Course Information

Donation Event: An online silent retreat day from the Mindfulness Network Community Friends, with Erik van den Brink

When: 5 Feb 2023
Where: Online Event
Tutor: Erik van den Brink

About the event:

Compassionate relating to our inner landscape – the low and high road

with Erik van den Brink, co-founder of MBCL

What is involved?

The intention of the one-day Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) silent retreat is to gently hold the space enabling you to deepen your personal practice of mindfulness-based practice in compassion as taught in Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL).MBCL is recognised as a follow-on course following foundational mindfulness-based programmes (MBSR, MBCT or equivalent) by BAMBA and VMBN (the Netherlands based mindfulness teaching network).The teachings and guided meditations are offered in a space of noble silence through sitting, lying, mindful qigong movement, as we cultivate the exploration of our inner landscape, kindly relating to the ‘inner animal’ and the ‘inner story-teller’. The day could be followed in combination with the MNCF Silent Retreat Day on Sunday 19 November 2023, guided by Frits Koster, the other co-founder of MBCL.

The online silent retreat will include:
· periods of both guided and self-directed practice
· short talks
· periods of silence to enable you to connect more fully with your inner experience
· an encouragement to use the time in the morning and afternoon breaks and lunch break for self-care, and continued silent practice
The online silent retreat day will take place via Zoom from 9.15am – 4.30pm (UK time).

Who is the event for:

This online silent retreat is suitable for people who have an established regular mindfulness practice, along with people who teach or are training to teach mindfulness-based programmes and others who are integrating mindfulness into their professional work.

It is also suitable for those who have attended an eight-week MBSR/MBCT (or similar) course and who have a personal practice of mindfulness. This online silent retreat can contribute to fulfilling the retreat requirement for mindfulness teachers who wish to be included on the BAMBA Listing of Mindfulness Teachers.

Requirements to attend:

Attendance of at least one day of guided silent mindfulness practice is recommended but not required.

Preparation for the event and what you will need:

In order to participate in the retreat day, you will need:

  • A room where you can close the door and engage in the workshop away from family distraction. It is particularly important that confidentiality is maintained by ensuring that those who are not on the event cannot see your screen or hear the audio. It may be helpful to use headphones.
  • Log in via a computer which is resting on a hard surface and which has audio and webcam. Please don’t use handheld devices. 
  • A space for practice, a mat, cushion and blanket may be helpful for your comfort.  

The Facilitator:

Erik van den Brink, co-founder of MBCL will be facilitating this silent retreat day.

Online information:

The retreat day will take place via Zoom - a weblink and joining instructions will be sent to you before the workshop takes place.

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Please login via Zoom 9.15am – 4.30pm (UK time) 

All times are UK. If you are attending from a different time zone, please check equivalent timings in your time zone.


This retreat day is freely offered to anyone who can benefit. Any donations towards the cost of this and towards supporting others on their mindfulness journey are gratefully received. A suggested donation of £25 will help us keep offering these events, but we recognise that this is a lot of money for many, so please donate what you feel you can or just attend. You can read about how we use donations here:

The application and donation process:

Our application and donation process involves the following steps:

  1. Please complete the application form and you will be given the option to make a donation via PayPal or card at this stage should you choose to do so.
  2. Application is received and you will be booked onto the event.
  3. We will email you the Zoom link and joining instructions in advance of the event. 

Please add to your safe senders list and check your spam/junk folder for communication from us. 

Payment and cancellation policy:

Please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can unsubscribe you from further emails about this event.

Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at to discuss any questions you may have about the event.  

Click here to sign up to our waiting list - unfortunately this event is now full.