ICM Asia Pacific 2019: Pre-Conference Mini-Retreat
This retreat is organised as part of the International Conference on Mindfulness Asia Pacific 2019. The conference organising committee consists of a team of individuals from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the University of Auckland (UoA) and Victoria University of Wellington (Vic).
Travelling on the Ancient Path of Transformation and Wisdom: A Day of Mindfulness Practice and Dialogue with Bruno Cayoun
In this one-day retreat, we will practice the cultivation of mindfulness, as taught in the ancient teaching of Vipassana meditation. The retreat will include intermittent group dialogue grounded in our first-person experience.
We will look at the differences between the relaxing effects of sustained attention and the transformative effects of traditionally-taught mindfulness meditation. We will discuss and experience first-hand how our perception of what arises during practice is conditioned by our history, and how skilful practice of mindfulness can rapidly neutralise the unhelpful emotional content of our emerging memories.
We will discuss how the experience of our sense of self can be altered by accurate practice and how this can promote more flexibility in our way of thinking and responding to challenging situations. In sitting meditation, we will practice mindfulness of breath, basic and advanced body-scanning methods, and loving-kindness meditation.
We will also practice mindful walking and interpersonal mindfulness. We will apply unbiased attention and equanimity, even with unpleasant thoughts and emotions, which will guide a discussion on dealing with what has been perceived as aversive “side-effects of mindfulness”.
Time permitting, we will also discuss the clinical implications and potential benefits of these contemplative practices, as well as their beneficial effects on well-being for people seeking to enhance their quality of life and personal growth.
This experiential workshop is designed for both regular practitioners and people new to mindfulness.
Dr Bruno CayounDirector | Trainer | Researcher
Dr Bruno Cayoun is a Clinical Psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). He is the Director of the MiCBT Institute, a leading provider of MiCBT training and professional development to mental health services and professional associations internationally since 2003.
Bruno keeps a private practice in Hobart, Australia, undertakes mindfulness research at the MiCBT Institute, and co-supervises several studies in collaboration with various institutions, including Monash University, University of Tasmania, University of Technology Sydney, and Massey University. He has practised mindfulness meditation and undergone intensive training in France, Nepal, India, and Australia since 1989.
Bruno is the author of three books, including Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (Wiley, 2011), Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidence and Relationships (Wiley, 2015) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018). His mindfulness training audio instructions are used worldwide in various languages, and he is the principal developer of questionnaires, including the Short Progress Assessment and the Mindfulness-based Self Efficacy Scale.