• 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.

THE FIRST NATIONAL SOUTH AFRICAN CONFERENCE ON MINDFULNESS: Cape Town from 4th-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 andd Health Sciences.

The conference will be keynoted by Dr Cliff Saron from the University of California-Davis, a top international expert in the field of Contemplative Neuroscience, as well as Professor Saki Santorelli, the Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, and Florence Meleo-Meyer, Director of the Oasis Center for Education at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts.

In addition, local scientists, teachers and health practitioners working in this field will present talks, research or offer half-day workshops. Particular emphasis will be given to considering the unique and specific challenges that we face in South Africa, as an “emerging country”, and the role that mindfulness – given its inherent universalism and simplicity of application – might play to support healing and integration in the face of stress, trauma and complex diversity.

There will be limited space at the conference venue so if you are interested in attending this event, please e-mail Viv Zaacks on vszaacks1@gmail.com so that she can put you on the delegate list to ensure your place.

6-DAY RESIDENTIAL RETREAT IN MINDFULNESS-BASED APPROACHES: Goudini Spa, September 7th-12th 2014.

This 6-day retreat will be led by Prof Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo-Meyer, 2 of the leading international experts in the teaching and application of mindfulness-based approaches. 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. Our retreat venue can accommodate a maximum of 120 so please contact Viv on vszaacks1@gmail.com to book your place.

FUNDING APPEAL

The conference and retreat are being organised by IMISA (a non-profit organisation) and funded in part by Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. However, we still require co-sponsors to meet the funding requirements of the conference (travels costs and speaker/teacher fees) and would like to appeal to those in the mindfulness community to assist us in obtaining further sponsorship or funding. If you have any contacts regarding this, or are able to assist in any way with our funding drive, please contact Dr Simon Whitesman via e-mail on simonw@lantic.net or telephonically on 082 852 0567.

Full information regarding costs, venues and how to book for the conference and retreat will be made available via e-mail and on our website early next year.