Calmer Choice, non-profit organization in Barnstable, Massachusetts Calmer Choice, non-profit organization in Barnstable, Massachusetts

Gift of Presence Winter Retreat

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Come practice with us!

Calmer Choice is thrilled to offer a 3-day residential mindfulness retreat experience for the Cape Cod community this winter. Join Calmer Choice staff and friends as we practice mindful sitting, walking, eating, and sharing together. This is a beautiful chance to offer yourself the gift of stopping, of arriving, and being fully present for yourself and the wonders of this moment.

Retreat Details:

What: A Silent Mindfulness Retreat

When: Friday Dec. 1st thru Sun. Dec. 3rd, 2023

Where: Craigville Retreat Center (Centerville, MA)

Cost: $350 (includes 2 nights, 5 meals)

Who Should Attend:

This retreat is open to any adult (18+) interested in strengthening their personal mindfulness practice. The program will be suitable for all levels of practice experience and basic introductions to all practices will be included throughout; however, comfort with sitting for periods of time (up to 45 minutes), as well as extended experiences of silence will be helpful.

We particularly welcome all educators, parents, and those working directly with children. 

What to Expect:

The retreat will run from 5:30pm on Friday through 11:30am on Sunday. The retreat will be facilitated by Calmer Choice staff and guest practitioners and include a variety of activities grounded in our shared evidence-based practice. You will have the opportunity to experience both formal (sitting) and informal (walking, eating, sharing, etc.) mindfulness practices intended to help you in slowing down and reconnecting with your inner sense of wellbeing. 

Cushions and back jacks will be available or you are welcome to bring your own. Chairs will be provided for those who prefer sitting in a chair.

To maximize the benefit of your mindfulness practice at this retreat, we suggest that you use electronic devices only when absolutely necessary and always in a mindful and discreet way, especially respecting the calm and quiet of the rooms, practice spaces, and dining hall. This practice will help all of us to release our busyness and to really rest.

Please let your loved ones know that you will be on retreat.

The Gift of Silence:

We will be experiencing the practice of Mindful Silence for this retreat together. During Mindful Silence, we quiet our conversations and thoughts to generate the energy of mindfulness and help the activity of the day settle and process.

Mindfulness Practices:

  • Formal Sitting Practice
  • Mindful Walking
  • Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Movement
  • Deep Listening/Speaking
  • Sound Healing


The entire retreat will occur at the Craigville Inn of the Craigville Retreat Center. Accommodations are simple private rooms with shared bathrooms in old Cape Cod style. Some rooms are on the 2nd floor and require navigating stairs. Bring your own linens, pillows, and towel.

All meals will be shared in the dining hall. Efforts will be made to accommodate basic dietary restrictions. If you have concerns about this, please reach out to us prior to registering ( 

Registration & Attendance:

Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Please plan on attending the entire retreat. Last day to cancel for a refund is after November 24th.

Please reach out to us at with any questions.