The 'Mindfulness-in-Nature' retreats offer opportunities to consolidate, deepen and extend our mindfulness practices - and to re-connect with the land, both as meditators and in active engagement during woodland management work periods.
The long weekend in spring, and the autumn seven day silent, led retreats with mindfulness teachers: Martin Wilks and Robert Black and Gareth Burr - of the Independent Mindfulness teachers Guild, IMTG, bring a new opportunity for CPD to mindfulness practitioners and teachers that combines an affordable accessibility with the inspirational experience of being - temporarily - a woodland creature.
- May 3'rd - 5'th 2019 3-Day "Mindfulness-in-nature, silent-led retreat", arriving on Friday 3'rd 5pm- until the Sunday afternoon
What better place to be – deep in the heart of woodlands – for rediscovering our own natural propensity for mindfulness, a return to nature and a return to our own natural state of mind. We are blessed in having private access to an ancient woodland in a medieval landscape.
These mindfulness in nature retreat will involve daily guided meditation undercover in the woods, as well as periods of silent self-directed meditation practice at a place of solitude discovered and made comfortable by each individual retreatant in their own way.
A unique opportunity for mindfulness practitioners to consolidate and deepen their practice. Most of the time will be spent in noble silence - by agreeing amongst ourselves not to speak to each other we find the spaciousness to listen more fully to the sounds of the woods in season. To listen too, to our own inner dialogue, to notice when we are in it, and to notice ourselves noticing.
Special areas of suitably soft and dry ground are set-aside for camping. The infrastructure of the living space is simple, with cosy fire-side sofas and dining area, showers, hot tub, sauna, and compost loos etc, though you will need to bring your own accommodation: tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag.
We will be working with our comfort and discomfort with the elements as an essential part of our practice. We will engage with beauty and boredom, within and without and embrace the many aspects of our experience in nature with an awakening mind.
Each day will include a period of woodland work, working on a specific task mindfully, and cooperating with others in community support activities such as food preparation, cleaning up activities, or managing the fires. We will conclude on the last day with a ceremonial ending of noble silence and preparing for the return to our regular worlds.
The independent Mindfulness Teachers Guild (IMTG)
An affiliation of like-minded mindfulness teachers and teachers of mindfulness-based approaches (MBAs). The Guild uphold standards and criteria that are now becoming associated with the consolidated form of secular mindfulness. This IMTG peer-group, known as the 'The East Anglian Group' is currently offering a three-day retreats in the winter & spring and a seven-day, silent led retreat in September.
The Interdependent Teachers Guild describes a group that grows in authority and stature in relation to the integrity of its members and with the peer groups that are co-affiliated and interconnected with it.
This Affiliation follows from the insight and experience of the Independent practitioners network (IPN) for a model of 'horizontal accountability'. The IMTG therefore relies on the core component of a 'peer inter-vision group' which works to create ethical guidelines and statements with which all its members concur.
In the model of collective peer approval, the most authoritative statement one could make about the authenticity of one’s teaching practice would be 'I am a member of a fully linked IMTG peer-group'