Externship: Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at Starved Rock State Park (Spring, 2014)


Pre-registrations are now being accepted for this course.  This unique hybrid course involves a four-day retreat (Thursday, April 24th through Sunday, April 27th, 2014) at the beautiful Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center in Utica, IL (1.5 hour drive from Chicago). Starved Rock Lodge sits high atop a wooded bluff overlooking the Illinois River in the magnificent Starved Rock State Park.  Every student will have a private guest room in the lodge. There will be a fee of $715 for the retreat, in addition to the 4 credit hours of tuition for the L-10 and L-11 competencies. All the other pre- and post-retreat learning activities will take place online during the Spring, 2014 quarter.  See the syllabus for more details. The pre-requisites for the course are completion of Foundations of Adult Learning and the L-4 and L-5 competencies. It is necessary to pre-register for the course by contacting the instructor, Michael Skelley, directly at mskelley@depaul.edu   

Mindfulness meditation practices are simple, relaxing, yet powerful ways of developing your mind so that you can to be more fully and freely engaged in your daily experiences. The approaches to mindfulness meditation that you will learn in this course are related to Buddhist traditions, but also draw from contemporary insights in neuroscience, psychology and philosophy.  No prior experience with meditation is necessary for this course. 

The course will be offered again in Fall, 2014 (Starved Rock retreat on Oct. 2nd – 5th, 2014) and Spring, 2015 (Starved Rock retreat on Apr. 16th – 19th, 2015)



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