Principal Keynote Speaker:
University of Massachusetts Medical School
for info on Jon's Workshop
Indiana State University
for info on Jean's pre-conference workshop
Assoc. Prof. Pat (Tish) Jennings
University of Virginia
for info on Pat's pre-conference workshop
Welcome to the conference website for the International Conference on Mindfulness – Asia Pacific to be held in Auckland from 9 to 13 February 2019.
Here, you will find information about the venue, registration, abstract submission, our keynote speakers, and the programme. Information will be updated regularly as it becomes available.
The International Conference on Mindfulness – Asia Pacific (ICM-AP) will bring the ICM conference series to New Zealand. In 2016, ICM was held in Rome, and in July 2018, it will be in Amsterdam (www.cmc-ia.org/icm2018amsterdam). In 2019, we will add a unique South Pacific flavour! We are proud to host our international visitors during the time of the year when Auckland summer weather will present itself at its most magnificent.
You will find that the conference has a large variety of topics and presentations to offer. There is a well-established evidence base for the health benefits of mindfulness, and we are now showing how it can be applied in a wide range of situations. We are honoured that Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, the initiator of modern mindfulness-based interventions, will present the principal keynote address at our conference. Our other keynote speakers have been carefully selected to showcase the variety of applications of mindfulness (such as in clinical situations and education), including in the Asia Pacific region. While aspects of mindfulness are a component of almost any spiritual and religious practice, the modern application of mindfulness practice has drawn particularly heavily from Buddhism. To provide a link to these origins, we are also actively providing a forum for Asian Buddhist perspectives to be present at our conference. Additionally, guided morning meditation sessions will be provided by local monks, nuns, or priests.
We sincerely hope to be able to show you our famous kiwi hospitality and welcome you with a heartfelt Kia Ora and Haere Mai.*
*Kia Ora is a common greeting in te reo Māori, one of the three official languages of New Zealand (the other two being English and New Zealand Sign Language). Haere Mai means “welcome”.
The meaning of the phrase "Mauri Noho, Mauri Oho, Mauri Ora" in our conference logo
Māori, or the Indigenous people of New Zealand, express mindfulness in a variety of relational contexts and states that connect to the importance of the whānau (many configurations of the traditional extended and contemporary family), the meaning of land, and spiritual elements. One way of explaining these contexts and states are through Mauri.
Mauri is a concept and action that describes the ignition of internal, spiritual and physical energy that may happen between animate and inanimate events and experiences. For example, a child may possess the mauri of manaakitanga or the generosity of spirit. This gift, if detected by the adults, will be nurtured and scaffolded to promote the child's kindness in the classroom or other contexts.
In a mindfulness context, mauri is the potential tangible and intangible energy that lies within a person (Mauri Noho), the energy that provides the awakening of acknowledgment of cognitive and spiritual processes (Mauri Oho), and the energy that moves towards a healthy state of well-being (Mauri Ora).