Previous OMC Summer Schools

Summer School 2018

Compassion in Action: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy in a Changing World

OMC Summer School 2018 – information booklet

With Mark Williams, Chris Cullen, Kate Malleson, Liz Lord, Ruth Baer and Willem Kuyken 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 reaching new 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? How can compassion in action work with and through a range of people and in a variety of contexts.

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.

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.

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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