Day Retreats and Residential Retreats
Upcoming Events in 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 are about setting aside time for meditation and contemplation. They are a great way to get to know yourself better and experience deep relaxation. If you are an experienced practitioner then these events are a great opportunity to refresh your practice.
All events need to be pre-booked by email or phone
Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreats
These events are held in West London (North Sheen) and East Sussex (Crowhurst). They run from 10.00 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). Sometimes we go for a mindful walk outside (weather dependent). The emphasis will be on putting aside our responsibilities for the day and focusing inwardly. These events are suitable for beginners or those who have been practicing for a while
Date : 1 Mar 2020 “Exploring Silence & Creativity” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 North Sheen open to all £50 pp 2 spaces left (see link below) £50 pp
Date : 27 – 29 March 2020 Residential Weekend Retreat in Sussex (see below for all info) 6 places left
Date : 19 Apr 2020 Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 Crowhurst open to all £45 pp 10 places left
Date : 10 May 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 : 21 June 2020 “Exploring Silence & Creativity” Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1015 – 1600 North Sheen open to all £50 pp 2 spaces left (see link below) £50 pp
Date : 27 June 2020 Mindfulness & Meditation Day Retreat 1000 – 1600 Crowhurst £45 pp 11 place left
Date : 11 – 13 Sept 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 St Leonards retreats are held at the St Leonards 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”
Half Day Alexander Technique and Meditation/Mindfulness workshop
These half day workshops include periods of meditation, mindful movement and instruction on how to “walk well” using Alexander Technique. There will be a short tai chi session, some constructive resting and a short walk outside. This event is being run in conjunction with Liz Jeffries who has been teaching Alexander Technique in Hastings for nearly 20 years. There are no meals included but tea/coffee and biscuits are provided.
Residential Retreats in Sussex
Date : 27 – 29 Mar 2020 Residential Weekend Retreat in Sussex (see below) 9 spaces left
Date : 11 – 13 Sept 2020 Residential Weekend Retreat in Sussex (see below) 12 places left
These residential retreats take place at Penhurst Retreat Centre in East Sussex. There are 15 places available. The venue is homely and cosy and located in a rural area. It is a beautiful, welcoming house full of warmth and charm. In winter it has a huge roaring fire and in the spring it is surrounded by wild flowers and blossom. It has a library and 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 September 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 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. A significant part of the retreat is held in silence.
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 £259 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 £299pp 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
Feedback after the Dec 2019 retreat at Penhurst
I had the loveliest of weekends, thank you so much! I woke up this morning a little earlier to start my meditation practice again! The weekend came just at the right time for me – stress has started to creep back in and it was very nice to see it creep back out again!!
All positive feedback from me! On reflection I think the “no chatter” helped me an awful lot.
Zoe Dec 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.