During this Silent Retreat, we will be exploring the theme of "Mindfulness and Compassion" and practicing the foundational teachings of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) including Mindful Movement in a 6 night silent residential retreat format.
Retreat practice is a vital way to nourish our personal meditation practice, which is life enhancing for everyone, and particularly important for those who work with mindfulness-based interventions.
The Retreat is an opportunity to renew and deepen your practice of Mindfulness meditation and living fully in each moment in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Retreat also meets the CPD requirements of the Best Practice Guidelines for MBSR Teachers and is appropriate for anyone on a Mindfulness Teacher Training Pathway, as well as active Mindfulness Teachers.
Retreat details and Schedule -
The Retreat will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice within a supportive community. We will be engaging in times of guided silent practice - sitting and walking meditations with sessions of Mindful Movement, combined with a spirit of Kindly Awareness.
This will be interwoven with time during the afternoon/eveninges when we will have short study groups looking at "Mindfulness and Compassion"
What is compassion, and why do we need it? How can we develop compassion for ourselves, for others and the wider world? What gets in the way? Some writers claim that a lack of compassion is the cause of humankind’s greatest challenges. This CPD programme explores the idea that the cultivation of compassion for self, others and society are interconnected and integral to the health of people and planet. Over three afternoon sessions we will explore:
Understanding where suffering comes from, and how life is shaped by inner and outer challenges and vulnerabilities. Cultivating mindfulness of emotions, honouring pain, and dealing with difficult emotions. Developing interior resources, and practising self-compassion and loving-kindness, helping to transform difficulties into lasting strengths.
Compassion for Others
Becoming centred in your own being and establishing healthy boundaries. Recognizing our interdependence with others, and feeling already connected. Exploring the generous heart. Understanding neuronal mechanisms of empathy and compassion and the differences between them. Giving and receiving compassion. Developing empathy and compassion skills.
Compassion for Wider World / Planet
Understanding our relationships with the wider world / system. Developing equanimity and compassion without getting burned out. Feeling a profound sense of interconnectedness and oneness with people and nature. Developing an increasingly unconditional love for all beings. Compassion as service for a caring economy and putting values into action.
We will also facilitate sharing circles, where you will have the opportunity to connect with others who are committed to mindfulness in their personal and professional lives, so that we can draw support, inspiration and encouragement from each other. Individual meetings will also be available, enabling you to check in with the teacher, discuss your practice and ask any questions you may have..
We will also be practicing silence during meals and informal periods.
A typical day's programme might be as follows:
8.00 Mindfulness practice
10.30 Morning of guided practices
12.15 Mindful movement / yin yoga
14.00 Lunch followed by free time to rest and take walks in the countryside
17.00 Group sharing and or exploration of the theme of the retreat
20.00 Evening meal
21.30 Short practice to finish the day off
Bodhin Philip Woodward Bsc. SYT, AMT, MBSR Supervisor and Senior Trainer, is accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging experiential learning environment. Bodhin is Founder and Director of Training for Mindful Academy Solterreno. He has been practicing 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
Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud is a qualified MBSR trainer with the Mindful Academy, Solterreno, Spain, and a Registered Meditation Teacher with Yoga Alliance, UK. He has been a student of the world’s wisdom traditions for over 40 years and has many years experience leading contemplative retreats. During his career he has worked as a forester and director of development projects, in Nepal, Rwanda, Cameroon and Western Europe, and for 26 years at WWF International on business, education and sustainability. He is co-founder of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the award winning One Planet MBA, and OPEN for Business (One Planet Education Networks). He is a Visiting Professor at Audencia School of Management, Nantes, France.
Dr Sally Jeanrenaud is a qualified MBSR trainer, with the Mindful Academy, Solterreno, Spain, and a registered meditation teacher with the Yoga Alliance, UK. She is a Trustee of the Fintry Trust, an educational charity dedicated to Integral Wisdom, and has many years experience leading contemplative retreats. She has worked in sustainable development in Nepal, Rwanda, Cameroon and Western Europe at community and policy levels. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Business School, University of Exeter, where she is researching contemplative science and management. She is co-founder of the Green Economy Coalition and OPEN for Business (One Planet Education Networks) She is also a Visiting Professor at Audencia School of Management, Nantes, France.
Solterreno Mindfulness Retreat Center lies in peaceful countryside where you can live close to nature. With views of the mountains, valley and the sea. The space is ideal for meditation, relaxation and rest.
There are some fascinating walks like the "Barranc del Infern" (Hells gorge), a closed circuit route of some 14Km which takes in 5,946 steps carved into the sides of the valley. The surrounding mountains are ideal for hiking.
Solterreno has rooms that sleep 2 and two that sleep 3 (same sex) located both in the main house, and in cabins. We ask participants to take the accommodations assigned to them and practice with whatever situation they find themselves in. Linen and towels are provided. There is also a swimming pool and limited WIFI
See Solterreno web site for more details.