The 1st International Summit for Mindfulness and Compassion at Work

Cercedilla, Comunidad de Madrid
Thursday, 25 May 2017
The 1st International Summit for Mindfulness and Compassion at Work
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:00 -
Friday, 26 May 2017 13:00 (GMT)

Los Castaños
918 52 17 98
10 Calle de Emilio Serrano
Comunidad de Madrid

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Madrid, Spain, 25th May 2017

Plus optional half-day Masterclass on 26th May 

Join us to explore innovative and evidence-based ways to foster and co-create healthy, resilient, happy organisations in which all can flourish

This spring sees the 1st International Mindfulness and Compassion at Work Summit take place in the beautiful mountains near Madrid, Spain. The Summit, thought to be the first of its kind in the world, has been created by the new International Journal for Mindfulness and Compassion at Work, an on-line publication co-founded by Margaret Chapman-Clarke and Liz Hall.

Along with distinguished speakers, practitioners and researchers, delegates are invited to come and explore the benefits of implementing mindfulness and compassion-based interventions; learn how to integrate mindfulness and compassion in their practice and develop insights into the practicalities of implementing such approaches in organisations.

This unique and pioneering event on Thursday 25th May offers an opportunity to get together, share, learn, and practice, in a stunning, peaceful and inspiring location conducive to reflection and mindful exploration. The summit venue, Los Castaños, in Cercedilla is nestled in the beautiful Natural Park in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range. The schedule will allow delegates to work with and within the surroundings. 

An optional morning masterclass is on offer on Friday 26th May.  In her masterclass - Self as Instrument, Dr Eunice Aquilina considers the importance of embodiment in facilitating authentic leadership drawing on her work with E.ON and Swarovski and detailed in her book, Embodying Authenticity.

Speakers/ workshop facilitators include Margaret, author and editor of Mindfulness in the Workplace: An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Wellbeing and Maximising Performance; Liz, author of Mindful Coaching and editor of Coaching at Work and Dr Megan Reitz, author of “The Mindful Leader: Developing resilience and collaboration in a complex world”.  Megan, Associate Professor at Ashridge will share with us her research, conducted with the Executive Education team at Ashridge Executive which includes Michael Chaskalson and was reported in Harvard Business Review in November 2016. Megan will explain why mindfulness training is relevant to leadership development; what the specific effects of mindfulness training are on leader performance and executives’ experience of practice. Case Studies include the work of Rachel Lilley, mindfulness researcher and practitioner and adviser to UK and the Welsh governments. Rachel is co-author of a seminal report that integrates mindfulness with behaviour change to facilitate decision-making.

To facilitate engagement in dialogue between speakers and delegates, the Summit will feature innovative break-out sessions true to the spirit of mindfulness and compassionate inquiry. Luis San Martin, Chair of the Association for Coaching in Spain, will chair the Summit and will be pivotal in holding the intentions behind the event.

Breakout/discussion convenors will be drawn from The International Journal for Mindfulness and Compassion at Work’s Editorial Advisory Board's members. The Board includes coaching psychologist, international consultant and mindfulness expert Dr. Ho Law; co-founder Rising Minds, the coaching and mindfulness social enterprise Michele Grant; Cranfield University senior lecturer Dr. Jutta Tobias; Dr Tim Anstiss; Dr. Alison Carter, Principal Research Fellow with the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) and IES lead on mindfulness; Michael Chaskalson, mindfulness at work pioneer, author of The Mindful Workplace and professor of practice at Ashridge Business School; Professor David Sheffield, Associate Head of the Centre for Psychological Research at the University of Derby and Geoff McDonald, mental health champion and former global vice president HR marketing, communications, sustainability, water and talent at Unilever.

The venue

The Summit will take place at Los Castaños ( in Cercedilla (  There are regular over-ground trains available to and from Madrid City. Accommodation is available at the venue, and alternative accommodation nearby.

The team

Liz is the co-owner/ founding editor of Coaching at Work magazine, which runs a successful annual conference; an award-winning journalist on business and wellbeing with nearly 30 years’ experience; a published author/editor (including Mindful Coaching, Kogan Page, 2013 and a chapter in Mindfulness in Organisations: Foundations, Research and Applications , Cambridge University Press, 2015); a senior practitioner coach and a trained (Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice) mindfulness teacher/trainer to coaches, leaders and the general public.

Margaret is a registered practitioner psychologist, mindfulness consultant author and researcher in compassionate resilience, emotional intelligence and mindfulness in the workplace. She is a member of the UK Expert Panel, working with The Mindfulness Initiative that advises the UK government and collaborated on the publication The Business Case for Mindfulness ( An international speaker, her publications include: The Emotional Intelligence Pocketbook (2012); The Mindfulness at Work Pocketbook (2015), and Mindfulness in the Workplace: An Evidence-based Approach to Improving Wellbeing and Maximising Performance approach (Kogan Page, 2016)

Luis, in addition to being the chair/co-founder of the Association for Coaching Spain, is an executive coach and OD consultant; and sits on the IJMC’s editorial advisory board. He 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.

For more information:

The International Journal for Mindfulness & Compassion at Work (website under construction) Contact:

For updates meanwhile, visit: The International Journal for Mindfulness & Compassion at Work LinkedIn page Summit hashtag: #mcwsummit


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Payment Instructions

  • Spring Special discount if you register before 7 May 2017:

    Summit              £220.00 
    (Spring Special   £198.00)
    includes meals

    Masterclass      £130.00
    (Spring Special  £117.00)

    Package            £340.00
    (Spring Special  £306.00)
    includes meals at Summit
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