Salzburg, June 7 –12, 2019

This retreat will be a deep experiential dive into the cultivation of mindfulness and its applications in everyday living, from the personal to the societal to the global. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) emphasizes that the ultimate meditation practice is life itself and how we are in relationship to it moment by moment.

In this 5-day retreat led by Jon Kabat-Zinn – internationally known for his work in bringing mindfulness practices into the mainstream of medicine, health care, and the wider society – we will learn to cultivate greater mindfulness and heartfulness, clarity and balance in a time of major geo-political upheaval, uncertainty, and fear. The retreat is based on the forms of practice that lie at the heart of MBSR, an approach that Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues worldwide have been engaged in and researching for almost 40 years.

During the program, we will engage in periods of intensive formal meditation practice in silence, interspersed with group dialogue and informal talks by Kabat-Zinn. We explore the possibility of growing more deeply into ourselves in ways that can allow us to live life as if it really mattered, in the only moment we ever have – this one. We also come to understand more profoundly how we fit into, belong, and can take principled embodied and ethical action in the larger world of our society, the body politic, and the planet, as well as in the domain of our own personal lives. We will specifically use the gateways of the senses to wake up to and increasingly inhabit the domain of awareness itself, along with its manifestations in silence and stillness, in motion and language, in compassion and kindness, and in acting skillfully in the world.

Both professionals and laypeople are welcome, as are newcomers and longtime practitioners of mindfulness.


The Retreat will be taught in English – without translation.

Reading Recommandation

It is suggested that you read the four new volumes of Coming to Our Senses * before attending the retreat.
* Coming to Our Senses is being repackaged into 4 smaller books, each focusing on a different aspect of mindfulness, and each with a new foreword written by Jon Kabat-Zinn:
- Meditation is not What You Think
- Falling Awake
- The Healing Power of Mindfulness
- Mindfulness for All


Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is founder of MBSR and of The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society; and professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is author of 14 books, published in over 40 languages, including Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are; Mindfulness for Beginners, and Coming to Our Senses.


Application Procedure

Jon's retreats have become extremely popular and in order to create more ease and fairness, we’ve decided to move away from a “first come-first served” process to an open enrollment period.

Applications are being accepted until October 25, 2018, 10am. 

No preference is given to when you apply within this enrollment period. All applications will go into a lottery system and be selected at random. After the open enrollment period closes, notifications of acceptance or waitlist status will be sent on November 5, 2018.

We hope that with this procedure we have found a system that is fair for all applicants.



The retreat will take place in Salzburg.
We will provide detailed Information about the venue when sending the confirmation of registration.
After receipt of the confirmation of registration, it will be possible to make the room reservation. 

The prices for accommodation and full board (including 2 coffee breaks) are as follows:     

Single room: 123 Euro / night     
Double room: 110 Euro / night / person

Please settle up the invoice directly with the seminar house.

Participants who won't stay overnight in the seminar house, will pay a lump sum of 48.80 Euro / day (Saturday to Tuesday) and 23 Euro each for Friday evening and Wednesday morning. This rate includes lunch and dinner, 2 coffee breaks, as well as the use of the rooms of the seminar house.
A breakfast buffet with organic and regional products can be booked for 11.80 Euro per day.

Please pay the above rates at the seminar house.


Retreat Fee

740 Euro (without accommodation and meals)

Please transfer the retreat fee only after receipt of the invoice.



Friday, June 7, 2019 (with dinner)

Wednesday June 12, 2019 (after lunch)

Exact times will be announced later.


Cancellation Conditions
  • For cancellations up to two month prior to the beginning of the course, an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.
  • Between 60 and 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, 50% of the course fee will be charged.
  • Should the booking be cancelled less than 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, the entire course fee will be charged.
  • If there is a waiting list and the place can be assigned again, only an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.
Notice of Liability

Participation in this retreat is at your own risk.
The leader of the retreat and the organizer don’t assume liability of personal or material damage.