One of the ways that true growth and development occurs within a practice community and its membership is through the continued deepening of extended practice periods and inquiry into mindfulness teachings. Practicing together each day from early morning into the evening abruptly shifts our habitual attention and mind-spin requiring retreatants to maintain stillness and silence in the face of our otherwise well-honed mind habits.  In deepening our practice during retreat, we then return to daily life renewed, rested and having made intimate contact with our own true self, restored and transformed.  Retreat practice by its very design is time-out from our daily required responsibilities, allowing for a richer, deeper and more connected experience to self and other.

Retreat practice harnesses the collective energies of a similarly-intentioned group towards the development and cultivation of compassion and mindful awareness during our time together.   This intensified aspiration and seamless practice during retreat time, facilitates greater insight and clarity in regards to the truths of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and unreliability.    Reality is seen most clearly in retreat practice, which frees the participants from the self- preoccupations and delusions to which we cling in everyday life. This is an important experiential discovery that retreat practice inspires and invites.   The refuge of deepened stillness and silence that is then embodied, allows practitioners to return to daily life with a steady mind, open heart and deeply felt sense of interconnection to all beings. 

Retreat practice is a necessary and powerful aspiration in our practice development and evolution.   We continue to grow and expand our practice together through retreat, held in the infinite arms of the sangha of beings with whom we share our practice path and aspirations   .

If you have not attended a retreat or extended practice period before, NOW is the time to set the intention and begin.   We are committed to offering you the support you need to manifest this shared aspiration.  It is our mission and commitment to be on this mindfulness path with you.

We have gone through exceptional measures to make these opportunities as affordable and accessible to you as possible. We look forward to the opportunity to share retreat experience with you.  EMC offers a spring and autumn retreat each year at Questhaven Retreat Center each year. Click here to see the Questhaven Retreat Center and its sacred grounds.


Compassionate Presence
in Living and Dying                    

WED. Oct. 16 - SAT. Oct. 19, 2019

Led by Diana Shimkus, Founding Teacher of EMC, with the Encinitas Mindfulness Community (EMC) and friends. Participation in the retreat does not require attendance in the Tuesday study series. RESIDENTIAL RETREAT OPTIONS for the fall retreat are accepting early bird registration now. COMMUTER OPTIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR THIS RETREAT. Please contact, Cary Joel, retreat manager at

Please see below to get more information and registration for the SPRING Mindfulness Retreat. This guided retreat held in NOBLE SILENCE will be offered from Wednesday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.  During the retreat, we will be expanding our practice and inviting deeper inquiry into aspects of mindfulness and its tenets including: Cultivation and expansion of compassionate presence towards oneself and others throughout the life phases of aging, illness, death with continual change and loss will be the inquiry during this retreat. We will be investigating and working to make contact with the compassionate heart that naturally arises in the face of pain, distress and suffering. We will also expand and develop our own essential good and tender hearts to become more inclusive, more fearless, more tender as we face the truths of impermanence and groundlessness. 


In addition, Diana will be offering a silent retreat option for those who are looking for time in silent practice with daily interviews.  Diana will meet with all participants at the start of the retreat to establish an individual practice intention and plan, developed specifically for the practitioner's current practice edges.  There will be NO food service provided for this portion of the retreat.  Both residential and commuter options are available for the silent retreat.  Specific sitting periods will be established for those who are not staying for the evening practice periods.  

The Tuesday Study Group begins on Tuesday, Sept. 03, 2019 from 7:00 AM at the Soul of Yoga, 627 N. Encinitas Blvd.  We will be using a text, TBD   This will be easily purchased through Amazon.  In addition, there is a live Zoom Meeting to participate in the on-line course during the Tuesday teachings. Archived video and audio are available at:

All RETREATS are held at: Questhaven Retreat Center San Marcos, California. Questhaven is nestled among chaparral-covered hills in north-east San Diego County. The grounds encompass one square mile of coastal wilderness traversed by several miles of nature trails offering hilltop vistas, shaded oak sanctuaries, wayside shrines, seasonal streams, and a variety of wildflowers, birds and wildlife. From time in nature, we find release from the stress of our daily lives and come to the pristine stillness and silence of pure awareness.

Guided Retreat Dates: Oct. 16-19, 2019 EARLY BIRD PRICING (Prices increase after Oct. 7, 2019)

  • Commuter - 3 days - $145 (after 10//07 - $170) -- includes GUIDED retreat with meals begins on Wed. Oct. 16 at 3:00 PM.

  • Commuter - 6 days - $280 (after 10/07 - $330) No meal option until Wed. OCT. 16 dinner. Lunch meals available from Oct. 17-19.

  • Residential - 4 days, 3 nights - $357 (after 10/07 - $420) -- Guided retreat begins Wed., Oct. 16 at 3:00 PM.

  • Residential - 6 days, 5 nights - meals start Wed dinner. Early bird pricing $530.00 (after 10/07/19 - $620)

  • Early Bird Pricing -  15% discount if paid before 10/07/19.

*****Scholarships are available. Please contact Cary Joel, EMC Board Member for more information at


Upcoming Mindful All-Day Retreats

All are welcome to attend from 9am – 4pm
$35 Dana for those not in a current Mindfulness course.
Please RSVP if you wish to attend any portion of the day.

 Next MINDFUL ALL-DAY: Sat., NOVEMBER 9, 2019; 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Questhaven Retreat Ctr, San Marcos, CA.

Retreat Location

All retreats are held at Questhaven Retreat Center. Questhaven is nestled among chaparral-covered hills in northern San Diego County. The grounds encompass one square mile of coastal wilderness traversed by several miles of nature trails offering hilltop vistas, shaded oak sanctuaries, wayside shrines, seasonal streams, and a variety of wildflowers, birds and wildlife. Wandering these trails, we find release from the stress of outer lives, and come to the stillness and quiet necessary to awaken our inner lives.  

*We are grateful for the use of this space. There is no affiliation with Questhaven Retreat Center or Christward Ministry.