Mindfulness Teachers Five-day Residential Retreat (Suitable for Level 1 Trainee Mindfulness Teachers)

When:            Friday 3rd May – Tuesday 7th May 2019
Where:           Loule, Algarve, Portugal

Tutor:             Karunavira

Price:           £590 per person in shared rooms (max 2 people) with en-suite bathrooms. Limited Private bedrooms with private bathrooms at (£680 per person) 

This mindfulness meditation retreat will be led by the highly experienced Mindfulness teacher Karunavira and is designed to support mindfulness practitioners of all levels in cultivating and deepening your practice.    Attendance at this retreat fulfills the requirements for mindfulness teacher training under CMRP and MN TTP.


Teacher and Retreat lead:

Karunavira (aka ‘KV’) holds an M.Sc. in Mindfulness-based Approaches with Bangor University, an FdSc in Person Centred Counselling (BACP), and a Dip Ed. KV is a senior trainer and tutor on the Bangor University CMRP Masters Programme , and is a founding director of Mindful health Llp, which delivers Mindfulness Teacher Training programmes within the National Health Service UK (NHS), he is also a part-time NHS psychotherapeutic counsellor. 

Retreat Format / Timetable:

– Participants are welcome to arrive from 15:0 on Day 1. Refreshments willbe available. 

– The first Session will begin at 5pm on Day 1. 

– The final Session will end by 12.30pm on Day 5, followed by lunch.

The overarching intention is to create and maintain conditions for deepening our Mindfulness practice both inside and outside the ‘practice room’

Our standard day will include ‘cycles’ (of mostly unguided or lightly guided) walking and sitting practice with a movement practice at the beginning of the day and a further one in the afternoon.

It is a beautiful setting and to help counter unhelpful practice striving there is time for after lunch walks or simply letting go and ‘doing nothing much’. The programme will include the integration of day to day shared activities such as meal prep and light cleaning duties … as part of the way we can bridge between practice on retreat and practice when we are at home.

Near to the start of the day (not first thing) there will be short orientation to the practice theme for the day based around the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness.

In an afternoon ‘cycle’ there will be an option to briefly speak (one to one) with KV about what is present in your practice.

The structure and theme (which is flexible) is based around the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness (‘The 4 Ways of Establishing Mindfulness’) with a settling in on the first day and a ‘preparing to leave’, consolidating last day:

Day 1: (Evening) Intentions and Attitude

Day 2: ‘The Body’ (‘breath’ and ‘body sensations’ as the ‘object’)

Day 3: ‘Feeling Tone’ (the ‘hedonic tone’ of sensations as ‘object’)

Day 4: ‘Events in the Mind’ (mental events as the object)

Day 5: Consolidating…preparing to return to ‘the world’

A typical day:

06:30 Rise

07:00  Chi Kung outside (guided Shi-ba-shi)

07:30  Personal sitting practice (lightly guided)

08:15 Breakfast

09:30  First Cycle of Practices* (including Body Scan and Short Talk on days theme)

NB: A Mindful Tea Break will be integrated in this cycle

13:00 Lunch

15:30  Afternoon Cycle of Practices* starting with Mindful Yoga

19:00 Dinner

20:15  Evening Sit (Open Awareness or Kindly Awareness…less guided)

21:00  Formal end of day/time for personal practices

* Cycle of Practices: 30 minutes of sitting meditation followed by similar period of walking meditation…then sitting again etc.

Who is the retreat for?

This residential retreat is suitable for people who have attended an eight-week MBSR/MBCT (or similar) course and who have a personal practice of mindfulness.

It is open to anyone who meets these requirements, and is particularly suitable for new and trainee mindfulness teachers.   

This retreat meets the standards of the UK MindfulnessTeachers to fulfil the requirement to attend an annual mindfulness retreat.


All of our food is vegetarian and locally sourced where possible. 

Breakfast typically includes any or all of the following:  cereals, bread, jams and nut butters, boiled eggs, porridge, cheese, fresh orange juice, teas and coffees.

Lunch typically includes home made soup, freshly baked sourdough bread and a salad.

Dinner typically includes a starter and a cooked/baked main meal with fruit or cake for dessert.

Note: If you have specific requiremenets, add this to the booking form and we will discuss with the chef to see if possible to meet them.


Quinta Verde is the home of mindfulness teachers Marion Furr & Per Norrgren registered in Portugal as an official Alojamente Locale (Reg # 41135/AL).  The house name translates as “Green Farmhouse” but is affectionately referredto as “QV”. 

1 Quinta Verde – “QV” House and Terrace

QV is located in the hills just 4km from thebeautiful historic town of  Loulé  and  approx. 20 minutes´ drive from Faro Airport. A Taxi from the airport is likely to be in the region of 30-35 Euros. We are happy to facilitate Taxi Sharing for those arriving close together. There is free parking on site. 
The address is:
Quinta Verde
Rua das Quintas
Lagoa de Momprole
8100-305 Loule
Here is a link to the official QV BnB Google page where you can see a map and exact map location.  QV BnB

2 Loule Market Hall / Loule on Map / Loule Castle

Meditation Spaces

We are immensly grateful for the Alagarvian weather which enables us to make maximum use of our outside spaces in addition to our meditation marquee.

3 QV Orange Orchard / Meditation Marquee


The full price for the retreat including deposit, teaching, room and all vegetarian meals is as follows: 

SHARED   accommodation: £590.00.

PRIVATE   accommodation: £680.00 (limited)

Accommodation is largely on-site at QV, supplemented by rooms in neighbouring cottages.  The maximum number of Participantsis 12. 

Limited Private accommodation is offered on a first come/first served basis. We will inform you if Private accommodation is available at the time of your application. Note, the private accomodation may not have onsuite bathroom.

PLEASE NOTE that the retreat centre and accommodation is located on a hillside and we regret it is not suitable for wheelchair users. Due to uneven surfaces and stepped landscape it may also not be suitable for people with limited mobility. If you are not sure, please call.

What to bring/wear:

Comfortable clothing in layers is best. Good footwear for gentle walking/ mindful movement outside is recommended. We provide enough meditation mats, stools / cushions and blankets for everyone. However, if you prefer your own equipment, please bring it with you. 

To apply for the retreat:

  1. We receive your application form and allocate places on a firstcome-first served basis.
  2. You pay a non-refundabledeposit (£100 for SHARED or £200 for PRIVATE accommodation).
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full retreat payment.
  4. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance to be paid three months before the retreat starts.
  5. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.

For more information:

Please email per@inmindsight.com or telephone +44 (0)7425 149972 (UK Mobile) / +351 968 837 136 (Portuguese Mobile.