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The Courage to Teach: Bringing wholeheartedness to our Mindfulness teaching

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Sunday, October 28, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kagyu Samye Dzong - London, UK

October 27-28, 2018
Sat. & Sun. 10am-5pm daily

Kagyu Samye Dzong
London, UK

includes facilitation and materials

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Deadline for registration is October 22, 2018.

The root of the word ‘courage’ lies in the French word ‘coeur’, meaning heart, and in this CPD weekend we will explore wholeness and whole-heartedness. When we train and practice as mindfulness teachers, often the emphasis is on what we do and how we do it. We rarely pause to consider ‘the who’: the person of the teacher and how this person shows up. Who are we when we teach? How fully do we ‘show up’ in class? How does our sense of who we are shape our relational work in class? How we sustain our sense of who we are so that we can show up wholly, with integrity?

This weekend offers space to listen deeply and inquire into ‘the who’: what has brought us to mindfulness, the journey we are on, how this fits with our work or place in the world, and what is calling us forward.  Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach (with whom Barbara Reid, one of the tutors has trained), the approach we take over the two days will be to create space in community for us to reflect deeply and personally on our identity and integrity as teachers, the inner and outer landscapes of our teaching work, and our human wholeness.

Drawing on stories, poems, objects and wisdom tales, and using a form of open, honest questioning, we will take part in a journey of self-enquiry through journaling, conversation, silence and sharing.  In this way, contemplative ‘Courage to Teach’ retreats foster exploration of themes of identity and integrity, careful listening and deep connection with others and the challenges they are encountering, the holding of trustworthy space where we can experience our sense of vocation and purpose, and attending to the inner dimension of our lives and the impact we have on communities within which we live and work.

Meet Your Facilitator

Barbara-reid-2014Barbara Reid, PhD, is a tutor with the Mindfulness Association and a facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. She has been teaching eight-week Mindfulness-based programmes to generic groups drawn from the general public, and for staff in education, healthcare, public services and third sector organisations. She holds a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Approaches with distinction from Bangor University, where she taught as part of the core team up to 2017. Her professional background is as a university teacher and researcher in public services management and social policy. She is a supervisor of teachers and trainee teachers of Mindfulness Based Approaches, and is the co-author with Rebecca Crane of “Training Mindfulness Teachers: principles, practices and challenges” which appeared in: Resources for Teaching Mindfulness: an international handbook, ed. Donald McCown, Diane Reibel & Marc S. Micozzi (2017: Springer)

Barbara will be assisted on these two days by Heather Regan-Addis, Director of the Mindfulness Association.

About Our Venue

Kagyu Samye Dzong London Tibetan Buddhist Centre first opened in April 1998 and provides a place of peace and tranquillity in central London. The centre  runs a programme of courses and workshops focusing on meditation, Buddhism, and holistic therapies. It also acts as a venue for community activities and holistic practitioners, and for trainings offered by the Mindfulness Association.

Registration & Fees

EVENT FEE: £150. The fee covers facilitation and materials only. Participants are responsible for arranging their own overnight accommodation if needed, and for meals.

REGISTRATION: Go to the website of the Mindfulness Association on:  for more information. To register for a place, please email

PARTICIPATION: Space is limited to 24 individuals and early registration is encouraged.

CANCELLATION POLICY: The cancellation policies of the Mindfulness Association will apply in this case.

Questions about this retreat?

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