Inspired by the weekend retreat I attended at Copper Beech Institute at the end of April, I wrote a poem to express how I felt while I was there. The Institute is a calming and re-invigorating place, which I am grateful to have learned about. I will definitely return.

With gratitude,
Jo Palmieri



Be still, be silent, be kind

A still body creates a still mind

Chaos nurtures the brain to race

Silence cultivates a calm pace

Kindness teaches compassion

It obliterates stress and tension

To live a more pleasant existence

Practice these three little words with diligence

Still, silent, kind

Peace you will find

In your body and in your mind


Copper Beech Institute is the nation’s newest retreat center for mindfulness and contemplative practice offering more than 40 retreats and programs to foster peace and resilience in everyday life.

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