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Insight Into Life: Inhabiting the Heart of Mindfulness

A Silent Retreat Exploring the Essence of Mindfulness and MBSR

avec Saki Santorelli
from 6 to 12 May 2024 - Dordogne (France)



"Insight into life is the real religion, which alone can help one to understand life."

- Hazrat Inayat Khan -


Mindfulness is a path of human unfolding, insight, and the cultivation of a virtuous life.  Embedded in mindfulness, for forty-five years MBSR has introduced and opened this path to people around the world.

The power, harmony, and beauty of MBSR resides in the mingling of meditative awareness, Buddhist and other contemplative psychologies, Western science and psychology, and an imaginative, emancipatory pedagogy.  Attuning to and embodying this mingling from the inside out, we’ll dwell in the heart of mindfulness as a practice and vehicle for reducing the causes of distress when a human being’s innate capacities for awareness and devotion to freedom from the conditioned self are aroused, developed, and gradually integrated into everyday life. 

Grounded in practice and approached in the spirit of curiosity and befriending, this retreat is an immersion in the essential aspects of mindfulness meditation practice and their expression in MBSR. Together, we’ll cultivate wakefulness through the intimacy of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement and yoga, daily practice instructions and evening talks, and group practice meetings with Saki. 

The retreat requires no adherence to a particular faith tradition. It is suitable for those seeking an immersion in mindfulness and silence as well as anyone teaching or aspiring to teach MBSR and other MBP’s in a range of institutional and social settings. It fulfills one of the silent retreat requirements for becoming an MBSR or MBP teacher.

Learning Objectives -  Participants will be able to:

1.          Practice mindfulness meditation

2.         Understand the foundational underpinnings of MBSR and other MBPs

3.           Inquire into personal dimensions of your mindfulness practice

4          Integrate mindfulness meditation into your personal and professional life

5.           Realize embodiment as central to becoming an MBSR teacher

6.         Contribute to a community of mindfulness-based practitioners and professionals


Saki Santorelli is an educator, meditation teacher, writer and pioneer in the integration of meditation and Mindfulness into medicine, public health and broader society. In 2017 he retired as Professor of Medicine, executive director of the Stress Reduction Clinic (1996-2017) and Director of the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at Massachusetts Medical School (2000-2017). In 2001, he founded Oasis Institute, CFM's professional training center, where he established a comprehensive MBSR instructor training pathway and which has trained over 19,000 professionals in 80 countries.

His 40-year career in medicine has been oriented around the integration of Mindfulness into public health, fueled by an abiding trust in the innate brilliance and nobility of human beings. He has explored the nature of the healing relationship by working with thousands of patients and participating in the training of several generations of medical students, health professionals, educators, mindfulness practitioners and researchers, specifically on the MBSR program.

For nearly five decades, Saki has been a student of the universal Sufi lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Widening his contemplative education, his teacher, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, suggested in 1980 that he also become a student of the Buddhist insight meditation

He teaches, writes, presents workshops, seminars, and leads retreats internationally and is the author of "Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine" now translated into fourteen languages.

Modalités pratiques

This retreat is open to anyone who wishes to deepen their practice of Mindfulness. It will be of particular interest to MBSR / MBCT / other MBI instructors and future instructors.

It will start on May6, 2024 in the evening and will end on May 12 after lunch.

Teachings will be in English with consecutive translation into French.

Fee: we invite you to choose the fee that suits you best.

- Basic rate : 480 € 

- Reduced rate : 360€ 

- Supporting rate : 600€ 

Details on the rates:

- The reduced rate is for anyone who feels that their financial situation does not allow them to pay the normal rate.

- The supporting rate is offered to all those whose financial conditions allow them to pay a little more and who wish to support ADM in its organization of meetings and retreats.

In case of cancellation:

- 30 days before the training: 50% will be refunded,

- Between 29 and 15 days before the training: 20% will be refunded,

- less than 15 days before the training: no refund.

      Except in cases of force majeure and upon presentation of proof, the refund will be 80%.

An additional budget is required for accommodation and full board (from 390€ to 720€). Upon confirmation of your registration, you will receive the necessary information to book your accommodation.

To register, please fill out the online form.