Compassion Field CIC | Mindfulness Chester

Mindfulness and Social Change

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is
an act of political warfare.” 

– Civil rights activist, Audre Lorde

For people working in the arena of social change, Mindfulness offers a vital pathway to staying resourced and avoiding burn-out in these complex and challenging times.

In the 30 years since the creation of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, mindfulness has gained worldwide recognition, extending across a variety of settings beyond the clinical world where it was first applied. As a consequence, hundreds of thousands of people have developed the ability to be better resourced to relate to stress, destructive thoughts and depression, whilst cultivating increased levels of vitality and compassion for ourselves, each other, and the world.

The complexity and scale of the interlinking struggles of these times can feel exhausting and insurmountable, but building resilience and preventing burnout allows for both the personal and the political to thrive. Mindfulness provides a practice to take stock and to re-energise from a place of care, awareness and creativity. It offers tools of personal enquiry to articulate deeper motivations and reconnect with intentions, whilst staying engaged for the long haul.

Compassion Field offers a range of retreats and courses focussed around Mindfulness and Social Change, and we work in collaboration with a range of organisations and groups to tailor programmes specific to meet your needs. We provide our training for free to unfunded grassroots campaigners and activists.

To enquire further about our Mindfulness and Social Change programmes please contact us




This retreat is a collaboration between Freely Given Retreats, the Ecodharma Centre, and Rob Burbea from Gaia House.


Personal and social transformation are bound intimately together. If spiritual practice fails to face the enormous ecological, social and economic crises of our times, it runs the risk of falling into narcissistic escapism. At the same time, attempts to engage with these challenges without the resources of deep awareness, self-knowledge, and emotional intelligence run the risk of superficiality and burn-out.

Supported by facilitators from Eco-dharma and Compassion Field, this event – part retreat, part training – will explore how Dharma based perspectives and practices can inform and resource life-affirming action for ecological justice. Seeking to integrate the inner dimensions of personal transformation with practical skills in organising, community building, and designing effective strategies for social transformation, it brings together activist education with Dharma based practice, to empower personal and social change.

We can’t know if our efforts herald a future of living in solidarity with each other and the non-human world, or whether they will simply create resilience and capacity in individuals and communities to weather a complex and uncertain future. Either way, there is enormous creative potential for us to nurture in the years ahead. This training aims to help us build the personal and inter-personal resources to realise that potential. We hope it will help to build connections between practitioners which can find expression in collaborative and compassionate engagement with our times.

This training aims to:

  • enable individuals to learn and deepen their practice of meditation and other Dharma based methods for developing inner resources of clarity, insight, courage, patience, and emotional resilience.
  • develop an integrated understanding of how these inner based practices inform and support outer engagement and activity.
  • create a supportive temporary community, in which individuals can reflect on their experience, go deeper in understanding their own motivations and concerns, and share experience and learning.
  • offer key skills and tools for organizing and engagement, such as: understanding social change, developing and evaluating strategies and tactics, developing collaborative projects and work effectively with others, effective decision making, campaign planning and, importantly, how to avoid burnout, and stay inspired and engaged for the long haul!

Who is it for?

This event is aimed at people with at least some experience of basic Buddhist meditation, and with either a history of social engagement or a strong and clear commitment to carry the learning from the retreat/training into social/ecological action. There is an application process and we will be allocating places in two rounds. The first round will be completed by the end of April 2015 (deadline April 24th 2015) and the second round by the end of June 2015 (deadline June 19th 2015).

To enquire further about how to apply and course details please visit Freely Given Retreats/Action From Depth


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