Project MBBT: Diversity & Inclusion

A wonderful opportunity to learn about working with Diversity: New Forest 

New Forest Mindfulness Summer School

Teacher training program for BAME

1st – 8th June 2018

It has never been more necessary to begin to speak about and to learn about issues of diversity and difference. This week of training is suitable for mindfulness teachers, HR and mental health workers, and is an opportunity to gather with speakers, teachers and students who would like to learn more about working with race, ethnicity and culture. It is a celebration of what makes us human in a wonderful setting by the beautiful coastline and magnificent scenery of the New Forest. We have people from around the world taking part in a week of learning, resting, and planting seeds of expansion to create positive strong leadership.

Someone asked me the other day about growing up in New York, as their only impressions were from movies. Undoubtedly the Big Apple was ripe with opportunity and full of dreams; a ‘melting pot’ of race and culture; and  home of the United Nations, the statue of liberty and some of the world’s tallest buildings. But what made the biggest impression on me was the divide between rich and poor,  and black and white. In the 1980’s this was the murder capital of the world and some neighbourhoods looked like a war zone. Where else could you have some of the world’s greatest universities surrounded by people carrying guns and weapons, ready to shoot you for the wrong look. To this day I have never heard so many languages spoken, or such richness of food and culture. I dreamed one day of a paradigm that would celebrate difference and cultural exchange. That the violence that grips our city streets at times based on racism would have a healthy medium of expression. I could see the suffering in black communities, and the vast privilege and opportunity that divided people. I saw large sections  of the population devastated by the impact of drugs, dispair and frustration – generation after generation. I also witnessed the sheer hatred, and actively calculated force of racism –  sometimes hidden and sometimes overt – passed on from generation to generation.

We create circles and pass them on…

“If we want to find peace and prosperity in ourselves we need to create it for others.”   William Fley

This week of training in cultural competency is designed for those individuals or organisations who like to learn about or further develop their skills around issues of inclusivity in the workplace, in teaching environments, and in mindfulness teaching training courses. We are a group of professional presenters from the UK whose aims and objectives are to cultivate and foster positive leadership.

As part of this inspiring learning and cultural exchange, and in the spirit of mindfulness and venturing into new paradigms, we have dedicated the midpoint of this retreat (Wednesday) to exploring and enjoying the New Forest and surrounding areas.  These include the Jurassic Coast, historic market towns, sacred spaces such as Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals and Christchurch Priory, Stonehenge and, of course, the magnificent forest.  Or you can chill out in Bournemouth or relax in one of the top spas in the country – Chewton Glen. Or this free time can be used for study or personal silence in the 65-acre grounds of Foxlease.

Typical daily programme (except Wednesday):

7am                Bell rings for meditation

8am                Breakfast

9am                 Meditation and mindful movement

10am–12am    Presentation and discussion

12am–2pm      Lunch and free time

2pm–6pm        Role play, theory, discussions, presentations, case                                       studies.  For topics see list below

4pm–6pm       Guest speaker and discussion

6pm-7pm        Free time

7pm–8pm        Supper

8pm–9.30pm   Poems, Music, readings and meditation.

10pm                Lights out

Project MBBT working with diversity includes:

Topics and subjects for discussion will include:

Understanding white privilege.

How do you define race and ethnicity ?         

Trans-generational Trauma and slavery, colonialism and oppression.

Understanding the effects of racism.

unconscious bias

Evidence based research into mindfulness and race and ethnicity

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Cost : £290 share room in Princes Margret House

Main house Share room is £590 or £650 single room

Bursary Available

All inclusive of meals and materials

Venue : Foxlease, Lyndhurst, New Forest

How to find us:

By road

From the M3/M27 take the M271 then the A35 to Lyndhurst. In Lyndhurst, take the A337 towards Brockenhurst. Foxlease is signposted on the right-hand side just beyond the one-way system.
Postcode for Sat Nav: SO43 7DE

By train

Trains to Brockenhurst take approximately 1 hour 40 minutes from London Waterloo, or slightly less to Southampton Central. Take a taxi from Brockenhurst to Foxlease, or get a bus from Southampton or Brockenhurst train station. Buses 56 and 56A run to Lyndhurst, stopping opposite the entrance to Foxlease, 7 days a week.

By National Express coach

Coaches run from London Victoria to Lyndhurst. Take a look at the National Express website for more details.

By air

From Heathrow airport, take the rail-air coach link to Woking, then the train to Brockenhurst.

From Gatwick airport, travel by rail to Clapham Junction and then on to Brockenhurst.

Southampton airport receives flights from many airports across the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Southampton Airport Parkway rail station is adjacent to the terminal building and has regular trains to Brockenhurst. The rail journey takes approximately 30 minutes.

Thank you very much,


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