Course Information

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

Wednesday 13 June until Tuesday 19 June 2018

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 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. 

Although the retreat will be conducted in English, French translation will be available for the duration of the retreat. 

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

Rosalie Dores


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

Our full rates have no hidden extras and include VAT, deposit, teaching, room and board. 

Full rate for SHARED accommodation (mostly double rooms but some triples): £1125.00 total inc £100.00 deposit

Full rate for PRIVATE accommodation: £1225.00 total inc £200.00 deposit. 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. 

Please note: The majority of our venues have shared bathrooms including for PRIVATE rooms. Please contact us if you have any specific needs that we need to be aware of.

The application and payment process:

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week, but if the retreat leader is on annual leave or on retreat, then this can take a little bit longer.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you either for the nonrefundable deposit (£100 non-refundable deposit for SHARED accommodation or a £200.00 non-refundable deposit for PRIVATE accommodation) or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full retreat payment.
  4. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance three months before the retreat starts.
  5. 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.
  6. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.

For more information:

Please email us at