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
Mindfulness Day Retreat
led by Ratnadevi
Saturday 26 Feb 22, 10am – 4 pm
cost £30 - £50
for anyone with some previous experience of meditation
Feeling somewhat distracted, frazzled, overwhelmed, tired, uninspired, disconnected, short-tempered, indulging in addictions and lacking a sense of direction and meaning?
If any of these descriptions apply to you it is time for some deep nourishment through meditation and gentle, mindful movement. It will restore your inner equilibrium and get your heart singing again. Meditating with others helps us to let go of excess effort, relax and breathe easy.
The day will be mostly silent, with expertly and sensitively led periods of meditations, interspersed with simple movement sequences, bodyscan and walking meditations.
Mindfulness and Empathy in Communication
An online 6-week course with Ratnadevi
start Wed 9 Feb, 7 – 9pm
for people with previous experience of mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness practice can make a big difference to our lives, imbuing our days with more spaciousness, meaning, kindness and choice. Often it is in our communication with others that the ability to stay present and non-reactive is most tested. We all long for harmony, mutual respect, understanding and fun, but when faced with conflict, we can find ourselves tensing up and falling into old patterns, that can be hard to shift. Or we engage in safe, socially accepted ways of relating that miss the opportunity to listen deeply and touch in with what really moves and connects us.
This course explores the common ground between mindfulness practices and empathetic communication, within ourselves and with others. It teaches us to stand in the power of self-compassion while reaching out to others. It encourages us to transform judgements and criticism into deeper understandings. In other words: it can transform our lives!
We will develop our emotional literacy, as well as the skills and confidence to discover and galvanise the energy inherent in needs and values. We learn to be accurate in our observations and precise and invitational in our requests.
This course will be of benefit to anyone who is interested to connect more effectively and kindly, with parts of themselves, family and friends and in their professional lives. For mindfulness teachers and supervisors, it can feed into their enquiry skills.
There will be guided meditation practises integrated with structured explorations, mainly based on Nonviolent or Compassionate communication (Marshall Rosenberg). There will be suggestions on how to take the learning into the week and it is recommended to keep a diary.
Like anything new we want to implement in our lives, it needs practice. There will be the option to meet for short periods of time with another course participant between sessions, to have a further go at some of the exercises and support each other in new ways of relating
Ratnadevi has been teaching mindfulness for over thirty years, is a certified mindfulness coach and a long-term practitioner of Nonviolent Communication. See www.livingmindfulness.net for more info.
Cost: sliding scale between £100 – £200
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.
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