Every so often dedicating a day to the practice of mindfulness, in the company of like-minded people can make a big difference in finding more sanity in our busy lives. The day retreats at part of longer courses and can be booked as stand-alone event by anyone who has previosuly done a mindfulness course.

 

Longer, residential retreats are often a turning point for people, taking the understanding of mindfulness to a deeper level and helping to make it an integral part of one's life.

Upcoming Retreats & Workshops

Nourishing Ourselves & Our World

 Mindfulness and Expressive Writing Retreat

14th to 19th November 2022

with Ratnadevi and Sukhema (aka Larry Butler)

A 5-day retreat in the glorious setting of Myres Castle, combining meditation, mindful movement and expressive writing.  

For more info click here.

To book, please download the application form. 

Bringing Mindfulness to Life

Day Workshop on Sun 6th Nov 22, 10am – 5pm

Ratnadevi offers a nourishing and stimulating workshop/ retreat related to themes of her new book.

A flow of a range of meditations, mindful movement, readings and engagement with others.  

more information

Waking Up our Ecological Selves

Active Hope Day Workshop

 Sunday 1 Oct 22, 10am - 5pm

  with Ratnadevi and Sukhema (aka Larry Butler)

Where:   St. Peter’s Church, Linlithgo

Cost:    £70

A workshop to hold the pain that we feel for the world, awaken us to interconnection and inspire hope and action.

 

"If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced that it will be through ordinary people, people whose love for this world is even greater than their fear. "

- Joanna Macy

 

The day offers an introduction to the Work That Reconnects and presents a flow of practical exercises and meditations, starting with gratitude. 

more information 

Booking: email  pamela.kay.barnes@gmail.com

  Testimonials: 

‘I attended a 5 day retreat in May this year led by Ratnadevi on Holy Isle.  The island is a special place, steeped in history and protected from the busy-ness of life by not just the small ferry crossing from Arran but also by the retreat setting itself with its own gardens, its Buddhist philosophy, and the beauty of its setting. Having a teacher with a lifetime of experience in meditation and therapeutic methods provided a wonderful atmosphere to deepen our self-awareness, learn new practices,  and brought many moments of joy and connection for us all.  It was a privilege to have been there.  Many thanks.’   Dr Derek Chase Retired GP

The careful thought, imagination and dedication that went in to planning and delivering all the different exercises and elements were so evident - and much appreciated.  I particularly liked being outside, where this was possible.

-Christine Sutton, Social Work Manager, after a weekend on Holy Isle

I would like to thank you deep in my heart for the retreat and the care and compassion you showed to us all, including my daughters who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We had long chats about the inner critic on the train home and laughed and cried about how much more awake we feel. I sat looking out the window at the beautiful countryside rolling by, the groups of small lambs curled up together on the spring grass and I felt so calm and whole. Thank you for helping me back to this stillness.

-Charlotte Bouchier

Ratnadevi is an inspiring teacher who brings both great compassion and the wisdom of long experience to her leadership of the retreat. Her retreat programme allowed plenty of space for exploration and reflection of a number of mindfulness themes, with a lovely sense of gentle but firm purpose. The retreat at Ardfern was such a wonderful opportunity for deepening and refreshing my practice, extending my learning, and sharing with others. I have returned home with a renewed sense of commitment and enthusiasm. The silence and the size of the group worked very well for me, with a lovely balance of intimacy without intrusion. And Ardfern seems to me perfect place for a retreat -  natural beauty, comfort, quiet -  full of life at the same time.

-Dan Markus, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

This was a spacious retreat, where practice deepened and unfolded at the right pace and with the right amount of gentle and thoughtful guidance from Ratnadevi and Larry. Each day had been carefully planned. The different practices complemented each other well and I felt, allowed me to progress through an interesting personal journey, sometimes hard, sometimes easy but never trivial. The beautiful surroundings were of particular importance, allowing a deeper connection with nature to develop, culminating in a shared experience, watching the Milky Way and shooting stars on a clear night.

-Michele Hipwell, Health Psychologist and environmentalist

The structure of the retreat was elegantly put together and flowed well - a clear map, providing direction and places to pause. The group was prepared step by step for the silence, which met my needs for connection. All facilitation by Ratnadevi was done with care, kindness and authenticity. I particularly liked the precision of language and economy of words. She is an exceptional teacher - I am so fortunate to learn from someone who has vast experience and practice.

- Ann, psychotherapist.

The conditions offered themselves perfectly to reconnecting to a deep sense of place, serenity and connection with nature and with others. Ratnadevi encouraged us to approach our difficulties in a new way, with more kindness, flexibility and deeper inquiry, which is not only  of great personal benefit but refreshing curiosity and development as a mindfulness teacher .

- Hermione Thornhill, clinical pyschotherapist

The teachings were uplifting, gentle and delivered at exactly the right pace. Ratnadevi and the group created a lovely peaceful and other-worldly atmosphere. I am looking forward to practicing mindfulness and meditation in a more flexible and accepting way - anticipating great adventures.

 - John O’Reilly, ecologist and psychotherapist in training

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