Course Information

Retreat: Deepening and Extending the Foundations of Mindfulness

When: 26 Apr 2021 - 2 May 2021
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Frits Koster, Jetty Heynekamp

Co/support teacher: Bridgette O'Neill

This teacher led online retreat offers a safe and supportive environment in which to deepen and extend mindfulness and compassion practice. It provides an opportunity to develop fine tuned sensitivity to our inner process and to how we might helpfully work with our experience moment to moment, including in our interactions with others and with the environment.

This retreat is specifically designed to meet the retreat needs of those on Part 2 of CMRP’s Teacher Training Pathway and Master’s Teaching 2 module. It is also suitable for trainees from other training organisations and for more experienced teachers wishing to deepen their connection to the core underpinnings to mindfulness as it is taught in the eight-week course.

The retreat structure, teaching process and learning community of fellow participants and teachers provide a scaffold to engage in an individual and collective exploration of human experience, supportive of a deepening understanding of mindfulness as a way of being in the world.

What’s involved?

We will deepen our personal and experiential engagement with the core meditation practices taught on an 8 week mindfulness course and with theoretical understandings that underpin them. In particular, we will structure the retreat around perspectives on the four abidings of mindfulness from Buddhist psychology and an exploration of four heart qualities known as the Brahmaviharas in Buddhist psychology and as the Four Friends for Life in secular mindfulness approaches. These teachings will be offered as a framework to support first-person exploration of experience in formal and informal mindfulness practice – the core curriculum will be the immediacy of personal experience. Whilst having their roots in Buddhist psychology, the themes, teaching, practice guidance and explorations will be presented in terms of their application to secular mindfulness programmes such as MBSR and MBCT.

The retreat will include:

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

The teachers will be available to talk to people individually.

A core teaching intention for this retreat is to offer a structure and atmosphere within which we can deeply look into experience with the freshness of beginner’s mind, enabling new insights and perspectives to emerge.

Expected learning outcomes include:

· Deepening knowledge of the traditional teachings on the four establishments of mindfulness;

· Development of knowledge of the Brahmaviharas or Four Friends for Life

· Development of understanding of how the four ways of establishing mindfulness relate to human distress and wellbeing; and how they underpin the curricula and practices of MBSR and MBCT,

· Deepening confidence and clarity in experientially engaging with the foundational methods of developing mindfulness;

· Development of experiential familiarity with the Four Friends for Life and the core attitudinal qualities of mindfulness;

· Development of increased experiential familiarity with personal patterns and conditioned tendencies, how we meet these and how this relates to human struggle and flourishing

· Experience of the value of being part of a supportive community

Who is the retreat for?

The retreat is suitable for the following people:

  • those who have taken an eight-week mindfulness course and wish to deepen their learning
  • those who are training to teach mindfulness-based courses

Requirements to attend:

Completion of an eight-week course and attendance at a minimum of a day of silent practice.

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


Please join in time to begin at 4pm on 26th April. The retreat will end at 12.30pm on 2nd May.

What to bring/wear:

Please wear comfortable clothing with layers. Mats, cushions, stools would be helpful to have available to support your practice space at home.


This will be an online event - a Zoom link will be sent prior to the start date. 

Our rates:

Full rate for online event: £350.00 (includes £100 non-refundable deposit)

Employer's rate for online event: £400.00 (includes £100 non-refundable deposit)

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. We will be applying this to all our offerings with effect from September 2020.

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 bit longer.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you for the full amount. 
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your payment.
  4. 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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