An At-Home Meditation Retreat You Can Share with Those You Love

Want to share your practice with others, but not sure where to start? Three mindfulness teachers offer this simple guide to holding your own contemplative retreat, with company or just for you.

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There comes an important moment in your mindfulness journey when you’re called to share your at-home meditation retreat with others. You might be asked to share a mindfulness exercise in a meeting, asked by your partner to help soothe a mid-meltdown child, asked by a grieving friend how you managed through loss in your own life. It’s a small yet monumental call to take something deeply personal and offer it back to the world. And you don’t have to be a mindfulness teacher to meet the moment. 

In 2016, I started a weekly mindfulness group at work with two colleagues. We pitched the idea, secured a nominal budget, and brought in a certified teacher from a local meditation center. We sat in a conference room, partially cross-legged in restrictive business casual, and felt genuine joy when close to 20 of our coworkers practiced within the walls of our corporate office without a trace of insincerity. 

We also soon realized that we didn’t have an endless budget to bring in teachers every week. We could run these sessions a few times a year but had to fill the weeks between with our own content. As the yoga…

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Jaime Ledesma

Jaime Ledesma is a yoga and meditation teacher and well-being specialist at Deloitte. She helps organizations see beyond traditional wellness programs and design a culture of well-being that includes physical and mental health, empathy, connection, and a sense of purpose. She has spoken at national conferences, written articles for media outlets including Thrive Global, and facilitated well-being classes for thousands of professionals.

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Mark Bertin

Mark Bertin, MD., is a pediatrician, author, professor, and mindfulness teacher specializing in neurodevelopmental behavioral pediatrics. He’s a regular contributor to and Psychology Today. He is the author of How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids (Sounds True, 2018). Dr. Bertin resides in Pleasantville, New York. For more, visit

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Tovi Scruggs-Hussein

Tovi Scruggs-Hussein a visionary, healer, and award-winning urban educator with almost 30 years of courageous leadership and transformation experience. She is a recognized leader in emotional intelligence, equity and inclusion, meditation, and resilience.

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Shalini Bahl-Milne

Shalini Bahl-Milne, Ph.D., is an award-winning researcher, Certified MBSR and Search Inside Yourself teacher, TEDx speaker, and town councilor. With 15 years of research, Dr. Bahl develops mindfulness skills in business, education, and political clients, helping them disrupt harmful default habits to cope with stress, be more resilient, and improve decision making to benefit all stakeholders. She loves nature, dancing, cooking, and creative ventures.