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Poem 2020

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

Pandemic

Pandemic

 

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

 

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

Felt Sense Prayer

Felt Sense Prayer

I am the pain in your head, the knot in your stomach, the unspoken grief in your smile.
I am your high blood sugar, your elevated blood pressure, your fear of challenge, your lack of trust.
I am your hot flashes, your cold hands and feet, your agitation and your fatigue.
I am your shortness of breath, your fragile low back, the cramp in your neck, the despair in your sigh.
I am the pressure on your heart, the pain down your arm, your bloated abdomen, your constant hunger.

MBSR Retreat Feb 2020

These courses are open to the general public and we invite anyone who would like to live a life with less stress and more awareness. Beginners are welcome. No prior knowledge, or experience with, mindfulness practices is required. (They also meets one of the requirements for applying to the Mindful Academy MBSR Teacher Training program)

Poems by Rachel Holstead

Frontiers

On those difficult days, when a frontier looms,
decisions seem called for
and the armies of your mind muster
and set off on a headlong gallop
towards the horizon,

they make so much noise
that the heart's soft voice
is drowned out,
and kick up so much dust
that compassion's anchor loses purchase.

The faster the armies gallop,
the farther away the horizon seems,
the bumpier the path
and the cloudier the dusty air

TT2, November 2019

Emma Ullvin
Marie Celina Bernard Soto (Ixtaliy)
Olena Mukha
Yulia Stadnytska
Merve Karakus
Lianne van Haeren
Emre Duru
Andrew Bellenie
Camille Roque
Mária Boťanská
Olga Sengunlu
Liliana Paraipan

 

FROM:

Sweden 
Brazil 
Ukraine 
Ukraine 
Turkey
Granada, Spain
Turkey 
UK 
France
Slovakia
Turkey
Rumania

 

TRAINERS: Bodhin Philip Woodward and Helen Grain

TT1 Oct 2019

Welcome our new TT1 Mindfulness Teachers in Training!

Lena Harwardt, Mamtha Nameeth, Ellen Auer, Eddy Cheng, William Bill Davidson, Mona Franz, Ayse Atasoylu, Eszter Szabó, Judit Nora Hardaut, Jenn Wieder, Doris Lo, Hannah Reich, Kim Young, VaniaGC.

From Brussels, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, UK, Germany, USA Cambridge, Hungary, Rumania Timisoara, Spain Javea, Hong Kong, Germany Würzburg, Thailand Bangkok, Switzerland Zurich.

Lead by Bodhin and Claire Griffin

Sierra Leone MBSR outreach programme

I am delighted to have finally got my MBSR outreach project up and running, taking the first completely free course to a group of local yoga teachers based in Makeni, Northern Province, Sierra Leone.

I offered the MBSR several times during my time in Ethiopia and always made provision for subsidised/sponsored places within my fee-paying courses to promote accessibility and inclusion but in Sierra Leone felt ready for a more radical approach to enable broader, more comprehensive access and exposure to skills training in mindfulness for resilience and well-being.

Silent teacher-lead Mindfulness Retreat, July-Aug 2019

Student names, Bárbara López Martí, Lianne van Haeren, Cornelia Baumann, Emily Hanna, Itzel Lerma, Jon White, Linda Keys, Dariusk Mazurek, Karolina Mazurek, Daniel Pfleger, Fernando Balsera Pita, Andreea Rusu, Astrid Kuebler, Kevin Hawkins, David Adeane.

From, Spain Valencia, Valencia, UK, USA, Luxembourg, UK, Madrid, Poland, Poland, Valencia, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Valencia, UK

 

TT1 July 2019

Student names: 

Olga Sengunlu, Melanie Banerjee, Anna Bardaka, Kieran Wych, Merve Karakus, Patrick Bron, Jon White, Katherine Grenville-Jones, Maria Boťanská, Kvetoslava Sarvašová, Elena Sushko, Liliana Paraipan, Tom Errera, Didem Hacıpaşaoğlu, Marianne Pilgrim

From: 

Turkey, France UK, Greece, Nederlands, Den Haag, Turkey, Istanbul, Switzerland, Genève, UK, UK, London, Slovakia, Slovakia, Košice, Ukraine, Kiev, Rumania, Spain, Madrid, Turkey, USA,

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Testimonials

It was such a rich and very well structured program. I was a little concerned about a week-long Online program however it met my expectations far better.

I really appreciated the way Bodhin our teacher approaches participants, very respectful and intimate also. And the way he…

TT1 Online, June 2020

I have been teaching mindfulness-based practices for 20 years, and have been running teacher training courses in Italy. I found that Bodhin and the staff at Solterreno are highly prepared and competent. I participated in TT1 and it was a really superb experience and I highly recommend it to…

TT1 Online, June 2020

MBSR TT1 has been the most experiential and active learning course for me. I feel this programme includes ancient wisdom in scientific format and highly recommend to anyone looking to teach MBSR. Bodhin is a very dedicated teacher and his presence was felt throughout.

TT1 Online, June 2020

The course was substantial on multiple levels. The instructors were excellent and performed in an exemplary way. Even if I decided not to teach, what I took from this course will benefit me and others for the rest of my life. However, this course has inspired me to continue the pursuit of…

Testimonial from the ONLINE TT1 course

Testimonial

The Retreat was a really unique combination of being within and without. I feel it like a wonderful co-journey and also like the opportunity to stop, turn inward, tune in, work with interest and enjoy a lot. The guidance of professional teachers provides…

from the ONLINE Silent retreat

Overall feedback

Overall really positive experience, especially considering the initial hesitation about doing it online.

Testimonial

Online Silent Retreat May 2020

I am very grateful for having the opportunity to have attended the TT1 in March 2020 from Delhi (India) and even with the time difference (3.5 hours) the learnings and the week we spent altogether was amazing.

Bodhin and Sheena were spectaculars teachers leading us in all the material…

TT1 Online, March 2020

I attended the TT1 in March 2020, which was the first TT1 course online - due to the Coronavirus circumstances. I had my doubts about how we could lead the meditations online and be open within the group that I had not met in person before. 

The course started and all my doubts…

TT1 Online, March 2020

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