Mindful USC Weekend Retreat

This retreat is only for staff, faculty, alumni of USC as well as USC students graduating this May – we will have a retreat for all other USC students in the Fall of 2018.

Join us for a weekend to practice mindfulness meditation in a beautiful natural setting on Catalina Island. The retreat will take place in in the Wrigley Center where everyone will stay in comfortable houses as shown in the photos below.

We will spend the weekend in sitting and walking meditation, with ongoing guidance and instruction from experienced mindfulness teachers. We will also have an opportunity to practice cultivating positive emotions, mindful speaking and listening, mindful eating, and experience the depth of stillness that can come through an extended period of practice.

The retreat will begin at 11am on a Friday afternoon with a boat ride from Long Beach to Catalina and concludes after lunch on Sunday. Meals include supper on Friday; breakfast, lunch and supper on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

This is a silent retreat and is suitable for beginning or experienced students.

The retreat is sold-out, but you can add your name to the waiting list as we often have last minute openings.

When and Where
Dates: May 4-6, 2018

Wrigley Institute Conference Center
Santa Catalina Island

Allen Weiss, Mark Miller, Beth Sternlieb


Accommodation is either a limited number of single rooms (with private or shared bathrooms), or double occupancy (coordinate with a friend and let us know so we can put you in the same shared room). Choose the highest level for a single room that you can afford. This allows us to offer financial aid to students and provides funding for Mindful USC into the future. Cost includes boat transportation to and from the island and all meals and teacher support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve never taken a class on mindfulness, we still invite you to this retreat.  You will benefit if you come early and meet with one of the teachers who will explain the basics of mindfulness which you can then practice during the retreat.

A weekend retreat is a wonderful way to deepen your existing meditation practice. You will be given a lot of support, guidance, and instruction to guide you through the weekend. Having taught many of these retreats, our teachers know that a longer retreat is a powerful experience that anyone can do with the right support.

Of course there will be opportunity to rest and take a break, and you can always do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself.

You will be surprised by how the supportive environment with other students and ongoing teacher guidance will enable you to sit for much longer periods. Most people discover that the silence turns out to be one of the best parts of the weekend. Imagine a time truly for yourself, without having to perform, look a certain way, or interact with others. It’s a true respite from society’s norms. In silence we can go deeper into self-understanding and touch into our inner peace and joy. There will be some group discussions where you can talk, as well as some guided interactive exercises. Of course if you need something, you are welcome to check in with a teacher or manager. We are confident that anyone can complete a weekend retreat. It may be challenging, but it is doable and deeply rewarding.

The days will start early with a meditation before breakfast. After the meal we will gather for meditation instructions followed by a silent morning of sitting and walking meditation, alternating. After lunch you will have free time to rest or hike. More instruction and sitting and walking practice will follow, as well as an opportunity to meet with a teacher in a group. The evening will be a lecture on mindfulness and some more practice until bed.

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