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.

Coming to our Senses Through Yoga and Meditation

on Holy Isle 3-6 April 2020

Take a break from the speed and complexity of life and re-connect with the things that really matter: feeling centered and connected to ourselves, others, the environment and our purpose in life.  Yoga is both invigorating and relaxing and together with meditation helps us to slow down and see, hear, smell and touch the world with fresh appreciation. The emphasis in the yoga is on mindfulness and enjoyment and includes some Feldenkrais sequences. The daily programme is interspersed with several short (10 –30 min) meditations of different kinds and there will be opportunities to share how we are getting on.

There will also be space to look at our lives with fresh eyes and explore what gives us true satisfaction. Weather permitting some practice will take place outside, in the peaceful and magical setting of the island – maybe doing walking meditation among the horses.

The retreat is suitable for beginners and people who practice mindfulness already and are looking for an opportunity to deepen their experience.

 

Cost for accommodation and food: £165 single room, £120 twin room each, £96 dorm. Course fee: £125

Cost for accommodation and food: £165 single room, £120 twin room each, £96 dorm. Course fee: £125

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 Holy Isle

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

Breathe easy: mindfulness day retreat

Sunday 24 Nov, 10am – 4pm, cost £40, conc. on application

at the Yoga Extension, Glasgow

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 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.

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Work That Reconnects 

on Holy Isle,  28 May - 3 June.

with Larry Butler, Ratnadevi and Kristine Janson.

 

The Work That Reconnects is a form of transformative groupwork comprised of exercises, meditation, reflection, and discussion developed by Joanna Macy. It aims to reconnect us, empower us to reclaim our lives, our communities, and our planet by providing tools and practices that offer insights into how we can work together, open our hearts and build a truly life sustaining society.


During this six-day experiential workshop on the beautiful Holy Isle, we will use a form of transformative group work to give us energy and focus to respond to the current challenges faced by our planet. A retreat is a powerful way to connect more deeply with others who share our concerns, under the supportive guidance of experienced facilitators. We weave our way from gratitude into honouring our pain for the world, and then find new and empowering perspectives that inform our going forth. 

For more info and to book: butlerlarry@talktalk.net