Périgord, France

Le Château de la Bourlie

September 22 – 29, 2014 

This Insight Dialogue Retreat is by invitation only.


A one-week Insight Dialogue retreat for specialists of neurocognition, cognitive psychologists, and philosophers of mind who have an established practice of meditation, and are ready to go further by undergoing a transformation of their own research and outlook by integrating mindfulness at the heart of it, developing the capacity to meditate while engaged in research, individually or with others. The specific interpersonal meditation practice of Insight Dialogue is intended to strengthen the researchers’ capacity to sustain mindfulness, concentration, and insight while engaged with other researchers and with conceptualization. In short, this is a training to support a rigorous methodology of mindful cognitive science.


This retreat has been organized thanks to the financial support ofConsciousness, Mindfulness, Compassion – CMC International Association, NOUS – Scuola di Psicoterapia, Milano and Metta Programs.

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Gregory Kramer, Ph.D. is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Metta Foundation and Metta Programs and has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1980. He developed the practice of Insight Dialogue and has been teaching it since 1995, offering retreats in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. He has studied with esteemed teachers, including Anagarika Dhammadina, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thero, Achan Sobin Namto, and Ven. Punnaji Maha Thero. Gregory was a National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellow and is the founding figure in the field of data sonification. He edited “Auditory Display: Sonification, Audification, and Auditory Interfaces.” Gregory is the author of: Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom (Shambhala), Seeding the Heart: Practicing Lovingkindness with Children, Meditating Together, Speaking from Silence: the Practice of Insight Dialogue, and Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts. 

Michel Bitbol, M.D., Ph.D. is Director of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Educated at several universities in Paris, he received a M.D. in 1980, a Ph.D. in physics in 1985, and an “Habilitation” in philosophy in 1997. Michel first worked as a research scientist in biophysics from 1978 to 1990. From 1990 onwards he turned to the philosophy of physics, where he developed a neo-Kantian approach. He edited texts by Erwin Schrödinger, and published books in French about quantum mechanics for which he received an award from the “Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques.” A few years ago, Michel focused on the relations between the philosophy of quantum mechanics and the philosophy of mind, working in close collaboration with Francisco Varela. He is now working in a research group of phenomenology on issues related to consciousness. He also has a long-term interest for the philosophy of the Madhyamika school.