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Awakening Presence in Relationship, with Florence Meleo-Meyer



As humans we are exquisitely sensitive, every moment awash in a sea of contact. Touching and being touched, feeling, perceiving, and thinking, we create our world. Can we cultivate awareness in these dynamic moments of contact? Is it possible that human relationships are one of the best fields for cultivating mindfulness? From birth, we have been designed for attunement with others.
The absence of attunement is a significant source of stress. With the support of each other’s awareness and kind intention to pay attention the very act of communicating becomes an opportunity for awakening our inherent capacities for love, joy, and wisdom.
Based on the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue, the awareness, mental stability, and calmness associated with silent meditation are developed in practice with others. Seeing and being seen, hearing and being heard, the heart and mind open, and greater mental flexibility develops.
Practicing with the six Insight Dialogue guidelines, one learns to pause out of the habit mind, notice tensions and relax, kindly accept present moment experience, open and trust emergence, and, listen deeply and speak the truth of our subjective experience. The three bases of Insight Dialogue, meditation, dharma and relationship form the foundation and path of transformation in the good company of other meditators.
This retreat combines silent practice with carefully guided In sight Dialogue meditation, Dharma talks, and time in nature, all within the container of noble silence.


With Florence Meleo Meyer

Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, is director of Train the Trainer Program in Oasis Institute, Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness, in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester, Massachusetts. At the CFM for twenty-three years, her work has focused on training MBSR teachers for over 19 years.  As director of the Train the Trainer Program, she is dedicated to the development of trainers of MBSR teachers with the intention of extending the potential benefits of MBSR to future generations, and across cultural, and socio-economic groups. Florence’s work in the world has always aligned with a heart’s calling—to wake up to the depth of human potential --an innate, radiant wholeness --and invite others into the direct experience of this dawning. Through her study and teaching of Insight Dialogue and MBSR, she co-developed a course and teacher training in Interpersonal Mindfulness, and has taught this in the US and abroad. 

Assisted by Silvia Wiesmann-Fiscalini, Master of Arts in Somatic Psychology, Boulder, USA MBSR-Teacher, Head of MBSR-Training Freiburg i. Breisgau with Paul Grossman and Geneviève Hamelet, Founding member and President of the Association for the Development of Mindfulness in French-speaking countries.


Price:  410 CHF / 380 Euros

Reduced price:  380 CHF / 350 Euros, (students, unemployed, senior)

Excl. accommodation

The retreat is residential and implies staying at the Domain of Landguet Ried from Saturday 4th November at 8:30 am till Wednesday 8th November after lunch. An early arrival on Friday 3rd is recommended if travelling from afar.

The retreat will be held in English. French and/or German translation could be arranged if necessary.