"Fully Booked - Waitlist only" The Heart of Mindfulness" 7-Day Silent Residential Retreat with Akincano Weber and John Peacock

For Mindfulness Teachers and Trainee Teachers

6:00 pm
2:00 pm
7 Days

Akincano Marc Weber and John Peacock

De La Salle,Castletown,Co. Laois
Full Cost (includes full board, admin & all teachers' fees)

Booking via link below. A €300 deposit is required and the completion of application form. Balance to be paid by 1st June 2022. Application Forms: For an application form please email

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Event Information

Dates: August 6th - 13th 2022

Venue: De La Salle Pastoral Centre, Castletown, County Laois

Cost: €720 (€790 for ensuite)

Suitable for: The retreat is open to anyone with previous experience of similar types of silent retreat of 5 days or longer, but preference will be given to mindfulness teachers and teachers in training.  

The Retreat:

Personal meditation practice is an essential foundation for anyone who works with mindfulness-based interventions and participation in silent teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats is part of all Good Practice Guidelines.  

This retreat will explore the foundations of Mindfulness, as taught in the Satipaṭṭhāna discourse given by the Buddha. This is a profound teaching that encourages us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a heart that is receptive and unshakeable. Developing the capacity to encounter our own inner and outer experience with equanimity and curiosity creates a foundation for meeting the experiences of our students and clients, in offering mindfulness-based interventions.

Each day will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both Insight and Metta), meetings with the teachers, talks and instructions, all within an underlying environment of silence.  

This retreat satisfies the MTAI criteria for a Mindfulness Teachers' annual retreat.

Access: We welcome people with disabilities to our retreat.  The venue is fully accessible.  Please contact us with your specific needs relating to disability, long-term illness or health condition.

Fees for The Mindfulness Centre's August Retreat 2022 with Marc Akincano Weber and John Peacock. We hope these rates reflect out intention that anyone who would like to attend can through collective generosity. Prices include accommodation, food, teaching and administration.

Supporter's rate:

Pay for yourself and help support one person to join on a Bursary - €690.00/€760 plus a donation

Individual rate:

Normal priced rate - Standard room - €720.00 I Ensuite room - €790.00

Concession rate:

For those in financial hardship who cannot afford our full priced rate (see below for more) - €620.00

Bursary rate:

A limited number of places are reserved for those unable to afford the concessionary Rate - €450.00

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations up to 1st June 2022 will incur a €50 administration fee.

Cancellations after 1st June 2022 will incur the loss of the deposit.

The organisers may waive cancellation fees in exceptional circumstances, at their discretion.

Our Covid-19 response

We are keeping up-to-date with government guidelines to provide a safe retreat environment. As the conditions and guidelines keep changing, we are remaining flexible and will be reviewing what is needed at the time of each retreat.

We want to reassure you that we have conducted thorough risk assessments and we’re planning to make your retreat at De La Salle Castletown Retreats as supportive as possible.

Prior to your retreat, we will send some more information about what to expect whilst at Castletown. We hope you find the following information useful


AKINCANO MARC WEBER was born in Berne (Switzerland) and is a Buddhist teacher and contemplative psychotherapist. He learned to sit still in the early eighties as a Zen practitioner and later became a monk in Ajahn Chah’s tradition where he studied and practiced for 20 years in the Forest monasteries of Thailand and Europe.

He studies Pali and early Buddhist scriptures, holds a degree in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and runs Atammaya Cologne, a small Buddhist centre in the Rhineland. Besides his therapeutic work in Cologne he teaches Buddhist Psychology and meditation internationally in Dharma contexts and applied mindfulness in healthcare settings. Together with three fellow teachers his latest project is Bodhi College. Akincano lives with his wife in Cologne.

“Teaching is essentially translation. This means ferrying an authentic contemplative tradition across choppy waters into our psychological and cultural realities—without loosing the Teaching's vision nor the validity of our own immediate and embodied experience.”

Dr John Peacock has been an academic and a Buddhist practitioner for forty years. Trained in India in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada.  He lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, he was Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teacher on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University until recently.  

John has been teaching meditation internationally for more than twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.  He is a co-founder of The Bodhi College, which is dedicated to the study and practice of the early teachings of the Buddha.

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