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

Kum Nye Two Year Foundation Training

Year One: Five online weekends 2020-2021
Plus online group tutorials

Teachers: Cheryl Allen and Gráinne Delaney supported by Maura Sills

Dates: (5 x online weekends): 18-20 Sept 2020; 13-15 Nov 2020; 15-17 Jan 2021; 19-21 March 2021 and 14-16 May 2021.
Dates for on line group tutorials to be negotiated with students.

Timings for each ONLINE RETREAT Weekends: Friday 7pm – finish Sunday 12noon

Cost: £750 plus DANA for the Teachers
This includes all 5 on line weekend retreats plus on line group tutorials after each retreat.

Deposit: £350 (non-refundable and non-transferable)

These online retreats can be joined as a one day individual retreat by people not on the training. Timings for non trainees Saturday 7.30am to 8pm.

Cost: for one day retreat £45 admin fee (£20 unwaged) per retreat 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: The cost of the training and individual retreats only covers the administration costs therefore, DANA for the Teachers is welcomed.
This introductory training is offered as 5 x online weekend retreats. Places are limited to 30 trainees.
Should you wish to go on to the Foundation level of Training, you can do so by full completion of this Introductory Training plus attending 2 of the 5-day residential retreats of the Kum Nye Foundation Training in 2021-2022.

Download the application form

Kum Nye One Year On Line Introduction Training 2020-21
Deadline for applications September 1st 2020

and individually offered retreats.

This is Year One 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 1 is offered as 5 x online weekend retreats and 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.

Weekend One: Friday 18 - Sunday 20 September 2020:
“Embodied Presence”

Most of us are not fully met at a being level when we first need to be and we come to identify as a separate and fixed self which has cut loose from its deeper moorings in being and source. In this embodied life however, we have access to subliminal depths through an ever-present faculty of awareness which can be cultivated through mindfulness practices. During this retreat practices will help reveal and cultivate these subliminal depths. Entering this field requires a willingness to work with the non-cognitive, non-separate aspects of our human embodiment and to explore the depth of healing and transformation that can arise in this territory. For many of us in the West, the capacity for accessing these aspects of ourselves has been attenuated by a culture and tradition which separates not only mind from the body but also self from other. That such experiences of subtle contact and change can occur as often as they do, despite the limiting characteristics of our conditioning, testifies to the resilience of this part of our nature.

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Weekend Two: Friday 13 – Sunday 15 November 2020:
“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).

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Weekend Three: Friday 15 – Sunday 17 January 2021:
“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 a stamina to explore resistance and all enfolded within it and to tap back into - vitality and joy.

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Weekend Four: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 March 2021:
“The Interconnected Field of Heartfulness”

This retreat offers an opportunity to open into 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. We will be offering heart 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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Weekend Five: Friday 14 - Sunday 16 May 2021:
"Being Present, Coming Home"

This silent retreat held in the peace and beauty of Dartmoor offers an opportunity to practice with others and develop the capacity to compassionately meet the challenges of our personal and collective experiences in the world.

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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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