A 6 day Secular Silent teacher lead Mindfulness Retreat
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5th - 11th May 2019
Sunday 5th May at 17.00h - Saturday 11th May 10.00h, 6 days
Price: 650 euros (accommodation, meals and all the activities)
This teacher-led silent retreat offers a safe and supportive environment for experienced Meditators, Mindfulness Teacher Trainees and Established Teachers in which to deepen and extend secular mindfulness meditation practice. It provides an opportunity to deeply tune in to our inner processes, exploring the ways we react to experience and how we might practice kindness towards our moment to moment experience and cultivate wisdom.
This silent retreat is specifically designed to meet the good practice 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.
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 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, honoring pain, and dealing with difficult emotions. Developing interior resources, and practicing self-compassion and loving-kindness, helping to transform difficulties into lasting strengths.
Compassion for Others
Becoming centered 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 a service for a caring economy and putting values into action.
We will also facilitate Inquiry, where you will have the opportunity to explore our experience in the practices, 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.
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 a 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 a 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.
In general, our retreats include meditation instruction, talks and guided sessions of mindfulness meditation practice including mindful movement. They provide a safe and nourishing environment for the cultivation of a deep and grounded mindfulness meditation practice.
These retreats offer the opportunity to have an intensive practice, during which it will be possible to cultivate and nourish the special sensitivity that underlies awareness practices. In this period in which Mindfulness practice has become so popular, it is possible to misinterpret it as a technique to learn quickly and to apply easily, rather than an inner and heartfelt personal resource to develop through a long-life practice. Many of us are getting a taste of meditation and a wish to practice more intensively, but there are limited opportunities to take our mindfulness practice deeper.
During the retreats the participants will have the possibility to get closer to and comprehend their personal experiences through the practice of mindfulness meditation in its universal and non-sectarian expression, conveying the way, spirit and practice of MBSR.
During the retreats, there will be extended periods of silence. Noble silence is a profound condition which will allow us to get in touch with one of the most important human resources that is "listening".
These retreats will often include:
- periods of both guided and self-directed practice
- short talks with time for questions and discussion
- 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.
Application forms and booking -
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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. Linen and towels are provided. There is also a swimming pool and limited WIFI
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