Summer Schools

The OMC is delighted to offer an annual Summer School, held in Oxford. It is a vital part of the life of the centre, developing the field, sharing new knowledge and building community.

The summer school provides opportunities to:

  • Explore the state of MBCT field
  • Stimulate your understanding of MBCT
  • Learn about latest research you need
  • Connect with the international MBCT community
  • Practice mindfulness

It explores and reflects on questions such as:

  • What will support sustainable development of this field?
  • What are the key messages for mindfulness teachers in MBCT research?
  • How can we best reach and serve the people who might benefit?
  • How can each of us nourish and sustain our practice?
  • Where to next for the field?

Participant Feedback from the 2016 Summer School:

“A real sense of community developed throughout the week”“The opportunity to meet scholars, get together with colleagues from around the world and tune in back to self-practice”; “The soothing meditations dotted throughout the fairly intense days. They helped keep us grounded and yet on the ball to soak up the exquisitely prepared and presented sessions.”

Summer School 2018

Mindfulness and Society: Making mindfulness and MBCT accessible

With Mark Williams, Chris Cullen, Kate Malleson and further speakers to be announced

There is a groundswell of interest in mindfulness-based programmes, such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). As with any groundswell, the water moves first down the most obvious routes. Mindfulness-based programmes are now well established for those with long-term health conditions and people living with recurrent depression.

But what about easily overlooked’ and ‘difficult to reach’ groups of people and contexts? How can we ensure that MBCT reaches all the people that might benefit, without losing its integrity and while maintaining its commitment to being evidence-based?

Our 2018 Summer School will explore how MBCT is being extended to new groups of people and contexts. For example, new mindfulness programmes are being developed for young people, prisoners, working age adults, as well as disregarded and hard-to-reach communities. And courses are being offered in very different contexts, such as schools, parliaments and prisons.

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Summer School 2017

Investigating Mind without Losing Heart: Mindfulness, Fragility and Compassion

With Mark Williams, Melanie Fennell, Chris Cullen & Willem Kuyken

This year’s Summer School programme was held in the delightful surroundings of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Led by Mark, Willem, Chris and Melanie, the week was an opportunity to learn from some of the worlds’ leading mindfulness experts, and to grow a community of mindfulness practitioners, teachers and trainers from around the world.

“The speakers were exceptional, they were able to make difficult and complex ideas, theories and research accessible and entertaining. Inspirational. ”

Mindfulness, Fragility and Compassion’. Our fragile sense of self emerges in the realm of thought, feeling, meaning and bodily sensations – a dynamic, unfolding moment-by-moment process which can be met and healed with mindfulness and compassion. In these moments there is vulnerability and resilience; the potential for appreciation, joy, connection and love, but also dis-ease, distress and mental health problems such as depression and even suicidality.

“One of the most emotionally and intellectually nourishing experiences I have had in a long time.”

Full 2017 programme

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Summer School 2016

Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale: A day of talks, dialogue and discussion with the developers of MBCT, who came together for the first time in ten years

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Summer School 2015

This five-day Summer School was held in the beautiful city of Oxford, offering a chance both to deepen the practice of mindfulness and broaden our reflection on its place in the world as a source of wisdom and healing.

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