Imagination is an extraordinary human faculty. When used in mindfulness practice, it can help us become emotionally engaged and tap into a sense of wonderment and awe. Through imagination we are able to touch a deeper mystery of life.

In this weekend retreat, Breathworks Founders Vidyamala and Sona will draw on their many decades of mindfulness and compassion experience to create a weekend of diving deeper into the vivid depths of your imagination.

Imagination is closely connected with creativity. If you are not a naturally creative person, worry not. In this retreat you will be guided through a variety of different exercises created to draw out our inner creativity with movement, music, crayons and writing, as well as simply sitting quietly and allowing the imagination to roam.

Vidyamala and Sona are a complementary co-teaching team who will create a safe and supportive environment for you to get the most out of practicing at home.

You will learn concepts and theory, alongside opportunities to engage in practice and share your experiences with others.

Please note that this retreat is for people who have meditated for 6 months or more.

Are you ready to bring your creative imagination to life?

What You Will Gain?

  • Explore theories of the imagination and its importance for human flourishing
  • Explore different ways to bring imagination into your meditation practice
  • Unlock your creativity through guided exercises
  • Benefit from shared experience with other like-minded meditators around
  • Join a retreat from the comfort of your own home

Who is this event for?

People who have a meditation practice of at least 6 months.

Details

When: Friday 9 December 2022 

Time: 19.30 (EDT – 15.30pm; AEST – 5.30am, see this Time Zone Converter for your time zone)

Where: Zoom (download for free here)


Please note, bookings for this event will close on Thursday 8 December at 2.30pm.

Schedule

Times are given in UK time (GMT) - see this Time Zone Converter for your time zone.

When

What

9 December

Time

Activity

7.30 – 8.30 pm

Introduction to retreat

10 December

7.30 – 8.30 am

Mindful movement and meditation

10.30 – 13.00

Morning session (with regular screen breaks)

3.30 – 5.30 pm

afternoon session (with regular screen breaks)

7.30 – 8.30 pm

Evening session / meditation (with the option to finish early and move if you need to)

11 December

7.30 – 8.30 am

Mindful movement and meditation

10.30 – 13.00

Morning session (with regular screen breaks)

How to Join

When you book you will be taken to a form to complete. Once completed, we will email you your confirmation and a link to join the event via the platform Zoom. When you receive the link - simply click on it at the start time to join the online video call. Click here for a short video on how to use Zoom.

How to Prepare for an Online Retreat?

Here are a few preparation details:

  • Please wear loose and comfy clothing
  • For the retreat we will be doing a mixture of lying down meditations, simple mindful movement and sitting meditation. Ideally you'll create a space in your home to do this where you can also access the zoom room. So please take time preparing a space before the event, if possible. No worries if you can't as I'll lead all the sessions accommodating whatever situation you have at home.
  • To help create a sense of being on retreat, please un-plug from as many distractions as possible. We recognise you'll be online during the retreat accessing the zoom room but if you can stay off other digital distractions this will help you feel on 'retreat at home'. Likewise, if appropriate, please let anyone you live with know that you'll be on retreat and create as spacious a context as possible.
  • If possible please prepare snacks and lunch in advance so you don't need to get busy in the kitchen during the event. Again this will help you feel more in retreat mode.

You can read more about how to prepare for a retreat from home in this article by Vidyamala.



About Vidyamala & Sona

Vidyamala is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, coach, award-winning author and Co-founder of the leading mindfulness organisation Breathworks.

Vidyamala began teaching her mindfulness approach for managing pain and illness following her own personal experience living with health challenges. At age 23, she sustained spinal injuries that required multiple surgeries and left her with partial paraplegia and chronic pain. She began to explore mindfulness and meditation as a way to manage her pain and found the results to be life changing and transformative.

In 2004, she developed the world’s first Mindfulness-based Pain Management (MBPM) programme with friends and fellow meditation teachers Sona Fricker and Gary Hennessey. Today, her approach has been recognised by the NHS and health boards globally and has reached over 100,000 people coping with pain, illness and stress.

Vidyamala’s list of accolades includes an OBE for services to Wellbeing and Pain Management, an honorary membership from The British Pain Society for her outstanding work for the alleviation of pain and the Shaw Trust Power List’s award for her influence as a person living with a disability for three years running.

She is the author of Living Well with Pain and Illness (2008), Mindfulness for Health (2013), and Mindfulness for Women (2016). Mindfulness for Health was awarded first prize in Popular Medicine in the British Medical Association Books Awards in 2014, and was named the best self-help book in its category by health professionals in the UK’s Reading Well Scheme.

Vidyamala offers wise and kind guidance and through her work hopes to pass on the tools that have helped her reclaim a full, happy and meaningful life.

Sona is a mindfulness and movement teacher and Co-founder of Breathworks. Following a powerful experience on a retreat some years ago, he responded to a growing urge to devote more of his life to caring for people who suffer from pain and illness. Inspired by Vidyamala’s work, he joined her in founding and growing Breathworks to where it is today.

Sona started practising hatha yoga in his early twenties, before taking up meditation at a Buddhist centre in North London.  Soon after, he was ordained and across the subsequent years he has devoted his life to practising and teaching mindfulness, meditation and Buddhist philosophy around the world.

Sona was involved in the establishment and running of several public meditation 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.

Cost

Supporter's rate

Pay for yourself and help support one person to join on a Bursary.

£180

Individual rate

Normal priced rate

£125

Concession rate

For those in financial hardship who cannot afford our full priced rate (see below for more).

£85

Bursary rate

A limited number of places are reserved for those unable to afford the Concessionary Rate.

£30

A Guide to Concessionary & Bursary Place

Breathworks is a charitable organisation with a mission to make the benefits of mindfulness accessible to everyone. To help remove barriers for people in financial hardship, we offer a limited number of concessionary and bursary places on events and courses. We operate our booking system on the basis of self-assessment and trust. Please have a careful read of our eligibility guide below, and contact us if you have any further questions.

Concessionary Rate: applies to individuals with an income of less than £18,500 a year (or less than £24,000 if you live in London). 

Bursary Rate: a limited number of bursary places are reserved for individuals with significant financial barriers that limits them from affording the Concessionary Rate.


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

Supporter's rate - Imagination - 2022

Decrease Increase £180.00

Individual rate - Imagination - 2022

Decrease Increase £125.00

Concession rate - Imagination - 2022

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Bursary rate - Imagination - 2022

Decrease Increase £30.00