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BFM – Universal Empathy

Six Day Study & Practice Retreat – Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness Series – “Universal Empathy”

  • Feb 20
    Saturday Feb 20, 2021 - Friday Feb 26, 2021
    (Start time Sat 16:00 CET - End time Fri 14:00 CET)
    • VAT-Free
    Christina Feldman, Yuka Nakamura
    • €150.00

    This is the second in a series of three standalone retreats that examine the Buddhist roots of contemporary mindfulness approaches.  This retreat will focus on the four dimensions of well-being and healthy relating, or ‘Brahma vihāras’, set out by the Buddha: friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity.

    These four virtues, as well as the meditation practices to cultivate them, are key in supporting ourselves to heal distress, and can be seen as an expression of the mind in a healthy state of wellbeing. Equally, these qualities are often the ones that elude us the most in times of distress.

    During the retreat, we’ll explore the Buddhist meditation practices used to help cultivate these qualities – such as the ‘metta bhavana’or loving kindness meditation. We’ll also look at practical ways in which they can be implicitly taught and developed in contemporary mindfulness-based approaches and programmes.

    Study & practice format: Mornings will be dedicated to silent, sustained practice. Afternoons and evenings will be opportunities for collective inquiry and personal practice.

    Requirements: The retreat, while primarily aimed at people teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches or in training to do so, is also open to people with experience of previous silent meditation retreats who are interested in the dialogue between the early teachings of mindfulness and contemporary approaches.

    Important: This is a stand-alone and dana-based retreat. While we encourage following all three retreats it is possible to attend only this one.


    Event Details

    Booking details:

    The cost for this retreat is 150€ plus your stay at Beatenberg (462€), a place can be secured by registering above. A link to the accommodation bookings page on the Beatenberg website will be available in the autumn and we will contact the registrants to inform them.  The venue will liaise with you about personal needs, dietary requirements and the balancing payment.

    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. 


    This retreat is offered on a dana basis – you will be asked to make an additional monetary donation at the end of the course to support the livelihood of the teacher.

    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
    • Please make sure you read the Booking Conditions before booking a module
    • A limited number of bursary places are available for each module


    CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019. 
    Christina's outside schedule


    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).




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