We also offer mindfulness meditation retreats based on the practices associated with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Our retreats are both residential and non-residential and based in the UK, usually within a short distance of London.
Introduction to Mindfulness - Weekend Retreat
These weekend retreats offers an experiential introduction to mindfulness meditation, exploring what mindfulness is, how it can be cultivated and what it can bring to our lives. 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.
The retreat costs £375 for a single room with an en-suite bathroom or £365 for a single room with a shared bathroom. We allocate the ensuite rooms on a first come first served basis (please specify preference on booking). To reserve a place we take full payment of the teaching element of the retreat on booking, this is £180. The remaining £195/£185 for accomodation is due directly to the venue 6-weeks prior to the retreat.
- 7th-9th September 2018, Lingfield, Surrey, with Ed Halliwell. Book via our retreats website.
Mindfulness Residential Graduate Retreat Weekend in Lingfield, Surrey
This weekend will offer the opportunity for those who already have a mindfulness practice (and have completed a teacher led 8-week course) to deepen their experience. The retreat is held at Claridge House situated in the small Surrey village of Dormansland near Lingfield. The nearest station to Claridge House is Lingfield, which is 46 minutes from London Victoria. The retreat costs £375 for a single room with an en-suite bathroom or £365 for a single room with a shared bathroom. We allocate the ensuite rooms on a first come first served basis (please specify preference on booking). To reserve a place we take full payment of the teaching element of the retreat on booking, this is £180. The remaining £195/£185 for accomodation is due directly to the venue 6-weeks prior to the retreat.
- 9th-11th March 2018, Lingfield, Surrey with Ed Halliwell. Book via our retreats website.
- 29th June - 1st July 2018, Lingfield, Surrey with Ed Halliwell. Book via our retreats website.
- 30th November-2nd December 2018, Lingfield, Surrey with Ed Halliwell. Book via our retreats website.
Five-Day Retreat for Graduates (residential)
This retreat (taught by Ed Halliwell) is designed for people who have completed an eight-week mindfulness course and have an established, regular meditation practice, and who would like to deepen their experience in a silent retreat setting. Participants must have previously attended at least one all-day silent retreat (such as held as part of an eight-week mindfulness course) and have completed a teacher led 8-week course. The retreat will also be suitable for mindfulness teachers who would like to fulfill the good practice guidelines of attending an annual mindfulness retreat. There will be a maximum of 10 participants on this retreat.
The total cost of the retreat including teaching and full board accommodation is £725 for a single room with an en-suite bathroom or £705 for a single room with a shared bathroom. (All except one of the rooms are en-suite.) To reserve a place we take full payment of the teaching element of the retreat on booking, this is £335. The remaining £390/£370 for accommodation is due directly to the venue 6-weeks prior to the retreat.
Arrival is late afternoon (from 3.30pm) on the first day and departure after lunch (circa 2pm) on the last day. Booking is now open for the following dates:
All our retreats are held in locations that offer a safe space to practise mindfulness meditation, and simple full-board accommodation, mainly en-suite bathrooms and with home-cooked, locally-sourced food.
Non- Residential Graduate Day Retreats
Graduate retreats offer those who already have mindfulness a practice (and have completed a teacher led 8-week course) a chance to explore their experience more deeply. This is a non-residential day held in the pretty Sussex village of Cuckfield. For those wanting to make it residential, there are many hotels / B&B's in the area including several within a short walking distance of the venue. Days run 12.30-6pm.
Our 2018 dates have been published on our Mindfulness Retreats website.
Here are some testimonials from retreats Ed has led:
I've had a really wonderful, nurturing, elucidating and opening experience. Tremendous, precious and valuable.
Potentially life changing. I am hopeful that this introduction will result in longer-term changes and this retreat has inspired me to explore this further.
Very positive - a definite enhancement in my life. Life-changing, in fact. Ed has been an exemplary teacher.
Extremely beneficial in dealing with stressful life experiences and realising how I have let them condition my life.
Gentle, challenging, informative, worthwhile and a great investment in me.
A very safe, supportive, caring environment.
An excellent course, delivered with great thought and care.
I am really pleased that I am able to practise mindfulness now because I've always been a bit cynical and 'it's not for me' before. It was what I really needed - maybe I resisted because it meant doing things differently.
The retreat was incredible. The surroundings and the sunshine made it even better. The cakes were great! It was a totally self caring time / space.
Beyond my expectations. I've learned that I can manage depression.
The retreat has given me some good foundations for being in a different way with myself and hopefully others. Thanks for helping me feel awake again.
Opening and enriching - I've been able to include 'bits' of me that I did not like or accept.
Wonderful - it has changed my life and will continue to do so. I've had a door (re)opened into a new way of being. I can see my thoughts much more clearly and accurately.
A pleasant short journey from existing in an internalised world to starting to engage with the external world again.
Very positive! I was certainly a little apprehensive about it at the start but have very much enjoyed being part of the group and sharing / listening to each others' thoughts.
I have learnt to become more in touch with underlying emotions and the importance of tailoring time out from doing.
An immensely positive experience. I am taking my time more, rushing less into things - I don't get impatient in queues, for example. This is extending into big business decisions and reaping big benefits.
I've learnt to be kinder to myself and to stop judging. The retreat day was an extraordinary experience.
Hearing the experiences of others has been incredibly enriching and taught me a huge amount. I didn't expect that!
I've reconnected with joy, serenity and the beauty of life.
I'm more relaxed after learning to be mindful. I feel like I know myself better, and can recognise my feelings.
I've learned how to be kinder to myself... it has helped me be less impulsive and perhaps less irrational then before.