online, via Zoom

Cost: €150 full price.  €75 for those on low income.

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

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 discourse given by 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 schedule of formal meditation practice (both Insight and Metta), group meetings, q & a with the teachers, Dharma talks and instructions.  As we cannot all be together in a physical retreat environment we are invited to set things up as best we can to reduce our engagement in our normal day to day lives, so that we can be as present as possible for the retreat.  This creates a mutually supportive environment for everyone.

We understand that everyone’s situation is different and many of us will have demands that must be met outside of the retreat.  The important thing is the spirit of silence, mutual support and each of us doing our best to turn up to all of the sessions.  We will have a timetable closer to the time.  The zoom gatherings will be interspersed with periods of self practice, away from the camera.

Facilitators:

Christina Feldman is the co-founder of Gaia House in England and a founder of and core teacher at The Bodhi College.  She is also is a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts, USA.   Teaching meditation retreats since 1976, she has been involved over the last decade or more in the dialogue between mindfulness interventions and Buddhist practice and was a consultant to Exeter University’s Masters in MBIs Programme.  Christina’s latest book is Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Western Psychology and is co-authored with Professor Willem Kuyken, Oxford University.

Dr John Peacock is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. Trained in India in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada.  He lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, was Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre until recently, and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University.  John has been teaching meditation for more than twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.

The retreat is offered in the Western Insight tradition.