Summer School 2017

Summer Schools details

Summer School Title

Investigating Mind without Losing Heart: Mindfulness, Fragility and Compassion

Summer School Leaders

Mark Williams, Melanie Fennell, Chris Cullen & Willem Kuyken

How long is the Summer School?

5 days (non-residential)

Who is the Summer School for?

Mindfulness teachers, trainers and those training to teach

Where is the Summer School held?

St Hugh's College, Oxford

How many people on the Summer School


How much does the Summer School cost?


Available Summer Schoolses:

28th Aug - 1st Sep 2017

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This year’s programme will be held in the delightful surroundings of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Led by Mark, Willem, Chris and Melanie, the week will be an opportunity to learn from some of the worlds’ leading mindfulness experts, but to also grow your own 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. They were humble in their delivery. Inspirational. ” 2016 participant

To continuously improve the Summer School, we listen to participants’ feedback each year and adapt the programme to reflect their thoughts and feelings.

Community, Inspiration, Education

People attend the Summer School for a a whole host of reasons, including professional and personal development; for connection and community; to meet the leading mindfulness experts and hear about the field’s latest developments; and to deepen or refresh their own mindfulness practice amidst like-minded people in a wonderful setting.

In an interview with Willem Kuyken last year, Mark Williams commented, “Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. For centuries, scholars from all over the world have been coming to Oxford to learn, to teach, to research and to share the results of their scholarship.  What better place to set up an annual summer school so that anyone from across the world can come and hear what scholars in the field of mindfulness are discovering, to meet others who also wish to update their skills, knowledge and practice, and make new friendships“.

The Summer School’s theme and curriculum takes all participants on the same journey of learning. This allows discussion over the week to focus on several key themes, and the exploration of these themes to deepen day by day.

It was one of the most emotionally and intellectually nourishing experiences I have had in a long time. ” 2016 participant

The OMC is a not-for-profit charitable organisation and the Summer School is a central part of our work, developing educational themes and building a community of scientists and practitioners.

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