Awakening presence in relationship
November 4 - 8, 2017
Ripa International Center/Landguet Ried – Bern – Switzerland
Insight Dialogue meditation I Teachings I Noble Silence
About the retreat
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 Insight Dialogue meditation, Dharma talks, and time in nature, all within the container of noble silence.
About the teacher
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.
During the retreat, Florence Meleo Meyer will be assisted by Silvia Wiesmann, co-director of the European Center for Consciousness (EZFA) in Freiburg, Germany ; and Geneviève Hamelet, founding member and president of the Association for the Development of Mindfulness in French-speaking countries.