7th-9th / 28th-30th August Introduction to Mindfulness Online Retreat

 

Duration:  3 days 

 

3 day Online Introduction to Mindfulness to help lower stress

 

Price for Retreat online – 160€ 

 

Summary

 

Created by Emma Reynolds, an experienced Mindfulness teacher, this 3 day weekend online course aims to give you the opportunity to learn new ways of being. From the comfort of your home you'll be given practical tools to lower stress. We'll explore what stress and anxiety is, how it affects the body and how we can help ourselves step out of repetative modes of being. In this way we learn to deal with life's ups and downs in a new way. With choice we can begin to be calmer, more present and more kind to ourselves,

 

What’s special about this retreat?

This is the perfect place to finally discover how mindful meditation can help you live all your moments; "good" and "bad". We'll be debunking some myths about meditation such as it's all about having no thoughts (almost an impossibility!) and we'll be dipping our toe in the neuroscience about why it works. Ideal for total beginners, for those who have tried and "failed" at meditation and a great launching pad for those wanting to start a sustainable meditation practice.

The wonderful thing about this being at home is that it means you can start using the practices at home, incorporating these tools right now.

Programme

The sessions will be live online via Zoom. Please have the space prepared before we "meet", with water or tea to hand. Each session we will look at a different aspect of mindfulness, from how to sit and meditate, to moving into a practice, or from theory behind what makes us stressed to a practical tool we can use to help calm the body mind.

Each session with be either 60 or 90 minutes long and there will an extra recording for a meditation for bed, to help promote sleep.

Itinerary

Each session we will look at a different aspect of mindfulness, from how to sit and meditate, to moving into a practice, or from theory behind what makes us stressed to a practical tool we can use to help calm the body mind.

Each session with be either 60 or 90 minutes long and there will an extra recording for a meditation for bed, to help promote sleep. 

3 day Retreat timings

Friday Evening    - all times in CEST 

18.30 - 20.00      Welcome,  Opening Circle and Mindfulness session

20.00 - 21.30      Break for dinner

21.30 - 22.30      Optional Recorded evening Meditation 

 

Saturday   

09.00 - 10.00      Mindfulness movement (very gentle movement) 

10.00 - 11.00      Break 

11.00 - 12.30      Meditation and Mindfulness session 

12.30 - 16.00      Meal break and free time and optional non-guided creativity/ walking in nature / recorded guided walking meditation at home 

16.00 - 17.30      Mindfulness session 

17.30 - 19.00      Journaling time

19.00 - 20.00      Mindfulness session

20.00 - 21.30      Break for dinner

21.30 - 22.30      Optional Recorded evening Meditation 

 

Sunday

09.00 - 10.00      Mindfulness movement (very gentle movement) 

10.00 - 11.00      Break 

11.00 - 12.30      Meditation and Mindfulness session 

12.30 - 16.00      Meal break and free time and optional non-guided creativity/ walking in nature / recorded guided walking meditation at home 

16.00 - 17.30      Mindfulness session 

17.30 - 19.00      Journaling time

19.00 - 20.30      Last session and feedback on retreat

Food

We recommend you make healthy choices for yourself throughout the retreat, and have food ready to avoid the inconvenience of making trips out.

 

Setting up your space

Please choose a space where you will not be disturbed. You'll need some cushions and a blanket, and somewhere to lie down (bed or mat on floor).

What to wear and have to hand

Wear suitable clothing for movement and relaxation. Maybe have some water, plus something to lie on, a cushion or two. On the first day bring a small packet of raisins for an exercise.

 

Teacher- Emma Reynolds

Emma is an accredited Mindfulness teacher- MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). She has worked with hundreds of people online and on retreat in a variety of settings, from education to the corporate world.

Emma feels passionately that each one of us has the ability to change or discard unhelpful learned ways of being and allow the best of you to shine.

With this in mind, we have created an open, safe and supportive environment to allow learning and sharing to flourish.

All welcome, no previous experience of mindfulness or meditation is required. 

 

Additional information 

We do recommend that you make sure your food and meals are planned and organised in readiness for the retreat in advance and that you choose healthy foods, avoiding sugars, stimulants i.e caffeine.

 

We advise you make sure you have a strong internet connection for the retreat and a computer that allows you to be seen on its camera and preferably a microphone for quality of sound if you share or talk.

In the free times in between sessions you are encouraged to take time for yourself, to not plan excursions out i.e to the shops or busy places.

We encourage you to really consider this a 3 day retreat even though its online so you don't get busy with work, social media, phones or other activiites. So preferably going for walks in nature, journaling, resting, creative interests, and performing simple tasks in the home with qualities of mindfulness, for example preparing and eating your food.

 

How to prepare your space 

 

- Make sure you have a dedicated space for your mindfulness practices set up in advance . A space big enough for your mat where you can place your computer, with blankets, cushions or meditation cushion and a yoga mat.

- Make sure that you won't be disturbed during the sessions.

- Make sure you have a good internet connection.

- * For one mindful session you will need a small packet of raisins - please have this ready at the beginning of the weekend

- Writing materials for your journaling and any other creative tools you'd like to play with i.e watercolours

 

Maximum group size

15 

 

Instructions & spoken languages    

English