Course Information

Retreat: Deepening and Extending the Foundations of Mindfulness - Kindness, Stability and Insight (in-person) with Rebecca Crane and Jaya Rudgard

When: 27 Sep 2024 - 2 Oct 2024
Where: The Nightingale Centre, Buxton
Tutors: Rebecca Crane, Jaya Rudgard

What’s involved?

This retreat will place emphasis on the core intention of all mindfulness practice – to reduce suffering through recognising unhelpful habit patterns and perspectives and releasing tendencies to cling to them. We will draw on all three of the main underlying methodologies of mindfulness practice: stabilising, kindness and insight practices. The early part of the week will emphasise practices and teachings that aim to establish calmness and stability of mind, and the intentional cultivation of kindness as an attitude towards all experience. We will then introduce insight practices using the Buddhist psychological framework of the three characteristics of existence as ‘ways of looking’ at experience. These insightful ways of looking, supported by stability and kindness, can enable us to discover a growing sense of ease, agency, and freedom in our lives.

We will consider how these teachings and practices can resource us both personally and collectively, and how the contributions we each make through our work in the world can be nourished by this sustained engagement with practice.

Whilst having their roots in Buddhist psychology, the themes, teaching, practice guidance and explorations will be presented in terms of their application to contemporary mindfulness programmes such as MBSR and MBCT.

There will be periods of instruction and teaching, guided and self-guided meditations, and in the latter stages of the retreat some carefully facilitated contemplative inquiry in dyads or triads. We will also offer regular gentle mindful movement drawn from qigong and yoga to understand how body, heart and mind can support one another in the cultivation of the qualities we are exploring. No particular level of health or fitness is required.

The retreat will include:

  • periods of both guided and self-directed practice
  • short talks
  • sustained periods of silence to enable participants to connect more fully with their inner experience
  • time to practice mindfulness informally between the scheduled sessions
  • opportunities for group inquiries with the teachers.

The teachers will also be available to talk to people individually as needed.

Who is the retreat for?

This 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 intended for people who teach or are training to teach Mindfulness Based Programmes and others who are integrating mindfulness into their professional work.  

This retreat will enable mindfulness teachers who wish to be included on the BAMBA Listing of Mindfulness Teachers to fulfill the requirement to attend an annual mindfulness retreat. It also fulfils the TTP retreat requirement at Trained Teacher level.

Requirements to attend:

Attendance at an 8-week MBSR/MBCT (or similar). In addition, attendance of at least one day of guided silent mindfulness practice is recommended but not required.

Please ensure you are able to attend the entire event. If this is not possible, please contact us to discuss before submitting an application.


The retreat will start at 4pm on 27th September and end at 12.30pm on 2nd October 2024, followed by lunch.

What to bring/wear:

There will be a small amount of equipment at the venue so you are advised to bring equipment to support you in your formal practice (such as cushion, stool, yoga mat, blanket).


Although seeming “away from it all”, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and the Midlands are all nearby. Along the ridge above Hucklow you can see five counties on a clear day! There are few places more central to the country as a whole. 

We strongly advise that you visit the venue website to review their Covid-19 policy as the event approaches. You must ensure that you comply with all health and safety, licensing and other rules and regulations of the venue or applicable to the venue. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with any rules and regulations that apply.

Our rates:

Our full rates have no hidden extras and include deposit, teaching, room and board. 

Full rate for SINGLE accommodation: £1184.00 (includes £100.00 non-refundable deposit).

Bursary-assisted places are available on this event until three months before the event starts. If it is less than three months before the start date of the event, please get in touch to discuss if an application is possible.  When applying for a bursary-assisted place, please first register on the event and select the fee ‘I’m applying for a bursary-assisted place’. Once you have registered for the event you will also need to complete and return a bursary application form.  

To find out more about our bursary schemes, criteria for bursary applications and to complete the bursary application form please visit:  

Employer's rate - Recognising the large administrative overhead of dealing with employers, we will be adding a £50 surcharge if the employer is paying directly; where possible we would advise applicants to pay themselves and reclaim on expenses to avoid the charge. 

Please note: Many of our venues have shared bathrooms, including for single rooms. Please contact us if you have any specific needs that we need to be aware of.

The Application Process: 

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week, but if the retreat leader is on annual leave or on retreat, then this can take a little longer.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you for the deposit or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
  3. Your place is confirmed once we receive your deposit or full payment.
  4. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance four 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.

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