The Silent Day Retreat is the ultimate way to get you away from from the pandemonium and stressful lives we lead and provide an opportunity to de-stress fully. It is a moment’s respite, when we can come off the hamster wheel and take some time out to rejuvenate and re-connect with our Selves.
Our Day Retreats in 2017 will be lead by my Mindfulness teacher, Suvaco who lived for 18 years as monk in a forest monastery in Thailand. He is an experienced Mindfulness teacher as well as a Spiritual Psychotherapist & Tai Qi teacher. He regularly leads Retreats at Gaia House in Devon. One of his Dharma Talks titled Morning Reflections can be heard here.
Included in the day’s programme will be a dharma talk, yoga based stretching, Mindful meditation and a home cooked vegetarian lunch. We conduct ourselves mostly in silence. Whilst this might at first seem a bit daunting, the general consensus from past retreatants has been that they found it therapeutic. One retreatant even went so far as to say she didn’t want to speak when silence ended. For those who are relatively new to Mindfulness and haven’t experienced Silent Retreats, we will end after lunch and for those who want to go deeper into their practice, we will have an additional afternoon session.
If you would like to come to the Day Retreat but aren’t sure what to expect, then you might like to attend one (or more) of our bi-monthly FREE Guided Mindfulness Practice Sessions. This will give you a true feeling of the practice and hopefully you will also see the benefit of practicing in a supportive group, a sangha as it is known in Buddhism. Like most processes involved in learning, to get the maximum benefit, it is best to practice Mindfulness regularly and in a step wise fashion.
PLEASE NOTE: there is no requirement for you to subscribe to Buddhism to benefit from Mindfulness meditation. However, to practice it in isolation will bring you only half of the rewards – ignoring its origin is like appreciating the heat of the sun whilst being blind to its light.
Comments from the first Retreatants include the following:
Lovely peace and quiet for a while…really enjoyed the long meditation..will do it again: CM – Property Developer
Enjoyable few hours chilling…helped me clear my mind and relax: SK- Estate Agent
Really good! I feel calmer and loved the silence and long meditation: AG- Barrister
Very good Retreat…feel more centred and relaxed…it was nice to spend time out of my head and recognise where I hold stress: GK – Solicitor
Dates for Day Retreats in 2017 are as follows:
Saturday 29 April
Saturday 1 July 2017
Saturday 21 October 2017
If you have any questions about our Silent Retreats, please email me and I will do my best to answer them