Double Room: Euro 1.620,00
Single Room: Euro 1.720,00
The fee includes training and lodging/meals for 8 nights.

Location: Barza d'Ispra (Varese), Italia
(in the vicinity of Milan, Italy)

Address: Casa Don Guanella
Via Don Guanella, 43, 21027 Barza, Ispra VA, Italy

Co-Sponsor: Associazione Italiana per la Mindfulness

Language: This training will be offered in English with with support for Italian-speakers.

Contact and Registration: Please email

Teaching Presence in Relationship

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer

March 30 - April 7, 2019

A professional training designed to prepare instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness

Teaching Presence in Relationship is a training designed to prepare MBSR & MBCT instructors to teach Interpersonal Mindfulness to graduates of mindfulness-based programs. Awareness, mental stability, and calmness associated with silent meditation are developed in practice with others. Based on the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue, participants experience greater freedom internally and interpersonally as they integrate meditative qualities directly into relationship.


  • A regular personal meditation practice.
  • Previous participation in at least one 7 – 10 day silent, teacher-led retreat.
  • Previous participation in at least two 5 – 7 day Insight Dialogue retreats*.
  • Professional training as a teacher of MBSR or MBCT. Includes a minimum of two teacher trainings**.
  • Have taught multiple cycles of MBSR/MBCT.

* Insight Dialogue requirements: A full listing of Insight Dialogue retreat opportunities can be found here.
The second Insight Dialogue Retreat requirement can be met with the following:
~ Two “Interpersonal Mindfulness and Inquiry” Retreats, or
~ Two 3-4 day Insight Dialogue Retreats, or
~ One 3-4 day Retreat (from above) and completion as a participant in an 8 week Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (include letter of certification of attendance and written evaluation of your experience).

** Professional MBSR/MBCT training requirements:
Professional MBSR/MBCT training from varying institutions may be applicable. Please include a description of training components, dates, institutes and instructors in the registration form.

In this training, 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.
  • Expand and enrich their capacity as teachers to effectively interact and communicate with 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.

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. During the subsequent four-day training period, opportunities are available for participants to speak, practice, guide and be guided in small and large groups, and to network, further supporting personal and professional connections.


Phyllis K. Hicks
Phyllis Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is an Insight Dialogue Teacher and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She is a co-author of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program and serves on Metta Programs Teachers’ Council. Phyllis is a licensed psychotherapist. For thirty years she has brought together Eastern and Western understandings of psychology and…
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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…
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