MINDFULNESS IN MINUTES: WINTER
February 4 – 6, 2022
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. Throughout the weekend, join Nina Smiley, Ph.D., co-author of The Three Minute Meditator and Mindfulness in Nature to discover how you can change your life and support your optimal well-being.
Attend any or all of the program events — the choice is yours! This is also Winter Yoga Weekend, and we hope you’ll enjoy some transformative and restorative classes.
Physical Distancing Requirements and Maximum Occupancy Restrictions: The three live events this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, have limited capacity. Guests attending the event must wear a mask and sit in socially distant seating that will be preset. Events are available on a first come first serve basis though we usually can accommodate all guests. Between each session the room will be reset and sanitized. We thank you for your understanding as we work to continue to make Mohonk a safe and fun environment for all.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4
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, FEBRUARY 5
Saturday Morning – 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…or do anything else you choose…mindfully, of course!
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!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6
“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 LEADER
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, 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 The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Shape and Prevention. She delights in sharing insights about mindfulness meditation and well-being.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit for Mindfulness in Minutes, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients from our farm-to-table partners. See our full list of dining options>
- Access to more than 85 miles of scenic hiking trails
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness classes
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Make an appointment to visit our Greenhouse
- Indoor heated pool with underwater music
- Guided hikes and outdoor activities with our Recreation team
- Nightly evening entertainment, special events, and more! See activities schedule>
- Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on more than 30 miles of groomed trails (weather permitting)
- Winter hiking with MICROspikes® (weather permitting)
- Ice-skating in the open air pavilion
- Guided outdoor activities and hiking with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains (weather permitting)
À 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 hyper local draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our dining venues
- In-room dining
- Private fitness, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions
- Disc golf discs available for purchase (weather permitting)
See full list of what’s included in your stay!