A 3-day silent residential mindfulness retreat
Emerson College in Forrest Row near East Grinstead, RH18 5JX
An opportunity for anyone who has completed the 8-week MBSR/MBCT course
to refresh and deepen your mindfulness practice in a residential retreat.
Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon, May 23rd - 26th, 2019.
Emerson College, Forrest Row, East Sussex, is a beautiful, leafy campus with tranquil surroundings situated in extended grounds on the outskirts of Forrest Row, East Sussex. We will have a separate house for our group room and a separate dining room. The wholesome food is vegetarian with vegan and gluten free options. The accommodation is in single rooms with a basin, shared toilets and showers. The Centre is 10-minutes by taxi from East Grinstead Station, which is one hour from London Victoria or London Bridge Station. www.emerson.org.uk
Fee: £310 (concessions available)
This includes teaching, accommodation and meals.
£50 deposit required and the balance of the full fee is due by April 15th. Places are limited so early application is recommended.
Barbara Hussong has been a student and teacher in Zen and Tibetan Buddhist meditation and Tai Chi Chuan for over 25 years. For several years she devoted all her time to meditation practice before training as a psychotherapist in the UK 20 years ago. Since then she has worked in private practice with individuals presenting with a wide range of problems.
She trained in mindfulness-based approaches at CMRP at Bangor University in 2005 and began teaching the 8-week course to individuals and small groups in 2006 in Kent. She provides supervision for mindfulness teachers and continuing support for mindfulness students following the 8-week course in form of monthly group meetings, offering day retreats and teaching the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living course.
In the past she has been co-leading silent retreats together with Cindy Cooper. She finds Mindfulness invaluable in learning to be with pain, difficulties and change in her own life.
We begin our first evening session exploring together our experience with beginnings. Life consists of countless beginnings, but often we are not fully aware of them. Some are bigger events some are smaller, some are active decisions initiated by us and some just happen to us. When we are aware we might see various, sometimes contradictory aspects of them, like expectant joy, ambiguity and trepidation or even resistance.
When changes take place, part of our habitual protective pattern is to want to hold onto the past and keep things the way they were. But when we can open up and relax, relating to our experience as it is with gentleness and kindness, then we can see it as a new opportunity, something that is full of promise. If we can connect with our quality of awareness and relate to the situation as it arises with an openness to the unknown, then it becomes a new beginning and enables us to realise its full potential.
Having this deeper sense of connection gives us an opportunity to embrace all the possibilities of life and we can move forward with a greater sense of fulfilment and joy. What would it be like to link into our grounded presence, trusting each new moment and our innate ability to respond spontaneously and creatively to whatever arises? Can we accept the realisation that we are actually alive, fluid, unfixed beings with endless possibilities and freedom? With greater awareness of how we are now, we can accept what is in us and around us, which then allows us to be open to beginnings and change with greater care and compassion.
Most of our time on the retreat will be spent engaged in silent sitting and walking practice, and the retreat leader will offer daily talks and individual meetings. In this way, grounded in silent retreat practice, we have a rare opportunity to be fully with ourselves and explore what new beginnings mean to each of us. On Sunday afternoon we will end the silence and have the opportunity to share with each other our experiences of the retreat.
Cancellations: In the event that you have to cancel, the full fee minus the £50 deposit will be refunded for cancellations received by April 15th. 50% of the full fee, minus the deposit, will be refunded for cancellations after April 15th, unless your place can be filled, in which case you will be refunded the full fee minus the deposit.