Vidyamala, Sona and Karen invite you to join them in exploring how we can work with our minds and hearts to move towards greater expansiveness, love and freedom.

There are many models for this journey from wisdom traditions and they will draw on some of these over the retreat – applying ancient wisdom to our minds in the modern world.

They will introduce an ‘energetic arc’ of awakening which includes becoming more mindful and present; getting to know experience; learning to release tight and contracted states; and opening to increasing levels of bliss, absorption and equanimity.

They will also introduce ways to work with all the habits and tendencies which prevent this kind of opening. This includes mental and emotional states such as: anxiety and restlessness; a dull mind and body; getting caught in loops of craving and ill-will; and doubt in the benefits of mindfulness practice. 

There will also be a Q & A session.

This retreat will be held in a hybrid format, with options to join In-Person or Online, as well as for the full week or just the weekend, enabling as many people to join as possible.

What will you gain?

  • Ways to work with habits that hinder deepening awareness
  • Ways to release the mind into ever more expansive and liberating awareness
  • A chance to meet in a small group everyday for shared mentoring
  • An opportunity for sustained practice in a retreat context

Who is this event for?

Open to anyone who has meditated for at least 6 months


Dates and Times:
(Times given in UK time - BST - see this
Time Zone Converter for your time zone)

Option Dates
Week-Long In-Person Start: Friday 16 September, 18:00
End: Friday
23 Sept, 11:00
Week-Long Online* Start: Friday 16 September, 19:00
End: Thursday 22 September, 20.30
Weekend Online* Start: Friday 16 September, 19:00
End: Sunday
18 September, 13.00

*The online sessions will be recorded, so if you miss a session you can catch up with the recording.

You can find a more detailed schedule on the individual event pages linked below.


In-Person: Adhisthana, Coddington Court, Coddington, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1JL

Online: Zoom (download for free here)

Meet the Retreat Leaders

Vidyamala Burch

Vidyamala is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, coach, award-winning author and Co-founder of 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, Breathworks has taught over 100,000 people their mindfulness-approach to coping with pain, illness and stress.

Vidyamala 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.

The British Pain Society awarded Vidyamala an honorary membership for her contribution to the field of pain management in 2018, and the Shaw Trust’s Power List has named her as one of the most influential disabled people in the UK for three years running.

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.

Karen Liebenguth

Karen is an accredited mindfulness teacher, certified coach and MBTI facilitator. 

Karen offers tailored mindfulness programs for the workplace as well as retreat days in nature. 

She specialises in ‘coaching while walking’ in natural settings tapping into the beneficial impact nature has on our psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Karen set up Green Space Coaching & Mindfulness in 2008 to foster personal and professional development, self-leadership and mental resilience.

Karen is an accredited and associate mindfulness trainer with Breathworks UK and a member of the Association of Coaching.


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.


Week-Long Residential Week-Long Online Weekend Online

Individual Rate

Full priced rate.

£800 - shared room

£950 -single room

£285 £125

Supporter Rate 

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

Not Available £375 £180

Concessionary Rate

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

£650 - shared room

£800 -single room

£650 - Single room for Health Reasons

£215 £85

Bursary Rate

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

Not Available £145 £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.

Book Your Place

Option Dates Booking Link
Week-Long In-Person Start: Friday 16 September, 18:00
End: Friday 23
 Sept, 11:00
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Week-Long Online*

Start: Friday 16 September, 19:00
End: Thursday 23 September, 20:30

Book Your Place
Weekend Online* Start: Friday 16 September, 19:00
End: Sunday
18 September, 11.00
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*The online sessions will be recorded, so if you miss a session you can catch up with the recording.