Opening to what is
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A 2-day Online Mindfulness Retreat 2021
Friday evening 19th – Sunday 21st November
Led by Barbara Hussong and Chantek McNeilage
We have pleasure in announcing and inviting you to attend this 2-day online retreat, offering the opportunity to practice together, supported by guided meditations, movements, readings and sharing.
As the seasons change through summer into Autumn we face changes outwardly and inwardly. Moving through these times under the influence of the pandemic we may also face many challenges. This for calls us to be aware as best we can in order to respond to situations and conditions as they arise. How do we best allow the simplicity of opening to what is, here and now in this moment, take place?
Over these two days we will have time to deepen our practice and resource ourselves together, through a mix of lightly guided practices supporting our experience of staying with what we find, moment-by-moment and allowing us to open into our own inner inquiry and embodied grounded connection.
Each day there will be a talk or theme given by one of the facilitators and a time to share your experience. It is important to participate in the entire retreat. Please ensure that the home environment is conducive for you to settle into a retreat without disturbance. You will need enough space for movement, lying down, standing and sitting practices.
The retreat will be held on the Zoom platform and we encourage you to have your video camera on where possible. You will need enough space for movement, lying down, standing and sitting practices. Please consider that the home environment is conducive for you to settle into a retreat.
(For those, needing to fulfil the retreat requirements for the Good Practice Guidelines & BAMBA, these 2 days can count towards the 5-day retreat requirement.)
Questions? please do get in touch. Email: [email protected]
or Chantek ([email protected])
Fees: Between £80 – £120
Concessions available to those who have reduced funds at this time.
Book Now! Places limited to 23 to avoid screen overcrowding.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Deepening into the Heart of Practice Retreat
A Five-Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat
With Barbara Hussong and Chantek McNeilage
Due to Government COVID-19 Restrictions the original retreat was cancelled, please inquire new dates for 2022
We offer the opportunity for anyone who has completed the 8-week MBSR/MBCT course to refresh and deepen your mindfulness practice in a residential retreat. For teachers, this retreat fulfils the UK Network’s Good Practice Guidelines requiring a commitment to attending an annual retreat.
Arrival from 4:00 pm with supper at 6:00 pm - Sunday ending at 4:00 pm
Where: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX
Emerson College is a beautiful, leafy campus with tranquil surroundings situated in extended grounds on the outskirts of Forest 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: £585 (includes teaching, accommodation and meals; concessions available)
£85 deposit. Places are limited so early application is recommended.
Beginning with our first evening session we will explore together what is at the heart of our own understanding of practice. How does it manifest, what is our felt sense of it and what is central in it? What would be a helpful, supportive way to extend and deepen our practice, and develop heartful attention? We will also open to exploring our resistances and what preoccupations and challenges hinder the deepening of our practice.
Over the following days we will explore various forms of practice together. Some will be guided and include movements, but most of the practices will be silent sitting and walking meditations. When we settle into this rhythm of silent practice and are supported by the silence, we can then allow ourselves to listen deeply and ‘be with’ whatever arises. This way we get in touch with our innate wisdom and connect with our centre, our heartfulness, which allows a kind and compassionate attitude within ourselves to arise and gives us a sense of coming home.
Through practising like this together in beautiful surroundings, for an extended period of time, we open to a greater sense of connection with the spaciousness within us and around us. This will enable us to respond from our core to our lives beyond the retreat with a deepened sense of grounded-ness, kindness and compassion.
The retreat leaders will offer talks and individual meetings to support your practice and inner inquiry. On Sunday afternoon we will end the silence and have the opportunity to share our experiences with each other.
We look forward to being together with you on this retreat, to go deeper into the heart of our practice, to relax and trust whatever comes up and enjoy ourselves.
Cancellations: In the event that you have to cancel, the full fee minus the £85 deposit will be refunded for cancellations received by March 20th. For cancellations after March 20th, 50% of the full fee minus the deposit will be refunded, unless your place can be filled, in which case you will be refunded the full fee minus the deposit.