“Life unfolds in moments. The healing power of mindfulness lies in living each one as fully as we can,” writes Jon Kabat-Zinn in Full Catastrophe Living. Mindfulness is an open, kind, non-judging attention to what is happening in the present moment as it is happening. It shapes a wise and compassionate relationship with and response to experience as it unfolds moment by moment. As Joseph Goldstein writes in A Heart Full of Peace, “Mindfulness is the quality and power of mind that is deeply aware of what’s happening—without commentary and without interference … keeping us connected to brushing our teeth or having a cup of tea … connected to the people around us.” Scientific research shows that mindfulness can positively affect stress resilience, physical and mental health, the ability to sustain attention, self-regulation of emotions, interpersonal skills, and general well-being and happiness. Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for a weekend retreat with facilitator Chris Klug to cultivate mindfulness in silence amid instruction, questioning, sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement and mindful eating. You are welcome to participate whether you are interested in beginning a formal mindfulness meditation practice or have been practicing for some time.The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.