Why this retreat?
Practicing Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in today’s frantic and challenging world helps to increase equanimity, resilience and peace. Whether you are new to mindfulness and meditation, or are wanting to deepen your practice, this retreat provides the environment and practices to allow you to become more peaceful, to embrace the present moment with loving kindness and finally share this gift with others.
During these 5 days, we are literally retreating, moving away from work, routines, electronic devices and maybe even reading. On another level, we are moving toward ourselves and the direct experience of being alive moment by moment. Using different mindfulness practices including contemplative meditations, mindful movement and walking, together with dharma talks this retreat offers a rounded package of experiences.
During periods of silence, we are allowing the world in more, not less, bringing awareness to our experience one breath at a time. It is nourishing to live in silence even for short time periods, allowing our minds to settle into open awareness instead of incessant thinking, refreshing the heart as we listen to ourselves more closely. When silence is combined with physical stillness we create the fertile conditions for insights to appear.
This is your chance to sow and nurture the seeds of mindfulness and develop the roots of compassion for yourself, enabling a return to your daily life with a sense of feeling nourished.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of like-minded people, shared meals, inspiring new information as well as time for yourself.
This retreat fulfils the retreat training requirements for MBSR, MBCT, Breathworks and MSC teachers.
A Sample Retreat Day
7.30 - 8.30 A combination of gentle movement and meditation.
8.30 - 9.30 Breakfast
9.30 - 10.30 Free time
10.30 - 11.15 Creative connection, an opportunity for sharing, questions and answers
11:1 5 - 11.30 Break
11.30- 13.00 A combination of practice - Sitting meditation/ Mindful walking/Body Scan etc
13:00- 14:00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Free time * individual contemplation and practice (opportunities for 1:1 with the facilitators)
17.00 - 18.00 Meditation practice, Dharma talk
18.15 - 19.30 Dinner
19.30 - 20.30 Free time
20.30 - 21.15 Closing the day in silent meditation, deep relaxation, yoga nidra
During your free time you can relax in nature, go for a walk, rent a bicycle, swim in the salt water pool, have a treatment in the spa or go to the beach.
Full board and all tuition.
Single room - £750
Double room - £675
Triple room - £595
Not included: flights and airport transfers. Transfers can be arranged.
Please note that if you wish to extend your stay at Casal do Frade this can be done by contacting them directly HERE.
All rooms are ground floor, en-suite and opening out onto terraces and the garden.
You will be provided with all freshly prepared meals and fresh fruit and drinks will be available all day.
You will be served healthy vegetarian meals, with home-grown vegetables and local and fresh ingredients. Our chef prepares every meal with a lot of care and love, and takes special care of specific diet needs.
This retreat offers a safe environment for:
Introducing or deepening mindfulness experience
Practices include meditation, moving practice, walking practice
Informal practice in daily activities
An opportunity to spend some time outdoors and connect with nature
A space to unplug from everyday stresses, reconnect with yourself and go home refreshed and renewed.
To be cared for, enjoy the beautiful location and healthy vegetarian food