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Copper Beech Institute Offers Space For Ongoing Meditation Practice and Friendship

Community-based meditation offers opportunity to cultivate mindfulness with others in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere.
West Hartford, Conn. – August 20, 2014 – Beginning in September, the Copper Beech Institute, Connecticut’s premier retreat center for mindfulness and contemplative practice, will offer two regular opportunities to gather for ongoing meditation practice:
  1. Candlelight Meditation will meet biweekly on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. beginning September 3. Beginners’ instruction is provided at 6:15 p.m.     
  2. Breath by Breath Meditation will gather on the third Monday of each month from noon-1 p.m. beginning September 15. Beginners’ instruction is provided at 11:15 a.m. This program is offered in collaboration with the Spiritual Life Center.
Each session includes time for meditation practice, discussion and sharing. All are invited, from newcomers to seasoned practitioners and those with or without a religious tradition. A free-will offering supports Copper Beech’s outreach to bring mindfulness practice to school children and incarcerated men in Hartford. “For many people, meditation practice is solitary. Meditators can feel isolated and unsupported in their practice. Candlelight and Breath by Breath Meditation are our ways of providing a community of support and friendship where complete beginners to meditation and seasoned practitioners can share practice together and reflect on how mindfulness can be integrated throughout one’s life,” says Dr. Brandon Nappi, Copper Beech Founder and Executive Director. 


The meeting location is the public chapel on the campus of Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, Conn. Follow campus signs and enter through Entrance 5. 


To learn more about the Copper Beech Institute and the community meditation program, please visit copperbeechinstitute.org


Copper Beech Institute is located in West Hartford, CT on the campus of Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center where it leases space. The Institute offers day retreats, weekend retreats, professional trainings, and extended learning opportunities. Copper Beech Institute has also has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness to offer an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course three times a year. The Institute’s campus has quiet places to rest with 200 beds, an art gallery and stone labyrinth, all on 48 wooded aces, with healing arts therapies and farm-to-table food to nourish health, and a compassionate staff to support personal growth and exploration. 




What is Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It isn’t something individuals have to acquire, but rather it is an innate capacity within everyone—a deep internal resource waiting to be released to help one grow, learn, and heal. The Copper Beech Institute focuses on the practical application of mindfulness, teaching individuals and professionals how to bring mindful attention to their lives, their clients, their companies, and their employees with attention to every facet of life from speech, listening, and eating, to loving, working, and playing. 


Leadership: Dr. Brandon Nappi, founder and executive director at the Copper Beech Institute and the associate director at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, is a spiritual leader, speaker, and writer who passionately believes in the capacity of the human spirit to awaken. Inspired by the common wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions, he has dedicated his life’s work to sharing the transformative power of mindfulness practice. Dr. Nappi is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has completed a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology and has received extensive mindfulness training from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. 


About the Copper Beech Institute: The Copper Beech Institute is the premier retreat center for mindfulness and contemplative practice in Connecticut. It is our mission to awaken every individual to their fullest potential by cultivating a connection between contemplation and compassionate action. We envision a future where mindfulness and contemplative practice transform every life every day, deepen our relationships, and ultimately, transform education, healthcare, business, government and every level of society to create a healing shift in how we relate to one another and the earth. The Copper Beech Institute will be instrumental in making mindfulness and contemplative practice available and commonplace through its onsite programs as well as community outreach efforts. For further information on Copper Beech Institute, please visit: copperbeechinstitute.org.


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