Core Process Psychotherapy is one of the original mindfulness-based psychotherapies which recognises Western psychological theories and the science and art of Mindfulness.

Core Process Psychotherapists are trained to support depth awareness and presence in relationship. This generates a non-invasive, open, compassionate and safe space in which the client can bring their fears, wants and needs.

Therapist and client work together to reveal and process conditioning and unhelpful strategies that limit and block the flow and fullness of experience in the present.

Difficulties are not seen as necessarily negative, unwanted or insurmountable - instead these edges of resistance are welcomed as opportunities for realisation and areas for growth.

Appointments are available in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.

Patricia Taddei, M.A.
Registered UKCP Psychotherapist
T 01573 225372
M 07796 530 119

An opportunity to step out of the daily routine and be immersed in mindfulness practice

25 July 2018 - 01 August 2018
Leaders: Vee Freir and Patricia Taddei

Course Fee £250
Board and lodging: £385 single room, £560 for two people sharing a twin, £224 dorm.
Course outlineThis retreat is an opportunity to step out of the daily routine and be immersed in mindfulness practice. It aims to deepen our sense awareness of the mind/body, revive the intention and commitment to personal practice and orientate to a kinder way of relating to self, others and the world.

The retreat includes five full days of silence with a balance of guided practices in group, along with time each day for self-directed practice. Patricia and Vee will be available for one to one contact each afternoon should this be required. The intention is to provide a supportive holding of the silence, as well as spaciousness to experience the natural beauty and unique environment that the island has to offer.

This retreat is open to anyone who is experienced in Mindfulness practice and those who have attended an 8-week Mindfulness course with an extended period of time in silence. Also it is ideally suited to teachers and facilitators of Mindfulness courses as it meets the UK Network’s Good Practice Guidance requirement for a silent retreat. 

The facilitators, Patricia Taddei and Vee Freir, have a broad depth of personal mindfulness practice. They have previously held retreats on the Holy Isle and are trained in mindfulness-based approaches including the MBSR, MBCT, MBLC and mindfulness-based psychotherapy.

The orientation of this course is entirely secular and is not affiliated to any faith tradition or religion. 

This retreat begins on the evening of Wednesday 25th July. We will depart on Wednesday 1st August in the morning.

The cost of the retreat, £250 is required as a deposit to secure a place. For further information and to make your booking please contact Vee or Patricia:

Vee Freir 07763 831338  
Patricia Price 07796 530119

Once you have made your booking, please book your accommodation on the Holy Isle website for 7 nights from Wednesday 25th July. You can pay for this on arrival.

About the Course Leaders

Vee Freir

Vee is a 7/8ths retired Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She has been facilitating Mindfulness groups since 2003. She undertook further training in October 2005 through the NES initiative for “Doing Well By Depression” and then went on to take part in teaching retreats on Holy Isle in 2007 and 2008. She has also attended various teachings by the Dalai Lama and has been on retreats in Nepal and at Samye Ling. Vee has considerable experience facilitating groups, which she has done since 1986, and has worked in child psychology, cancer care, and was Lead Psychologist for Primary Care for NHS Highland. Vee was one of the two people co-ordinating the Mindfulness Project for NHS Education for Scotland (NES) from 2009-2015. The project aimed to build capacity for Mindfulness in Scotland, which involved teaching, teaching teachers to teach, teaching teachers to become trainers and teaching trainers to become Mindfulness supervisors. Vee has been facilitating retreats on Holy Isle since 2010. Currently, Vee does Mindfulness workshops for NES and teaches Mindfulness and Qiqong internationally and writes books on stress management.

Patricia Taddei

Patricia completed the M.A. in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy with the Karuna Institute in 2000 where she is now on the teaching team of the current PQMA. She is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist practising in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh. Following Mindfulness Teacher trainings with Mindfulness Scotland, the Mindfulness Association and Bangor University, she offers secular Mindfulness courses and retreats in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh and has co-facilitated the Holy Isle retreat with Vee Freir since 2015. Her teaching is supported by a life-long interest in the study and practice of meditation

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