Urban Refuge 2018

The Foundations of Mindfulness

Workshop: Saturday, October 6th from 8:30 am - 5 pm at the Diastole Scholar's Center

Teachers Retreat: Sunday, October 7th from 8:30 am - 1pm at Seeking Solace Yoga

**Up to 10 Continuing Education (CE) units are available to KS & MO mental health professionals.

Our Presenter


Janet Solyntjes, MA Certified MBSR Teacher

Janet is co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living in Boulder, CO. She has been a practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977 and completed her professional training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in 2002. Janet is on the faculty of the Center for Mindfulness and has taught extensively as an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University. She leads meditation and yoga retreats in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and is a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition.

The Itinerary


Foundations of Mindfulness Workshop: Saturday Oct. 6, 2018 (**6 CEs) 

Join us at the Diastole, a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright inspired, Asian themed oasis in the heart of the city for a day of rest, rejuvenation, skill building & practice. Explore the foundations of mindfulness, learning about its elements, attitudes, and practices. Bring your own lunch or experience one of the many eclectic, urban restaurants nearby. Walk the gardens or practice guided mindful movement and meditation between sessions. The workshop is suitable for anyone interested in mindfulness and its foundations. Each session of the day includes guided mindfulness practices.

8:30 am Registration & Mingle

9:00 am Understanding Mindfulness

10:30 am Elements & Attitudes of Mindfulness

12 pm Lunch (on your own)

2 pm Developing a Personal Practice

3:30 The Spirit of Inquiry 

4:15 pm Closing the Circle

5:00 pm Session Ends 

*Early bird prices good through September 6, 2018


Teachers Retreat: Sunday Oct. 7, 2018 (**4 CEs)

Deepening the Authenticity of Practice & Exploring the Three Treasures of Teaching

Surrender yourself to a cozy and intimate half-day retreat for mindfulness teachers. We will learn to gain access to our authentic voices and cultivate skills to master the art of inquiry. The teachers’ retreat is designed for any service provider whose work involves the teaching of mindfulness skills and concepts. Limited to 12 registrants.

8:30 am Registration & Mingle

9 am Retreat Begins

1:00 pm Retreats Ends 

**Enrollment is limited to 12 teachers


*Early bird prices good through September 6, 2018

~Full Weekend Discount~

Register for both days before the deadline Thursday, September 6th, 2018 for one deeply discounted price until filled (up to 12 available)

Workshop Venue


Diastole Scholar's Center - 2501 Holmes Street, KCMO

Join us at this beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright inspired, Asian themed oasis in the heart of the city for a day of rest, learning & rejuvenation. Bring your own lunch or experience one of the many eclectic, urban restaurants nearby. Walk the gardens or practice guided mindful stretching and meditation in the courtyard between sessions. 

Teachers Retreat Venue


Seeking Solace Yoga - 9200 Glenwood, Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66212

In order to co-create an intimate and cozy environment in which we can tap into our authentic voices, the teachers' retreat will be held at the peaceful and serene Seeking Solace Yoga in Overland Park, KS.