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  • An online silent retreat day from the Mindfulness Network Community Friends with Erik van den Brink, co-founder of MBCL

    Compassionate relating to our inner landscape – the low and high road

    When: 5 February 2023, 9.15am - 4.30pm, (UK time)
    Where: Online Event via Zoom
    Tutor: Erik van den Brink

    What is Involved?

    The intention of the one-day Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) silent retreat is to gently hold the space enabling you to deepen your personal practice of mindfulness-based practice in compassion as taught in Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL). MBCL is recognised as a follow-on course following foundational mindfulness-based programmes (MBSR, MBCT or equivalent) by BAMBA and VMBN (the Netherlands based mindfulness teaching network).The teachings and guided meditations are offered in a space of noble silence through sitting, lying, mindful qigong movement, as we cultivate the exploration of our inner landscape, kindly relating to the ‘inner animal’ and the ‘inner story-teller’. The day could be followed in combination with the MNCF Silent Retreat Day on Sunday 19 November 2023, guided by Frits Koster, the other co-founder of MBCL.

    The schedule is:

    • 9.15 The zoom room opens
    • 9.30 - 1 pm Welcome and morning practice session
    • 1 pm - 2pm Break for lunch and self care
    • 2 pm - 4.30 pm Arrival, and afternoon practice session
    • 4.30 pm Close
    • There will be a short morning and afternoon break for self care.

    The online silent retreat will include:

    · periods of both guided and self-directed practice

    · short talks

    · periods of silence to enable you to connect more fully with your inner experience

    · an encouragement to use the time in the morning and afternoon breaks and lunch break for self-care, and continued silent practice

    This event is offered in collaboration with the Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) - an initiative to engage the wider mindfulness community and reach new audiences. Led by a Committee of Volunteers, supported by the Mindfulness Network, we work together to run a programme of donation-based events and inspiring content. The Committee ensures that the MNCF can best serve everyone by providing opportunities to practice and learn together. 

    For more information and to register for this event, please visit: https://booking.mindfulness-network.org/course-information/?id=950

    This retreat is freely offered to anyone who can benefit. Any donations towards the cost of this and towards supporting others on their mindfulness journey are gratefully received. A suggested donation of £25 will help us keep offering these events, but we recognise that this is a lot of money for many, so please donate what you feel you can or just attend. You can read about how we use donations here: https://home.mindfulness-network.org/donate/

    The Mindfulness Network and its volunteers take every care in their preparation of events to make sure they are appropriate for the audience. Please be aware that you are choosing to participate in our freely offered events at your own risk. We invite you to carefully consider your own personal circumstances and experience when joining these events. The Mindfulness Network Terms and Conditions apply (though payment and cancellation policies are not relevant for freely offered Events) and the Mindfulness Network can not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage, suffered during or in relation to the event, however this may be caused.

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    Participant guidelines for a successful online retreat

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    Retreat Timetable

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    Links for joining the retreat

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