The Gift Retreats
Mindfulness teaches us the delightful notion of slowing down a little, giving ourselves the opportunity to be fully awake in the present moment, stepping out of autopilot mode and rekindling what we think of as ‘beginner’s mind’ – noticing things, almost as if we were experiencing them for the very first time.
Attendees at The Gift Retreats spend time being gently guided through meditations involving sitting on chairs, lying on mats, standing, mindful movement such as gentle stretching, and beautiful woodland and parkland walks. There are also plenty of periods of rest and non-doing. Nobody has to participate in anything that they would prefer not to, or has difficulty with.
We don’t think that going on a mindfulness retreat should require us to make any sacrifice in comforts, and in fact we offer something a little different with accommodation in a large and beautiful, historic country home with newly refurbished, individual, twin or double en-suite rooms, tasty and nutritious vegetarian food, with vegan options, freshly cooked onsite by expert chefs – we even have a bar in the evening offering a little mindful drinking for those so inclined!
Our standard room price for a 3 night retreat is £450 or £600 for a 4 night retreat. This price includes your stay in one of our beautiful and comfortable rooms, 3 delicious vegetarian meals with two tea and coffee breaks each day and a full programme of guided mindful activities. (All rooms have access to a communal kitchen where you can store and make your own food and drinks if you wish. VIP luxury rooms have their own kitchen area.) The only additional costs would be for any extra nights accommodation that you may wish to book or if you choose to purchase drinks at the bar.
We take great pride in being inclusive, offering to accommodate those with mobility challenges and helping them, as much as we possibly can to be able to participate.
The gift retreats are led in a completely secular, non-religious way and we simply respect that each attendee may bring his or her own spirituality.
No need to talk!! Unlike some retreats, we do not impose a strict regime of silence. However, we do encourage the idea that we can let go of the need to make conversation – that it’s OK just to sit quietly with others without feeling that it is rude not to talk! This can naturally feel a little strange at first but once we get used to it, it can feel comfortable and refreshing.
It’s very important to stress that going on a retreat is not some form of group therapy, although the effects of it are often profoundly therapeutic, leaving attendees feeling refreshed and renewed and with a wonderful sense of peace and well being.