A day retreat allows for a more sustained and intensive cultivation of the mindfulness perspective. These retreats are for people who already have some experience of the practices of mindfulness meditation; perhaps coming to the end of an 8 week course, or graduates of previous 8 week courses. They are also suitable for mental health & well-being practitioners who are exploring how to weave the mindfulness and acceptance perspective into their therapeutic work with others. (CPD certificates will be available on prior request )
Intended as a day for deepening personal practice, support, networking and facilitated group inter-vision; the balance between these intentions will depend upon the group composition and the stated individual needs and preferences of participants. As well as serving as a refresher for mindfulness practices typically used in an 8 week course we’ll work with new practices such as: ‘loving kindness’ and ‘compassion’.
The first half of the day will proceed in 'noble' silence that extends to include a gourmet lunch eaten in meditative silence. Most practices are led; mindful walks in nature in the afternoon are self-directed. We will also explore topics of concern through a group process of facilitated mindful inquiry.
As we approach the dark of winter, the theme for the mindful inquiry in the afternoon will be:
"Mindfulness in troubling times"
We'll explore the potential of mindfulness not only for developing our own personal resilience, but also as a vehicle for the promotion of evolutionary, pro-social change.
This winter retreat will take place at "Dan's Meadow" on the Martlesham edge of Woodbridge. An advantage of this self-catering location is that the lunch will be lovingly prepared by my wife, and BWIS associate, Mary Foord-Brown