On a retreat, beyond the busyness and pressures of our daily lives, we can give ourselves space and time to go deeper into our experience, get beyond the usual chatter in our heads, and allow clearer perspectives to emerge on what is truly important to us in our lives. 2,500 years ago, the Buddha described mindfulness as ‘clear and radiant’ and as ‘stillness, simplicity and contentment’. He saw it as a deeply human quality of unlimited potential and which can bring meaning and happiness to our lives. Yet we do not need to be Buddhist nor interested in Buddhism to benefit from mindfulness.
We will fully introduce the Mindfulness of Breathing, a simple, effective and traditional meditation. In this practice we focus on the natural experience of breathing, in a way which is both directed and relaxed and which unfolds through a series of structured stages. The retreat will also include activities to explore bringing mindfulness into our daily lives.
Friday 7.30pm till 9pm – Welcome, introductions and body scan
Saturday 10.30am till 12 noon – Bodywork and meditation
4pm till 5.30pm – Talk and meditation
8pm till 9pm – Talk, bodywork and Mindfulness of Breathing meditation
Sunday 10.30am till 12 noon – Bodywork, meditation and talk
4pm till 5.30pm – More on mindfulness and what next/how to take your practice forward