. David’s Meditation for Real Life weekly column (www.nytimes.com) brings mindfulness to real moments – such as “While Grocery Shopping”, “When the Kids Are Fighting”, “Walking in the Rain” – offering an eclectic mix of possibilities.
When you visit for Mindfulness in Minutes, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced cuisine from our farm-to-table partners
- Access to more than 85 miles of the Hudson Valley’s best hiking trails
- Daily Guided “House History” Tours of our National Historic Landmark resort
- Guided Nature Hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness Classes
- Indoor Heated Pool with underwater music
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Complimentary greens fees Monday–Friday on our Scottish-inspired golf course
- Nightly Evening Entertainment
- Special Events and more! See schedule of activities >
A la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- A full menu of nature-inspired treatments at our award-winning spa
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyperlocal draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our Main Dining Room
- Horseback riding, carriage rides, and pony rides