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.

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.”

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?

Summer School 2017

Investigating Mind without Losing Heart: Mindfulness, Fragility and Compassion

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

Our fragile sense of self emerges in the realm of thought, feeling, meaning and bodily sensations. It is a dynamic, unfolding moment-by-moment process. It 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.

Our investigation into how the mind can create great joy and also great distress is a path of personal mindfulness practice, has been the subject of psychological scientific work for a little over a hundred years and the focus of foundational traditions for much longer. The 2017 University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre Summer School includes some of the leading mindfulness practitioners and researchers teaching on these themes.

  •  Defeat, entrapment and autobiographical memory
  • Working with the fragile self and healing damaged self esteem
  • Mindfulness and suicidality
  • Befriending the mind, appreciative joy, equanimity and compassion
  • The central role of compassion in depression
  • “Knowing the self” in practice

Each session will begin with a period of mindfulness practice and enquiry.

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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, together for the first time in ten years

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Summer School 2015

This five-day Summer School, to be held in the beautiful city of Oxford, offers 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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