MINDFULNESS IN MINUTES: FALL
November 6 – 8, 2020
Suffering will happen…
Resilience will help…
Mindfulness gives us a choice in each moment…
The stresses of 2020 have affected us all. Mindfulness in Minutes: Enhancing Resilience will present a series of sessions on mindfulness and resilience that will provide tools to help us walk through difficult times.
This weekend invites you to enjoy the inspirational setting of Mohonk Mountain House as you learn simple techniques that can be used anywhere and anytime to reduce stress and enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being. As a “sampler” where you can explore your own experience as you work with different opportunities, these sessions offer the potential for on-going actions that you can take home and bring into your life.
Presented by Director of Mindfulness Programming at Mohonk Mountain House, Nina Smiley, Ph.D., and Professor of Psychological Science at Vassar College, Michele Tugade, Ph.D., these sessions will be warm, welcoming, and immediately useful. No experience is needed – we hope you’ll join us!
Attend any or all of the program events — the choice is yours! This is also Fall Yoga Weekend, and we hope you’ll enjoy some transformative and restorative classes. Please note that to attend any Fall Yoga sessions you will need to sign up in advance.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Introduction to Mindfulness and Resilience with Nina and Michele
Learning to bring mindfulness into “real life” is a moment-to-moment opportunity that can enhance well-being and nurture resilience―one breath at a time. Nina will describe how mindfulness works, and most importantly, lead participants through several “chunks” of practice so they can begin to make it their own. Michele will discuss the science behind mindfulness and resilience, sharing research from her laboratory and others’ as a way to demonstrate key strategies for optimal human functioning in the midst of challenging times.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Relating to Self/Others: Discover Opportunities for Insight and Compassion with Nina
Minds like to judge things, events, people – and that includes judging ourselves! In fact, we can sometimes be harder on ourselves than we’d be on anyone else. Learning to listen mindfully and with compassion to the voice in your head can help open your heart – to yourself. When we’re stressed, interactions with spouse/ partner, children, colleagues, friends, community… may begin to feel overwhelming. Discover how a mindful approach to others can lead to more skillful relationships.
Feeling Gratitude in the Midst of Challenging Times with Michele
These are challenging times, to be sure… Feeling grateful might make us feel inauthentic, frustrated, or guilty. Learning how to manage these varied emotions is an essential aspect of human flourishing. Science shows that cultivating gratitude authentically, especially in the midst of adversity, can enhance your mind and body in important ways. In this session, you will learn the latest science that shows what happens when you express and witness gratitude. Discover how gratitude can transform your brain, your relationships, and your community.
Developing a Resilient Mindset with Michele
There’s no doubt that we are undergoing unprecedented stress in our lives. Research shows that positive emotions (love, gratitude, joy), even in the most difficult of times, can fuel resilience. Resilience is the capacity for individuals to bounce back from stress and adversity, even when stress is unexpected, overwhelming, and ongoing. In this session, you’ll discover your personal resilience story, and learn how to identify your personal strengths to navigate uncertainly with flexibility and grit.
Mindfully Navigating the New with Nina
Calling present times “uncertain” barely begins to describe the layers of thoughts and feelings that can arise at any moment. This final session will enhance your skills and deepen your ability to develop a mindfulness practice that offers a way to “clear the mind and calm the body” again and again… as needed / as wanted. We’ll explore how understanding the concept of “Both / And” can open our hearts and minds to the spaciousness of each moment.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8
“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 guides you through wooded trails, alongside timeless cliffs and our crystal-clear lake. Embrace your senses with this unique walk before you enjoy breakfast!
MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADERS
Nina Smiley, Ph.D.
Director of Mindfulness Programming
Nina Smiley, Ph.D. graduated from Vassar College and earned a doctoral degree in psychology from Princeton University. She is co-author of The Three Minute Meditator, now in its fifth edition and translated into seven languages. She has also co-authored Mindfulness in Nature, which introduces readers to the wellness benefits of forest bathing. Nina taught psychology at the University of Maryland, worked at the American Psychological Association, was Associate Director of Research at Porter/Novelli, and was a member of a strategic planning team at AARP. 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 The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Shape, and Prevention. Nina has led mindfulness webinars nationally and internationally and delights in sharing insights about mindfulness meditation and well-being.
Michele M. Tugade, Ph.D.
Michele M. Tugade, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychological Science, Class Dean, and Director of the Affective Science Laboratory at Vassar College. Her research focuses on the function of positive emotions in the coping process; the mechanisms that promote resilience in the face of stress and adversity; and emotion-related processes associated with health and well-being. Michele is an elected member of the International Society for Research on Emotions. She has worked with a number of organizations, including: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NASA, Apple, The University of Global Health Equity, and The United Way, and gives public lectures on topics related to mental health, wellness, education, and women’s leadership. Michele has written a number of research articles and her most recent book is the Handbook of Positive Emotions (Guildford Press). Her research has been featured in a number of media outlets, including NPR, Thrive Global (Huffington Post), Psychology Today, and CNBC, among others.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit for Mindfulness in Minutes, your overnight package includes:
Our Culinary team at Mohonk Mountain House strive to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff. Although our dining has been modified, we continue to provide exceptional food quality and unique dining experiences.
- Table Service in the Main Dining Room
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily. Brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
Our iconic Main Dining Room is available with reduced capacity and distancing between tables per NY state guidelines. Tablecloths will be replaced and chairs are disinfected between dining parties. We offer contactless menus for our guests via a QR code allowing guests to view menus on their personal devices.
- East Dining Room Marketplace
Lunch and Dinner daily.
Select signature items in a “Marketplace Grab-n-Go” setting with our culinary team ready to customize plates to your liking. Enjoy your meal “al fresco” on any one of our three covered porches overlooking Lake Mohonk or the Catskill Mountains. Each location is set up with physically-distanced picnic tables.
- Room Service
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
Guests have the option of ordering breakfast, lunch, and dinner from our in-room dining menu. Room service orders will be provided via “contactless delivery” to your guest room. Additional charges will apply for room service orders placed outside of meal periods.
All dining options described above are included in your overnight rate.
The majority of Mohonk’s recreation venues will be operational with physical distancing and cleaning measures in place. Activities and Evening Entertainment events will be modified to incorporate physical distancing measures and will be designed at outdoor venues whenever possible and will ensure six-foot distancing between guests’ parties.
- Nightly evening entertainment, special events, and more!
- Yoga, Meditation, and Wellness experiences
- Make an appointment to visit our Greenhouse
- Daily guided hikes with our Recreation staff
- Access to more than 85 miles of scenic hiking trails
- Campfires with s’mores, outdoor movies, evening lectures, and outdoor music on weekends
- Guided nature hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- Rock scrambling our iconic Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze trail
- Guided archery and tomahawk throwing sessions
- Complimentary court time on our Har-Tru courts
À la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyper local draft beer and hard cider, now offering beverages to-go
- An award-winning wine list in our dining venues
- Guided rock climbing with Alpine Endeavors
- Carriage rides with scenic views of the Mountain House property
- Private fitness, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions
- Private archery and tomahawk throwing lessons with our pros
- Mountain bike rental to explore our single track trails
- Disc golf discs available for purchase (weather permitting)