Mar 11, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020
Jul 18, 2020 - Jul 22, 2020
Sep 26, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
In this Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: Coming Home to Self-Compassion, you are invited to come home to self-kindness, to meet the friend within. This one day retreat is an invitation for you to befriend yourself, to rest, to recharge, to find your balance. All through the retreat, you will be guided in an easy and natural way to be present in a warm friendship with yourself while remaining silent. This is an opportunity for those who have already started mindfulness meditation to deepen and to refresh their practice to ease their struggles, to find peace, to access inner joy and wisdom.
The presenters Marie Bloomfield and Kelli Travers, both psychologists and meditation teachers are there to assist you throughout the day of the retreat. Marie and Kelli will guide you to the mindfulness and self-compassion meditations exercises, so you can be more present to the on-goings of your mind and be able to attend to your needs in a compassionate way.
Living better with mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion
Numerous studies over the last 30 years have shown the benefits of mindfulness, self-compassion and meditation. Typically, individuals who take on meditation and informal practices of mindfulness and self-compassion are more emotionally stable and have better control of their mood and behaviours. They are more able to handle stress throughout the day and to relax before bedtimes. Because they are more present, they can make the most of their lives as it is; bounce from the difficulties and enjoy the good moments. Mindful self-compassion meditation practices increase the capacity for happiness in us all.
What to expect during the mindfulness retreat
Throughout the retreat, you will be guided in mindfulness and self-compassion meditations to pay attention to the here and now, with curiosity and kindness. We will offer you opportunities to take time to savour, to appreciate, to bring warm-hardheartedness to yourselves, to meet whatever arises with loving kindness and compassion.
During the retreat, we will encourage you to come home to your body, heart and mind; allowing and letting yourself be as you are, like a good friend. This attitude of openness, kindness and acceptance to whatever is, enables us to live with greater calm, clarity and strength.
This Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat will consist of guided meditations, visualizations, alternating with mindful movements, mindful walking, mindful eating, with periods of rest in between. A wide variety of mindfulness and self-compassion meditations will be presented such as affectionate breathing, loving kindness, compassionate friend, giving and receiving compassion, compassionate mindful walking, sense and savoury walk, movement meditation, befriending the body and others. The teachers will provide ongoing simple and easy mindfulness instructions for various practices while the participants are expected to remain silent for the duration of the retreat.
This mindfulness meditation retreat will be imbued with loving-kindness and self-compassion, focusing on our natural ability to become still, to be present, to be aware, to observe, to be curious, to inquire, to savour, to appreciate and to cultivate loving-kindness. At the end of this silent mindfulness meditation retreat, there will be a short talk and sharing of experiences.
What to bring: lunch, snack, hat, cushions, yoga mat, blanket, slippers, comfortable clothes, hat, raincoat and umbrella (for rain forecast).
We offer this retreat either as a full-day or half-day: