Retreats

“I can’t thank you enough for the retreat, it gave me a different way of looking at my practice, greater understanding, a deep sense of relaxation, a new way of looking at certain issues in my life and the warmth that comes from being in a loving community, held by skilful teachers.”

Non Residential

IN PERSON MINI-RETREAT AFTERNOONS

Overview
An afternoon of nourishing guided mindfulness and mindful self-compassion for anyone whose completed an 8 week course (MBSR/MBCT/MSC or equivalent) with me or elsewhere. Includes 2.30 hrs of silence followed by sharing with stillness and movement meditations, some themed teaching reflection, inspirational readings, tea and biscuits.

These sessions are a chance to reconnect with the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion in a group context, whether you are managing any daily practice or none! You might want to deepen your practice and understanding, or reconnect with the way this approach resources us all and gives us a much needed space to be – for our benefit and the benefit of all those we hold dear.  it’s hard to do this all on our own, come and join our well established community. 

Cost – £20 concession rate, £25 suggested rate, £30 benefactor rate
Please offer what you can afford – Your generosity enables concessions to others. Thank you! Please let me know if finances are preventing you attending.

HYBRID MINI-RETREAT AFTERNOONS

Non Residential

ONLINE MINI RETREAT MORNINGS

Overview
A morning of nourishing guided mindfulness and mindful self-compassion for anyone whose completed an 8 week course (MBSR/MBCT/MSC or equivalent) with me or elsewhere. Includes 2.30 hrs of silence followed by sharing with stillness and movement meditations, off screen time, some themed teaching reflection, inspirational readings and time to savour a snack and drink mid morning. 

These sessions are a chance to reconnect with the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion in a group context, whether you are managing any daily practice or none! You might want to deepen your practice and understanding, or reconnect with the way this approach resources us all and gives us a much needed space to be – for our benefit and the benefit of all those we hold dear.  it’s hard to sustain our practice all on our own, and this online offering will give you a sense of connection as well as spaciousness and choice in the comfort of your own home. 

Cost – £20 concession rate, £25 suggested rate, £30 benefactor rate
Please offer what you can afford – Your generosity enables concessions to others. Thank you! Please let me know if finances are preventing you attending.

Residential

Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Weekend

Overview

Join me for a resourcing deep dive into the heart opening path of mindful self-compassion (MSC).  Whether you’re a beginner curious to learn more or you’ve already completed the course I’m offering you a nurturing weekend of teaching and practice around the core principles of this transformational approach. The ethos of MSC invites us to dwell at depth with both the joys and challenges of living this human life – held in a container of respect, care and kindness. Discover or recover this way to greater freedom and ease of being in the beautiful peaceful surroundings of the Surrey Hills at Fintry!

This not a silent meditation retreat. It’s a spacious, experiential, meditation based learn and practice resourcing weekend.  Each day will include a blend of teaching, guided exercises, self-compassion practices, movement meditations, individual reflection, small group discussions and time for individual self-care outside of the sessions.

Through MSC you can learn…

  • how to stop being so hard on yourself
  • how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • how to handle difficult emotions like shame with greater ease
  • how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • how to balance tender and fierce compassion for more boundaries
  • the power of self and other forgiveness
  • mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • how to become your own best teacher

The weekend will offer a spacious and gentle exploration of the key themes and practices of MSC, offered in a format which provides a nourishing space to let go of everyday concerns and respond to your own needs with kindness. There will be periods of silence woven into the weekend timetable.   

The schedule includes plenty of time around meal breaks for going on walks or resting. Arrivals from 2.30 for tea and cake on Friday, first group session at 5pm and weekend ends after lunch at 3pm on Sunday.

This weekend is for beginners as well as those wanting to refresh their practice. It’s for you if you need a restorative weekend in like-minded company exploring Mindful Self-Compassion. If you’ve already taken an MSC course come and be nourished revisiting this approach and enjoying time to connect and practice together with others.

I’ve been leading residential courses and retreats for 13 years, and each one is unique, carefully planned and supportive, as well as relaxed and fun. It’s a space for you to drop into more intimacy with your experience, awake to all of your senses, moment by moment. Practices will be indoors and outdoors in beautiful garden setting. As well as some silence so that you can connect more fully with your inner experience, there will be opportunities for sharing and individual support if needed. All of it will support you in befriending and exploring whatever is showing up for you.

Some experience of mindfulness would be helpful but is not essential – I will follow up your booking with a call to respond to any questions or concerns you might have. All you need is an interest in learning principles and practices which offer support in living with greater self-compassion.

PRACTICE AND CONNECT DROP-INS

Residential

5 Day Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Retreat

Overview
This retreat is in person, set in the beautiful North Warwickshire countryside. It’s an opportunity to explore and deepen into Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (MSC) practice. The emphasis will be on developing the resource of self-kindness and self-care through an exploration of mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. Based on the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) approach, this meets the requirement to have sat a five-day, silent, teacher-led retreat before taking the MSC Teacher Training course & BAMBA requirements for an annual retreat. 

On this silent retreat Colette and I will offer guided practices as well as ample opportunity for you to deepen into your own experience within the supportive container of the group. The first evening will be an orientation session. Days 1 to 4 of the retreat include early morning practice before breakfast followed by morning, afternoon and evening sessions with a spacious lunch period. The retreat will include gentle movement, outdoor time and time to connect in smaller groups. There will also be free time to rest and relax.

This retreat is for those who have either completed a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) or an 8 week Mindfulness course (e.g MBSR, MBCT, MBCT-L). You may have completed the MSC course over eight weeks or in an intensive (usually five-day) format.  This retreat is equally open to practitioners and mindfulness or MSC teachers. The retreat meets the requirement to have sat a five-day, silent, teacher-led retreat before taking the MSC Teacher Training course AND meets BAMBA requirements for an annual retreat.   It would be helpful if you have a regular practice of mindfulness and/or loving-kindness/self-compassion meditation. Previous retreat experience of at least one day is required but, if not, please apply and we’ll discuss your application with you.  

Residential

CULTIVATING A BOUNDLESS HEART

Overview

Join me for a deep dive into the heart of mindfulness and compassion, practicing the 4 qualities of the boundless heart which is our true nature and home. With a spirit of creativity and play we will explore ways to bring more heartfulness into our relationship with ourselves and our world, through deepened capacities for equanimity, joy, compassion and love. The spring time at beautiful Fintry will be a wonderful support for an inspirational and restorative weekend for body, heart and soul.

I’ve been leading retreats for 13 years, and each one is unique, carefully planned and supportive, as well as relaxed and fun. It’s a space for you to drop into more intimacy with your experience, awake to all of your senses, moment by moment. Practices will be indoors and outdoors, with a full day of silence on Saturday. Meditations will include stillness, yoga and Qi Gong based movement, walking and movement with music inspired by my conscious dance practice. As well as silence so that you can connect more fully with your inner experience, there will be opportunities for sharing and individual support if needed.  I will offer teaching reflections about elements of practice and Buddhist Psychology – all of it a response to support you in befriending and exploring whatever is showing up for you.

The schedule includes plenty of time around meal breaks for going on walks or resting. Arrivals from 2.30 for tea and cake on Friday 17th, first group session at 5pm and retreat ends after lunch at 3pm on Sunday 19th

This retreat is for anyone who has completed a mindfulness (MBSR, MBCT etc) or Mindful Self-Compassion course with me or any teacher.

  • Periods of both guided and silent meditation
  • Full day of silence on Saturday
  • Opportunities for drawing, painting, writing
  • Some movement will be with music
  • Delicious vegetarian food and your own bedroom
  • Personalised teacher support

Residential

Rest and Renewal Retreat

Overview
A retreat is a chance to discover Mindfulness and Self-Compassion more intensively or to deepen your existing practice, nourishing body heart and mind in beautiful surroundings and with delicious vegetarian food. Each day will include meditations familiar and new, combining sitting, yoga and Qi Gong based movement, walking, standing and lying down. On retreat we build more stability and balance, making space for contentment, love and joy to arise.

I’ve been leading retreats for 12 years, and they are carefully planned and supportive, as well as relaxed and fun. It’s a space for you to drop into more intimacy with your experience, awake to all of your senses, moment by moment. There will be sustained periods of silence to connect more fully with our inner experience, as well as shared reflection. As well as the meditations I include short talks about elements of practice and Buddhist Psychology – everything I offer is in response to what’s happening and will support you in befriending and exploring whatever is showing up for you.

The schedule includes plenty of time around meal breaks for going on a little walk or resting, and you are encouraged to listen to what feels right for you, being in choice.

This retreat is for anyone who has completed a mindfulness (MBSR, MBCT etc) or Mindful Self-Compassion course with me or any teacher.

  • Periods of both guided and silent meditation
  • Short evening talks
  • Good food and your own bedroom – some will be ensuite
  • Opportunity for teacher support in group or individually
REST AND RENEWAL RETREAT

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