Well this is interesting. Here we are - Catero, my wife, and I - at the start of a five day workshop on "Mindful self-compassion" run by Chris Germer & Christine Brahler at Drangshlid, Eyjafjoll on the south coast of Iceland. We flew into Reykjavik yesterday from Scotland, met up with a fellow course member who wanted to share transport, picked up our hire car and headed East on a two & a half hour or so's drive here. Such a landscape ... bleak, beautiful ... in places a bit like driving across Rannoch Moor in Scotland. And then arriving in time for supper. Forty participants. About twenty five are from Iceland and then there are about fifteen of us "foreigners". And what a mix we foreigners are - from Estonia, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Canada and just three British. The course is being run in English as Chris is from the States.