Mindfulness for Life

 The Journey Continues…

The exploration of how we might develop a sustainable mindfulness practice as the basis for effective compassionate action is at the heart of Mindfulness for Life.  Sometimes this can feel like quite a challenge and our Mindfulness for Life programmes have been designed to help bring together a community of practitioners so that we can support and encourage one another on this lifelong adventure.

The programme consists of two bespoke weekends that focus on individual areas of specialty (these areas change annually) and one retreat that is held on Holy Isle, each year.

The 2019 programme consists of

Enlightened Enterprise– open for all

Engaged Mindfulness– participants must have completed Level 1: Being Present, or an 8 week MBI, such as the MBLC.

The Hero’s Journey Retreat– participants must have completed Levels 1,2,3 or the first two years of the MSc program.

All courses on the Mindfulness for Life program meet the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for mindfulness teachers.

2019 Samye Ling Engaged Mindfulness 15-17 November 2019 with Fay Adams and Kristine Janson

Compassion in Action

In our mindfulness practice, we come back time and again to our motivation for practising: for the deepest well-being of ourselves and others. And our well-being is inextricably linked with the larger world around us. The ‘state of the world’ is something that might be tempting to turn away from as being too overwhelming, too dire to really look at – but what is mindfulness if not turning towards the places that scare us?  We do this internally in our practice whenever something comes up that is uncomfortable, and we can do the same with what’s uncomfortable and scary out there in the world – whether it’s social injustice, climate change, animal welfare, depletion of resources or the fast rate with which species are going extinct and ecosystems are lost. And from a place of interconnectedness and care, how might we engage in mindful and compassionate action?

In this weekend we will follow Buddhist scholar and environmental activist Joanna Macy’s spiral of the Work that Reconnects. This begins by resourcing and nourishing ourselves with gratitude, before turning towards what’s difficult in the world, and then looking for a new perspective from which we can mindfully and practically go forth. In this way we will explore engaging in the ‘outer practice’ of mindfulness.

During the weekend we will ground this with a rich variety of ‘inner’ mindfulness practices. In particular we will draw inspiration from the somatic meditation of Reggie Ray with its emphasis on connecting with a primordial felt-sense of earth connection. As we weave our way through Joanna Macy’s spiral, we’ll discover how meditating with the earth can deepen each stage. We’ll experience how the earth is an ever-present resource for us that will share the holding of our pain for the world and help us deeply experience our radical interconnectness with all life.

We will also explore resilience practices from Rick Hanson and the ancient Buddhist practice of Tonglen to work directly with challenge and transformation.

For more information and to book, please email info@mindfulnessassociation.net, the cost of the weekend is £150.00. Please book your accommodation with Samye Ling directly.


For this course it is recommended that you have some mindfulness meditation experience. This could be the Level 1 training with the Mindfulness Association or an 8 week mindfulness course whether it be MBSR, MBLC or any other along those lines or it could be equivalent experience.

2019 Holy Isle The Hero’s Journey- Saturday 24th August- Friday 30th August 2019

Discovering our potential and we come back to the world more able to help others

This Hero’s Journey is an annual 5-day retreat and part of the mindfulness for life programme. It is open to people who have completed our Mindfulness Level Three: Seeing Deeply Insight training either as one year courses at Samye Ling and related centres, or as part of the University of Aberdeen’s MSc in Mindfulness Studiesrun in partnership with the Mindfulness Association.  Long term practitioners who have completed appropriate equivalent trainings are also welcome to apply by sending details of their experience to the Mindfulness Association.

The ‘Mindfulness for Life’ programme was established to provide a space for exploration of how we can bring the inner freedom from our mindfulness, compassion, insight practice into our lives and find creative ways to engage with the world in which we find ourselves.  It is possible to be “awake in the world” and express  interconnectedness rather than reinforcing the illusion of separation but we do need friends on the journey. This is a unique opportunity to gather with fellow experienced practitioners for learning, practice, dialogue and of course to experience the wonders of the Holy Isle.


This course is open to those who have completed our Level 3: Seeing Deeply Insight training or the first two years of the MSc programme

For more information and to book, please email info@mindfulnessassociation.net. The retreat cost is £344.00 payable in four monthly installments of £86.00. Please book your accommodation with Holy Isle directly.