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Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Modalities and Research (7 days)
January 8 – 15, 2017 (Sunday to Sunday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
Spaces still available!
All scholarship funds have been awarded.
This retreat is specifically designed for professionals involved in mindfulness-based modalities. Educators, clinicians and researchers engaged in teaching or training in mindfulness-based approaches are welcome to attend.
The course is an invitation to extend and deepen personal experience of insight meditation, which is rooted in the cultivation of mindfulness. In the company of peers and colleagues, retreatants will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as taught in the Satipaṭṭhāna discourse given by the Buddha, the foundational teaching of all contemporary mindfulness-based applications. This is a profound teaching that encourages us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a liberated and compassionate heart.
The teachers of this retreat are all involved in training mindfulness-based professionals or in teaching mindfulness.
Each day will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both insight and metta, the teaching of boundless friendliness), meetings with the teachers, talks and guidance, all within an environment of silence. A familiarity with formal practice is assumed.
Teacher Jaya Karen Rudgard will also offer an optional daily period of mindful movement.
When registering, please indicate your professional involvement with mindfulness.
25 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.
Akincano is a guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne and co-founder of Bodhi College, as well as a psychotherapist. A former monk, he practiced for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particular interests are early Buddhist texts, stillness and contemplative psychology. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology internationally.
Listen to one of Akincano's talks: Maps and Overview: Stages of Attention given at IMS on January 5, 2015 – 50 minutes, 35.3 MB (Download, Stream)
Chris Cullen has practiced and studied BuddhaDharma since 1994 and has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 2008. He has a psychotherapy practice in Oxford, and teaches mindfulness courses for MPs in Parliament in London.
Listen to one of Chris's talks: Knowing and Unknowing the Body given at IMS on January 26, 2015 – 63 minutes, 43 MB (Download, Stream)
Jaya Karen Rudgard
Jaya Karen Rudgard began meditating in the 1980s and practiced for eight years as a nun in the Theravada tradition with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches insight meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.