This weekend retreat is designed for these times. It seems likely we will still be living with some of the upheaval and uncertainty due to the global pandemic. 

In these circumstances it is even more imperative than usual to do all we can to call on a kind of fearless presence, strength and courage within ourselves alongside kindness, empathy and compassion towards all beings. 

Let us get our hearts and minds working with us rather than against us to both make our own lives easier and be a force for good in the world.

Event Schedule

Friday 16th July

19.30

20.30

Welcome & introduction to the retreat

Saturday 17th July

There will be regular screen breaks throughout the day

7.30

8.30

Guided meditation

(the guided meditation will be approx 30 mins with the opportunity to sit on for those who’d like to)

8.30

10.30

Break

10.30

13.00

Morning session

13.00

15.30

Break

15.30

17.30

Afternoon session

17.30

19.30

Break

19.30

20.30

Guided practice

(with options to move if you need to during this period)

 

Sunday 18th July

7.30

8.30

Guided meditation

(the guided meditation will be approx 30 mins with the opportunity to sit on for those who’d like to)

8.30

10.30

Break

10.30

13.00

Morning session

13.00

Finish

Who is this event for

The retreat is suitable for people coming for their own personal benefit, as well as mindfulness and meditation teachers and associated disciplines.

People need to have been meditating for at least 6 months to attend this retreat.

Mindfulness teachers and practitioners can use this as a CPD opportunity. A certificate of attendance with 11 hours CPD will be available on request.

What will you gain from attending

A deeper understanding of mindfulness and compassion and how to apply this to the challenges of life.

Meet the Retreat Leaders

Vidyamala Burch

Originally from New Zealand, Vidyamala sustained life-changing spinal injuries in her teens.

35 years ago she started exploring mindfulness and meditation to help her manage her pain and disability and she has been a dedicated practitioner since that time.

In 2001 she started running mindfulness courses and in 2003 co-founded Breathworks, an internationally successful organisation dedicated to offering mindfulness and compassion to people suffering from pain, illness and stress www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk.

Vidyamala’s vision in establishing Breathworks was to translate ancient Buddhist practices into language that is accessible to anyone living with difficult circumstances - regardless of faith, culture or race. Her particular interest is how to work with physical suffering, but her approach can be applied to working with any sort of pain or difficulty. There are now nearly 500 Breathworks teachers in over 35 countries.

Vidyamala teaches and speaks internationally. She specializes in mindfulness and compassion retreats and workshops.

She has written several books:

  • the best-selling Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well-being (with Danny Penman
  • Living well with Pain and Illness – the mindful way to free yourself from suffering
  • Mindfulness for Women - declutter your mind, simplify your life, find time to ‘be’ (with Claire Irvin). www.mindfulness4women.com

She has also published a number of guided meditation CDs and DVDs and is featured on several apps including Insight Timer.

Mindfulness Expert Vidyamala Burch - Founding Director - Breathworks

Sona Fricker

Sona started practising hatha yoga in his early twenties, and then took up meditation at a Buddhist centre in North London. That was back in the early 1970s. Soon after, he was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order, now the Triratna Buddhist Order.

For the subsequent forty odd years he has devoted his life to practising and teaching mindfulness, meditation and Buddhist philosophy around the world. He was involved in the establishment and running of several public centres, including in Stockholm, Sweden, and worked as director of a retreat centre in the UK, where he spent much time leading and attending intensive retreats. He has led retreats and training programmes in the UK, Germany, Holland, Sweden, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Following a powerful experience on a retreat some years ago, he has responded to a growing urge to devote more of his life to caring for people who suffer from pain and illness. At that time he had developed a close friendship with Vidyamala and was inspired by the work she was doing teaching mindfulness-based techniques to manage long-term health conditions. He trained with Vidyamala in the Breathworks Programme back in 2003 and is a co-founder of the Breathworks organisation.

Cost

We're offering four different pricing options to those wishing to join us, and asking participants to pay the highest sustainable amount that they can, so that we can offer places at a reduced cost to those less able to afford a place. The average cost per person per day to Breathworks to offer a programme is £120.

£30 Scholarship rate
£80 Reduced rate
£120 Individual rate
£150 Supporter's rate - pays for yourself and one scholarship for another

Concessionary Places

There are a limited number of concessionary places which are available to people in financial hardship. As a guide we suggest this applies to people with an income of less than £17,000 a year, or less than £20,000 if you live in London. If your annual income is higher than this and would like to discuss your eligibility for a concessionary place for other reasons, please contact us.


Please note that we usually record our online CPD events for training purposes and so that we can widen the pool of people we can make the learning experience available to after the event. If you don't wish to be recorded, please feel free to switch off your video and/or audio during the event.


Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Concession - Scholarship Rate - Retreat July 2021

Decrease Increase £30.00

Concession - Reduced Rate - Retreat July 2021

Decrease Increase £80.00

Individual Rate - Retreat July 2021

Decrease Increase £120.00

Individual - Support' rate- Retreat July 2021

Decrease Increase £150.00