Freshwater Bay, IOW

Freshwater Bay, IOW

Freshwater Bay, IOW

Informal Practice: Guideline OPEN

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The IM course brought real clarity into my thinking. It’s given me a sort of humorous courage to tackle life and admit to myself my feelings, successes and failings. I feel much freer. The course has been so helpful to me I highly recommend it...

quotation marks The work in pairs/triads was very powerful!!!

quotation marks I have noticed for the first time that being with people, even stranger, is better than being by myself. It is a huge shift after a lifetime of avoiding others and stating a preference for being on my own. Perhaps the biggest benefit is giving me some concrete tools, which have been practiced in the class, that I have control over – I don’t have to passively seek acceptance from the other person, but instead can present myself, as I am...

quotation marks I was particularly aware of my distress, but this course enlarged my ’toolkit’ to deal, cope and live with this distress. Using or work alongside the IMP guidelines enabled me to structurally access ways to handle my and other person’s distress. For me it is a great starting point which makes me wanting to explore more...

quotation marks Becoming aware of how I can actively shape the way I am interacting with people is quite powerful...

quotation marks The practice helped me to get a certain understanding of how I am behaving, acting, listening. I am now more responding than just reacting on autopilot, which improves the quality of any relationship...

quotation marks The guidelines are powerful as a standalone practice but make even more sense when practiced together; they are a real gift. The space, content and facilitator are very competent... I am very impressed with the way the course is designed and delivered...

quotation marks The way others seemed to ’see’ me made me feel better about myself and I was moved and delighted to have permission to ’see’ them. I have been struck by how vulnerable people are (and how alive)...

Voices previous IM Group participants

Florence Meleo-Meyer & Phyllis Hicks

Susann Herrmann

Susann Herrmann, Dipl. Psych. (MA)
Co-Founder of London Meditation
trained by Florence Meleo-Meyer & Phyllis Hicks

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As we make our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

quotation marks Wherever you are is the entry point.


quotation marks It is this long listening that gives rise to the sunlight of speech.

Saki Santorelli

quotation marks Clarity arises when the mind is energetic, mindful, calm, spacious (Pause – Relax – Open) and unattached (Trust Emergence).

Gregory Kramer

quotation marks The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind... (which) includes everything within itself.

It is always rich and sufficient within itself. You should not lose your self-sufficient state of mind. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind.

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.

Suszuki Roshi

quotation marks Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?

Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?

Lao Tzu

quotation marks There is a certain kind of peace that is not merely the absence of war. It is larger than that...

The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one.

Toni Morrison

Seahorses Guesthouse, Freshwater, IOW

Seahorses Guesthouse, Freshwater, IOW

Our Practice Space at
Seahorses Guesthouse, Freshwater IOW

Residential Events on the Isle of Wight

Interpersonal Mindfulness Intensive

Cultivating Presence in Relationship

The Interpersonal Mindfulness (IM) Intensive is the foundational meditative approach of our Coaching Programme

It is sourced from a collaboration between The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Metta Programs.

Our lives are webs of social relationships and communication.
In all relationships, we find joys and tensions, the wish that things be different, appreciation, longing and suffering.

Often, we function in our relational lives as if we are asleep; being pulled by likes and dislikes, assumptions and judgments.

Developing interpersonal mindfulness leads to being more fully present and caring with others and oneself.

What is Interpersonal Mindfulness (IM)?

IM is based on the interpersonal meditation practice of Insight Dialogue, developed by Dr. Gregory Kramer.

IM utilizes a distinct method of cultivating mindfulness, concentration, and insight.

This method is based on practicing the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue (pause, relax, open, trust emergence, listen deeply, and speak the truth) while contemplating with a partner or group essential truths of life.

The contemplation topics are universal and can be found in each person’s own experience.

This intensive offers an opportunity to deepen our meditation practice in the place we most often forget it: our social interactions.

Learning Objectives
  • To deepen the practice of mindfulness meditation.
  • To learn guidelines for increasing awareness in our interactions.
  • To recognize habitual ways we react to stress and anxiety in relationship.
  • To cultivate wholesome, and release unwholesome, mind states and actions.
  • To learn ways of listening to oneself and others more deeply.
What to expect?

This intensive re-establishes and builds on the skills and practices introduced in the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR).

Participants will cultivate the natural wisdom of awareness while listening and speaking. This dialogic meditation practice encourages deep work with interpersonal stress as we confront conditioned, limiting ways of thinking and speaking, pause in stillness, and bring compassion to ourselves and others.

The way the form is offered allows participants to have the direct experience of pausing out of habitual patterns of reactivity while face-to-face with another person.

Because the contemplations are carefully guided and timed, participants are able to observe the mental and emotional habits that are usually lost in the flow of stressful or even pleasant communications.

As practice deepens, calm concentration improves and insight and loving-kindness arise naturally.

The intensive will include silent, dialogic and loving-kindness meditations, body awareness practice and group discussions.


The Interpersonal Mindfulness (IM) Intensive is open to MBSR and MBCT graduates and individuals who have a meditation background.

Interpersonal Mindfulness (IM) Facilitator

Susann Herrmann, CPsychol./OccupPsychol. (MA) trained by

  • Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, LMFT
    Director of Oasis Institute
    for Mindfulness-based Professional Education and Training,
    Center for Mindfulness,
    University of Massachusetts Medical School.
  • Phyllis Hicks, D-Min, NCLPC
    Senior Insight Dialogue Teacher Metta Programs

Susann has been meditating for more than 21 years and deepens her regular meditation practice each year by attending various retreats including attending Insight Dialogue Retreats with Dr. Gregory Kramer.

Details & Booking IM Intensives 2019

Seahorses Guest House, Victoria Road, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9PP

Lymington Pier to Yarmouth (IOW) is the direct way to Seahorses.
Taxi time from Yarmouth (IOW) to Seahorses is approximately five minutes.

Dates & Timings:

  • Interpersonal Mindfulness (IM) Intensive:
    • Autumn Group – Sep/Oct 2019: Fri 27.09. - Wed 02.10.

Please arrive on the first day between 4 and 6pm to allow time to get settled into your room before dinner at 6.30pm and orientation in the evening.
The training ends on the final day at 2pm after lunch.


  • Tuition Fee (does not include Seahorses accommodation fee):
    • £ 475 Standard Rate
  • Accommodation charges including full board at Seahorses Guest House:
    • Twin ensuite: £ 300 incl. VAT
    • Triple ensuite: £ 250 incl. VAT

Shared Rooms:

  • Accommodation is in same-sex shared rooms for 2 or 3 people. So, to attend the Interpersonal Mindfulness (IM) Intensive you need to be prepared to share a room.

    Our events are founded upon the principles of community, generosity and co-operation. While we recognise that sharing accommodation can take us away from our familiar patterns and therefore can be challenging, we believe it’s an important factor in creating community. Sharing our space can generate an atmosphere of care and mutual concern and help to connect everyone on the event.

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If you would like to join please let us know and we will send you a reservation email with payment details.

In order to be able to confirm your place at the event, we do require full Tuition Fee payment by bank transfer.

Once we confirm your place we will email you a confirmation of your booking along with the Seahorses Accommodation Booking Form, which you will need to complete and email to Seahorses directly. They ask for a non-refundable deposit of £ 50. The remaining payment of the Accommodation charge is due on the day of arrival.

If you would like to proceed, please send an email to

If you have any questions please call 020 3137 1358 or send an email.