Seven-day Insight Dialogue Retreat: The Synergy of Meditation, Wisdom and Relationship

Wednesday 13 June until Tuesday 19 June 2018

With Phyllis Hicks and Rosalie Dores


As humans we are exquisitely sensitive, every moment awash in a sea of contact. Touching and being touched, feeling, perceiving, and thinking, we create our world. Can we cultivate awareness in these dynamic moments of contact? Is it possible that human relationships are one of the best fields for cultivating mindfulness? 

In Insight Dialogue the awareness, mental stability, and calmness associated with silent meditation are developed in practice with others. Practising with the six Insight Dialogue guidelines, one learns to pause out of the habit mind, notice tensions and relax, kindly accept present moment experience, open and trust emergence, and, listen deeply and speak the truth of our subjective experience. 

Seeing and being seen, hearing and being heard, the heart and mind open, and greater mental flexibility and resiliency develop. The three bases of Insight Dialogue – meditation, wisdom, and relationship – form the foundation and a path of unbinding in the good company of other meditators.

This retreat combines silent practice with carefully guided Insight Dialogue meditation, Dharma talks, mindful movement, and time in nature, all within the container of noble silence. This is an opportunity to encounter Insight Dialogue for the first time and also for experienced ID meditators to deepen their practice. The retreat is not aimed at preparing people to teach interpersonal mindfulness, but rather to experience for themselves the practices that support mindful presence in the midst of relationship. 


This retreat will be conducted in English.


Who is the retreat for?

This retreat is intended for those who are experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation, including those who teach eight-week courses such as MBSR and MBCT, and who are interested in exploring the practice of Insight Dialogue. Since Insight Dialogue meditation builds on our silent meditation, an ongoing meditation/mindfulness practice and previous retreat experience is requested. If you have questions about the suitability of this retreat for you, please email Rosalie Dores at More information on the practice of Insight Dialogue can be found HERE

This retreat will help mindfulness teachers who wish to be included on the UK Network Listing of Mindfulness Teachers fulfil the requirement to attend an annual mindfulness retreat.


About the teachers:

Phyllis Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is an Insight Dialogue Teacher and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She is a co-originator 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 contemplative practice in clinical settings. She studied with a variety of Vipassana teachers and has trained and taught with Gregory Kramer since 2004. She is a guiding teacher for Triangle Insight and teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction at an integrative medical center. She directs the Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute of Durham, North Carolina, a non-profit centre for counseling and clinical education. Phyllis lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Rosalie Dores. Rosalie Dores, M.A is an Insight Dialogue (ID) teacher in training. She is an associate teacher at Bangor University, conducts supervision through the Mindfulness Network, offers teacher training internationally and teaches Mindful Yoga. Rosalie has had a meditation and yoga practice since 1992, and has been sitting retreat for as many years. She has a private practice, Optimal Living, where she teaches MBSR and the Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme to the general population and in workplace settings. She is actively interested in various meditative traditions, though has studied primarily within the Theravada and Insight Meditation community. She has been studying with Gregory Kramer since 2006, and in teacher training since 2008. Rosalie has co-taught retreat in Asia and online programmes for Metta programs, as well as offering regular practice  for the London based Insight Dialogue community.



Please arrive after 3:00pm for an 8:00pm start on the first day. The retreat ends after lunch at 3pm on the final day. 



Chateau de Magny en Morvan is a beautiful retreat centre set in the French countryside. You can find more information by visiting their website at

Château de Magny en Morvan can be accessed by car or on the TGV from Paris or Brussels, and is situated at three hours drive from Paris and two hours from Lyon.


What to bring and wear:

Mats and cushions will be available at the venue. Please bring any additional items needed for your personal practice.


Fee options:

Shared accommodation (mostly double rooms but some triples): £1125.00 total includes VAT, deposit (£100.00), room and board

Private accommodation: £1225.00 total includes VAT, deposit (£200.00), room and board. Please note that there is a limited number of private rooms, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. When the private rooms are all allocated, we will operate a limited waiting list in case of cancellations. If the full rate for PRIVATE accommodation is paid but we cannot meet your request for a private room due to lack of availability, then we will allocate you SHARED accommodation and refund £100.00 to you or your employer.


The application and payment process:

Please read this section carefully.

After we receive your application form, we will assess it to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you either for the nonrefundable deposit or for the full amount, depending which option you chose when you completed your application. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full retreat payment. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance three months before the retreat starts.

The NONREFUNDABLE deposit for this retreat is either £100.00 for shared accommodation or £200.00 for a private room.

We will email you with joining instructions a few weeks before the retreat begins.


Payment Policy:

Once an invoice has been raised, your course place is dependent on prompt payment. If our invoice is not paid on time, the course place will be released for other participants on the waiting list. This process reduces last minute cancellations, ensures that invoices are not raised then left unpaid and that all course places are allocated. So that you do not lose your place due to financial issues, we advise that if you are requesting an invoice to be raised for your employer to pay, that you communicate with your employer to make payment within the timeframe detailed on the invoice.

Responsibility for payment remains with the course attendee. If the employer does not pay the invoice, the applicant will be liable to make payment or meet the cancellation charges. 


Cancellation policy:

You may withdraw your application eight weeks prior to the event commencement date at which point you will be offered a refund, minus a 25% admin fee. If you cancel your place on a course within eight weeks of the event commencement date, no refund will be offered.

In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the course has to be cancelled by us, we will refund any fees paid to us by participants. Our liability is limited to refunding only our event fees. We recommend participants have adequate insurance to cover any cancelled travel or personal expenses.


If you have any queries, please contact the Mindfulness Coordinator at