2nd CMC Contemplative Summer Institute

13 – 17 September 2017

Karma Guen Retreat and Study Center

Vélez-Málaga, Andalucia, Spain

Meditation – Mindfulness – Skilful Means

Skilful means across life stages

Skilful means – upāya in Sanskrit – is a central aspect of Mahayana Buddhism. It denotes actions or activities that are based on wisdom and compassion, actions that aim to the largest possible benefit to a situation. With other words it means to “do the right thing at the right time”.

The Contemplative Summer Institute will explore underlying meanings and ask how skilful means can be applied across different life stages, including early childhood and education, workplace, old age and dying. This exciting theme emerged from the first Contemplative Summer Institute in 2015, where we focused on the Judging Mind, distinguishing between healthy discernment and unhealthy judgments. Building on this the question arose how discernment links to action in daily life.

This unique, truly multidisciplinary event will take place in the breath-taking surroundings of the mountain region in Andalucía. It will bring to together leading experts from a variety of meditation traditions (Zen Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Vajrayana / Diamond Way Buddhism), from different therapeutic approaches and from several scientific disciplines. The programme will offer a balanced mix of research and theory and introductions to contemplative practice for professionals, students, laymen and contemplatives/meditators – with a significant amount of time dedicated to formal and informal exchange.


Confirmed CSI speakers

Fabio Giommi  |  AIM, Nous, Milan, and Radboud University of Nijmegen  |  Mindfulness and Insight Dialogue Teacher, Psychotherapist, Researcher

Mirjam Hartkamp   |   Sapienza University of Rome  |   Vipassana teacher of the Dutch Insight Meditation Foundation, Meditation Researcher

Peter Malinowski | Liverpool John Moores University | Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience, Diamond Way Buddhist Teacher, Meditation Researcher

Giuseppe Pagnoni  |  University of Modena and Reggio Emilia  |  Neuroscientist and Meditation Researcher

Joan P. Pozuelos  |  University of Granada |  Developmental Neuroscientist, Meditation Researcher and Diamond Way Buddhist Teacher

Antonino Raffone  |  Sapienza University of Rome  |  Consciousness and Mindfulness Scientist

Manfred Seegers | University of Hamburg | Buddhist Studies Researcher, Buddhist Scholar, Diamond Way Buddhist Teacher

Geraldine Thomas  |  MindFlow  |  NorthWest of UK  I  Mindfulness meditation trainer


Schedule and Programme

The programme will start in the evening of Wednesday 13th September and will conclude with lunch on Sunday 17 September.

Programme details will be added soon.


Course Language

The CSI will be in English language and participants are expected to understand and communicate in English.


Arrival, Registration and Departure

Please schedule your travels to arrive at Karma Guen on Wednesday 13 September before the start of the programme at 18.00h and to leave on Sunday 17 September after 14.00h.


Registration fees

The fees include CSI participation, three meals per full day, lodging and a pre-arranged shuttle from and to Malaga Airport.

Standard fee: € 410

Reduced fee: € 290 (for undergraduate and postgraduate students)

If you apply for the lower student rate, please append a proof of your student status (e.g. your scanned student card) with the brief CV.

Applications are accepting until all places are filled. Once your application is approved you will need to pay the registration fees in full to secure your place.

It is only possible to book for the whole event. Fractional attendance or registration fees are not possible.


Travelling to Karma Guen

The Centre is away from main roads and cannot be reached by public transport. If you wish to be mobile while staying at Karma Guen we recommend renting a hire car at Malaga airport.

Shuttle service from and to Malaga airport and Velez-Malaga bus station will be arranged for all participants. Specific information will be provided to participants at a later stage.


Staying at Karma Guen

Karma Guen is a retreat centre, thus accommodation is simple. It primarily consists of shared bedrooms, dormitories and shared bathrooms.

The Centre is located in a mountainous region and brief walks between buildings on different altitudes may be required.

All work at Karma Guen is carried out by unpaid volunteers and participants may need to lend a helping hand while staying at Karma Guen.

In September it can still be quite hot and you are advised to bring protection against the intense sun.

Please note that pets and drugs are not allowed at Karma Guen.


For further questions regarding the Contemplative Summer Institute please email: csi@cmc-ia.org


The application process will start within the next few days