Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness


Three themed seven-day retreats exploring its origins, practice and liberating possibilities in the UK and Switzerland

This series of residential study-retreats offers participants rich opportunities to delve deeper into the ancient teachings that underpin mindfulness and insight meditation – to expand our understanding and deepen personal practice, whilst connecting with like-minded practitioners and teachers in beautiful retreat settings.

In line with our commitment to making our retreats more accessible, these retreats are open to all students with previous experience of silent retreats, who are interested in deepening their understanding of the early teachings of the Buddha. For those involved in teaching Mindfulness-based courses and programmes of diverse kinds, or who use mindfulness in their professional lives, these retreats will support you in meeting ongoing good practice guidelines.

Each retreat will contain periods of teaching, discussion in groups and formal meditation, all held in the container of noble silence. Mornings will be dedicated to silent, sustained practice. Afternoons will be primarily teaching, evenings will be teaching and opportunities for collective inquiry and questions.

Read about the experience of a previous participant here.

Please note that only the 2020 BFM retreat is available for booking at present.

The two other retreats will take place from 20-26 February 2021 at Beatenberg, Switzerland, and 4-10 March 2022 (venue still TBC) and be released for booking the year before. Any queries please contact admin@nullbodhi-college.org.

To book please click below:

BFM - Contextualising Mindfulness: 23 – 29 February 2020, Beatenberg, Switzerland


AkincanoAKINCANO M. WEBER is a Swiss Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist (MA). A former monk, he has lived and practised for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particular interests are early Buddhist texts, stillness and contemplative psychology. He is the guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne, Germany, part of the CPP programme and of several Mindfulness teacher training courses, and teaches meditation and Buddhist Psychology in secular and traditional contexts in Europe and overseas. 


YUKA NAKAMURA has practised Buddhist meditation in different traditions since 1993, has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is a certified MBSR-teacher. Trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher by Fred von Allmen she teaches meditation at Beatenberg (Switzerland), Gaia House (UK), Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA) and other places. Yuka offers MBSR-courses and MBI-trainings at the CFM Zentrum für Achtsamkeit (CH).


Recommended reading

See: Reading lists

12 titles: Buddhist Background – Buddhist Psychology – Four Establishments of Mindfulness

Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology – Christina Feldman and Willem Kuyken

Additional Information

  • Participants are asked to contribute 1 hour of work a day, in order to help with the running of each centre during the modules
  • All teachings are offered on a dana basis
  • Please make sure you read the Booking Conditions before booking a module
  • A limited number of bursary places are available on each module
  • Important: Please note that there are limited single rooms at our venues and, if available, are reserved for people with the greatest medical needs. Participants must therefore enrol with the expectation to share a room.