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Ammerdown Training Retreat March-April 2017

Ammerdown Training Retreat March-April 2017



Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

A Seven-Day Training Retreat

Saturday 25th March – Saturday 1st April 2017

Teachers: Christina Surawy, Marie Johansson,

Melanie Fennell & Alison Yiangou

Venue: Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 5SW


Detailed Description

 Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

A Seven-Day Training Retreat

Saturday 25th March – Saturday 1st April 2017

Teachers: Christina Surawy, Marie Johansson, Melanie Fennell & Alison Yiangou 

Venue: Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 5SW 


The intention of this 7-day residential training retreat, held in the peaceful setting of the Ammerdown Centre in Somerset, is to provide clinicians with direct experience of the 8-session programme of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and to offer opportunities to practise teaching elements of MBCT to one another, with supervision from the instructors. MBCT combines meditation practice with techniques from cognitive therapy in an innovative and effective relapse prevention treatment for recurrent depression, now recommended in NICE guidelines. Recent pilot studies suggest that it can also be helpful to patients with a range of problems, both emotional and physical.

The retreat will be facilitated by highly experienced practitioners of MBCT, based in the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at Oxford University, and offers an opportunity to explore the approach in depth.

Participants are expected to have some prior knowledge and experience of mindfulness and of cognitive therapy, and to have a serious interest in bringing MBCT into their lives and work. Participants should already have attended an 8-week course on mindfulness-based approaches, and should have a regular, established mindfulness meditation practice.

The programme reflects the integration of personal practice and professional application that is central to the approach. It includes a blend of didactic, experiential and small group work. Specific themes and areas of focus will include:

• The seamless cultivation of mindfulness throughout the workshop, through formal and informal practices, both in silence and in conversation and dialogue
• An overview of the development of MBCT and the theory underpinning it, and a review of research supporting its clinical value
• Mindful approaches to the experience and expression of pain, depression, stress and anxiety within ourselves and those with whom we work
• Experiencing enough mindfulness meditation practice and self-inquiry to understand the importance of being a practitioner before starting to work with mindfulness as a clinician
• Opportunities to practice teaching key meditation practices, with feedback from fellow participants and from the instructors.

Attendance at this retreat will not necessarily mean that you can now teach MBCT, but is an integral part of a pathway to developing competency and ethical practice as described by the Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers.

The retreat is for a maximum of 32 people and is residential and all-inclusive. All rooms are single occupancy and nearly all have en-suite facilities (£1250 per person).

Please let us know on booking if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations prior to 28th January 2017 will be refunded minus a charge of £30 to cover administration costs. We regret that cancellations after that date cannot be refunded.