A day of mindfulness

A day of mindfulness

A mini-retreat for both beginners and experienced meditators

In-person event offered
Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

by Michael LaValle

Location4015 Normandy Avenue, Dallas TX 75205
First Unitarian Church of Dallas

Why take a day to cultivate mindfulness?

We all struggle at time to maintain a sense of centeredness in the midst of all of these difficult times. Even with some reprieve from the pandemic, we are facing unique challenges with regard to our sense of self, our significant relationships, and our sense of purpose. In addition, we are navigating through significant social and political divisiveness.

Experience the benefit of taking a big pause and detaching from the regular schedule of busyness. In the midst of all the doing, gift yourself an extended period of simply being. This will help you to:

  • steady your mind and recover your sense of calm
  • reconnect with your center
  • reclaim your sense of balance.

What to expect during the day

Michael LaValle will offer a series of mindfulness meditation practices – lying down, sitting, walking and mindful movement – all with the aim of steadying the mind, warming the heart, establishing a sense of equanimity, and reminding ourselves of what is most important to each of us in this business and busy-ness of being human. A brief talk will be offered as well. The majority of the day will be held in silence to promote an inner focus while being supported by practicing with a community.

Those who have limited experience with meditation are most welcome. The practices will be relatively short, varied, and accessible to beginners and experienced meditators alike. Individuals who have never participated in a day-long retreat may feel daunted by the prospect of being silent for an extended period of time. Invariably, people discover not only that they can do it, but that the experience is profoundly enriching.

What to bring along

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are easy to remove and put back on
  • Bring a yoga mat / blanket(s) to lie on and a pillow to support your head
  • Bring a light lunch that will be used for a mindful eating exercise in the middle of the day
  • Plan to spend the day detached from electronic devices'

About the teacher

Michael LaValle, PhD, has served the Dallas community as a licensed psychologist and health service provider for 40 years. He is certified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction by the Center for Mindfulness / University of Massachusetts Medical School where MBSR was originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He is also certified to teach Mindful Self-Compassion by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.


The suggested amount is $30. Please give generously to support the work of Dallas Center for Mindfulness and Compassion.

For any questions, you may call Michael LaValle (214-750-1086) or Christiane Baud (214-235-5982)
Or contact us at:   info@dallascmc.org

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