Workshops & Retreats

Reset, Recharge + Reconnect:
A Pause for Practice in Community

A workshop with Katja Hahn d’Errico and Rose Sackey-Milligan
Sunday, April 5th, 9:30am-4pm (lunch provided) Postponed; new dates TBA
Old Chapel, University of Massachusetts Amherst
$25 for students; regular registration starting at $75* 
*ACMHE members receive a $50 discount. Join or renew here.

Dear ones, as of Friday, 3/13, we have decided to postpone this event. Our priority is everyone’s health and well-being. All registrants will be refunded and we will update this page with new information once we are able to schedule a date. Thank you, and may you be well!

Does your busy, overscheduled life leave you longing for more peace and quiet? Are you seeking a deeper sense of connection and belonging? Join us for a day of reflective practices, silence, dialogue, and discussion with educators, activists, and new friends who share your intention to STOP, slow down, tune in, and build community.

Facilitators Katja Hanh D’Errico and Rose Sackey-Milligan will guide you through tools and practices to earnestly examine your heart, soul, and nature of being, and to develop your capacity for fully embodied, human-to-human connection. Adaptations of lectio divina, a  Christian monastic tradition, and Buddhist mindfulness practices will be used. All are welcome; prior experience is unnecessary.

Katja Hahn d'ErricoKatja Hahn d’Errico is Adjunct Professor of Social Justice in the College of Education at University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as, Program Director of the IMPACT: Service Learning Residential Academic Program.  In Impact, first year students connect academic learning and mindfulness in their service placements in community organizations.

For the last 20 years Katja has integrated contemplative practice into her academic curriculum and leadership seminars. Contemplative practice guides her work beyond abstract academic theory into daily life. Katja’s ethos is to work with compassion towards a more just world within and without the academic world.


Rose Sackey-MilliganRose Sackey-Milligan, the former Senior Program Officer at the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, has been engaged in progressive social change work for over 30 years. Before joining the Foundation she served as the Director of the Social Justice Program at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and Director of Programs at the Peace Development Fund.

Since 2005, Rose has been active in the field of contemplative education. At the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society she supported hundreds of social justice activists interested in exploring the value of integrating contemplative practice with social action. In addition, she has served as faculty at the Center’s Contemplative Pedagogy Summer Session; delivered talks in higher education settings to faculty and staff on the learning and teaching benefits of contemplative practice; delivered a presentation on the complexities of de-constructing hierarchical teaching spaces in higher education, and taught a course, Feminism, Buddhist Thought and Contemplative Practices, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

Our Past Retreats:

Resilience in the Resistance: Contemplative Practice for Recovery and Renewal March 15-17, 2019 Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY with Leslie Booker
Retreat for Educators: Contemplative Practices in Teaching and Learning Saturday, March 28, 2015 Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT with Shalini Bahl and Daniel Barbezat
Contemplative Retreat for Educators: A Day of Practice Saturday, May 3, 2014 Friends Meeting of Washington, Washington, DC with Paul Wapner and Nicole Salimbene
Contemplative One-Day Retreat for Educators: Mindfulness, Lovingkindness, and Simple Yoga Saturday, February 22, 2014 Amherst College, Amherst, MA with Mirabai Bush and Anna Neiman Passalacqua
November 18 – 21, 2012 Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY With Mirabai Bush, Paul Wapner, and Anna Neiman Passalacqua Read the report (.pdf)
November 17 – 20, 2011 Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY With Mirabai Bush, Arthur Zajonc, and Anna Neiman Passalacqua Read the report (.pdf)
November 11 – 14, 2010 Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY With Mirabai Bush, Arthur Zajonc, and Sunanda Markus Read the report (.pdf)
November 12 – 15, 2009 Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, CA With Mirabai Bush and Arthur Zajonc Read the report (.pdf)
November 13-16, 2008 Menla Mountain Retreat Center, Phoenicia, NY With Mirabai Bush, Arthur Zajonc, and Sunanda Markus Read the report (.pdf)

Dialog at an Academic Retreat

“The Center is a great guide to developing contemplative practices. ‘Poetry and Meditation,’ the experimental course I taught in Spring 2000 at West Point as a Fellow of the Center, changed much of what I thought I knew about teaching and learning, and by doing that, changed my life.”

— Marilyn Nelson, chancellor emeritus, Academy of American Poets; author, A Wreath for Emmett Till and Carver: A Life in Poems