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
Mindful Movement and Meditation
Online Event cancelled
Half a Day Retreat, Sat 17 April 2021, 10am -1pm
Cost: £25 - £50
Led by Ratnadevi
Many of us spend unprecedented amounts of time sitting in front of screens, being all eyes and brain, and very little body and breath.
This day will reconnect us to a way of feeling at ease in the body and letting movement evolve in a way that feels authentic, flowing and deeply nourishing. Within led sequences derived from Yoga and Feldenkrais Method we give ourselves permission to let go of ‘right and wrong’ and trust our discoveries; find our own, safe and satisfying ways of moving.
Together with some sitting meditation, poetry and sharing, the day aims to provide a balanced, connecting and deeply nourishing experience.
The day will be of interest to mindfulness teachers seeking to expand their understanding and repertoire of mindful movement as well as any practitioner of mindfulness.
We will do our best to work with the medium of zoom, rather than straining against it.
Living from the Heart:
Meditation, Movement and Mindful Communication
Due to the Corona situation booking is not yet open for this retreat.
22-25 October 2021
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.
Honouring All Parts of the Inner Community
A CPD enquiry workshop for mindfulness teachers and supervisors
Sat 24th April 2021
10:00 - 17:00
Cost £60 - £100
Led by Ratnadevi
As mindfulness teachers we are taught to minimise top down, lecturing styles of delivery and instead, allow our clients to discover their own wisdom by using open enquiry questions. But sometimes we can feel under time pressure, or wanting to perform well and
miss the cues that tell us what really matters to the participant. In our eagerness, we may home in on the lesson’s theme prematurely, rather than embodying a truly curious stance of being, open to what emerges in an atmosphere of radical acceptance of what is present.
When we start to investigate, we find that there are parts of us that are keen to apply themselves wholeheartedly to meditation and everyday mindfulness, and there are other parts that doubt our capability, or are interested in other things. In the interest of
deepening integration, all these parts need to be acknowledged and even befriended.
In this workshop we don’t just give these parts a perfunctory nod of acceptance, but engage them in a process of enquiry that draws out their good intentions for us. When we stop being at war with them, our energy will flow more readily and joyfully into our practice, both on and off the cushion (or stool or chair.) When our understanding of ourselves grows more complete and mature in this way, we are more likely to serve our clients better. We will feel more genuinely interested in whatever they present, alert for signs of greater
alignment, shifts of energy that indicate a home-coming to ‘Self’.
The day will include guided mindfulness practice of various kinds, some theory about ‘parts work’ or IFS (Internal Family Systems) processes developed by Rick Schwartz and Jay Earley, demonstrations and plenty of opportunities to practice enquiry.
The workshop can count towards your CPD requirements.
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