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Kum Nye
Year Two Foundation Training
Kum Nye Training
Kum-Nye Foundation Training

Kum Nye Two Year Foundation Training

Year Two: 2 x 5 day Residential Retreats

Please note:Please note, for those who have completed the kum nye on line introduction training, attending 2 of these 5 day residential retreats will bring you to the foundation level of training.

Teachers: Cheryl Allen and Gráinne Delaney supported by Maura Sills

Retreat Dates:
Sunday 24th-Friday 29th October 2021
Sunday 23rd-Friday 28th January 2022
Sunday 13th – Friday 18th March 2022
Sunday 15th - 20th May 2022

Cost: ( 2 x 5 day residential retreats) £1,250 plus DANA for the Teachers.

Deposit: £650 (non-refundable and non-transferable)

These 5-day residential retreats can be joined as an individual retreat/retreats by people not on the training.

Cost for individual retreats: £490 : Deposit : £190 – non-refundable and non-transferable (£375 unwaged : Deposit : £175) Plus Dana for the teachers.

Contact: Please email detailing which retreat(s) you wish to join. Payment is required to secure your place.office@karuna-institute.co.uk

Telephone/fax: +44(0)1647 221457

Please note: Please note: The cost of the training and individual retreats only covers the residential, administration costs and travel expenses for teachers, therefore, DANA for the Teachers is welcomed.

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Kum Nye Year Two Foundation Training 2021-22

and individually offered retreats.

This is Year Two of the two-year Training in the Kum Nye practices offered at the Karuna Institute. These practices involve the deepening embodiment practices with its origins in Tibetan Buddhism and taught here at Karuna within the context of the awareness practices of Theravadin Buddhism. Karuna has integrated these practices as an important part of its Psychotherapy Training in Core Process Psychotherapy for over thirty years and also offered Kum Nye Retreats for all who are able to embrace the silent tradition of meditation.
Year 2 is offered as 2 x 5-day residential retreats.


To offer the practices for those who may want to deepen their personal Kum Nye meditative practice. This may be extended to those practitioners who wish to offer introductory classes in Kum Nye. The training will continue to be offered in Noble Silence but will include opportunities to extend a theoretical understanding of the psychospiritual practice within the Buddhist paradigm and a Western psychodynamic orientation.

Week One: Sunday 24th-Friday 29th October 2021
“Elemental Energies”

These archetypal energies will be explored through the Kum Nye practices and in "The Nature" of Dartmoor. Earth, water, fire, air and ether offer a portal from the personal to the living sentience of our planet. These primordial relationships can open us to a deeper quality of balance.

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Week Two: Sunday 23rd-Friday 28th January 2022:

During this retreat we will include practices from Kum Nye and Mindfulness that help us cultivate generosity; discipline; patience; diligence; concentration and wisdom. The Buddha spoke about ten perfections or parami. Later these were described as six perfections within Mahayana Buddhism. Whether ten or six, these qualities were recognized as needing to be cultivated in order to become fully self-awakened.

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Week Three: Sunday 13th – Friday 18th March 2022
“Inherent States of Wellbeing”

This retreat concentrates on the embodiment of interconnection; belonging; attunement; acceptance and generosity. We will include the Four Sublime States of Love (metta); Compassion (karuna); Sympathetic Joy (mudita) and Equanimity (upekkha). This retreat offers an opportunity of expanding beyond the patterning of conditioned self and re-awakening our heart to our inherent states of wellbeing. We will be offering practices for cultivating and resting in the interconnected heart space of Bodhicitta. Supporting us in knowing an embodied sense of belonging, interconnection and deepening ethical relationship to others, nature and the great mystery of our less conditioned self.

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Week Four: Sunday 15th - 20th May 2022
“Beyond Resistance”

So much of our life energy is spent in avoiding experience both from the past and in the present. This holding back also means we can struggle to feel a sense of contact in our daily life. Kum Nye offers a way to both build up our resilience and the stamina to explore resistance and all enfolded within it and to tap back into – vitality, joy and the interconnected field of heartfulness, offering the possibility, of expanding beyond the patterning of conditioned self and re-awakening our heart to our inherent interbeing and connection with source.

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Application Process:

1. Statement of intention for application and future application
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Prior Kum Nye experience
4. Previous meditation/clinical experience

Apply for this training through the office at Karuna

Please note: The cost of the training only covers the residential, administration costs and travel expenses for teachers, therefore, DANA for the Teachers is welcomed.


Guidelines for Dana – excerpts from Gaia House, Newton Abbot

Dana means “generosity” and “giving” in Pali, the language in which the Buddha’s teachings were originally recorded. The Buddha regularly emphasized in his teaching the value of generosity and sharing what we have with others, as an essential practice of cultivating happiness and wellbeing.

Dana is a foundation principle underlying the running of Retreats, and also at other Insight Meditation centres and Buddhist monasteries, around the world. This follows a two and a half thousand year-old tradition in the transmission of the dharma.

In order to make this opportunity to practice as accessible as possible, the Karuna Institute seeks to keep costs to a minimum. The charge you paid to attend this retreat covers only the ongoing costs of running the centre, including: food; heating; electricity; water; administration etc. The teachers serve and support your retreat out of kindness and generosity: they are not paid for the work they do.

As your time here comes to an end, you have the opportunity to support the teachers who have supported your retreat.

The Buddha encouraged dana and generosity, in recognition of our interdependence, and as a wholesome practice which helps release the heart and mind from greed and negativity. In receiving with gratitude, and giving with generosity, we become more fully conscious participants in the interconnected web of life that supports us all.

Take it as a practice: there is no expected “right amount”, so please listen to your heart and give what you are moved to offer, while also respecting your practical circumstances. Please give generously: your dana ensures the continued transmission of the dharma teachings, and their accessibility to all who wish to receive them. The Directors and Teachers at the Karuna Institute deeply appreciate and thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Thank you

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