Mindful Compassion Retreat 2018

Compassion: “A sensitivity to the suffering of self and others, with a deep commitment to try to prevent and relieve it”

When working with people who experience mental suffering, we must not only accommodate their suffering, distress and pain – but also the suffering, distress and pain that this work, along with the usual ups and downs of life in general, can bring for us. This work demands a difficult balancing act between sensitivity towards our own and others’ suffering, and the robustness required to help with development and change.

This workshop and retreat will, based on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT): (Gilbert, 2009, 2014; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) and the integration of Mindful Compassion (e.g. Gilbert & Choden, 2013), focus on development of mindfulness and compassion– in ourselves, for ourselves and in our clients.

It is helpful for participants attending the course to have a basic knowledge of CFT. Although the course will provide attendees with experiences that will deepen their theoretical, experiential and practical skills of CFT that may be transitioned to their clinical work, the primary focus will be on the application of mindful compassion in relation to self-reflection and personal development. 

The workshop consists of 5 days’ presentations focusing on CFT and experiential compassionate mind training. In the programme, the emphasis is alternating between theoretical teaching and how these ideas – through experiential practice – can facilitate personal development, growth and wellbeing. There will also be time to relax and enjoy the amazing surroundings found at Evason Resort.

Evason Resort & Spa, Hua Hin, Thailand
You will be staying 7 nights at the five-star Evason Resort and Spa in Hua Hin, Thailand. We have carefully chosen Evason for the retreat, as this resort offers an unique possibility for peace and concentration which will support the personal development process during the staying.
Evason is a part of Six Senses Resorts & Spa, which offers fantastic experiences at some of the world’s best resorts. Six Senses is synonymous with subdued luxury, authenticity and sustainability adapted to local conditions. Evason in Hua Hin has just undergone a complete renovation and the resort offers harmonious surroundings with graceful nature, fantastic gastronomy and exquisite personal service. There will be an abundance of opportunities for the pampering of all senses during your stay. You can read more about the resort at www.sixsenses.com

About Dr Chris Irons:
Dr Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist, academic, author and trainer of CFT. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (www.balancedminds.com),  a London based organisation providing compassion-focused psychological interventions for individuals and organisations. He also works with the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”, and as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Derby.  Chris has been involved in supporting Professor Gilbert and other colleagues in the development of CFT, and regularly presents in national and international forums on CFT and more broadly, compassion. Chris is the co-author of the forthcoming book “The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your Compassionate Self”.

Dr Chris Irons will be responsible for the five days of training, teaching, self-development and inspiration based on CFT.


Compassion Focused Therapy

CFT is an integrate approach developed by Professor Paul Gilbert. It is rooted in evolution theory, neuroscience, social- and developmental psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. The approach was originally developed for people with high levels of self-criticism and shame, who tended to make less progress in traditional therapeutic approaches. Shame, self-criticism and difficulties in managing emotions are known to have an important role in keeping a certain psychological condition. CFT’s focus on development of empathy and self-care has proven effective in treating across diagnosis and therapy methods. CFT is now used for a broad variety of clinical presentations. Crucially, CFT emphasises the importance for practitioners to consider how this model – the insights into human suffering and distress, along with compassion based approaches to alleviating this distress – applies to themselves.



The five day programme will provide in depth experiential practice of mindful compassion, based upon the ideas and practices of Compassion Focused Therapy (Gilbert & Irons, 2005; Gilbert, 2009, 2014) and mindful compassion (Gilbert & Choden, 2013).

Applied Psychoeducation:

  • Exploration of how we are all caught up in the ‘flow of life’
  • Consideration of how we have evolved “tricky brains”, and a deepening of understanding of how our own minds can get caught up in threat based loops that can drive distress.
  • Exploration of the three system emotion regulation model, and how this applies to our own lives
  • Consideration of the parts of ourselves that we feel uncomfortable with

Cultivating Mindfulness and Grounding:

Cultivating Core Mindfulness and Attentional Stability/Grounding Practice, including:

  • attention training
  • mindfulness practice
  • the practice of various soothing and calming breathing exercises

Cultivating Compassion:

  • Exploration of compassion definitions
  • Exploration, discussion and practice of the different attributes of compassion
  • Developing a Compassionate Mind through memory, imagery and acting techniques
  • Practicing different ‘flows’ of compassion
    • Compassion towards other
    • Receiving compassion from others
    • Self-compassion

Putting Compassion to Work

Learning how to use compassion to work with difficulties we face in life

  • Using compassion with different emotion-selves/parts of us
  • Expressive writing



Pratical information

From the 17th November to the 24rd November 2018.
The workshop runs from the 19th November to the 23rd November.

€ 2.700 until the 15th june 2018. After this date the price is € 3.000.

Flight not included.

The rate includes accommodation for 7 nights in single room at Evason Resort and Spa in Hua Hin, 5 days workshop and retreat-program, daily breakfast, lunch on workshop days and 3 dinners, massage and yoga.

It is possible to upgrade to a 2 persons pool villa at an additional charge equal to € 750.

If you wish to share a double room with another participant, a reduction in price is possible. Call or email us to hear more.

It will be possible to extend your stay in Thailand. Mindwork has an agreement with the resort that offers you advantageous prices for additional nights.

Upgrade to an Evason pool villa is possible for an additional charge.

* The fee is converted from the price in DKK, which is at all times the one that applies. There can therefore be slight adjustments in the € price.

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I wish to upgrade to a pool villa for 2 persons for an additional fee of 750 € per villa.

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“Wonderful retreat! Good instructor with the perfect combination of theoretical knowledge and practical know how. Fantastic surrounding with room for reflection and growth. Nobody will leave here without valuable insights”.  Louise Harboe, 2016.

“A great retreat, professionally organised and presented. A week to spend time on yourself and learn and practice tools to be more compassionate to ourselves and others. All conducted in a great environment. Take time for your self, this retreat allows it”. Cheryl Cornelius, 2016.

“The training was very well balanced and helped in staying alerted, focused and able to learn and integrate the learning. Take this time to go away and immerse yourself in this training”. Judy Vidulich, 2016.

“A lifechanging experience! This was really a retreat. I will contain all my memories from here, and I’m sure it will prevent any burnout. What a wonderful group experience with dedicated and motivated retreat facilitators”. John Lerche, 2015.

“The Mindful Compassion retreat is the experience of a lifetime – it has provided me with a deeper understanding of the struggles of life and how to both accept and alleviate suffering in myself and my loved ones. I highly recommend this retreat.” Michaela Thomas, 2015.

Ideal blend of theory, personal development, social/private life, food, drinks and warmth! You don’t have to know about Mindful Compassion beforehand to learn it”. Christian Frøkjær Thomsen, 2015.

“This retreat was a truly amazing experience. The mix between theory and experiential practice allowed me to fully understand the model and myself. The experience on the retreat has helped me to understand myself greater which in turn can help me to help the people that I work with too. The experience of being in Thailand in an lovely setting also allows you to experience the deep and dark places that your mind can go to and fully understand difficult emotions such as shame. I would really recommend this retreat to any practitioner wanting to not only understand themselves deeper but also to help the people that they work with”. Sunil Lad, 2015.