Mindfulness Teacher-Led Silent Retreats

Bodhin Teaching MindfulnessMindfulness Teacher-Led Silent Retreats

These 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 practise kindness towards our moment to moment experience and cultivate wisdom.

These silent retreats are specifically designed to meet the good practise guidelines for Mindfulness teachers on the teacher training pathway and are 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. They also meet one of the requirements for applying to the Advanced Mindful Academy MBSR Teacher Training program. No previous retreat experience is required as full teacher support is available.

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 practise more intensively, so these retreats are opportunities to take our mindfulness practise 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.

Silence:

The retreat will include guided and silent practice, with periods of Mindful Walking and Mindful Movement, to help bring our practice right into the experience of everyday life. Silence is a main supportive feature of the retreat and we will be practising a warm friendly silence and, at all times, there will be the possibility to speak to the retreat leader or organisers should this be needed. There will also be an option to talk briefly with the retreat leader about your practice. The first evening we will be talking and getting to know each other, outlining the program etc. The last evening we will be breaking the silence and sharing aspects of the experience if we wish to.

These retreats will often include:

  • Periods of both guided and self-directed practice
  • Short talks to support our 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 our 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.

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Testimonial

In May this year, I attended my 6th retreat at Solterreno.

The centre is set in an extraordinarily beautiful position; its terraces and garden offer calm and tranquillity whilst the surrounding mountains seem to breathe with a quiet and majestic stillness. This awe-inspiring landscape is conducive to a total immersion into the bigger picture!

What really transforms this already beautiful place is the potency and collective resonance of the practice that has been happening here for years. Solterreno's gift of space and silence makes room for a depth of personal practise that can be transforming, life-changing and profoundly healing.

I have attended retreats here in various states of well being - but the common denominator is that once home there is always a shift, a movement, a broadening of awareness and understanding that resonates and informs my choices as I go forward in this life.

With thanks to Bodhin and Adelina and the birds that never stop singing!

Cathryn Newman

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Testimonials

My experience was eye-opening, transformative and fun. In between laughing and crying I discovered so so much about myself. I can only say thank you and that I think this is one course I would not mind repeating, for myself at some point in the future and I am sure then I will again discover yet…

TT1 Online, October 2020

 

Truly a transformational course which leads you to be reborn, rediscover yourself, and changes your life forever!!! Bodhin and Sheena are the best ever coaches for MBSR. Their in-depth knowledge, warmth and empathy set a very conducive environment to learn and grow into more intuitive…

TT1 online October 2020 

Overall feedback

Great. My intention was to deepen my own practice as well as to take initial steps in learning how to pass on the possibility of the gift of mindfulness to others, and both of those intentions were met.

MBSR Teacher Training TT1 course October 2020 

Overall feedback
There are not enough words of gratitude for such a life changing 5 days. Even when I was frustrated, I reveled in the experience. When I realized through your presentations and discussions that I alone caused my suffering with my overthinking, overplanning…

Silent retreat; What 3 words best describe your experience of this course
Grateful, Grounded, Supported

Overall, my experience was moving and intense. The training was incredibly insightful, collaborative and really well guided. I felt supported throughout the programme, with plenty of opportunity for reflection, questioning, exploring, practising and teaching. It was a great balance between…

TT1 online August 2020 

Spent an excellent week with Bodhin and Helen and participants from all around Europe. It was a learning experience, not just about teaching mindfulness, but also about myself. Particularly enjoyed meeting the other participants, all with their own journey and their own story. It was an…

TT1 online August 2020 

I participated in the online TT1 course in August 2020. I benefited greatly from this course and am very pleased that I chose the Mindful Academy at Solterreno for my teacher training. The teachers were highly experienced and knowledgeable, and truly embodied the principles of mindfulness. The…

TT1 online August 2020

Overall feedback, Really excellent.

I loved every single aspect and moment of the course. It offered in depth training on all the core practices of the MBSR, the full experience of MBSR as a student and as a teacher, unique and essential insights that can only be offered by the most experienced mindfulness teachers, as well as an…

TT1 online August 2020 

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