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What could more stillness, space and silence do for our relationships, our faith and our lives? Since we’ve been so accustomed to efficiency and speed, that’s not so easy to answer - and can take practice to regain and cultivate what Lou Bean calls “conscious affectionate awareness of the moment.” 

Join us for the first official North Star Mindfulness Retreat

Led by mindfulness teachers Blaine Hickman, Jacob Hess & Ty Mansfield

OCTOBER 12, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Davis Mindfulness Center • 476 Heritage Park Blvd, Layton, UT 84041

Please bring a lunch to eat - and arrive in silence.  Dress comfortably, with any supplies you need to feel well during the day.  Meditation cushions and mats will be provided on site. More details will be sent to participants in advance.

There is no cost for registration.

Voluntary donations are invited from those who find the retreat beneficial. All proceeds go to support the mission of North Star International. Register by following the button below to send an email to Blaine Hickman.



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Ty Mansfield, PhD

Ty is a practicing marriage and family therapist and an adjunct instructor in Religious Education at Brigham Young University. Ty completed his undergraduate work in Asian Studies and has been actively practicing mindfulness for over ten years, and he has trained as a teacher with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach in their Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training program. Ty has also been actively cultivating space for more mindful listening in the area of conflicting views on sexuality and gender for the last decade through his work at North Star International and the Reconciliation and Growth Project. Ty and his wife, Danielle, and their five children live in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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Blaine Hickman, LCSW

Blaine has trained in mindfulness meditation and guided people for years as a clinician. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Weber State University and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. His practicum experience includes working with individuals in substance abuse treatment as well as individuals and couples through LDS Family Services. He has worked in the inpatient psychiatry setting for several years and currently works as an LCSW in a Day Treatment program for teenagers. Blaine also works as a therapist for Aspire Counseling Services where he works primarily with LDS Church members experiencing same-sex attraction. Blaine himself experiences same-sex attraction. He and his wife, Lindsay have been married for nearly 10 years and are raising their two enthusiastic boys.

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Jacob Z. Hess, PhD

Jacob is an MBSR Instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and he has taught both adult and teen classes for years. Jacob has helped create online mindfulness-based classes for people facing depression, anxiety, and compulsive pornography use. He is on the board of the National Coalition of Dialogue & Deliberation and has studied mindful listening across socio-political disagreements for a decade. Jacob lives in Paradise, Utah, with his wife, Monique, nine chickens, three cats, and four boys who make sure their daddy’s own stillness gets interrupted every five minutes.