Mindfulness Association Members Retreat - An Open-Hearted Attending to

7:00pm 22 February 2019 - 3:30pm 27 February 2019

Cost: £200.00

Venue: Samye Ling

Please book via the Memberships priority bookings page.

Once your course place has been confirmed please book your accommodation at Samye Ling by clicking here.

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation

― Audre Lorde

Often times, when difficulties occur, or life’s curve balls are coming fast and furious, our psychological balance can become one- sided, maybe even dipping into overwhelm. It can feel as if everything is going wrong, or that we are engaged in an uphill battle.

However, if we are able to attend to ourselves with what Jon Kabat Zinn calls an ‘open-hearted, non-reactive attending to’ through self-care, self- compassion and actively tapping into the ‘good’ all around us, we may be able to reclaim our balance and level the field.

So how can we ensure that we are nurturing our self-compassionate selves? How do we develop the capacity to do so? How can we build the resources for resiliency? How can we attend to our needs with an open heart?

This five retreat for mindfulness practitioners will explore these big questions through various self- compassion and kindness practices that encourage gentle reflection and a move towards engaging our soothing system as a direct antidote to stress, difficult emotions and moments of overwhelm.  In this way, we have the potential to build our own inner resources so that we may become more resilient in times of difficulty.

This retreat will be experiential and based in practices which facilitate a turn towards loving kindness or a basic friendliness towards ourselves, the people all around us and the environments in which we live in. We will explore loving kindness as a springboard into self- care through self compassion, noticing and taking in peace and creating spaces that are safe and nourishing. We will also explore silence as a practice and as a means of rejuvenation.

This retreat will be held in Samye Ling and be led by Rosina Morrison and Alan Hughes and fulfils the requirements for an annual 5-day teacher led retreat, as required by the Good Practice Guidelines of the UK Listing of Mindfulness Teachers. In the second half of the retreat, visiting MA tutors will be dropping by to deliver practices and teaching sessions. The retreat begins at 19.00pm on Friday 22nd February 2019 and ends at 15.30pm on Wednesday 27th February 2019.

This five day retreat is £200.00 for all MA Members, please book via the Memberships Priority booking page. If you are attending the CPD weekend ‘The Compassionate Warrior’ with Fay Adams and Annick Nevejan (22nd-24th February 2019) you can join the retreat from Sunday afternoon till Wednesday afternoon for £50.00. Please book via the Memberships priority bookings page. Not a member? Please click here to join: https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/join-us/practitioner-membership/

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The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche