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BFM – Contextualising Mindfulness

Seven Day Study & Practice Retreat – Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness Series – “Contextualising Mindfulness”

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      This is the first in a series of three standalone retreats that examine the Buddhist roots of contemporary mindfulness approaches. The course will look at Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness, aim at identifying key mind-functions, discern different facets of mindfulness and establish their respective roles in developing insight, calm and transforming distress. Wisdom teachings that underpin contemporary mindfulness will also be explored and contextualised in psychological language. 

      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.

      Bookings: Registration entails booking via Bodhi College first.

      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 is now available here.  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


      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).




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