5-Day Mindfulness-Based Silent Retreat

Miami Mindfulness and
South Florida Center for Mindfulness

Mark your calendar now for our next retreat, to be held at the serene and comfortable Duncan Conference Center in Delray Beach, Fla. January 15-20, 2019. Register here now.

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The retreat, an annually planned event, will be co-led by Valerie York-Zimmerman, founder of Miami Mindfulness, and Sharon Theroux, founder of South Florida Center for Mindfulness. Both teachers are certified to teach MBSR by the Oasis Institute at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dates: Tuesday – Sunday, January 15–20, 2019 

Valerie York-Zimmerman


Mark your calendars now for January 15-20, 2019

...to join us for our next 5-Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat which honors the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principles developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Developing essential mindfulness skills through teacher-led silent mindfulness retreats is important. These skills are required for MBSR Teachers and Teachers-in-Training. 


  • FEES
    • Early bird (on or before 11/15/18): $940 double occupancy and $1,115 for single occupancy.
    • After 11/15/18:$1,050 double occupancy and $1,225 single occupancy.   
  • Check-in begins at 4 pm on Tuesday, January 15. Retreat ends at 1 pm Sunday, January 20.
  • Meals are included. Meals at the Duncan Conference Center will be lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Please note on your registration if you have any special dietary restrictions.
  • All rooms have a private bath. 
  • We do not plan to open the retreat to commuters because of our belief that everyone participate fully to benefit more deeply from our offering. If you would like to leave your name and contact info in the event that changes, you are welcome to do so.


An Oasis of Hospitality... A spirit-filled, life-giving environment. Five wooded acres of peace and serenity, delicious and nutritious food, state of the art meeting spaces, clean and spacious accommodations, and a caring staff. This beautiful facility features two labyrinths (indoor and outdoor), a sparkling pool and hot tub. For more information on the Duncan Conference Center please click here.


To register for this retreat, please click the link below to be directed to the site for payment. Be sure to choose the appropriate occupancy based on your travel arrangements. Single occupancy is limited on a ​first-come, first-served



The following article by Jon Kabat-Zinn explores the foundations of MBSR and the importance of meditation practice and retreat attendance.


What attendees have said about the 2017 retreat

“I am deeply appreciative of this quiet launch to a new and more mindful chapter.” ~  Margot, writer

“The retreat was very refreshing, perfect for a new beginning.”  ~  Adriana, Human Resources

“A balm for our tired souls, for our tired, busy minds. A poignant reminder that loving kindness can and does change the world, one gesture at a time.”  ~  Cristina, Professional Fundraiser

“It has brought a stillness of mind, body and spirit which has allowed me to witness internal peace and love that I will undoubtedly share with others.”  ~ Olga, LMHC, Professor, Teacher

“What an awesome privilege to be able to spend a few days in blessed silence at the serene and welcoming Duncan Center in Delray Beach, Fla.” ~ Angela, Miami, Retired

“I came wanting more peace in my heart and mind.  I felt guided, safe and comforted.  I leave with more peace and a few more steps along my journey.”   ~  Jean, Special Ed Teacher

“My experience was wonderful.  I am taking away tools that I can use in my everyday minute-to-minute, ongoing life.  What a gift to give myself and my family.”  ~  Lisa, Fundraising-Development-Membership Associate, Miami Book Fair

“This retreat was exactly what I needed to deepen my meditation practice and renew my energy and spirit. Valerie and Sharon are precious gifts and I am endlessly grateful.”  ~ Cina, LCSW