10th Anniversary Members Retreat
Weekend and Retreat
for Mindfulness Association Members
A Community Vision for Making our World a Better Place
We hope that you will come and join us in celebrating 10 years of the Mindfulness Association and join with us in our vision for the next ten years.
Looking back over the last ten years we have trained many people in compassion based mindfulness and also trained many teachers in compassion based mindfulness, spreading the benefits throughout the UK and abroad. To celebrate what we have so far achieved, a documentary has been made about our journey so far, which will be premiered at the weekend.
We are now challenging ourselves as an organisation and our community of practitioners to see how we can come together to make our world a better place, not just for us but for everyone and for generations to come.
This is the focus of our Retreat for Mindfulness Association Members at Samye Ling. Led by Alan, Choden, Fay, Jacky, Kristine and Heather with Dean and Aesha Francis. The weekend will include sessions on cultivating self-care and resilience to enable us to look at some of the challenges we are facing in our world, such as climate crisis, social injustice and the ‘othering’ of those who are different from us in some way. Let’s root ourselves firmly in mindful compassion, so we can practice skilfully engaging with these challenges. By integrating practical activities into our daily lives we can move towards a truly values based life in which we and those around us, including the future generations, can flourish.
Practically, we will have a selection of practice based sessions to choose from, including the excellent Engaged Mindfulness approach developed by Kristine and Fay, the innovative Mindfulness Based Inclusivity approach developed by Aesha and Dean Francis, Mindful Consuming developed by Kristine and Pam Candea, Compassionate Eating developed by Heather, and a contextualisation of compassion in action from a Buddhist perspective by exploring the concept of the Boddhisattva with Choden.
There will also be an option to join some member led sessions around Mindfulness for men and Mindfulness for women (suggestions on other groups are welcome) culminating in dialogue together about how we can make compassion based mindfulness more accessible for everyone and integrate it further into our communities.
If that sounds a bit ‘busy’, there will be practice sessions as an alternative to the different strands of the weekend, enabling you to pick and mix your own retreat weekend depending on what you need.
Compassion based mindfulness practice will be our priority and there will be space to reflect together in silence and in dialogue, to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and of course plenty of time to practice compassion based mindfulness together.
On Saturday evening there will be the option to attend a fundraiser at the Eskdalemuir hub for the Everyone Project. Helen will do one of her legendary quizzes, plus some surprises.
Members of the Mindfulness Association are able to attend the weekend only (£125 fee) or stay on for three additional retreat days. This five day retreat (£250 fee) will meet the UK Network’s (BAMBA’s) retreat requirements for CPD purposes for Mindfulness teachers. While the weekend will include more teaching sessions, the added three days will be more practice based, including periods of silence with a teaching session in the morning, practice during the day and practice and sharing in the evening.
Come practice with us and make the world a better place!