• Mindfulness Matters

We are excited to let you know about 2 significant events being organised by IMISA next year, so that you can bookmark the dates in your calendar.

PRE CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Stias Conference Centre, Stellenbosch, 4th September 2014.

TUNING YOUR INSTRUMENT: THE BUDDHA, THE BRAIN, AND BACH.

Clifford Saron, Associate Research Scientist at University of California, Davis and San Francisco Symphony cellist Barbara Bogatin collaborate to offer this experiential workshop exploring the practice of awareness in meditation, music and brain science.

MINDFUL COMMUNICATION IN PRACTICE: LEANING INTO A MORE ENGAGED AND RESILIENT HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE.

Michael Krasner MD, from the University of Rochester and Trish Luck MBChB, collaborate to offer this experiential workshop exploring health professional resilience. Health Care Professionals are at risk for burnout given their unique placement at the intersections of human health, well-being and suffering.

THE FIRST NATIONAL SOUTH AFRICAN CONFERENCE ON MINDFULNESS

Stias Conference Centre, Stellenbosch, from 5th-6th September 2014.

We are very excited to announce the first South African Conference on Mindfulness-Based Approaches entitled: Mindfulness Matters: Science and Application in an Emerging Society organised by the Institute for Mindfulness South Africa (IMISA) in conjunction with Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

During the conference, several international experts will present on topics including contemplative neuroscience, the effects of mindfulness and compassion on the brain and the clinical application of mindfulness in cancer, HIV/AIDS, bipolar disorder and health professional burnout. Additionally, local speakers will offer insight into applications, adaptations and research of mindfulness-based approaches currently employed in the educational and corporate sectors in South Africa.

6-DAY RESIDENTIAL RETREAT IN MINDFULNESS-BASED APPROACHES

Goudini Spa, September 7th-12th 2014.

This 6-day retreat will be led by one of the leading teachers of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in the United Kingdom, Trish Bartley from Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research at Bangor University of North Wales. She will be supported by experienced local teachers Simon Whitesman, Linda Kantor and Mathew Watkin. While previous experience with mindfulness is recommended as the experience will offer an in-depth and intensive exploration of mindfulness practices and its applications, it is not a pre-requisite and the retreat will be open to all.

For more information on all these events as well as booking and registration details please go to

http://www.mindfulness.org.za/mindfulness2014/