Day Retreats and Residential Retreats
Upcoming Events in 2017 & 2018
The question I am most regularly asked by clients is ‘What is it like to go on retreat?’
It is a subject that both fascinates and worries people. These beginner’s events are designed to introduce anyone who is curious to the retreat experience. These events will show that setting aside time for meditation and contemplation is a great way to get to know yourself better and experience deep relaxation.
All events need to be pre-booked by email or phone
Mindfulness Workshops & Day Retreats
These events run from 10.15 to 16.00 with 45 minutes for lunch & morning and afternoon tea breaks. In essence they are a chance to put aside the pre-occupations of daily life for a few hours and concentrate on deepening mindfulness and practicing meditation. There will be several talks, sitting and walking meditation plus some mindful movement and mindful eating.
A day retreat provides space for you to relax and go a bit deeper. Spending a day devoted to mindfulness and meditation is a great way to recharge your batteries and motivate yourself to keep up daily practice. The cost includes tea and snacks but not lunch. The retreats will focus on silence and meditation. We will practice mindfulness, meditation and some mindful movement during the day. The day will held mainly in silence whilst exploring various meditation techniques plus there is always a mindfulness exercise in the afternoon (e.g. maybe a sound bath, a tai chi or qi gong class, creative mandala work or making a bead mala… it varies). The emphasis will be on exploring putting aside our responsibilities for the day and focussing inwardly. These events are suitable for beginners or those who have been practicing for a while
Date : 07 May 2017 “Exploring Silence, Meditation & Movement” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 Heart Twickenham open to all £50 pp Full (waitlist available) Includes a Tai Chi session in the afternoon (with Stuart Johnston http://stuart-johnston-therapy.simplesite.com/)
Date : 04 June – 18 June 2017 Residential Retreat in Greece (see below)
Date : 02 July 2017 “Exploring Meditation, Movement & Silence” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 St Leonards open to all £45 pp 14 spaces left (includes a Qi Gong Session)
Date : 30 July “Exploring Silence & Creativity” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 Heart Twickenham open to all £50 pp 12 spaces left
Date : 26 Nov 2017 “Exploring Silence & Creativity” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 Heart Twickenham open to all £50 pp 16 spaces left
Date : 1-3 Dec 2017 Residential weekend Retreat in Sussex (see below) 3 places left (out of 14)
Date : 07 Jan 2018 “New Year Retreat” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 Heart Twickenham open to all £50 pp 16 spaces left
The London Day Retreats are held upstairs at Heart Twickenham 67A Holly Road, Twickenham TW1 4HF
The St Leonards Day Retreats are held at the Yoga Studio, 48 Kings Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. TN37 6DY
Please note that the toilets and tea making facilities are upstairs (one flight of stairs approx 20 steps)
Feedback from the New Year Day Retreat 2016
“Thank you so much for sending the breathing meditation and for the retreat day. It
was just what I needed before starting work again. I felt afterwards as though my
mind had been cleared and refreshed, like spring cleaning a room. I felt much more
alert and able to get back into work, which I had left in a frazzled state before
Christmas. And I had the best night’s sleep I’d had in a long time at the end of
the retreat day”
Residential Retreats in the UK
Feedback from the Winter Residential Retreat Dec 2016
“I loved it all. It was the perfect venue, the food was excellent and I felt the tuition was first rate. I feel rested and my mind is clear and calm”
“I feel amazingly different. I feel confident about going home to deal with an emotional episode in my life. The tuition rates 12/10”
UK and Greek Residential Retreats
I run fabulous relaxing residential retreats in the UK and in Greece. This year I will be teaching in Greece on the beautiful island of Lefkada in June. This is conjunction with Kim Bennett of Serenity Retreat and Serenity Sharers. I am also running a winter retreat in Sussex in December.
The residential retreats are suitable both for beginners and people who have been meditating for a while.
Date : 04th June – 11th June 2017 Nikiana, Lefkada, Greece Mindfulness and Meditation for Wellbeing – 12 spaces available in beach front twin share accommodation
Date : 11th June – 18th June 2017 Nikiana, Lefkada, Greece The Adventure of Meditation – 12 spaces available in beach front twin share accommodation
I am facilitating 2 week long explorations of how mindfulness and meditation can improve wellbeing, reduce stress and move us towards wisdom and peace. The journey inwards is one of life’s greatest adventures.
Serenity Sharers has this to say about their holidays – “It’s all about retreating to a slower pace of life. It’s there for the choosing on the island. Serenity Sharers aims to provide its guests with an opportunity to come to rest and recharge. But life sometimes has different plans for us! How frustrating it can be to be on holiday and to find ourselves constantly distracted by a whirring mind. Our mindful movement, meditation and the courses aim to help you learn not to take that chatty mind so seriously and to develop a healthier relationship to it. It’s a great gift to be able to relax even in the middle of a busy mind – and something that will serve you in your ‘real’ world”
Please look here for more details and prices
Date : 1st – 3rd December 2017 Penshurst, East Sussex Mindfulness and Meditation Winter Retreat – 3 spaces left (out of 14 in total) in twin share accommodation
This winter event will take place at Penshurst Retreat Centre in East Sussex. The venue is homely and cosy and located in a rural area. It is a beautiful, welcoming house full of warmth and charm. It has a huge roaring fire, library, arts and craft cabin, a labyrinth, an apple orchard, both a duck pond & a lily pond and lots of lovely nooks and crannies where you can curl up with something creative or a book. The house is surrounded by woods and open fields.
The event will run from 5pm on Friday afternoon to 3pm on Sunday afternoon.
The accommodation is offered on a twin share basis with a maximum of 2 people in each room. Additionally there is one double room. Some of the rooms are ensuite and there are several bathrooms. Single room rates are also available, see below.
The retreat will focus on using mindfulness and meditation to practice awareness and acceptance. The emphasis will be on stillness and relaxing. The weekend will include elements of both silence and discussion plus several periods of practice. There will be optional creative exercises. We have the use of the beautiful garden and will do some sessions outside. There will be a mindful walk through nearby countryside on Saturday afternoon. Most importantly there will be periods of radical resting (just being, not doing). All activities are optional although no talking is allowed during the silent periods.
This retreat is ‘technology free’ which means phones, laptops and ipads must be switched off for the duration of the event. You are welcome to bring a book, or something artistic or creative. There will be several hours of silence on Saturday and Sunday.
The menu will be vegetarian. If you have any special dietary needs please let me know.
There are 2 price levels
Staying in a twin or double bedroom costs £215 pp and this includes
- Mindful walking, mindful eating, mindful movement, guided meditation sessions
- Mindful countryside walk
- A daily session of Qi Gong
- All meals and drinks
- 2 nights accommodation (twin share)
- All teaching
Single occupancy costs £275 pp and also includes all of the above
If you are coming alone I will match you up with someone of the same sex to share a room. If you are coming with a friend please let me know so I can put you in a room together.
These events are based on the Mindfulness for Well-Being program & The Mindfulness for Insight program as taught and run by Zenways
Please note that in general mindfulness and meditation isn’t typically helpful for people with mental conditions such as paranoia or schizophrenia, and may make such conditions worse. If you have any doubts about this please consult your GP.