I just spent several beautiful and quiet days next to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes, California. (Yes, by myself I’m raising the earth temp from all my recent air travel.) The occasion was a retreat for academics sponsored by the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, a branch of the Contemplative Mind in Society organization.
I learned about the group this summer at the Amsterdam conference from Jane Compson. She said I would find like-minded people there. So right!
We gathered on Thursday evening at the Marconi Conference Center, spent time on Friday morning doing mindfulness practices, then went into group silence for more than 24 hours, including meals together, then came out of silence and began speaking again on Saturday afternoon–and barely stopped talking together after that.
Here is Tomales Bay near sundown, when we arrived on Thursday: