Mindfulness, Stress and Christian Spiritual Practice
A retreat for those working in the health and care sectors.
There has been a growing interest in mindfulness over the last few years. It is increasingly used in the health and care sectors, both for helping staff deal with the emotional challenges of the workplace, and for helping reduce stress and prevent depression in those for whom they care. What is mindfulness and how is it practiced? How does it fit with Christian tradition in general, and prayer in particular? This retreat will explore the dialogue between mainstream mindfulness, prayer and faith. There will be opportunity for guided practice, enquiry and dialogue, as well as time for silence, personal practice and enjoyment of the extraordinary beauty of the countryside surrounding St Beuno’s.
We expect this to be a popular retreat and priority will be given to those working in health and social care / caring professions and to those who have not been to St Beuno’s before. There is a registration procedure with a separate application form. To reserve a place on this retreat, please complete the online booking form and we will send you the additional short application form. You will be notified if you have been given a place by the end of January 2019.
Professor Mark Williams
Mark Williams is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, and recently retired as Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He is an Anglican minister, an honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, and a member of Wheatley United Reformed Church.
Mark’s books include Cry of Pain: understanding suicide and self harm (Penguin, 1997, 2002, Piatkus, 2014), with Z. Segal and J.D. Teasdale Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A new approach to preventing relapse (Guilford, 2013) and The Mindful Way Workbook (Guilford, 2013). Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (London, Piatkus, 2011, co-authored with Danny Penman) extends mindfulness to those who find themselves over-busy, stressed and exhausted, and shows how releasing oneself from old habits, combined with daily meditation, can allow people to explore new ways to bring peace and freedom into their lives.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT AN INDIVIDUALLY GUIDED RETREAT AND SO YOU WILL NOT BE ASSIGNED A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR