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Teaching Presence in Relationship: An Interpersonal Mindfulness Training for MBSR Teachers

With Florence Meleo-Meyer and Phyllis K. Hicks

July 26 - August 2, 2013

  • $1,620.00 – This training fee includes room, board, teacher honorarium and training materials.

Date and Time Details: On Friday July 26th, guests may check-in at Sevenoaks starting at 3pm. Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:15pm and the retreat will convene at 7:30pm. On Friday August 2nd the retreat will end at 12pm, lunch will be served at 12:30, and guests will be asked to depart their rooms by 2pm.

Location: Madison, VA

Address: Madison, Virginia Seven Oaks Retreat Center Sevenoaksretreat.org

**The limited numbers of private rooms have now been booked (with the exception of a couple reserved for those with outstanding medical need). We work closely with the center staff and the onsite manager to make the best accommodations for everyone and will do our best to assign shared rooms that feel spacious and quiet.**

Program Contact: Sarah Ruth Gomes.
Email: sarah@metta.org.
Phone: 206-877-3923.

Become more attentive, aware, and capable of meeting interactions with others in new ways.

The Interpersonal Mindfulness Program is offered as a follow-up to graduates of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program.  It was developed by a group of seasoned MBSR teachers and is based on the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue.  The program encourages ongoing work with interpersonal stress by cultivating awareness, mental stability and calmness associated with formal silent meditation and integrating these qualities directly into our relationships with others.

Interpersonal Mindfulness has been taught by MBSR instructors in various locations including: the University of Massachusetts, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin Medical Centers and Schools, adult learning programs in Oregon and Georgia, and in private psychotherapy practices in North Carolina.  The program is a collaborative effort between the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Metta Programs.

Teaching Presence in Relationship 
is a training designed to prepare MBSR instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness to graduates of the MBSR program as a skillful means to deepening engagement in life, to meet challenges that emerge from social contacts and relationships, and to experience greater freedom internally and interpersonally.

Participants will:

  • Experience first-hand the practices of Insight Dialogue
  • Develop a theoretical and practical understanding of Insight Dialogue and Interpersonal Mindfulness methods and practices
  • Examine the neurobiology of relationships
  • Expand and enrich their capacity as MBSR teachers to effectively interact and communicate with MBSR program participants
  • Examine, in detail, the elements of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program curriculum and become familiar with support materials available to download and utilize during and after the training
  • Reflect on specific contemplative themes and practices offered in the curriculum
  • Teach various elements of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program and receive feedback from instructors and participants
  • Learn about teaching their first Interpersonal Mindfulness Program with the support of supervision

Key Considerations & Eligibility – To be eligible for this training, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Participate in a regular personal meditation practice
  • Previous participation in at least one 5 – 10 day silent, teacher-led retreat
  • Previous participation in at least two 5 – 7 day Insight Dialogue retreats*
  • Previous participation in at least one of Oasis’ Professional Training Programs, beyond the basic MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine program**
  • Currently teach MBSR

* Second Insight Dialogue Retreat requirement can be met with one of the following:
– Two Interpersonal Mindfulness and Inquiry Retreats
– A level one Interpersonal Mindfulness Program Training
– Participation in a Metta online program such as Whole Life, Stepping Stone Sangha or Relational Insight Meditation

**MBSR/MBCT training from another institution may be applicable.  Please include training components, dates, and instructors in the registration form.

 – The first four days of this training are presented primarily in retreat form. Noble silence is practiced throughout this part of the retreat except when we are actively meditating in dialogue together.  Opportunities will be available during the subsequent three-day training period for participants to speak and network, further supporting personal and professional connections.

About the Teachers


Florence Meleo-Meyer

Florence Meleo-Meyer is an Insight Dialogue Teacher.  She teaches courses and retreats in Interpersonal Mindfulness, which is based on Insight Dialogue. Florence has taught meditation for over 30 years. She is certified as a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher as well as a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction teacher. She has studied in India and the US with … Continue reading


Phyllis K. Hicks

Phyllis Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is an Insight Dialogue Teacher and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide.  She is a team leader for the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program, has been a faculty member for Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program, and serves on Metta Programs Teachers’ Council. She has also taught for Metta’s Whole Life Program. Phyllis is a … Continue reading

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