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SOLD OUT Silent Meditation Retreat

January 23, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 23

12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Graeser Family Education Center

$30 nonmembers | $22 WBG members (Members use code WBGMEMBER at checkout)


In the natural world, January is a time of silence and restoration. This retreat is an opportunity for you to experience restorative and affirming relief from life’s struggles as we explore mindfulness meditation practices with curiosity and kindness, supported by the beautiful spaces at WBG, incredible music, tasty food, and skillful teachers. Participants are silent during most of the retreat as Karen and Emily guide a variety of practice forms, including walking, eating, sitting and chair yoga; the time moves quickly. Anticipate your silence as a pleasant experience as your brain’s language center relaxes. The quiet space created by not talking provides grounding for experiencing what it means to be in a state of mindfulness.  No experience with meditation required.

Light snacks and beverages provided for the Mindful Eating portion.



Karen S. Newton, MPH, RDN

Wellbeing & Resilience Integrator, Certified Koru Mindfulness Teacher and Trainer of Teachers, Master Flash Nap Teacher, Food for Life Teacher. Karen served as Director of Health Promotion & Wellbeing in University of Louisville Campus Health Services from 2007 until retirement in 2018. She directed implementation of a resilience framework to support the academic persistence and personal wellbeing of UofL students. Karen now teaches Koru Mindfulness at the Earth & Spirit Center Meditation School and other non-profits in our community.

Emily J Smith

A singer/songwriter and musician and a certified yoga instructor.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education, emphasis on voice, from the University of Louisville School of Music and has spent the last 20 years professionally singing and performing in a variety of settings and musical genres. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Yoga East in Louisville in 2017.

** Due to the ongoing pandemic, this program requires all students (regardless of vaccination status) to social distance and wear a face mask. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided. These guidelines may change per local Covid restrictions or CDC recommendations.


Refund Policy
Although we are unable to refund registration fees in the case of cancellation by the purchaser, the paid registration can be transferred to another student. In this case, please notify KAT RIVERS at KRIVERS@WATERFRONTGARDENS.ORG or 502-276-5404 with the name of who will attend in your place. Multi-event series cannot be transferred. In the event that Waterfront Botanical Gardens cancels a class for any reason (e.g. low enrollment, instructor unavailability, natural hazard, etc.), we will attempt to reschedule the class or event. If there is no reschedule, the purchaser will be issued a full refund. Refunds are issued by check only.
Emergency Cancellation
In the event of an emergency cancellation, the Gardens will contact registered students with a cancellation notice (always provide/maintain a current email address and phone number so that we may notify you of an emergency or cancellation). The Gardens will attempt to reschedule classes cancelled due to an emergency event if possible.


January 23, 2022
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Graeser Family Education Center
1435 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206 United States