A chance to shake off winter blues and retreat to the big skies and rolling countryside of rural Norfolk, in surroundings that invite space and reflection as well as fire-side chats. These retreats attract many solo travellers, for whom having their own very comfortable en-suite bedroom is very important.
In contrast to many retreat weekends, where there are up to 40 guests sharing rooms, our Norfolk retreats offer a very different experience: we have an exceptionally high 2:1 teacher/student ratio, and an average of just 10-12 guests, many of whom have chosen to book their own en-suite bedroom (an important factor for us personally, when searching for retreats for ourselves).
These unique and deeply nourishing long weekends draw on our own long-standing background from both the meditation and yoga traditions – though please note: the yoga classes taught on this retreat are exceptionally gentle and taught as meditation. If you are seeking physically yoga classes, this retreat will not be for you!
As a deep complement to the mindfulness, we will restore mind, body and soul with breathwork, mindful movement and super-gentle Restorative yoga, together with the powerfully relaxing practice of yoga nidra – surrounded by beautiful, peaceful surroundings where warmth and comfort prevail.
We are pleased to say there will be an absence of mucking in, drafty rooms or the expectation that you must attend all sessions!
The intention is also to incorporate a period of silence, to provide the space to deepen our mindfulness practice without distraction or external stimulation. Complete meditation beginners especially should be aware of the period of silence, and open to its possibilities!
The weekend has been designed for both total beginners to mindfulness, as well as those with an established practice, seeking a refresher. From personal experience, we believe physical comfort during meditation is hugely important, and take great care to offer different postural options (including lying down).
To support the intentions of this retreat, we will be encouraging you to turn off mobile phones and all technology during this short time.
All this in a framework of enhancing overall wellbeing at this testing time of year: over the four days, our formal practice sessions (which equate to almost five hours each day on Saturday and Sunday, though broken down into short individual slots) will be enhanced by: