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Mindfulness and Compassion at Work Summit April 2018 Madrid

(It is rare that CSA advertises work other than our own programmes.  But we like this so much and want to promote it  E. Murdoch  CEO  CSA )


El Escorial, Madrid, 26 April 2018. Optional morning master class 27 April


                                                 A truly mindful gathering

Join our growing global community of like-minded peers in business for a pioneering exploration & conversation around fostering healthy, resilient and happy workplaces

 “We need to boost innovation in our workplaces in Europe. Innovation only flourishes if employees are engaged and know their ideas will be listened to with open heart and mind. We all need to feel that we belong (to our family, to our community, to our company). For me this is one of the key effects that Mindfulness and Compassion can bring to our company.”

Sara Garces, Mindfulness facilitator, Airbus – delegate at the 1st International Mindfulness & Compassion at Work Summit

 This spring sees the 2nd International Mindfulness and Compassion at Work Summit take place in the beautiful mountains near Madrid, Spain. The bilingual (English & Spanish) Summit follows hot on the heels of the last successful Summit in May 2017, a trailblazing event in combining the exploration of both mindfulness and compassion in the workplace. This pioneering gathering offers an opportunity for business leaders, organisation-based mindfulness champions and coaches to get together, share, learn, practice, and co-create in a beautiful, peaceful and inspiring location that lends itself to reflection and mindful exploration.

The programme

  • Optional visit to El Escorial on Wednesday 24 April (to be confirmed)
  • Catalysts and storytellers include Jutta Tobias (Cranfield University); Dr. Alison Carter (Institute of Employment Studies); Meysam Poorkavoos on compassion at work

(Roffey Park), & Miguel Albiz Moreno (GTD at Caja Rural de Navarra)

  • Organisational stories (including Caja Rural de Navarra; a large UK government department, and a multinational corporation (to be confirmed)
  • Mindfulness/Compassion & related innovative practices & activities
  • Creative space & ‘World Café’ style group session

 What last year’s delegates say

“A place far away from worldly noise, a circle of chairs, a group diverse and extraordinary in many ways. The perfect occasion for personal and professional reflection that, despite being so necessary, is becoming harder to make happen. An occasion for personal growth and for opening up to new experiences. These are my memories of the first event: an impressive panel of experts, an inclusive and relaxed atmosphere, a luxury to be able to participate in such a meeting. I recommend it without doubt, and without doubt, I will be there again this year.”

Javier Fernández Gadea, director de investigación básica, Janssen España

 “If you go to one event this year, go to the Summit. You will learn some advanced new approaches for mindful, compassionate practice that you can use for your clients and yourself and enjoy being with like-minded people including some world-class practitioners”

Jenny Plaister-Ten, leadership coach and consultant, and founder 10Consulting- delegate at the 1st Summit


The Summit team

Liz Hall is the co-owner/ founding editor of Coaching at Work magazine, which runs a successful annual conference; an award-winning journalist on business & health/wellbeing; an author/editor (including Mindful Coaching, Kogan Page, 2013, currently being translated into Spanish and a chapter in Mindfulness in Organisations: Foundations, Research and Applications, Cambridge University Press, 2015); an executive coach and a trained mindfulness teacher/trainer (Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice pathway) who works with coaches, leaders and the general public. She’s co-founder of the 1st International Summit for Mindfulness & Compassion at Work (with Luis, and with Margaret Chapman-Clarke)

 Luis San Martin, in addition to being the chair/ co-founder of the Association for Coaching Spain, is an executive coach and OD consultant. Luis, co-founder of the 1st International Summit for Mindfulness & Compassion at Work, has an MSc in International Business and his business experience includes CEO responsibilities in multinational companies in several countries. As part of his portfolio, he works with organisations to introduce mindfulness to their employees.

 Maria José Tobías is a translator who has translated for Jon Kabat-Zinn and Joel & Michelle Levey, amongst others, and her presence & ability to bring content to life enhances participants’ experiences beyond mere translation.

 The location

The summit venue & accommodation (delegates can opt for a residential programme or just come for either the Summit or master class) is Fuentenueva, Casa de Los Maristas, El Escorial (on mainline train lines from Madrid city), with plenty of single and some double bedrooms, beautiful mountain views, and tranquil large grounds, with access to explore nature further afield.

The venue is run by a Christian organisation, as is the case with many similar venues across Spain, and boasts beautiful chapels onsite. Please note, however, the Summit team has chosen this because it’s peaceful, beautiful, and welcoming, and wholly conducive to the environment and conversations we wish to co-create. The Summit is a secular and inclusive initiative- all are welcome.

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We hope to see you soon!