Weekend Retreats

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) retreat will teach the practice of mindfulness
meditation (present moment, non-judgmental awareness) and its application to stress reduction,
self-reflection and the mobilization of inner resources to support health, healing, spiritual
enrichment and personal growth.
Retreat participants will experience guidance in mindfulness meditation skills, mindful yoga practice, group dialogue, periods of extended silence, rest and relaxation. Opportunities for individual meetings with the retreat director for additional instruction, guidance and/or support will be provided.
The retreat is modeled on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principles developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at the Center for Mindfulness in the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Beginners and experienced participants are welcome!
Note: All participants will have the option to participate or to refrain from certain exercises according to their own comfort and safety levels.

Retreat Components

  • Instruction in mindfulness meditation skills
  • Stretching and relaxation exercises
  • Mindful gentle yoga practice
  • Group reflection and dialogue
  • periods of extended silence (retreat is silent for participants starting Friday bedtime, ending Sunday morning; support is offered during this time)
  • Home practice materials, including guided recordings and handouts

Directed by Mark Dannenfelser, MA, LPC
Mark is Founding Director of the Mindfulness Center of Atlanta. He is a Certified MBSR Teacher (Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-GA), a Certified Spiritual Director (Spring Hill College), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). Mark is Adjunct Lecturer in the Graduate Theology program at Spring Hill College and is the Contemplative Outreach commissioned presenter of the Centering Prayer method for the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University.


Scientific research shows evidence that mindfulness training can:

  • Increase your ability to cope with stress, pain and other health conditions by reducing stress hormones and inflammation markers
  • Increase your cognitive functioning, creativity, insight, mental clarity and awareness, and reduce rumination
  • Increase your emotional resilience by activating positive emotion circuits
  • Increase your serotonin levels, supporting positive mood, better sleep and digestion

Retreat Location

Ignatius House Retreat Center 6700 Riverside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30328

No matter what the season, or weather, Ignatius House Retreat Center is the perfect place for practicing mindfulness meditation. Located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, the Center occupies 20 heavily wooded acres overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The expansive grounds feature indigenous trees, plants, wildlife, and even a waterfall. A three-tiered deck, gazebos, and benches provide quiet resting places for meditation and introspection. Walking trails through the woods and the river’s edge, beckon you to outward and inward discovery.

Accommodations and Schedule

The retreat begins at 6:15 p.m. on Friday with a welcome reception and dinner, and ends at 1:30 p.m. following lunch on Sunday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and snacks and beverages are always available. All accommodations include a private bedroom with a private bath.

Cost: $525.00

Includes approximately 27 hrs. in-person group sessions, 6 meals, private room and bath, linens, snacks, walking trails. 

Cancellation Policy for Mindfulness Programs: You can get a full refund of your payment if the cancellation is at least 14 days prior to the first day of the program. If you have paid in full and cancel within 14 days of the program, 50% of your payment is non-refundable, but 50% is transferable toward the cost of another day of reflection or retreat offered by Ignatius House within 12 months. After 12 months, any unapplied credits are counted as a general donation to the Ignatius House retreat center.
*Medical Disclaimer: The Mindfulness programs are for educational purposes only and are not intended as, nor should they be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice and/or treatment.
Complaint Policy for Mindfulness Programs: participant complaints and disputes related to provider programs may be made to: The Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and  Marriage and Family Therapists-http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43