The Residential Retreat

Research has reliably shown that the skilled practice of mindfulness meditation produces neuroplasticity in areas of the brain associated with the ability to increase attention and concentration, decrease distractibility, increase self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-control, increase cognitive flexibility and emotion regulation, and increase the capacity to be compassionate  However, there are limited opportunities for professionals to immerse themselves into an intensive residential course that enables the rapid production of neuroplasticity and deepening of mindfulness skills. This course will provide an ideal opportunity for professionals who have already attended training in MiCBT to deepen their meditation skills. It is also an opportunity to learn variations of mindfulness and CBT integration to address complex cases, with an emphasis on addiction and trauma.

This advanced 5-day retreat will involve learning material through various modalities, including guided practice of mindfulness meditation using advanced body-scanning skills, group discussion of complex cases, with a focus on trauma and addiction, and group training in case conceptualisation and MiCBT treatment planning for clients with symptoms of trauma or addiction.

Participants also have the opportunity to attend free yoga classes in the morning (optional). The venue is a traditional meditation centre (ashram) where every attendee participates in 30-minutes of daily service. The service activities of the centre can include gardening, picking vegetables and helping to cook a vegetarian lunch or making bread or goodies, office work and maintenance, sustainable building projects, environmental developments, library and other interesting creative projects and aspects of the ashram. The fee is kept purposefully low to facilitate frequent attendance for MiCBT clinicians and teachers.

Pre-requisites

Participants must have successfully completed the MiCBT Applied Course.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • Advanced skills in mindfulness practice
  • The deepening of self-awareness and experiential acceptance
  • The application of the neurobehavioural theoretical foundation of mindfulness practice
  • The various roles of neuroplasticity in preventing relapse
  • Latest research findings regarding client adherence
  • Methods to engage the client in the treatment plan efficiently
  • Methods for immediate distress reduction
  • The four stages of MiCBT with patients diagnosed with most DSM-V Axis I and Axis II mental health disorders and some health conditions, such as addictions, chronic pain and trauma.
  • Mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies.

Schedule

Subject to change



Venue

Rocklyn Yoga Ashram is nestled within the depths of Wombat State Forest (approximately 90 minutes from Melbourne). Enjoy delicious, balanced vegetarian food, with lots of grains and fresh vegetables mostly from the ashram organic garden or sourced from organic local farmers in the neighbourhood.

MiCBT Therapists with Dr Cayoun - Intensive RetreatSOURCE:  Rocklyn Yoga AshramSOURCE:  Rocklyn Yoga Ashram
SOURCE:  Rocklyn Yoga AshramSOURCE:  Rocklyn Yoga AshramSOURCE:  Rocklyn Yoga Ashram


Ethics

This  retreat integrates ethical principles of traditional Buddhist retreats. For example, to enhance your personal gain in this course, silence of speech, body and mind (i.e., “Noble silence”) must be kept at all times between 9:30 pm and 9:00 am, as well as during all rest, meal and break periods (with exception of lunch on first and last day). You are welcome to speak to the teacher about private matters in private during breaks. During communication periods (6 hours/day), participants abstain from using offensive or misleading speech and (Buddhist) “right speech” is cultivated. NOTE: “applied meditation” means uninterrupted practice of experiential awareness and equanimity in all activities (e.g., eating, washing, group discussion, etc.).

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TESTIMONIALS

Kylie, Occupational Therapist, Cairns commented on 30-Mar-2016 8:19 PM5 out of 5 stars
Attendance at the MiCBT retreat has really solidified my skills and increased my confidence in utilising this therapy effectively in the clinical setting. I have gained a more in-depth understanding of mindfulness and its application in daily life, both on a professional and personal level. I highly recommend this retreat to others interested in extending their MiCBT skills..
Erigoni Vlass Clinical Psychologist Sydney NSW commented on 30-Mar-2016 07:00 PM5 out of 5 stars
The retreat experience was immensely beneficial for me both professionally as a clinician and for my personal growth. My experience has inspired me to adopt MICBT into my clinical practice. I believe my clients will benefit greatly from the MICBT approach.
Nicola Carter, Clinical Psychologist, Springwood, NSW commented on 24-Mar-2016 07:48 PM5 out of 5 stars
This unique five day retreat/ training experience was deeply beneficial at both the personal and professional levels, with very significant and positive flow effects for clients..
Amanda Cole, Clinical Psychologist WA commented on 23-Mar-2016 02:18 PM5 out of 5 stars
The experiential basis of this PD was most helpful in developing a deeper understanding of case conceptualisation and the complexities of tailoring appropriate treatment using MiCBT Principles and Practice. It was also provided a very fulfilling deepening of my own practice of Mindfulness Meditation. It was a great gift to be present with the wonderful participants and teacher of this course. I will definitely be repeating this experience..
Caroline Croft, Clinical Psychologist commented on 23-Mar-2016 08:04 AM5 out of 5 stars
I found the experience to be personally transformative (I wasn't expecting this) and professionally, it was significantly developmental.
Marc de Bruin, Counsellor, Sunshine Coast commented on 19-Mar-2015 12:29 PM5 out of 5 stars
If you weren't convinced yet about the usefulness of consistent Mindfulness Practice and not convinced about your own ability to deliver the program to your own clients/patients, then you WILL after this Retreat.
A must-do for everyone interested in using this program with their clients!
Garry Dillon, Physiotherapist, New Zealand commented on 19-Mar-2015 04.10 AM5 out of 5 stars
Very deep and personal learning experience. The retreat brought experiential learning to a whole new level. I have learned personally and professionally from this Retreat and I will carry forward the knowledge and skills from this retreat into everyday life.
Theresa Moo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia commented on 18-Mar-2015 02.38 PM5 out of 5 stars
I was refreshed, recharged, and was inspired to progress deeper in my daily meditation.
Sally Emery Psychologist (clinical) South Australia commented on 18-Mar-2015 11:16 AM5 out of 5 stars
Very challenging and productive at a personal level. I gained a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the experience of mindfulness in daily life and hence my ability to grasp the client's experience at a deeper level has also been enhanced.
Jill Beattie, Melbourne  commented on 06-Feb-201402:01 PM4 out of 5 stars
Very worthwhile


Philippa Thomas, New Zealand  commented on 16-Dec-2013 07:01 AM5 out of 5 stars
I'm very grateful to have taken part in this retreat; the wisdom of the group, and especially Bruno's guidance and teaching, enabled me to deepen and integrate my understanding and practice of MiCBT; thank you, very much.
Don Vogt, VIC, Australia commented on 06-Dec-2013 11:27 AM5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic venue/food and teaching/authenticity from Bruno.