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This mini retreat will combine sitting and walking meditations, dharma talks and opportunities to meet with a teacher. This retreat is for those who are currently facilitating or plan to be facilitating mindfulness, or for clinicians using mindfulness in therapeutic interventions. This unique retreat, for those who currently facilitate or plan to facilitate mindfulness, will offer an experiential understanding of mindfulness practice through retreat format as well as tools, exploration, guidance and support around facilitation.
Would you like to feel a greater-sense of inner-calm amidst the demands and diversions of modern life? John Kabat-Zinn is a famous mindfulness meditation teacher and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program the University of Massachusetts Medical Centrer. Whether you are commuting to work daily by train, car or on foot, make the most of these, often potentially stressful times, by downloading mindfulness apps to your iphone, or ipod. Explore and enjoy the healthy headspace and happy body-mind benefits that this conscious mindfulness practice brings!
To fully benefit from the program you must be willing to make a commitment to attend all classes and practise daily for the eight weeks. The course has been running since 2008 and is taught by two highly experienced facilitators with over 55 years of meditation practice between them. As an initial step toward enrolment in the MBSR course, an individual session is conducted for prospective participants. Explore mindfulness, Tai Chi, and teachings from the Zen and the contemplative traditions in a quiet natural setting. In 2016, Anja will again be offering regular Mindfulness Nature retreats at Clearview Retreat Centre, overlooking the beautiful King Parrot valley.
The retreats will include mindful nature walks, Tai Chi, mindfulness meditations and discussions, as well as times to simply relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
We run accessible, nurturing yoga mindfulness meditation retreats for everyone, from complete beginners, to  those who may be a little more advanced. Mindfulness is a about focusing on the present moment, using techniques such as yoga, breathing and meditation. Find a relaxing position, a place of comfort, on cushions or a chair, with a comfortable but erect posture and close your eyes. The first minute is spent focusing on where you are now, the contact between your body and the seat and the sensations around your body. Inevitably, your mind may wander, you simply acknowledge where it went and gently bring your focus back to the breath without being critical about yourself.
The third minute involves a deeper awareness from the breath and across the rest of your body, observing how it feels, but breathing, moment to moment.
Our retreat includes small groups, allowing guests to make lasting frienships, many of which return year after year.
The quick read: Sharpham House meditation retreats are secular, open to everyone and held on set dates throughout the year at in a gorgeous Grade 1 listed house in the South Hams, Devon.
Who it’s best for: Sharpham House meditation retreat are perfect for stressed out city dwellers and people living with either emotional or physical pain will benefit from the utter peace and beauty of Sharpham on these secular meditation retreats.
What you can do: There are three formal half hour sessions of meditation a day which you are expected to attend, plus an optional half hour of yoga stretching before breakfast.
Where you stay:  Sharpham House is a magnificent 18th century Grade 1 listed property which was put in trust in 1982 by Maurice and Ruth Ash, the last family to own it. Today, The Barn Retreat at the western end of the estate remains a place for short stays where these core features of communal living take place. The bedrooms are all individual, spacious, warm and comfortable with big sash windows, great views, and nice old fashioned furniture. The music room on the first floor where meetings are held is particularly lovely, pale blue walls with ornate mouldings, huge windows and comfortable sofas. As a rank beginner, I found meditating itself difficult and not immediately transformational. I found the silent periods disconcerting at first, especially at breakfast the first morning when listening to strangers chew beside you rather than chatting felt almost embarrassing, but I got used to it and finally embraced it. Finally, a charming custom of the house was the ringing of a handbell to wake everyone up and at various times throughout the day to signal the beginning of a session. What we took home: I loved the whole experience of bonding with people I didn’t know and will probably never see again over a shared pursuit, and discovered that it is possible, even enjoyable – and certainly beneficial – to sit perfectly still for half an hour at a time listening only to my own breath.
Would we go back: I certainly would – perhaps to the Barn retreat on the Sharpham estate to practise my newly acquired though shaky mindfulness skills in daily tasks and rural activity. Insider tip: Bring your own body lotions, shampoo, soap and so forth as only standard liquid soap is provided.


Price with a companion: Sharing is not encouraged, the view being that part of the retreat experience is spending time in solitude. Price going solo: ?275 per person for 3 nights at present, but from September 2015 the rate for a standard room will be ?295, or ?345 for a larger room with views over the river. Sister retreats: The Sharpham Trust programme is designed to help people to reconnect with themselves and nature through mindfulness, outdoor learning and the arts and they run lots of different events and courses throughout the year.
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We offer mindfulness meditation retreats based on the practices associated with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a programme for reducing stress developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Silent retreats are a wonderful way to learn mindfulness through immersion in an environment conducive to stillness, presence and connection with nature. Here you’ll find our reviews of meditation retreats around the world where you can learn how to meditate or deepen an existing practice. A huge raft of research has shown what the yogis have known all along – meditation techniques have hugely beneficial effects.
You can read their conditions in the following link You can confirm your reservation by sending an inquiry to the retreat organizer, your payment of the retreat price will be handled by the retreat organizer. This silent retreat will teach the essentials of this practice and offer key Buddhist teachings. An excellent opportunity for those new to retreat practice, and also ideal for experienced practitioners who wish to do a short retreat. By practicing the art of mindfulness, you will release the stress of traveling, whilst honing a state of inner and outer zen – through being centered, connected and calm. It is suitable for beginners, as well as for more experienced meditators who would like to deepen their meditation practice.
We tested the three day Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners retreat which does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing newbies to investigate mindfulness and develop their own practice. Mindfulness is conducted in a downstairs drawing room, with meditation cushions and benches as well as ordinary chairs provided.
In personal time, which usually amounts to a couple of hours a day, most choose to explore the grounds which in April, when we visited, were stunning, awash with primroses and flowering trees, or stroll down to the charming boathouse by the river. Maurice was an environmentalist and writer who had long been interested in Wittgenstein’s philosophy and its similarities with Buddhism.
Ruth was a craftswoman and the daughter of the social entrepreneurs Leonard and Dorothy Elmhurst of nearby Dartington Hall.
So too is the octagonal yoga room at the front, and the square library at the back of the house overlooking the gardens. The beauty and peace and the generosity of spirit in which the Ashes endowed Sharpham lives on today in the people who continue to run it today. One of the nicest things we did as a group was a silent hour-long walk in the sunshine along the river just as the bluebells were coming out and the birds were at their most vocal. Mark is a particularly experienced teacher (he was Patti’s teacher originally) and does a lot of work in prisons and schools. Three proper meals a day, all vegetarian with gluten-free options and food either from the estate, including the delicious cheese (but not the wine!), or locally sourced. Request one of the two rooms with en-suite bathrooms if you’re worried about not getting a shower when you want one, or walking along the corridor at night. The Trust is also home to the renowned Barn Retreat Centre, which has been offering mindfulness retreats for the last 25 years based on the Buddhist tradition, suitable for experienced meditators and anyone who can commit to undertaking the 5 Buddhist precepts for the duration of each retreat, as well as living communally, working in the gardens and preparing food together. There are Buddhist meditation breaks, mindfulness holidays and spas that offers meditation classes amongst other things.
Meditators see their doctors less and spent 70 percent fewer days in hospital.  All manner of physiological problems (from hypertension to headaches, from allergies to asthma) improve when you meditate. Some include yoga, others combine meditation with walking or other opportunities to be mindful.
Sleeping with the sweet scent of the lemon and orange groves, under the glorious star filled sky we can guarantee a blissful nights sleep!
Thinking I had all the time in the world and the resources to do it the first 4 years slipped by.
The dream has now developed with even greater passion to incorporate many exciting ventures: yoga and meditation retreats, photography holidays, permaculture workshops, sustainable building workshops, earth bag dome building to name but a few .


You will fly into Alicante airport then make the picturesque train journey down to Totana where we will collect you at an agreed time and take you up to the stunning estate of Bagend. To secure a discount on their retreats send an inquiry to the organizer through our website. We will explore ways to awaken our mind and heart so that we can learn to live a life of wisdom, compassion, inner peace and freedom.
The retreat will provide ideas and resources for integrating mindfulness into daily life, to develop resilience and learn how to deal more effectively with stress. Living for today and not waiting for a special event in the near future, a week or more away. Groups are kept to a manageable maximum of 15, with women routinely outnumbering men, and there is a considerable age range.
An early session is devoted to posture for meditation – how best to sit – a crucial consideration when you need to sit quite still for 30 minutes at a time. He put this interest into practice by seeking secular Buddhist practitioners to start a community who tended the walled vegetable garden, practised communal living and meditation and hosted a public programme of talks and workshops. Their spirit of enquiry into better ways of living and a mindful ethos lives on in the house which is liberally adorned with contemporary art – mostly the work of their friend the Polish painter, Zdzislaw Ruszkowski – other artefacts and framed poems.
Instead, we plunged straight into actually doing it. However everything around me felt completely right – and that brought its own reward.
He was very forthcoming and illuminating in the Q & A sessions and a shining example of someone for whom mindfulness is a total way of life. We were anxious about being wrenched from our breakfast ritual of porridge with various seed, yoghurt and fruit mixtures but needn’t have worried – everything was there.
They are suitable for those coming to mindfulness practice for the first time, as well as providing space for practitioners who'd like to deepen their meditation experience. Unfortunately when the Spanish economy crashed, the magazine I ran folded, and I was unable to continue with the dream. It was time to re-structure that dream and find a way to proceed with the creation of my beloved Bagend. From the octagonal entrance hall, you come into a splendid pink atrium with a fabulous cantilevered spiral staircase of Portland stone winding its way up two floors to the glass cupola. Despite its grandeur, the house is by no means show-off smart – more shabby genteel like a traditional boarding school perhaps – and it still has the welcoming feel of a family house. Everything from the glorious formal gardens and the informal banks of primroses outside, to the worn rugs and well-thumbed books and pictures inside, draws you in and tells you that here is a much-loved place in which caring people have lived and worked and done their best to make the world a better place. We also offer non-residential 8-week mindfulness courses and introductory workshops in London and West Sussex. The vibe is very friendly and relaxed; group bonding happens quickly through frequent meetings and at mealtimes, though if you don’t feel like socialising, nobody’s going to judge you and there’s lots of space in which to get lost. Watch Ed Halliwell from Mindfulness Retreats talk about mindfulness for the Mental Health Foundation Non- Residential Graduate Day Retreats Graduate retreats with Ed Halliwell offer those who have completed an 8-week mindfulness course or equivalent a chance to explore their experience more deeply. As we are very rural we meet all clients at Totana station, even if you choose to drive to us. In the evening you lie down for periods of Yoga Nidra – a deep relaxation practice – or a meditative Body Scan.
The constant availability of tea (all kinds), coffee and biscuits in a small room adjoining the dining room is a welcome touch. I can see why it attracts artists and poets – both Brian Patten and Alice Oswald have spent time here. Find out more Sunday 17th July 2016 Sunday 16th October 2016 Residential Mindfulness Graduate Retreat This weekend will offer the opportunity for those who already have a mindfulness practice through completed an 8-week course (or equivalent) to deepen their experience.
There will be extended periods of practice, opportunities to work with silence, plus explorations of themes that arise in the moment and in our lives. There will also be opportunity to eat, share and be together as a group of meditation practitioners.
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