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Half Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat with Dawn Lister MUK (T) MBSR (T)
Saturday 5th June & Saturday 12th June
Deepen your sense of inner peace and resilience, develop the skills of self compassionate in troubling times with our Half Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat.
Learn to be peaceful and compassionate in troubling times.
Arrival and gentle introduction into an afternoon of silence and process of enquiry.
Practise of various sitting, moving, eating, and prone meditations.
Plenty of space around the meditations with time to reflect, be still and or journal.
We will be exploring both how to learn to be with uncomfortable emotions and sensations, and how to develop self-compassion within the container of mindful awareness.
Spoken and shared enquiry for those who wish to discuss their experience of practising in silence. What was thrown up for you, what felt comfortable or uncomfortable, what you learnt, how the container of silence enhanced the experience of the meditations.
We are often very fixed in our thinking, believing things will always be the same, replaying old stories and beliefs. The habit of clinging to these old habitual patterns of thinking and can lead to narrow view, anxiety, stress, poor relationships and judgments.
The three and a half hour retreat will open a space to practise beginner’s mind.
We will approach our practises with a beginner’s mind offering us a sense of freshness, curiosity, and openness to new experiences.
A beginner’s mind is judgement free, and compassionate. Bring your beginner’s mind to the deep practise of silent meditation, creating a space for a new outlook and view about each and every arising moment. Life is rich and diverse and fresh and curious and wonderous, and sad, and lonely and scary and many more things, this the inevitability of living a human life, its unique and rich tapestry. Practising mindfulness offers you the tools to navigate life’s challenges with ease and joy.
All practises are led by Dawn Lister and are voice led. With periods of silence before and after meditation practises.
Who benefits from this retreat?
The event is for all people who have some experience of mindfulness. Those wishing to deepen their practise and explore deeply their relationship between thought and feelings. To reveal the habitual patterns of thought and subsequent actions and how that impacts on us. To create a stronger meditation practise. If you are considering a silent retreat of some length this is a great introduction to the practise of stillness and silence.
Dawn Lister has taught meditation for 25 years, has studied with several Buddhist traditions, and has led numerous yoga and mindful meditation retreats and courses over the course of her long career. She is a reflective, lighthearted and intuitive teacher, an eternal student who is passionate about sharing mindful meditation.
Price £30 or £25 if booked by 14th December 2020. Refreshments offered.
Weekend Mindfulness Retreat at The Othona Community, Bradwell On Sea, Essex
1st – 3rd October 2021.
Cost £225 (2 places are available at a reduced cost for those on Low or No Income)
“Mindfulness is the art of paying attention, on purpose, non-judgementally, in the present moment.” Jon Kabat – Zinn
Join us for a weekend retreat of Mindfulness at the Othona Community Retreat Centre. Set in a tranquil corner of the Essex Coast on the estuary of the River Blackwater, surrounded by sea, sand and woodland. Each day will feature a structured timetable of Mindfulness, with time to take in the stunning location and enjoy home cooked food in the company of others.
Why practise mindfulness?
Mindfulness doesn’t stop challenging things from happening in our lives, life carries on doing what life does. But what our practise teaches us is how to be with those experiences whilst remaining grounded, peaceful, and compassionate.
Mindfulness can help us to feel content, peaceful, to cultivate feelings of spaciousness and balance. Mindfulness is a practise which can enhances your life, helping you to develop feelings of friendliness and connection to ourselves, our communities and the world around us.
Who is this retreat for?
Everyone! Complete beginners are very welcome, there will be lots of opportunity to experience the Mindfulness Techniques and ideas of how to integrate them into your life. It is also suitable for those who have an established practise who wish to make space for deeper reflection and growth.
This weekend will be a safe place to ask questions, and bring your challenges with mindfulness to two experienced and compassionate teachers.
If you have any concerns over whether this programme is right for you please contact Dawn Lister email@example.com
The retreat will offer a full programme of mindfulness practises which will include:
- Mindful movement
- Sitting with the breath
- Self-Compassion practises
- Body Scan
- Walking Meditation
- Gratitude Practises
About Your Teachers
Dawn Lister (she/her) is a mindfulness teacher with 27 year’s teaching experience. Her personal practise began more than 30 years ago in the Buddhist tradition. She studied with two Buddhist schools, and did further secular training with the Esteemed Mindfulness UK certifying in both the Mindfulness and Compassion course and the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course.
Dawn teaches Mindfulness at Anahata Yoga Centre. Runs Mindfulness Retreats in both the UK and Italy and is regular contributor to various media and podcast outlets discussing how mindfulness can enhance your experience in life.
Daniel Groom (he/him) – has been practicing Meditation and Yoga for over 20 Years. He is an Authorised IAYT Yoga Therapist and specialises in working with individuals and groups to support their mental wellbeing. Daniel actively works and supports people who are LGBTQIA+ offering Wellbeing Programs and Yoga Therapy for people within the community.
He teaches Meditation and Yoga at Anahata Yoga Centre and is a Faculty Staff Member of Yoga Campus for their world renowned Yoga Therapy Training in London.
About Othona Retreat Centre
We choose Othona for its simplicity, solitude, peace and proximity to the sea. This truly is a step back to simple living, slowing down, and reflection. The community offers its space as a place for groups to step away from the busyness of life, reflect, be and pause.
The gentle quiet of the space and lack of distractions offer a place that is perfect for the work of mindful meditation.
Founded in 1946 by Canon Norman Motley, Othona was set up as a community to foster peace and reconciliation between different nations, beliefs and outlooks in the aftermath of WW11.
Is simple and clean. A mix of bunk rooms and single or double beds are available on a first come first serve basis. Also Yurts are available if you prefer to be outdoors.
All retreaters will be offered a room/yurt on their own unless they wish to share with a friend. Simply let us know your preference when you book.
Note – Othona has bunk style room accommodation and all bedrooms share communal bathrooms and showers. We will be the only guests on the site during the retreat weekend.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be simple home cooked vegan and vegetarian fare with Fruit, Tea, Coffee and Herbal Drinks available throughout the day.
Special diets may be able to be accommodated with prior notice.
During the weekend we will be working as a group to help the kitchen staff perform some simple tasks. Like laying the table, filling and emptying the dishwasher etc.
What to bring
Yoga mat, blankets, meditation stool, cushion if you use in practise.
Notebook and pen/pencil.
Bedding (duvet/pillow cover) and towel/s (Can be ordered with prior notice for £10 from Othona.)
Clothing to be warm in including outdoor clothing for walking meditation.
Arrive Friday from 16.00 onwards.
17.30-19.00 Orientation and first meditation.
20.00 -21.00 Bedtime Practise.
8.00 – 8.45 Practise
10.00 – 11.00 Practise
11.45 – 12.30 practise
16.00 – 17.30 Practise
20.00 -21.00 Practise
11.45 – 12.30 Practise
14.30 – 16.00 Closing Practise
Payment and booking
To secure the booking please complete this form
Total cost of this weekend retreat is £225 which need to be paid in full by the 14th August 2021.
A non-refundable deposit of £100 can be paid in advance and the balance paid by the date above.
Deposit/Full Amount to be paid to our Retreat Bank Account.
Once you have made your payment use your name as the reference and then please can you let us know and we will confirm safe receipt.
Number of spaces available – 18
Should the retreat be cancelled due to Covid restrictions a full refund will be offered.
Full Terms and Conditions:
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions on our website https://anahatayogacentre.com/retreat-terms/
Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01702 471744.
We look forward to spending time with you in October.
In Sabina Yoga Retreat Centre, Italy
18-25 June 2022 – SOLD OUT
17–24 Sept 2022 – 7 rooms available.
Escape to the beautiful Sabine Hills for a nurturing week of yoga, pilates and meditation with Dawn Lister and Daniel Groom.
Situated an hour from Rome in the heart of the lush Italian Countryside sits the exquisite In Sabina Retreat Centre, listed in the top 100 retreats in the world. This stunning venue is your home for the week whilst we immerse ourselves in a programme designed to soothe your soul and nourish your body.
Morning sessions will be a mixture of mindful and energising movement incorporating pranayama and meditation.
During your free time indulge in a massage, relax by the pool, make time to reflect, rest or explore the local landscape.
The afternoon session will be a mellow, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as restorative yoga, yoga nidra, pranayama, yogic philosophy and meditation.
About In Sabina
The property and grounds are beautifully designed to reflect the natural environment, making this a unique place to recharge and immerse yourself in nature.
Two lovingly restored 17th-century stone buildings overlook an undulating panorama of olive groves and fruit trees. There are three terraces where you can relax and watch the stunning sunsets. A magnificent yoga platform sits in the valley, surrounded by verdant nature and wildlife, with a natural spring and lily pond nearby.
A stroll through the house and gardens reveals many original works by local and international artists who have been inspired by their stay at In Sabina. The extensive grounds are a joy to explore, with sheltered spaces for reading, napping and meditation. Inside, rooms are designed in a simple, natural style, a combination of old and new. Every guest room is unique. Furnishings and fabrics complement the buildings and their natural surroundings, creating a calm environment which is comfortable, practical and ideal for this healing and peaceful week.
Dawn Lister is a yoga, pilates and mindfulness teacher with close to thirty years experience. Dawn is also a writer, speaker and therapist who has run retreats in the UK and abroad for 23 years. Dawns practise and teaching style is both mindful and pragmatic, wherever you are on your journey you are in safe hands. Keeping the practise simple, fun and accessible, ensures an experience which is both attainable and unique to your needs.
Daniel Groom has been practising yoga and meditation for almost two decades and is an experienced, sensitive teacher. He is also a yoga therapist, having trained and now subsequently supervising students with the highly regarded London school, Yoga Campus. Daniel comes with lots of experience of hosting Yoga retreats and trainings around the world.
Daniel’s approach is friendly and inclusive, and completely suitable for those of all levels of yoga experience, from complete beginners to guests with an established practice.
A typical day on retreat
(subject to change and all sessions are optional)
- 7:30am Led practice and meditation
- 9:30am Breakfast
- 1:00pm Lunch
- 5:30pm Led Practice and Meditation
- 7:30pm Dinner watching the sunset
Please Note: Yoga mats, chairs, cushions, belts, blocks, bolsters and blankets are all provided.
Costs and Payment Arrangements
Included in the price:
- All meals, tea, coffee at retreat centre
- Lunch on our first day
- Meal out Friday night plus travel to and from restaurant
- Extra excursions
- Massage or other treatments
- Transfers to and from the airports
- Ensuite room which can be sole or twin shared £1275 per person – Single supplement £250 extra.
- Shared bathroom which can be sole or twin shared room £1175 per person – Single supplement £250 extra.
- Triple Room £1075 per person with En Suite bathroom.
- One caravan – single occupancy £900 shared bathroom in house.
- Early Bird £100 Discount off the above price – For June 2022 Full payment by 30th Sept 2021 / For Sept 2022 Full Payment by 30th Jan 2022
- 4 ensuite bedrooms
- Shared bathrooms are between 3 and 4 guests
- Bedroom linen is provided
- Bath towels are provided and changed halfway through the week
- Pool and outdoor kitchen
- Pool towels provided
Food and Drink
A nourishing and healthy home cooked vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided each day by our chef. Who can cater for dairy free, vegan and wheat free diets. At mealtime and all through the retreat provide water, tea, coffee and herbal teas. Special diets can be catered for by arrangement. Also a complimentary glass of wine per guest at dinner.
On the Friday evening we will eat out as a group in the local town, travel and the meal costs will be an additional payment but kept to a minimum. Restaurant recommendations will be provided by the retreat hosts and discussed with you all.
Flights and Travel Information
We recommend you arrive and depart from Rome Fiumicino airport as this is nearest to the retreat centre, which is a 90 mins journey and very rural. Once flights are released we will update you on the ones we recommend. On our arrival in Rome we will have a private transfer to take us to lunch, then on to In Sabina. Should you be staying elsewhere in Italy or travelling in by other modes of transport please aim to meet us at 13.00 at Rome Fiumicino to take advantage of the transfer. Transfer approx Euro 30.
Note if you are making your own way to In Sabina it is imperative you do not arrive before 4pm.
On 3rd July there will be a private transfer arranged for us to go back to Rome Fiumicino for your homeward flights or onward travels in Italy. Last year the return journey was approx. Euro 30.
It is imperative you take out travel insurance for your trip.
To Book Your Place
Complete the booking form and send it to us at anahata.leighonsea@gmail.
Transfer the deposit of £200 to secure your place. Or pay in full before the indicated dates to take up the early bird offer of £100 discount on final price.
Payments can be made either as the full amount or in instalments. Should the full amount be paid before the above indicated dates then you will qualify for £100 discount on your total retreat price.
Should you decide to pay in instalments, please pay the non-refundable deposit. We ask you to let us know so we can discuss the payment plan with you.
Final payment must be made by 8 weeks before the arrival date. Late payments may incur an administration charge.