Course Information

Deepening and Extending the Foundations of Mindfulness

When: 26 Apr 2021 – 2 May 2021
Where: Trigonos, North Wales
Tutor: Frits Koster

Co/support teacher: Jetty Koster-Heynekamp

This teacher led residential offers a safe and supportive environment in which to deepen and extend mindfulness and compassion practice. It provides an opportunity to develop fine tuned sensitivity to our inner process and to how we might helpfully work with our experience moment to moment, including in our interactions with others and with the environment.

This retreat is specifically designed to meet the retreat needs of those on Part 2 of CMRP’s Teacher Training Pathway and Master’s Teaching 2 module. It is also suitable for trainees from other training organisations and for more experienced teachers wishing to deepen their connection to the core underpinnings to mindfulness as it is taught in the eight-week course.

The retreat structure, teaching process and learning community of fellow participants and teachers provide a scaffold to engage in an individual and collective exploration of human experience, supportive of a deepening understanding of mindfulness as a way of being in the world.


 What’s involved?

We will deepen our personal and experiential engagement with the core meditation practices taught on an 8 week mindfulness course and with theoretical understandings that underpin them. In particular, we will structure the residential around perspectives on the four abidings of mindfulness from Buddhist psychology and an exploration of four heart qualities known as the Brahmaviharas in Buddhist psychology and as the Four Friends for Life in secular mindfulness approaches. These teachings will be offered as a framework to support first-person exploration of experience in formal and informal mindfulness practice – the core curriculum will be the immediacy of personal experience. Whilst having their roots in Buddhist psychology, the themes, teaching, practice guidance and explorations will be presented in terms of their application to secular mindfulness programmes such as MBSR and MBCT.

The retreat will include:

· periods of both guided and self-directed practice

· 45 min. talks

· individual meetings and group exchanges with the teachers

· time to practice mindfulness informally between meditation sessions including in work periods where individuals contribute to the smooth running of the household and care of the environment

The overall container of the retreat will be held in noble silence, enabling space to connect with experience and a chance to be in community with like-minded people without the need to be anyone in particular. There will also be opportunities for sharing and connecting verbally at the end of our time together and the teachers will always be available to talk to people individually.

Expected learning outcomes include:

· Deepening knowledge of the traditional teachings on the four establishments of mindfulness;

· Development of knowledge of the Brahmaviharas or Four Friends for Life

· Development of understanding of how the four ways of establishing mindfulness relate to human distress and wellbeing; and how they underpin the curricula and practices of MBSR and MBCT,

· Deepening confidence and clarity in experientially engaging with the foundational methods of developing mindfulness;

· Development of experiential familiarity with the Four Friends for Life and the core attitudinal qualities of mindfulness;

· Development of increased experiential familiarity with personal patterns and conditioned tendencies, how we meet these and how this relates to human struggle and flourishing

· Experience of the value of being part of a supportive communit


Who is the retreat for?

The retreat is suitable for the following people:

  • those who have taken an eight-week mindfulness course and wish to deepen their learning
  • those who are training to teach mindfulness-based courses

Requirements to attend:

Completion of an eight-week course and attendance at a minimum of a day of silent practice.


Timings:

Please arrive for 4pm on 26th April and ending with lunch on 2nd May.


What to bring/wear:

Mats, cushions and blankets will be provided. Please bring your own equipment if you prefer.


Location:

Trigonos is located in the village of Nantlle in North Wales between Penygroes and Rhyd Ddu. Caernarfon is the nearest town and Bangor the nearest mainline railway station (West Coast mainline). Please visit the Trigonos website for additional information and directions at http://www.trigonos.org/node/13


Our full rates have no hidden extras and include deposit, teaching, room and board. 

Full rate for SINGLE accommodation (1 to a room): £945.00 including the £200.00 deposit.

Full rate for SHARED accommodation (2 or more to a room): £845.00 including the £100.00 deposit.


The Application Process: 

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week, but if the retreat leader is on annual leave or on retreat, then this can take a little bit longer.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you for the nonrefundable deposit (£100 non-refundable deposit for SHARED accommodation or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full retreat payment.
  4. If you have paid a deposit, four months before the retreat date you will be invoiced for the balance which must be paid within 30 days.
  5. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.


For more information:

Please email us at retreats@mindfulness-network.org


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