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EMBRACE LIFE: a silent Self-Compassion Meditation-Retreat, with Steve Hickman and Regula Saner



Retreat costs (excl. accommodation and meals)
CHF 520.– Early Bird (until 31 January 2020)
CHF 580.– Normal Tarif (from 1 February 2020)

What is a silent retreat?
A silent retreat is an important moment in the life of a meditator that helps deepen personal meditation practice.

What is special about this retreat?
As you probably know, even if you have only been meditating for some time, mindfulness - from moment to moment, without judgment - can be achieved through several approaches: either through "formal" practice (silent sitting and walking meditation) or through informal practice (awareness for all the vigilant moments of our lives). This retreat will offer a balance between both!

Our special attention will be focused on how we can strengthen our resilience and improve our ability to face challenges with serenity, strength and compassion.

Program Details
We will spend every morning (and a few afternoons) in formal practice under the guidance of two very experienced teachers, Steve and Regula. We will devote one afternoon to movement and time in nature and open ourselves to the breathtaking mountain landscape during a hike in the Bernese Oberland. (Three routes with different levels of difficulty are offered).

In the evening we will have time to reflect together on our experiences with formal and informal practice as well as on different ways to live a peaceful and joyful life, complemented by lectures by Steve and Regula.

In this way we will spend time in silence and meditation while at the same time opening ourselves and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding nature - "this one wild and precious life", to quote the poet Mary Oliver.

Regula and Steve will offer participants daily personal conversations to support and guide them in the traditional format of a silent meditation retreat. The basic principles of the MSC practice will be at the core. 

The retreat is based on the revolutionary and well-researched work of Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, creators of the Mindful Self Compassion Program, as well as ancient wisdom practices from various traditions. It offers the opportunity to enliven and deepen your practice of compassion and mindfulness meditation.   

This retreat is open to anyone interested in mindfulness practice, as well as those who already have previous meditation experience, especially in programs such as MSC, MBSR, MBCT.

We would also like to point out that participating in this retreat fulfils one of the requirements to participate in one of the MSC teachers training courses. 


Steve Hickman Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. As Managing Director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC), he is responsible for the development and expansion of the CMSC worldwide.  

Steve also leads the training of MSC teachers around the world, ensuring that quality standards are met. He is also a founding director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a mindfulness institute for patient care, professional education and research. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for over 20 years, trains MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and MSC teachers,  and conducts MSC intensive courses and workshops around the world.  

Steve's teaching style is characterized by his warmth, good humor and a deep commitment to the well-being of his students.


Regula Saner is a qualified MSC teacher and trainer and has been teaching MBSR and MSC courses with great joy for many years. 

Regula is an accredited psychotherapist in her own practice in Basel and specializes in mindfulness and compassion-based methods for stress disorders and psycho-oncology. She is a lecturer at various universities of applied sciences in Switzerland and at the Universities of Basel and Zurich.

Regula teaches with great warmth, friendliness and ease.