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Breath and Mindfulness: Basic Practices that Nurture Our Bodies, Brains, and Spiritual Journey

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”

- Etty Hillesum

The practices of conscious breathing and mindfulness are intimately connected, and both are recommended by neuroscience and positive psychology to maintain brain health and overall well-being.

We will discuss and practice some basic breathing techniques that reduce anxiety and manage stress. We will also explore how these link to mindfulness, and uncover the physical and psychological benefits of these exercises. Come enjoy this multimedia presentation with videos and meditative experiences included.

As we feel that this is a particularly important topic for these times, we will be offering this evening both live in-person and virtually via Zoom.

Brain and Spirituality programming has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 30th, through Sunday, October 3rd, 2021.
The exact date for this particular program is to be announced.

Cost: TBA includes $10 non-refundable deposit, presentation by Anne, the opportunity for book signing, and dessert reception.

Siena Retreat Center has a variety of safety measures to keep you safe during the pandemic. Click here to view.  The Oak meeting room is set up for social distancing.



This is part of Brain Science and Spirituality programming.
Click to view a brief welcome and invitation from facilitator Anne Kerz Kernion to these programs.

Brain Science and Spirituality Weekend Option: (Saturday and Sunday)
Cost of $185 includes $55 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Brain Science and Spirituality Extended Weekend Option: (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Cost of $275 includes $55 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Brain Science and Spirituality Package: (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, plus meals, plus overnights)
Cost of $425 includes $55 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Anne Kertz Kernion leads retreats and program relating to neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering, an MA in Theology from Duquesne University, a Certificate in the Science of Happiness from the University of California—Berkeley, and is currently a graduate student in Positive Psychology at the University of Missouri. Anne is also a yoga instructor and the owner/artist of “Cards by Anne.” Anne has taught college-level science, ethics, and world religions. Her book A Year of Spiritual Companionship was published by SkyLight Paths in 2016.  Her next book, Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul, will be published by Loyola Press in October, 2020.  Anne enjoys biking and hiking. She and her husband Jack have three grown children and six grandchildren.