Everything's Connected: mindful compassion as a pathway to connecting deeply with ourselves and the world around us
A week of supported meditation and mindfulness practice in a beautiful setting in the Scottish Borders.
When: Sunday 7th April 2019 - Friday 12th April 2019
Start time: 6pm, End time: 11am
Where: Wiston Lodge, Millrigg Road, Wiston, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML12 6HT
Cost: £675 (£575 concessionary), including £100 deposit
(there is a 10% discount for Breathworks Students and Teachers, and a 50% discount for Associate Teachers)
In this retreat we will explore ways in which our mindfulness practice can enable us to connect to our own experience, to other people and to the world around us, from a place of acceptance, kindness and compassion. Mindful acceptance is not a passive quality, but rather a courageous and creative engagement with whatever is showing up in our experience, whether on an individual or societal level. Kindness brings the quality of warmth without which mindfulness could be just a cool or detached attention. And compassion allows us to become, as it were, a ‘bigger container’, able to hold our suffering and the suffering of others with acceptance and love, opening us to the possibility of taking potentially transformative, compassionate action.
We all have the potential to benefit from these deeply human qualities; if you’re here you’ve probably experienced that for yourself. This retreat aims to provide the conditions for that potential to express itself more fully; a peaceful location, a spacious schedule of practice, time, the support of experienced teachers, and the friendship of the group.
Some meditation and mindful movement teaching sessions will be offered every day to help you take your practice deeper, and otherwise this retreat will mostly be held in silence. The schedule will provide a helpful structure for group practice, but within that, and in your free time, you will be free to follow whatever thread of practice is alive for you.
The retreat includes opportunities to talk to one of the team about your meditation practice.
Retreat Leaders: Ginny and Narapa are two of Breathworks’ most senior teachers, and each has decades of experience of personal practice and teaching mindfulness and compassion to others, as well as a deep appreciation of the potential for these practices to reveal to us our interconnected nature, both with one another and the world around us.
I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.
- Maya Angelou, Human Family
Book your place now using the link below, and join us!
Programme: A typical day's programme is as follows:
7.00 rise (moving to 6.30 after third day) followed by meditation
10.30 teaching and meditation
12.15 mindful movement
1.00 lunch followed by free time to rest and take walks in the countryside
4.00 meditation reviews either individually or in groups
There are a limited number of concessionary places at £595, 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 per 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.
If you are a student member of the Breathworks Training Programme or an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness teacher and are interested in attending this retreat, but wouldn't be able to do so because of financial hardship, please contact the office to discuss discount or payment options.