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.


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.


Subject to change


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


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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If the retreat is full, please join the waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes available.

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Libby Beyerle, Social Worker, Deloraine, Tasmania commented on 29-Nov-2013 8:21 AM5 out of 5 stars
Challenging, calming, insightful and an enriching experience.
Glenn, Clinical Psychologist, TAS commented on 26-Nov-2012 10:55 PM5 out of 5 stars
The course experience was very beneficial for both personal growth and professional growth.
Catharina, Nurse/Counsellor, Geelong commented on 27-Nov-2012 10:38 AM5 out of 5 stars
I had never experienced a retreat previously, but it has been transforming, the content and venue, AWESOME - I now have a different relationship with myself and as such the other people in my life. Thank you to all the other participants who made it what it was. I believe not only my clients and I will benefit, but my family and friends as well. Thank you Bruno, for an experience that I found priceless.
Linda Hayes-Cameron, Psychologist, Sydney, NSW, Australia commented on 26-Nov-2012 08:29 PM5 out of 5 stars
Who would have thought so much personal & professional growth could occur on a five day advanced training retreat. Thank you to Bruno and new found friends & colleagues for their contribution to this amazing learning experience. Warm regards, Linda
Jon Ballantyne Clinical Psychologist New Zealand commented on 26-Nov-2012 12:56 PM5 out of 5 stars
A wonderful opportunity for experiential learning with a wise and patient teacher. I loved the linking with traditional concepts and am inspired to read further on this.
Trevor Reeve Drug and Alcohol Services Burnie commented on 26-Nov-2012 09:55 AM4 out of 5 stars
Right environment, Right teacher, Right attitude = Right learning. 
Well organised and executed learning retreat. Recommend to all MiCBT practitioners.
Timothea Goddard, Psychotherapist, NSW commented on 26-Nov-2012 07:32 AM5 out of 5 stars
This program was a very skilful integration of clear theoretical understanding with a profound level of practice which made transformation possible.