Join us in Windermere, the small town in the spectacular Lake District for a weekend of practice together, learning how to bring more peace, compassion and freedom into our lives. Be surrounded by nature as we practise awareness according to the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, with a programme offered by four monastics from Plum Village, France, and accompanied on the Friday evening by two celebrated musicians and long term lay students of Thich Nhat Hanh, Joe Holtaway and Kareem Ghandour.
We will be spending a weekend surrounded by serene views of hills and close to Lake Windermere . The atmosphere of peace and quiet will allow us to stop running and to calm our anxieties of modern day life.
During the retreat, led by the monastics, we will learn how to come back to ourselves, to relax and how to touch the inner stillness and wisdom always present in each of us, if we know how to listen. Together we will practise meditation, slow walking meditation in nature and deep relaxation to help us to come back to our breath and our body.
We will have the opportunity to share our experience and to connect with others in safe sharing circles.
Our shared meals will be eaten in mindfulness and silence, allowing us to savour and touch gratitude for each mouthful. Eating together will be nourishing and joyful as we reconnect with our body, the food and those around us.
The retreat is a chance to slow down, to practise deep self-care , and to recharge our batteries. By the end of the weekend, we will feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to face the world with renewed energy and clarity.
The retreat is non-residential, please go to the Eventbrite event below for more information about local accommodation options.
Friday 19th May: Music and Mindfulness evening will open our non-residential retreat.
18.30 – 20.30 Cultivating joy together with music, alternating with moments of silence and meditation
Saturday 20th May: Day of Mindfulness.
Arrival at 07:15 for 07:30 guided meditation led by the monastics.
08:00 – breakfast.
09:30 – Monastic talk “Caring for ourselves, Caring for the Earth” followed by a Q and A session
11:30 – Walking meditation outside
13:00 – Shared lunch
14:30 – Total relaxation
15:30 – Sharing circles
17:30 – Shared dinner
The day finishes at 18:30
The day will be punctuated by songs from Joe and Kareem.
Sunday 21st May: Mindful Walking Meditation and picnic up to Orrest Head
10:00 – 13:00 – Bring your own picnic lunch and drink to enjoy at the top of the fell for a final meal together. The monastics will explain mindful walking, how to arrive at every step, and mindful eating as practised by both the monastics and lay followers of the Plum Village tradition.
Accessible route for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
The walk and mindful practices end at the top of Orrest head, please make your own way back down and allow time for this.