The Foundations of Mindfulness

This retreat aims to explore the four foundations of Mindfulness as taught within the core practices of Mindfulness Based stress reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive therapy.

11 September 2019 - 16 September 2019

Leader: Mindfulness Scotland

Cost Information: Cost: £275 single room, £400 for two people sharing a twin, £160 dorm. Full board and lodging costs.

Course fee £150 (payable to Mindfulness Scotland on booking)

Course outline

The Satipatthana Sutra, often referred to as ‘The discourse on the establishing of Mindfulness’, is seen as the key teaching within Buddhist Psychology for the foundation of Mindfulness practice and is thought to link directly to Buddha’s framework for cultivating Mindfulness. We will explore the four foundations of Mindfulness as expressed in these core texts, in the light of current understanding of contemporary cognitive science and neuroscience, to support a deeper understanding of Mindfulness and its secular practice within MBCT and MBSR  

The teaching will include sessions with time for discussion on

  • The Satipatthana sutra – it’s historical context & place within Buddhist Psychology
  • Mindfulness of Body – as a foundational practice & the Neuroscience of somatic awareness
  • Mindfulness of Feeling – the concept of Vedana & review of contemporary Neuroscience of emotion.
  • Mindfulness of state of Mind – current science on craving
  • Mindfulness of content of Mind – dependant origination, cognition & suffering
  • The four Noble truths as a path out of suffering.

This retreat is particularly suited to people who are currently teaching or planning to teach eight-week programmes or integrating Mindfulness into their professional work.  We would recommend that people have attended an eight-week MBSR/MBCT course and have a personal practice of Mindfulness.  

This retreat will enable Mindfulness Teachers to fulfil the requirement to attend an annual mindfulness retreat.

The retreat will include sustained periods of silence to allow for a deeper reflection on our subjective experience. There will be time in the afternoon to explore Holy Isle or to rest. Individual meetings can be scheduled.

The retreat will begin in the evening of the 11th September and departure will be after breakfast on the 16th.

For more info and to book:

Please register and pay the £150 retreat fee through Mindfulness Scotland by contacting

Once you have made your booking with Mindfulness Scotland please book your accommodation on Holy Isle, which you pay for on arrival. Use the Book Now button in the sidebar - 5 nights from Wednesday 11th September. A screen will come up with the available accommodation, please select. You will then see a page called Additional ExtrasPlease select The Foundations of Mindfulness