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Training: Interpersonal Mindfulness with Frits Koster (in person, non-residential)

May 31, 2024 @ 9:00 am - June 2, 2024 @ 3:00 pm BST


It is not always easy to communicate in a wise and compassionate way but if we are able to speak and listen with an open and non-judgmental attitude, our work and life will be less exhausting and both participants and clients will benefit. The workshop “Interpersonal Mindfulness” offers you the opportunity to deepen your own mindfulness practice and to get to know a method that supports you in developing mindfulness, empathy and compassion in the interpersonal sphere.

It is based on the practice of Insight Dialogue (ID) as developed by Gregory Kramer (see www.insightdialogue.org). With Kramer’s permission, two leading mindfulness trainers from the USA, Florence Meleo-Meyer and Phyllis Hicks, have designed a programme based on the principles of ID and intended for mainstream settings. This training is called the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP) and applies the six guidelines of ID into secular domains of work, such as health and education.

This workshop is aimed at mindfulness teachers who would not easily be able to participate in a regular eight-week IMP training course. Health care professionals, coaches and other professionals who work with people are also welcome. This experiential exploration of practices and key elements of IMP will partly take place in a retreat atmosphere.


– Becoming familiar with interpersonal mindfulness experientially. – Deepening one’s own mindfulness practice and applying it to communication in general.

– Deepening competence in teaching mindfulness and broadening understanding of how Interpersonal Mindfulness can be used when teaching a Mindfulness-Based Programme (MBP), such as MBSR, MBCT or MBCL. Content:

– Practising with the interpersonal mindfulness guidelines (in pairs or in groups of 3/4) as used in Insight Dialogue: “Pausing”, “Relaxing”, “Opening”, “Attuning to Emergence”, “Listening Deeply” and “Speaking the Truth”.

– Exploring life themes in meditative dialogue (e.g. reactivity in body and mind, ageing, evaluating, comparing, feelings of superiority and inferiority, desire, different roles in private and social life, change, and cultivating healing qualities in communication).

– Refreshing and deepening the practice of mindfulness and compassion.

Scientific background:

Empathy is an important quality in any teacher-student relationship and, as scientific studies have shown, is also very important in the therapist-client relationship (Hick & Bien, 2008; Wilson & Dufrene, 2008). Professionals who work with people are often susceptible to empathy fatigue. Here, MBPs can prevent empathy fatigue and other symptoms of burnout and contribute to increased self-compassion, wise self-regulation, and empathy skills (Karpowicz et al., 2009; Saunders et al., 2007; Shapiro et al., 2005, 2007). In addition, Porges (2011) and Siegel (2007) have shown that attentive and careful interpersonal attunement has calming effects and leads to a deep inner resonance at the neurobiological level (Porges, 2011; Siegel, 2007). Click here for the first feasibility study on IMP in which Frits Koster was involved as a teacher.

Event Details

May 31, 2024 @ 9:00 am BST
June 2, 2024 @ 3:00 pm BST
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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)


The Kairos Centre, SW London
Mount Angelus Rd
Roehampton, England SW15 4JA United Kingdom
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(020) 8788 4188
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Partner Profile

The Mindfulness Network

The Mindfulness Network

Registered Jun 2020
Training Partner


The Mindfulness Network is a registered charity. We serve the mindfulness community and general public through supervision, retreats and training courses delivered both in-person and via our online platform - the Mindfulness Network Community site. The Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) is an initiative to engage the wider mindfulness community and reach new audiences through donation-based events and opportunities to practice. Led by a Committee of Volunteers, supported by the Mindfulness Network, we work together to run a programme of events and inspiring content. By developing mindfulness and compassion both internally and through our services, the Mindfulness Network has the intention to reduce/alleviate human suffering, promote well-being and create the conditions in which people, communities and the planet, can flourish. We aim to bring together highly-trained mindfulness-based supervisors, retreat leaders and teacher trainers who all work within Good Practice Standards set out by the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA).


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