Mindfulness Teacher Good Practice Retreat

15th – 22nd June 2019 – Developing and Deepening  – A retreat for mindfulness teachers.

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Mindfulness Teacher Good Practice Retreat.

Algarve, Portugal 15th – 22nd June 2019

Deepening Personal Practice, Developing Professional Skills,

Learning From Each Other

An opportunity for mindfulness teachers to participate in a 7-day, peer-led  mindfulness retreat.  Creating a space to connect with other mindfulness teachers; to support, challenge, inspire and encourage each other in our personal and professional practice of mindfulness.

Retreat lunch 2018

Join us to:

  • build strong connections with other mindfulness teachers and develop a community of learning
  • collaborate to enhance teaching competency through teachbacks and peer supervision
  • discuss and debate latest research and findings and how this can inform and impact our teaching
  • deepen personal practice over a number of days guided and unguided silent meditations
  • learn from leading mindfulness experts through latest on-line dharma talks and TED talks

This retreat is intended for those who:

  • Have attended a recognised MBSR / MBCT -type teacher training programme
  • Are registered on the appropriate register for their country / profession as a mindfulness teacher
  • Are adhering to ongoing good practice via regular supervision and attendance on retreats
  • Are engaged in offering MBSR, MBCT or related programmes in their professional practice
  • Have taught a minimum of 2 x 8-Week Mindfulness Based programmes under supervision
  • Have attended at least one teacher-led silent retreat before attending this programme
  • Can participate in the whole retreat.

Themes, Content and Organisation:

The overall format, structure and theme for the retreat will be agreed with participants in a collaborative planning video-conference workshop in advance of the retreat. An example of the 2017 timetable is attached (Link here) It is anticipated that the final format will include:

  • A minimum of 3 full days of silent practice.
  • Non-silent days will allow for peer support and peer supervision activities; discussion and debate of latest research and findings; and sharing knowledge and experience.
  • Each participant will be a member of a  ‘learning set’ group to work on their personal learning and development.
  • This small group will also be a ‘home group’ for its members and will pay particular attention to take care of each other during the course of the retreat.

Five or six pairs of teachers will work in in a rota to hold the space and /or deliver the content of each day.  In practise, this means approximately one full teaching day per participant (working in a pair) plus engagement in other activites.

Participants will also contribute to the community by sharing routine tasks including light food preparation (main meals will be delivered by an external caterer), setting and clearing tables, light cleaning of communal spaces, and other routine duties.

meditation moment 2018

Programme: All days will include scheduled time for formal practise.  The full detail of  other aspects of the programme will be agreed in the planning workshop, but a likely format is as follows:

  • Day 1: Arrival (from 15:00) Orientation and welcome. Completing pre-programme questionnares. Getting to know each other and the space. Confirmation of agreed programme for the seven days. Community rules. Hopes, expectation and fears. Allocation (and practice) of community tasks. Establishing learning sets/home groups and sharing of personal/professional development areas. Formal Practise.
  • Day 2: Exploration of Retreat Theme.  In addition to regular mindfulness practice throughout the day, we will use Day 2 to explore the theme of the retreat and the implications for us as teachers through on-line Dharma & TED talks, research papers (circulated and read in advance), personal knowledge and experience.  Day two will also include preparation for moving into silence.
  • Days 3,4 & 5: Formal Silent Practice. Two teachers will set the thought for the day and ´hold´ the  day. This will allow for a transition for the deeping of personal practice and for teachers to practice leading a silent ‘all-day’.  Different teachers may offer early morning mindful movement sessions.
  • Days 6 & 7: Formal Practise; Learning sets and Teach Backs. In learning sets, each participant will have 1.5 hours to deliver a mindfulness training session; explore a difficulty or a case study; and/or seek feedback from the other participants of the learning set. Participants will be asked to submit a summary of their proposed use of their session in advance of the retreat and to bring any materials required for the session.  These sessions were regarded by past participants as one of the most useful parts of the whole week – both as “particpants” and as “providers” of the sessions.
  • Day 8 (until 2pm): Formal Practise; Embedding Learning; Re-entry  The final day will be a whole group session for sharing  learning and experiences and plans to build this into each person’s personal and professional practice.   There will be a formal Certification and Closing Ceremony, followed by a review of the retreat objectives, end of programme questionnaires and a group Lunch.  Participoants are required to attend for the whole of the final day.

Location & Accommodation

The retreat will take place at Marion & Per’s home and B&B in the Algarve: QV Norrgren.  The nearest Airport is FARO. The journey is  approximately 25 minutes by Taxi, and the cost is in the region of 30 euros each way.  Where possible we will aim to facilitate taxi sharing to reduce costs.

Accomodation Cost

Accommodation will be in twin rooms, each with an en-suite or  private bathroom.  There are five guest bedrooms in total, allowing for 10 participants in addition to Marion and Per.

Total cost for all accommodation vegetarian meals for 8 days / 7 nights is 350 Euros in twin rooms each with en-suite or private bathroom.

This is a self-managed, peer-led community programme for a maximum of 12 teachers, including the two hosts,  there are no additional fees for teachers or the programme itself.

Secure your place:

To book a place, please complete the attached application form and return  together with a deposit of 100 Euros.  Final payment of 250 Euros will be required by 28th February 2019. 

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis and a small waiting list will be maintained.

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QV Norrgren retreat centre information

QV Norrgren is set in over nearly two acres of hillside just west of Loulé.

All meals are vegetarian and prepared with love and care to ensure they are both filling and nutritious.

All the bedrooms have en-suit or private bathrooms with shower and are twin person rooms for sharing.  We may have limited option for single occupancy, ask for availability.

The location is perfect. It is private and secluded but within a few kilometres of Loule town. We have wonderful walks in the hills and valleys behind us. The nearest beach is 15km to the south and the nearest airport is Faro. The taxi ride from the airport normally takes between twenty and twenty five minutes.

It is the perfect place for relaxing and connecting both with self and nature. Welcome!

If you have a particular query, use the contact form to get in touch with Per and Marion personally or you can book the retreat directly here.

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