Mindfulness, beyond practice | Breathworks and El Rincón de Mindfulness
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December 4th and 5 th, 2020

On line encounters by Zoom









There are not many occasions in which the practitioner of Mindfulness finds a space to reflect and debate on the mechanisms underlying the practice of mindfulness. It is more common to find approaches to the concepts that allow us to build the ethical practices of Mindfulness, and in that sense, we usually talk about acceptance, compassion and self-compassion, the reduction of internal dialogue or mental proliferation, the reduction of attachment / aversion, etc…





Witness live the reflections made by six international teachers from the world of Mindfulness in a very special conference, beyond the practice of Mindfulness, organized jointly by Breathworks (UK) and El Rincón de Mindfulness (Spain)




Shauna Shapiro, Vidyamala Burch, Javier García Campayo, Ronald Siegel,

Santiago Segovia and Susan Pollak




During the International Mindfulness and Society Conference, we will have the opportunity to share with six great masters some philosophical mechanisms present in the field of Mindfulness. The origins of mindfulness are found in Buddhism, although not only in it but in an evolutionary, historical and religious set, developed in Hindustan and Tibet, which shares some existential views with other traditions (Stoicism) and religions (Christianity ). Today, the coronavirus pandemic that is hitting us again, extending the times of confinement, uncertainty, pain and loneliness, places us once again in front of a good number of topics for reflection. In them, the role of the self, equanimity, freewill, love and gratitude, happiness, emptiness or suffering appear as spaces for reflection from which to grow and develop our practice of Mindfulness, regardless of our origin and religious or spiritual development.






All times are CET



Friday 4 December


14.30 – 15.00 h: Opening of the III International Conference Mindfulness and Society | Rafael Senén. Editor of Inspira Magazine. Madrid. Spain


15.00 – 16.30 h: Suffering, loss and grief | Vidyamala Burch. Breathworks. UK


16.30 – 18.00 h: The self-esteem trap | Ronald D. Siegel.  University of Harvard. USA


18.00 – 19.30 h: The power of love and gratitude | Shauna Shapiro.  University of Santa Clara. USA




Saturday 5 December


15.00 – 16.30 h:  Self-compassion and shared humanity | Susan M. Pollak. University of Harvard. USA


16.30 – 18.00 h: Mindfulness and Wisdom | Santiago Segovia. UNED. Spain


18.00 – 19.30 h: Vacuity | Javier G. Campayo. University of Zaragoza. Spain







45.00 GBP








To learn about Breathworks and El Rincón de Mindfulness







Shauna Shapiro en El Rincón de Mindfulness

Shauna Shapiro, PhD

University of Santa Clara, California.USA

Ronald Siegel en El Rincón de Mindfulness

Ronald D. Siegel, PhD

University of Harvard, Massachusetts. EEUU

Vidyamala en El Rincónde Mindfulness

Vidyamala Burch

Breathworks, Ledbury, Herefordshire. UK

García Campayo en El Rincón de Mindfulness

Javier G. Campayo, PhD

University of Zaragoza, Aragon, España

Susan Pollak en El Rincón de Mindfulness

Susan Pollak, MTS, Ed.D.

University of Harvard, Massachusetts, USA

Santiago Segura en El Rincón de Mindfulness

Santiago Segovia Vázquez, PhD

UNED, Madrid, Spain

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Shauna Shapiro, Doctor in Psychology and one of the most internationally renowned teachers of mindfulness. She is a professor at the University of Santa Clara, California, and has published more than 150 articles and several books: Art and Science of Mindfulness, Reconnect your mind, The Science of Mindfulness and self-compassion, Paradoxes of Mindfulness and, her latest work , Good morning I love you. Shauna has presented her research to the King of Thailand, the Danish Government, the Bhutan Gross National Happiness Summit, and the World Council of Psychotherapy, as well as to the Fortune 100 companies, including Google, Cisco Systems, and LinkedIn. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Wired, USA Today, Dr. Oz, the Huffington Post, and the American Psychologist. Shauna graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and is a member of the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama. Her TEDx talk, The Power of Mindfulness, has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.





Vidyamala Burch, is a Mindfulness Teacher, Writer, and Co-Founder of Breathworks, an international Mindfulness organization best known for developing mindfulness-based pain management. She is the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Pain Management Program (MBPM). The British Pain Society has recognized her ‘outstanding contribution to pain relief’ and in 2019 she was named to the Shaw Trust Power 100 list of the most influential disabled people in the UK. Burch Mindfulness for Health’s book won the British Medical Association’s 2014 Medical Books Award in the Folk Medicine category. Her organization, Breathwoks, operates in 35 countries helping alleviate the suffering of people suffering from chronic pain or permanent ailments.





Ronald D. Siegel, Post-doctorate from Harvard University, he is a doctor and clinical assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University School of Medicine and clinical adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Siegel serves on the faculty board of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, dedicated to the education and training of mental health professionals for the integration of Mindfulness into psychotherapy. He is the co-author of the book Back Sense, which integrates the Western and Eastern approaches to treating chronic back pain; co-editor of the acclaimed book for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; co-editor of the volume Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice and co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and The Paradoxes of Mindfulness.





Javier García Campayo, Doctor of Medicine from the University of Zaragoza, he specialized in psychiatry at the Hospital Clínico de Zaragoza. He completed stays at the University of Manchester, Great Britain in Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics and at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in Cultural Psychiatry and Somatoform Disorders. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Zaragoza since 2000 and has been accredited as a Full Professor since 2011. He is currently President of the Spanish Society of Psychosomatic Medicine and Principal Investigator of the Aragon Group of the Primary Care Research Network (REDIAPP) of the Carlos III Institute and of the Research Group in Primary Care recognized by the Government of Aragon. He has written more than 150 impact articles, 10 books and more than 20 chapters on psychiatric topics, including mindfulness. Some of his works are “Mindfulness. New practical manual”, “How to educate suffering with Mindfulness and Acceptance”, “What do we know about Mindfulness” or “How to increase the quality and depth of meditation”. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on the discipline.




Santiago Segovia Vázquez, Doctor in Psychology and Professor of Psychobiology at the UNED, he has been Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Director of the University Research Institute of the UNED, as well as Director of the meditation workshop (Mindfulness) attached to the Department of Applied Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology of the UNED. Santiago is a highly reputed Mindfulness teacher and Director of the Mindfulness Based Mental Balance (MBMB) Personal Development Program at the ELEA Clinic. Author of books such as “Mindfulness: a path of personal development. Mindfulness Based Mental Balance (MBMB) personal development program”, “Mindfulness for pregnant women” and “Mindfulness: fundamentals and applications”.





Susan M. Pollak, MTS, Ed.D. is a psychologist, co-founder and professor of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Harvard University School of Medicine (Cambridge Health Alliance) and president of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy from 2010 to 2020. She is co-editor of The Cultural Transition and has written o collaborated in works such as “Sitting together. Essential skills for a psychotherapy based on mindfulness”, “Mindfulness in psychotherapy” and his latest work, “Self-compassion for parents”. Dr. Pollak is the author of the Psychology Today blog, The Art of Now: Essential Skills for Mindfulness.





Who is the conference aimed at?


Mindfulness practitioners, of any level, who want to delve into the topics covered in the conference.


Mindfulness teachers and instructors who want to go deeper beyond practice


Professionals in medicine and psychotherapy who want to find out more about essential aspects of Mindfulness





Functioning of the Conference




It is about two days with three sessions each, of 90 minutes, of which 20 minutes will be dedicated to questions, doubts and debate. However, by using the Zoom platform, attendees can, at any time, intervene, comment and ask questions. These are live sessions, with five or ten minute passes between each one.

Contact the organization if you have questions at 0161 834 1110  or at info@breathworks.co.uk

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