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Summer Mini-Retreat July 2017

Mindful Living Summer Mini-Retreat
Dropping Into the Sacred Space of Being
A retreat from the noise of the world and from your busy life....


This retreat is designed for anyone interested in practicing self-care, while boosting relational mindfulness skills with a supportive group.


Nashville  July 14-15, 2017 

Friday, July 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost $150

Please email to register and for inquiries about work/trade scholarships.

Click this link to register!

Retreat includes:

·      Foundations for mindful communication and relational connection

·      Tools for letting go of our internal argument with the world

·      Guided Mindfulness Practices (sitting, movement, writing)

·      Council Circle Discussion

·      Yoga/Restorative Practices

·      Opportunities to connect and share

The unexpected action of deep listening can create a space of transformation capable of shattering complacency and despair.        

                                          ~ Terry Tempest Williams

This retreat will offer participants an opportunity to take a break from the world of doing and drop into the sacred space of being. We will focus on mindfulness-based communication practices such as deep listening and relational connection. How often do we allow
preoccupation and resentment to conceal the beauty in front of us? How often do our fixed ideas and assumptions prevent us from connecting in our relationships?

We are offering an opportunity to restore your own care and learn mindfulness-based inner resilience skills for moving into a powerful, balanced way of being present in the world. Mindfulness practices have been shown to help create a greater capacity for effectively dealing
with life’s challenges.  A personal mindfulness practice can help with stress-management, preventing burn-out, increasing compassion for self and others, perspective taking, relational connection and more – all things that are vital to living a healthy and balanced life.

We are excited to welcome Ashiya Swan and Molly Upchurch as our movement facilitators for this retreat! Read more below...                   

The Center for Integrative Learning and Teaching, in partnership with University School of Nashville, is offering a summer mini-retreat for any adult interested in experiencing easy, restorative mindfulness practices and enjoying the benefits of a practicing in a group.  This mini-retreat is appropriate for the beginner to mindfulness, as well as to the experienced practitioner.  Our format will be a blend of experiential practice, restorative care, & topics relevant to mindful communication.  If you are considering bringing mindfulness practice into your classroom, family or workplace, this is the perfect place to start.  An embodied experience and practice of mindfulness is essential before venturing to offer it to another person.


Shelly Sowell, M.Ed., LPCC

Integrative Wellness Counselor

Based in Louisville, KY, Shelly Sowell is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and an Education Consultant, specializing in Mindfulness-Based Life Skills for teens and adults.  She works with individuals, families, schools, & communities to create meaningful, effective and comprehensive mindfulness-based wellness programs.  She has worked as a counselor, educator, consultant and mindfulness-based life skills instructor throughout her career, which began in 2004, and has created wellness practices in Miami, Los Angeles& Louisville.   She is a Founding Partner for CILT Nashville and a faculty member for The Global Human Project in Louisville.  For more information, please visit

Mary Entrekin Agee

Founder of CILT Nashville

Mindfulness Coordinator at USN

Based in Nashville, Mary Agee has a deep personal mindfulness practice and has been on a path of growth, self-awareness and life-long learning for more than twenty years. She is currently working as a mindfulness coordinator at University School of Nashville, as well as offering independent classes and mindfulness consulting. Mary is experienced in a wide range of trainings all based on social and emotional intelligence, with a strong emphasis on mindfulness and brings a full-hearted enthusiasm to sharing what she has learned with others. For more information on Mary and CILT, please visit

Movement Facilitators

Ashiya Swan (MS, CYKT, CHC*) has merged her skills as a holistic coach, Kemetic Yoga Instructor and circle facilitator to create Swan Wholistic, a restorative wellness company specializing in services for both individuals and groups. Over time Ashiya has incorporated the ancient wisdom of yoga into modern services, support and tools that increase emotional intelligence, mindfulness and presence.

Ashiya has facilitated Circles for workplace wellness, team building, strategic planning. youth Talking Circles, yoga healing circles, and circles for women's wellness. In 2015 Ashiya collaborated with a colleague to begin a Mindful Eating Circle and a Racial Healing Circle.

* (Masters in Biology, Certified Kemetic Yoga Teacher, Certified Holistic Coach)

To learn more, please visit:

Molly Upchurch (E-RYT 500) has been both an instructor and a student of yoga for the past 17 years and has received teacher certifications from White Lotus Foundation and the Samudra School of Living Yoga. Molly is a also Certified Feng Shui Consultant and has a Masters in Sustainability. The yoga classes Molly teaches are in the Prana Vinyasa style, where breath awareness, fluidity, and freedom are found as she guides students through solar (activating) and lunar (grounding) sequences. Molly leads public yoga classes, workshops, and retreats in addition to offering private yoga, Ayurveda, and Feng Shui sessions for individuals and organizations. Tolearn more, please visit:

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