MiCBT Residential Retreat

Research has reliably shown that the skilled practice of mindfulness meditation produces neuroplasticity in areas of the brain associated with important skills, including the ability to increase self-awareness, attention and concentration, self-acceptance and self-control, cognitive flexibility and emotion regulation, and the capacity to be compassionate. However, there are limited opportunities for busy professionals to immerse themselves into an intensive residential course that enables the rapid production of neuroplasticity that enables a deepening of mindfulness skills. This course will provide an ideal opportunity for professionals who have already attended training in MiCBT to deepen their meditation skills. It is also an opportunity to learn ways of varying the application of MiCBT to address complex cases, with an emphasis on addiction and trauma. 

This residential 3-day retreat will involve learning material through various modalities, including guided practice of the full range of mindfulness meditation methods used in MiCBT, group discussion of complex cases with trauma and/or addiction comorbidities, and group training in case conceptualisation and MiCBT treatment planning for clients with symptoms of trauma or addiction. .


Participants must have successfully completed the MiCBT Foundation Course.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • Advanced skills in mindfulness practice
  • The deepening of self-awareness and experiential acceptance
  • The application of the neurobehavioural theoretical foundation of mindfulness practice during meditation
  • Methods to engage the client in the treatment plan
  • Using interoceptive for immediate distress reduction
  • The four stages of MiCBT with patients diagnosed with most DSM-V mental health disorders and some health conditions, such as addictions, chronic pain and trauma
  • Mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies.


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This retreat integrates ethical principles of traditional Buddhist retreats. For example, to enhance your personal gain in this course, silence of speech, body and mind (i.e., “Noble silence”) must be kept at all times between 9:30 pm and 9:00 am, as well as during all rest, meal and break periods (with exception of lunch on the first and last day). You are welcome to speak to the teacher about private matters in private during breaks. During communication periods (6 hours/day), participants abstain from using offensive or misleading speech and “right speech” is cultivated. 

NOTE: “applied practice of mindfulness” means uninterrupted practice of experiential awareness and equanimity in all activities (e.g., eating, washing, group discussion, etc.).


The next 3-day MiCBT Residential Retreat will be held in 2020.  

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Libby Beyerle, Social Worker, Deloraine, Tasmania commented on 29-Nov-2013 8:21 AM5 out of 5 stars
Challenging, calming, insightful and an enriching experience.
Glenn, Clinical Psychologist, TAS commented on 26-Nov-2012 10:55 PM5 out of 5 stars
The course experience was very beneficial for both personal growth and professional growth.
Catharina, Nurse/Counsellor, Geelong commented on 27-Nov-2012 10:38 AM5 out of 5 stars
I had never experienced a retreat previously, but it has been transforming, the content and venue, AWESOME - I now have a different relationship with myself and as such the other people in my life. Thank you to all the other participants who made it what it was. I believe not only my clients and I will benefit, but my family and friends as well. Thank you Bruno, for an experience that I found priceless.
Linda Hayes-Cameron, Psychologist, Sydney, NSW, Australia commented on 26-Nov-2012 08:29 PM5 out of 5 stars
Who would have thought so much personal & professional growth could occur on a five day advanced training retreat. Thank you to Bruno and new found friends & colleagues for their contribution to this amazing learning experience. Warm regards, Linda
Jon Ballantyne Clinical Psychologist New Zealand commented on 26-Nov-2012 12:56 PM5 out of 5 stars
A wonderful opportunity for experiential learning with a wise and patient teacher. I loved the linking with traditional concepts and am inspired to read further on this.
Trevor Reeve Drug and Alcohol Services Burnie commented on 26-Nov-2012 09:55 AM4 out of 5 stars
Right environment, Right teacher, Right attitude = Right learning. 
Well organised and executed learning retreat. Recommend to all MiCBT practitioners.
Timothea Goddard, Psychotherapist, NSW commented on 26-Nov-2012 07:32 AM5 out of 5 stars
This program was a very skilful integration of clear theoretical understanding with a profound level of practice which made transformation possible.