Mindfulness and Self Discovery Retreat Course

Saturday, 1st June, 2019 13:00
Saturday, 8th June, 2019 13:00


"This being human is a guesthouse.
Every morning a new arrival..."

Read the poem by Rumi here

An 8-week in-depth foundation in mindfulness with 7-day retreat

Sara Hirtenstein
Marijke Kretzers

Mindfulness is a way of being, of learning through our immediate, direct experience; of acknowledging and accepting our moment by moment experience just as it is, letting go of judging or wanting it to be different.It is a natural capacity already in us, inherent by virtue of being human, but needs awakening to be known and lived.

By understanding the mind and becoming more aware and freed from our habitual thinking and emotional patterns, of being caught up in reliving what’s past or imagining what is yet to come, we can connect with the ever-present stillness and stability, even amidst turmoil, challenge and change.

The practice of mindful awareness has the potential to transform our sense of ‘self’ and perception of the world; to discover and appreciate the gift of being alive, of being human.

The course gives an in-depth foundation in the ancient practice of Mindfulness structured on the two main training approaches made accessible for a wider public and the contemporary world. This approach offers a gentle, non-striving way of learning the principles and practices of mindful awareness, how we can bring this awareness into all areas of our lives, while cultivating attitudes such as kindness, compassion and care, non-judgment and generosity towards ourselves and to all of life.

The course has the further dimension of reading and discussion of texts from the ‘wisdom traditions’, both ancient and modern, exploring how mindful awareness is innately present in them all as a liberating practice and way of being, offering insight into the essential reality of the ‘self’ and the wholeness and oneness of all life.

The course has three parts:

Seven-day retreat at Chisholme House from 1 –7 October;

Seven weeks practicing mindfulness at home with support of group Zoom video sessions;

Final consolidating weekend at Chisholme House 23 –25 November.

Who this course is for:

  • If you wish to learn Mindfulness following the structure, principles and practice of the 8-week course in a retreat setting instead of weekly classes.

  • If you have already completed an 8-week course or similar training and wish to refresh and deepen your understanding and practice of mindfulness.

If you are interested and would like more information or an application form please email Sara Hirtenstein

You are encouraged to have already attended an Introduction to Mindfulness before applying for this course, as a minimum requirement.

Shared accommodation (double or triple bedroom) £575
Single room accommodation (when available) £60 supplement. Notes on Cost:

  • The cost includes accommodation and all meals for the one week retreat week and final weekend, support during the seven weeks of practice, all course materials and handbook.
  • A non-refundable deposit of £60 is required to secure your place once you have been accepted on the course. The balance can be paid upon arrival.
  • There are no standard concessions offered because the fees have already been kept low. However, we do want the courses to be available for those on low incomes, so if the fee is a genuine difficulty for you then perhaps we can help.
  • Payment in 3 instalments can be arranged. The final weekend cost of £125/150 (included in the above price) can be paid separately.
  • Subject to the agreement of the retreat facilitators and the availability of places, it may be possible to attend this week on a non-residential basis, but including meals.

Arrival & Departure Times:
Please arrive by 1pm for lunch on Saturday 1st June.
The course ends by 1pm on Saturday 8th June and you are welcome to stay for lunch. Places will be limited, so early booking is encouraged.

Chisholme House is set on a beautiful estate amidst the hills and moorland of the Scottish Borders, an hour and a half from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle. The main house looks out over glorious landscaped grounds, and woods of native trees encircle the estate.

Practical information about staying at Chisholme House click here...



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