Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: Exploring Presence

When: 9 Sep 2016 - 11 Sep 2016 (Fri - Sun, 2 nights)
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Elohee – retreat. renew. remember.

Elohee is a retreat center located in the heart of 200 wooded acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.  Currently, we rent our facilities to teachers offering courses in meditation, yoga, art, dance, and other methods for personal growth.  We are also in the process of creating our own curriculum which will draw directly upon the power of nature to facilitate our Forest Therapy, Cancer Support, Trauma Recovery, and Mindful Leadership Programs.   Elohee is a place for transformation - individual and community.      

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Atlanta Mindfulness Institute

Helen Barnes Vantine, Ph.D.


Founder and co-owner of Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. In addition, Dr. Vantine has a private psychotherapy practice in Buckhead and Serenbe. She uses mindfully-informed psychotherapy with her individual patients. She also teaches mindfulness, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to individual psychotherapy patients, couples and groups. One of her aspirations for her patients is to go beyond “ordinary unhappiness,” by expanding consciousness, acceptance, insight, love and joy through the practice of mindful presence.


Dr. Vantine began meditation practice in 1971 and has spent more than 40 years studying and training in Eastern and Western approaches to personal growth. For the past fifteen years she has studied Buddhist Psychology at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and has practiced Mindfulness Meditation at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Mass. She was trained by Zindal Segal in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She has worked as a professor at Georgia State University teaching graduate students in School Psychology about mindfulness in education. For the past seven years she has undergone training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness staff to become a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).


Stephanie Swann, Ph.D., LCSW


Co-owner and faculty in the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. Dr. Swann has received extensive teacher training through the University of Massachussetts Medical School Center For MIndfulness. She regularly teaches MIndfulness Based Stress Reduction to groups in the community as well as several advanced medtiation courses. As a consultant, Dr. Swann trains mental health professionals in the use of mindfulness based psychotherapy. She also maintains a private counseling practice in the Atlanta area. In addition to Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, Dr. Swann’s areas of expertise include working with survivors of trauma, specifically childhood sexual and physical abuse as well as adult onset trauma. Dr. Swann is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, a practice that she uses in assisting couples in working through challenging life issues.


With all of her clients, Dr. Swann uses mindfulness based interventions to assist them in developing greater awareness and balance in their daily lives. Dr. Swann received her doctorate in clinical social work from Smith College in 2001. She has over 18 years of experience teaching in universities as well as the community. Personally, she attends mindfulness meditation retreats regularly and has a dedicated daily meditation practice.

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