Deepening Mindfulness Practice: A Five Day Online Retreat
22-26 February, 2021
Led by Jake Dartington and the Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness
The retreat provides an opportunity to deepen our personal engagement with the meditation practices taught on an eight-week mindfulness based course. We will look at the four ways of establishing mindfulness from Buddhist psychology. We will also explore four qualities (friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity) and reflect on how these qualities are cultivated in mindfulness practices.
The situation with COVID-19 has led to us finding alternative ways of supporting our practice. An online retreat offers the powerful opportunity to explore the integration of mindfulness practice into everyday life. We will be connecting online each day as a supportive retreat community. The retreat will be structured to include a programme of live teachings and guided practices throughout. There will be opportunities to meet with the teachers in small groups at planned times during the five days.
Participants will be encouraged to continue to practice outside of the formal sessions and to cultivate the silence and simplicity of a retreat as much as their own home situation allows. Guidance will be given as to the interweaving of mindfulness practices into our environment as daily life unfolds.
This retreat is suitable for people who have attended an 8 week mindfulness based cognitive therapy course, or similar. It is also relevant for those training to be mindfulness teachers, as well as more experienced teachers.
Download the guidelines for the online retreat for additional information.
Jake began practising meditation in 1995. He completed a three-year meditation teacher training with Christina Feldman. Since 2007, Jake has led retreats at Gaia House and other centres around the UK and elsewhere in Europe. He has also trained as a teacher of mindfulness-based approaches at Bangor University and has led eight-week mindfulness courses since 2012. He now teaches with a range of organisations including Bodhi College, London Insight Meditation, the Mindfulness Network, Brussels Mindfulness, and the European network of Associations of Mindfulness Based Approaches. A former college teacher, he has Master’s Degrees in Buddhist Studies and Philosophy.
Dr Tim Sweeney
Tim is a mental health nurse and CBT therapist employed in Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust as the clinical lead for MBCT. This post involves coordinating and delivering training and supervision of MBCT to IAPT and Secondary Care staff, who work with people experiencing a diverse range of health problems. He has run MBCT groups in primary care and specialist mental health services since 2008 for people with depression and other mental health problems. In addition to running clinical groups he delivers MBCT for staff in the workplace in the local Health Trust and University. Tim recently completed a PhD exploring the role of mindfulness in depression and is involved in several research projects with the University of Nottingham. He is also an associate teacher, trainer and supervisor with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. In this role he delivers training in the UK and internationally and provides supervision for MBCT Masters students.
Sonia is an Occupational Therapist with extensive mental health experience. She has a Master’s degree in Teaching Mindfulness based Approaches via Bangor University. She continues to maintain contact with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor. Sonia works within Nottinghamshire NHS Trust as a Mindfulness based Advanced Practitioner. She has taught MBCT in secondary mental healthcare, since 2007. She is a trainer within the Trust’s MBCT Supervised Pathway and a mindfulness based supervisor. Sonia is interested in the breadth of mindfulness based teachings and how they can be applied both therapeutically and in a wider social context.
Retreat cost: £250
The course will run online via Microsoft Teams.
Nottingham Centre for mindfulness offers Retreat Days throughout the year. These are an opportunity to connect and spend time with other mindfulness practitioners and teachers both within and outside of the Trust.
Retreat days offer an invaluable way of deepening your own personal practice. Through standing back from your everyday routine you have an opportunity to experience more fully the potential for mindfulness practice. Time spent in silent practice has the potential to lead to a greater awareness of yourself in all sorts of ways and enable you to see more closely what is essential in your life.
Running from 9.30 am to 3.30pm the day begins with an introduction and an opportunity to ask questions followed by a series of guided mediation practices including sitting, gentle movement and walking practices. There is time to share experiences at the end of the day.