Day Retreats and Residential Retreats
Upcoming Events in 2019 and 2020
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 & Meditation Day Retreats and Half Day Retreats
These events run from either 09.45/10.15 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
2019 and 2020 dates
Date : 14 July 2019 Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 Crowhurst open to all £45 pp 4 places left
Date : 27 July 2019 “Exploring Silence & Creativity” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 Heart Twickenham open to all £50 pp 2 spaces left
Date : 15 Sept 2019 Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 Crowhurst open to all £45 pp 10 places left
Date : 17 Nov 2019 “Exploring Silence & Creativity” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 North Sheen open to all £50 pp 15 spaces left
Date : 29 Nov to 01 Dec 2019 Residential Weekend Retreat in Sussex (see below for all info) 6 places left
Date : 5 Jan 2020 New Year Day Retreat “Exploring Silence & Creativity” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 North Sheen open to all £50 pp 12 spaces left
Date : 1 Mar 2020 “Exploring Silence & Creativity” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 North Sheen open to all £50 pp 15 spaces left (see link below) £50 pp 15 spaces left
Date : 27 – 29 March 2020 Residential Weekend Retreat in Sussex (see below for all info) 12 places left
The London Day Retreats are held upstairs at The Pavilion Hall at North Sheen Recreation Ground. Dancer Road, Richmond, TW9 4LB
The Residential Retreats are held at Penhurst Retreat Centre, near Battle, East Sussex
The Crowhurst Day Retreats are held at Normans Wood House, Crowhurst
The Eastbourne events are held at Yoga Life Studio
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 Sussex
Date : 29 Nov to 01 Dec 2019 Residential Weekend Retreat in Sussex (see below) 8 spaces left
Date : 27 – 29 Mar 2020 Residential Weekend Retreat in Sussex (see below) 14 spaces left
These residential retreats take place at Penhurst 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.
These events 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 and two single rooms. The venue was refurbished in 2018. All of the rooms are ensuite or have their own designated bathroom. Single room rates are also available, see below.
The Mindfulness Retreats in March and December will focus on using mindfulness and meditation to practice awareness, acceptance and self compassion. The emphasis will be on stillness and relaxing. These weekends are mainly held in silence with some discussion periods plus lots of opportunity to practice. There will be optional creative and percussion 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 silence.
These retreats are ‘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. We will be in silence from 9pm on Friday evening until midday on 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 £249 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 and private chats (if requested)
Single room rate £295pp subject to availability.
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.
Feedback after the March 2019 retreat at Penhurst
I can’t describe to you how fantastic and amazing this weekend retreat was, mindfulness, meditation, silence, walking, crafting, reading and radical resting, Mother Nature at her best, wonderful food and fantastic company. Thank you for once again delivering a beautiful retreat, looks like it was needed by everyone attending.
Jane March 2019
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.