The Foundations of Mindfulness: 7-Day Retreat with Christina Feldman, Bernat Font & Mat Schencks, Aug 2019.


Date: 23rd-30th August 2019

Time: 6.00pm on Friday 23rd - 1pm on Friday 30th August 2019

Cost: Cost: €699 + €50 towards admin costs. A deposit of €300 will secure your place, the balance to be paid by 1st June 2019.

Facilitator: Christina Feldman, Bernat Font & Mat Schencks

Course Type: Silent Residential Retreat

Venue: De La Salle Pastoral Centre, Castletown, Co Laois

Course Information:

Suitable for: Mindfulness Teachers and Teachers in Training. If you are not a teacher but you are a mindfulness practitioner with experience of attending silent retreats of at least 5 days you are welcome to apply for a place.

Find the application form here: Application form for August Retreat

For expressions of interest or for more information please contact:

The Retreat:

Personal meditation practice is an essential foundation for anyone who works with mindfulness-based interventions and participation in silent teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats is part of all Good Practice Guidelines, including those being further developed by the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI).

This retreat will explore the Buddhist psychological foundation of the modern mindfulness movement, as taught in the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta of the Buddha. This is a profound teaching that encourages us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a heart that is receptive and unshakeable. Developing the capacity to encounter our own inner and outer experience with equanimity and curiosity creates a foundation for meeting the experiences of our students and clients, in offering mindfulness-based interventions.

Each day will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both Insight and Metta), meetings with the teachers, talks and instructions, all within an underlying environment of silence.

Access: We welcome people with disabilities to our retreat.  The venue is fully accessible.  Please contact us with your specific needs relating to disability, long-term illness or health condition.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel before 1st July the cancellation fee will be €100.
  • If you cancel from 1st July – 5th Aug the cancellation fee will be the deposit amount of €300.
  • From the 6th August the cancellation fee is the full amount.


Christina Feldman is the co-founder of Gaia House in England and a founder of and core teacher at The  Bodhi College in Europe.  She is also is a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts, USA.   Teaching meditation retreats since 1976, she has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice and is a consultant to Exeter University’s Masters in MBIs Programme.  Christina’s latest book is Boundless Heart: The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity.

Mat Schencks has been practicing Insight Meditation under the guidance of teachers at Gaia House since 2003. He is currently in teacher training with Bodhi College.  Mat is also a student of the Diamond Approach, a Mindfulness teacher and has a psychotherapy practice in Milton Keynes, England.

Bernat Font became deeply interested in and committed to the Dharma at age 14 and has practiced in Europe and in Asia. A graduate from the Gaia House Community Dharma Leadership programme, he is currently in teacher training at the Bodhi College.  He holds an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of South Wales.


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