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
Free online workshop: Mindful Movement and Sitting Meditation
suspended for the summer till further notice
Takes place every Tuesday from 6.15pm - 7.30pm
- Some gentle, Yoga and Feldenkrais-inspired movement sequences that connect you with your in-the-moment experience, nourish and ground you and shift gear into Being rather than Doing.
- Guided sitting meditations with different emphasises, giving us a sense of home-coming to a place of inner calm and friendliness.
- Some poetry to inspire us.
Living from the Heart:
Meditation, Movement and Mindful Communication
Led by Ratnadevi and Jayaraja
Course fee/deposit £125
Cost for accommodation and food: £165 single room, £120 twin room each, £96 dorm.
Early booking is recommended. It starts at 6pm on Friday and finishes on Monday after breakfast.
This retreat is an opportunity to come together as a temporary community to explore what it means to live from the heart. In a safe and fun environment we explore emotionally intelligent ways of being with ourselves and others that lead to a deeper sense of connection. Supported by meditation, some periods of silence and replenishing movement, we learn mindful ways to communicate that allow us to
feel more alive to ourselves and sensitive to others
see what truly matter and live authentically
learn to recognise some old, protective patterns of judging, blaming, or immediately wanting to fix problems, that don’t really serve us any longer
take courage and shed some of the burden of our small, fearful, defensive selves
feel part of a loving flow of interconnectedness.
There will be time for exploring the beautiful and peaceful countryside and the largely home- grown food on Holy Isle is truly exceptional.
Booking procedure: You will be asked to pay £125/person which covers tuition and the hire of the peace hall. You must indicate the accommodation you would like and Ratnadevi will then contact Holy Isle to book your room. Usually there are plenty of spaces for all types of accommodation. See this website for pricing. Payment for accommodation will be made upon arrival on Holy Isle. After booking you will receive a letter of confirmation with more information incl travel details.
Healing Self and the World
Mindfulness and Active Hope Day Retreat online
What does it take to live through these
challenging times of pandemic and climate
change with resilience, clarity and open-
We live in a space without maps and may feel cast
loose, unmoored, frightened. It takes courage and
the solidarity with like-minded people to not look
away, but practice Radical Attention and
A committed, daily practice of meditation and
regularly going on retreat are essential in
providing the necessary stability, inner calm,
compassion and creativity and that allow us to
acknowledge our difficult feelings and liberate our
blocked and confused energies into action.
The retreat offers a programme of mindful
movements, body-scan and a variety of sitting
meditations, as well as poetry and some
opportunity for sharing in small groups.
‣ Stop and rest, and appreciate what the mirror
of your awareness reflects.
‣ Access and trust your sources of compassion
and healing for yourself and our world.
‣ Connect with your heart-felt values and gain
confidence that you can live from them.
‣ Enjoy the felt sense of interconnectedness with
the group and all life.
‣ Reset your system to experience natural calm
‣ Make use of the wealth of experience of the
Who: Ratnadevi and Larry Butler
Who For: some previous experience of meditation
When: Saturday 8 August 2020
Time: 10am – 5pm
between £20 (unwaged, and for participants of 8 wk Mindfulness and Active Hope course staring 13 July)
- £60 (higher earner) Higher amounts support inclusion of all regardless of means. Please consider donating as much as you are able
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