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MBBT ‘Mindfulness Day Retreat’ – Working with Internalized Racism & Oppression within the Meditative Process.
Date(s) and Times of workshop/Training:
Saturday, 2 December 2017, 10am-5pm

Non-member fee: £90
Member fee: £75
Student fee: £50
Organisation fee: £90

St Mary’s Church, Putney, London SW15
Cromwell Room, Ground floor

Main information

Mindfulness is in danger of becoming exclusive and inaccessible for black and ethnic communities in the UK. MBBT (Mindfulness-Based Black Therapy), developed by William Fley, is a mindfulness program based on MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) which was developed by Mark Williams at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre for combating depression. According to NICE guidelines, MBCT is the best known treatment for depression relapse.


This MBBT day retreat will focus on a combination of mindful movement, walking and guided meditation designed to deal with stress and depression caused by racism.
It will be a day of practicing mindfulness in a safe environment, to tell our narratives, and learn stress reduction techniques and how to cope with internalised racism.
This workshop is ideal for counsellors, psychotherapists and mindfulness teachers from the BAME community.


Our programs have been unique and well received. Be part of history!

Comments from previous participants include:

“Being part of a black mindfulness group has been refreshing”

“MBBT could have a global impact”

“This is well-needed and well-timed”


Aims: The day will offer participants an opportunity to….

This workshop gives you 6 hours of CPD

1. Learn about mindfulness within a BAME context.
2. Explore and link Dr Isha McKenzie’s theory of ‘Internalised racism’ & ‘oppression’ to mindfulness practice.
3. Gain better resilience, coping skills and support.
4. Learn about the MBBT model and future MBBT programme
5. Apply and learn new meditation techniques relevant to BAME issues and context.

10:00 Doors open. Coffee
10:15 Welcome, introductions, aims and objectives
10:45 Bodyscan meditation and enquiry
11:45 Coffee break
12:00 ‘What is internalized racism and oppression’ by Gloria Boadi
12:30 ‘Working and telling our narratives of racism’ (group process)
1:00 Lunch break
2:15 Silent meditation
2:30 Walking meditation and mindful movement
3:00 Stages of meditation and the process of racialization (William Fley)
3:45 Coffee break
4:00 Triad – group exercise
4:30 Discussion and closing meditation
5:00 Dedication & close.
5.00-5.30 Please stay for coffee

Please bring food to share, personal cushions/mats etc

Who should attend the training?  Black & ethnic minorities who are:

Psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, holistic therapists, mindfulness teachers, individuals involved in the mental health field and caring professions, and those concerned about black mental health.

Facilitator Details


William Fley
William has developed ‘Project MBBT’ and ‘Forgiveness Empowerment’ retreats, and has an MA in race, culture and ethnicity from Birkbeck College, where his dissertation researched ‘Higher Education and the Equality Act 2010’. This looked at the attainment gap in higher education. William has also taught at the University of Brighton and the University of London.
Qualified as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist from Roehampton University, William initially worked in the NHS treating bereavement and trauma and working with victims of crime, before setting up a private practice. He moved to the New Forest in 2010, and is continuing his development at Breathworks and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Gloria Boadi is a counsellor/psychotherapist. Since qualifying she has worked with the NHS in various settings including schools and prisons. Prior to this she worked in housing and estate services management. And has also worked as a parent support and assessment worker.
Gloria has been in private practice since 2015. She has an interest in transcultural issues, racism , spirituality and oppression in all forms. She states with regards to her journey – “I have had the privilege of participating in group supervision with Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga which has impacted greatly on my practice and given me the courage to address racism and oppression when I am confronted with it.”
“I remain curious and willing to explore and gain new knowledge, and this has taken me on the path of exploring mindfulness.”



1. For professional BME delegates to network about mindfulness-based therapies in our closed sitting groups in Putney.

2. Designed to provide cultural competency when working with other BME communities.

3. Support with your mindfulness meditative practice.  

4. This incorporates mindfulness-based elements into practice and gives prospective students an opportunity to practice teaching skills in a safe environment.

5. Black and ethnic context provided by BME teachers.

6. How to record and build your ‘Life testimony’ in regards to the power of forgiveness and our MBBT programs.

7. New Forest mindfulness summer school 2018 – a week of training in diversity for white teachers.

8. MBBT- Closed BAME mindfulness group and 8 week MBBT course.

9. MBBT- Full day taster sessions, on Diversity & inclusion.

10. Annual MBBT conference and Christmas party.