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* open to everyone *

The MBPF is honored to host a special 2-day online retreat "Only Kindness Makes Sense Anymore" facilitated by renowned mindfulness instructor, Bob Stahl, PhD and Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, MBCP Founding Director and MBCP Faculty for this special event. Each day, there will be periods of guided and silent sitting and walking meditation along with a talk and systematic meditation instructions on the four foundations of mindfulness that are embedded in lovingkindness. These teachings and practices will emphasize quieting the mind; opening the heart; developing clarity, wisdom, and compassion; and fostering a depth of practice.  We understand that committing to a two-day silent retreat could be a challenge, so if you are only able to attend for one day, that can be arranged. Please contact
All proceeds benefit the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation a 501(c)3 non profit.
Bob Stahl, PhD, has founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently offering programs at Dominican Hospital, El Camino Hospitals in Los Gatos and Mt. View, and Good Samaritan Hospital. He serves as a Senior Teacher for Brown University's Mindfulness Center. He also was a Senior Teacher for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School prior to its closing. Bob teachers MBSR Teacher Trainings and Insight Meditation retreats worldwide and is the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock. He is coauthor of 5 books: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday. 
Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, MBCP Founding Director, Nancy Bardacke, midwife, mindfulness teacher, and the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program, has been assisting birthing families since 1971. A longtime meditation practitioner, Nancy began her professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductions (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, in 1994. After teaching MBSR for a number of years, Nancy began adapting the program to meet the needs of pregnant women and their partners, creating the MBCP program. Nancy has taught MBCP to more than 1500 expectant parents and has trained hundreds of MBCP teachers across six continents.

We understand that financial situations vary, so our retreat feature a sliding payment scale. Choose the level of retreat fees that aligns with your budget.



  • SCHOLARSHIP SLIDING SCALE ($200, $150, $100): If the standard price is a stretch, click on the scholarship sliding scale option and it will display the available payment options. Select the quantity beside the price that you are able to afford.

  • MAKE AN ADDITIONAL DONATION: If you're in a position to contribute more and support our organization's scholarship funds, consider adding a tax-deductible donation to your order. Your generosity not only facilitates your retreat, but it also helps others with limited means to participate. 

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