“Embracing Challenges with Clarity & Peace”

An Experiential Study of the Five Powers
A Weekend Mindfulness Retreat

February 10 & 11, Saturday/Sunday 2018

Led by Michael Ciborski
Sponsored by the Omaha Community of Mindful Living
At the Sjogren Building of the Carol Joy Holling Center, Ashland, Nebraska

The Five Powers are Faith\Determination\Mindfulness\Concentration\Insight. In Buddhism they are sometimes referred to as powers or faculties or allies. They are helpful, practical tool to help us build the capacity and energy to encounter and embrace life’s challenges with openness and ease. With clear and peaceful embrace, transformation occurs.  Within this weekend practice will be an emphasis on the activity of “Beginning Anew” in each moment with ourselves and each other

In this retreat we will come together to nourish mindfulness, understanding and compassion in each other.  We will practice conscious breathing, sitting and walking meditations, mindful eating, singing, deep relaxation and joyful togetherness.  This will build a strong collective concentration, allowing us to deeply explore our theme through Dharma teachings, deep listening, care-filled discussions and personal reflections.


Held in the tranquil setting of the Carol Joy Holling Center in the hills and forest around Ashland, Nebraska , with easy driving distance from both Lincoln and Omaha. The weekend retreat will be facilitated by members of the Honey Locust Sangha and visiting Dharma Teacher Michael Ciborski. Michael is a lineage holding Dharma teacher in the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh  who has offered mindfulness retreats throughout the country.

During this retreat we will:

  • Learn the art of mindful breathing and the art of going home to ourselves;
  • Learn to sit peacefully and enjoy moments of being quiet;
  • Time for mindful walking, walking in a way that allows us to touch the wonders of life within and around us;
  • Share meals in silence, getting in touch deeply with the food and enjoying our being together;
  • Learn to release the tension and pain in our body;
  • Learn to generate feelings of joy, happiness, and handle painful feelings and strong emotions;
  • Learn to listen with compassion and use the kind of speech that can restore communication.

This retreat will be a wonderful opportunity for us to slow down, rest, rejuvenate, and connect to our deepest source of inspiration and insight. We will practice mindful breathing, walking, and eating while observing Noble Silence in a spirit of togetherness, growing our peace, calm, joy for our loved ones, our world, and ourselves.

For people of all religious faiths, and people of no particular faith.

Led by Michael Ciborski
Sponsored by the Omaha Community of Mindful Living
At the Sjogren Building of the Carol Joy Holling Center, Ashland, Nebraska

To Register

Click here to sign up.

Please register before Feb. 6. Space is limited so don’t wait.

Registration Options
attend Saturday/Sunday staying the night
$195 per person/double person occupancy (includes meals)
$250 private room as available, (includes meals)
attend Saturday/Sunday not staying the night
  $100/includes four meals
attend Saturday only
  $60/includes two meals
{These fees also includes $30/day of dana(donation) to the teachers. More can be contributed individually.}
(financial assistance is available for those who need it)

Registration fees can be made online thru PayPal or check. Space is limited so register early. (make checks payable to: Omaha Community of Mindful Living)