Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Modalities and Research – MBMR (7 days)

January 11 – 18, 2018 (Thursday to Thursday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

One space currently available!

This retreat is specifically designed for professionals involved in mindfulness-based modalities. Educators, clinicians and researchers engaged in teaching or training in mindfulness-based approaches are welcome to attend.

The course is an invitation to extend and deepen personal experience of insight meditation, which is rooted in the cultivation of mindfulness. In the company of peers and colleagues, retreatants will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as taught in the Satipaṭṭhāna discourse given by the Buddha, the foundational teaching of all contemporary mindfulness-based applications. This is a profound teaching that encourages us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a liberated and compassionate heart.

The teachers of this retreat are all involved in training mindfulness-based professionals or in teaching mindfulness.

Each day will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both insight and metta, the teaching of boundless friendliness), meetings with the teachers, talks and guidance, all within an environment of silence. A familiarity with formal practice is assumed.

Teachers Jaya Karen Rudgard and Yuka Nakamura will also offer an optional daily period of mindful movement.

When registering, please indicate your professional involvement with mindfulness.

This program qualifies for 25 continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers and nurses. Please check our CE page for more information.


Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is an IMS guiding teacher, co-founder of Gaia House in England, and a core teacher of Bodhi College in Europe. Teaching meditation retreats since 1976, she has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. Christina's latest book is Boundless Heart: The Buddha's Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity.

Listen to one of Christina's talks: Standing at the Crossroads given at IMS on July 14, 2017– 52 minutes, 35.3 MB Download

Chris Cullen

Chris Cullen has practiced and studied the Buddha's teachings since 1994 and has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 2008. He also teaches for Oxford University’s Mindfulness Centre.

Listen to one of Chris's talks: Domains of Insight given at IMS on July 13, 2017 – 62 minutes, 43 MB Download

Jaya Rudgard

Jaya Rudgard began meditating in the 1980s and lived as a nun in the Thai Forest Tradition in the UK for eight years with Ajahn Sumedho. She lives in Oxford England where she is an Associate of Oxford University's Mindfulness Centre, and teaches mindfulness, meditation and dharma in the local community and at retreats internationally.

Yuka Nakamura

Yuka Nakamura has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1993 in the Theravada, Dzogchen and Zen traditions, and has been trained as a teacher by Fred von Allmen. Living in Switzerland, she teaches meditation and MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction.)