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ONLINE, 5-day Secular Silent teacher-lead Mindfulness MBSR Retreat
January 4, 2023 - January 8, 2023
The theme for this retreat is Investigating The Ānāpānasati Sutta, “Breath-Mindfulness Discourse,” and will be lead by Bodhin Philip Woodward.
ONLINE AND IN-PERSON RETREAT, LIVE PARTICIPATION.
4th – 8th January 2023
Wednesday 4th Jan at 18.00h CET – Sunday 8th Jan at 20.00h, 5 days
This retreat will be offered Online
Price Online: 290€,
Investigating the “Mindfulness of Breath” as expressed within the Ānāpānasati Sutta. Whilst having their roots in Buddhist psychology, the themes and explorations will be presented in terms of secular mindfulness programmes such as MBSR and MBCT.
The Ānāpānasati Sutta, “Breath-Mindfulness Discourse,” is a discourse that details the instruction on using awareness of the breath (anapana) as an initial focus for meditation.
The sutta includes sixteen steps of practice, and groups them into four tetrads, associating them with the four satipatthanas (placings of mindfulness).
This silent retreat is specifically designed to meet the good practise guidelines for Mindfulness teachers on the teacher training pathway and is also highly suitable for more experienced teachers wishing to deepen their connection to the core underpinnings of mindfulness as it is taught in the eight-week course. It is also suitable for those who have taken an 8-week mindfulness course and who wish to deepen their practice. No previous retreat experience is required as full teacher support is available.
We propose to complete the Retreat in 3 live sessions per day online, live and interactive, via the Zoom platform. You will need a stable internet connection and flexibility to create the space you need to engage fully with the programme.
Online participation shares much of the same conventions as ‘in-person’ participation: You are joining an immersive retreat and you will be as visible in the virtual classroom as you would be in-person. Our virtual classroom will use Zoom, a free video-conferencing tool that is the platform of choice for courses like this one. Zoom is very user friendly whatever your level of experience or comfort. Be assured – if you can click on a link then you can use this tool. Just as we have preparations to make to attend in-person retreats, there are preparations that we need to make in order to ensure we can maximise the immersive experience of this Retreat.
THE PROGRAMME WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
First day: Wednesday 4th Jan 18.00h – 20.00h
Then Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
8.00 Guided Mindfulness practice
9.00 Personal time for preparing and eating breakfast
10.30 Morning of guided Mindfulness practices, sitting meditations, mindful movement, body scan, mindful walking.
13.00 Time to prepare and have lunch followed by free time to rest
16.30 Gentle Mindful Yoga
18.00 Further Teacher Guided Mindfulness practice
Last day: Sunday 8th Jan 08.00h – 20.00h
So finishing on Sunday 8th Jan at 20.00
Bodhin Philip Woodward Bsc. SYT, CMT, Certified Mindfulness Teacher, MBSR Supervisor, and Senior Trainer, with more than 20 years experience in leading retreats, he is accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging experiential learning environment. Bodhin is the Founder and Director of Training for Mindful Academy Solterreno. He has been practising Mindfulness on a daily basis since 1985 and he has extensive experience of mindfulness practices and teaching. He runs Mindfulness Teacher Training programs, Train the Trainer programs and teaches Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Stress Reduction Approaches (MBCT/MBSR/MBAs) to help prevent relapse into depression and to manage stress and anxiety. He also meets the requirements of the Good Practice Guidelines for Trainers of Mindfulness-based Teachers published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Trainers
Guest Teachers, Monique Leverington
THESE RETREATS WILL OFTEN INCLUDE:
Periods of both guided and self-directed practice
Sustained periods of silence to enable participants to connect more fully with their inner experience
Time to practice mindfulness informally between the scheduled sessions
The teachers will be available to talk to people individually.
A core teaching intention for this retreat is to offer a structure and atmosphere within which we can deeply look into the experience with the freshness of beginner’s mind, enabling new insights and perspectives to emerge.
ARE RETREATS SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE?
Although our mindfulness retreats are suitable for most people, they are not suitable for everyone. Retreats can be quite intensive, and we do not advise attending a retreat if you are suffering from certain conditions or have had a traumatic event which is interfering with your everyday life. When filling out the application form for a retreat, we advise that you provide us with as much information as possible so that we can make sure the retreat you select is suitable for you.