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Discover a better way of living at one of these warm, friendly mindfulness weekends. The retreats are for everyone aged 18 to 80, who wants to explore the wonderful possibilities that mindfulness and meditation have to offer. Whether you are drawn to mindfulness to ease stress, relieve depression, tackle illness, improve your well-being, or achieve spiritual enlightenment, these retreats are for you. They are perfect for complete beginners and mindfulness masters alike. There will be Meditations, Yoga and Chi gong every day.
During the retreat, you will be staying at Burwell House, a fabulous old house, nestled in the beautiful village of Burwell with lots of social spaces and meditation rooms which retains the atmosphere of a large family home.
For your stay, there are options for accommodation, from bedrooms to dormitories with plenty of toilets and showers on all floors. The house also covers three acres of landscaped gardens, an orchard, meadows, a wildlife pond, and a wide array of sculptures giving you the perfect tranquil setting to hold in a state of mindfulness.
If you are new to mindfulness, you will learn everything that you need to be mindful in this weekend. If you are already practicing mindfulness, then these weekends will take your practice to a new level. You will meet some wonderful people, and you will learn something that can change your life. Come with your partner or bring a friend, or you can come on your own. Love Life Live Now is a warm and friendly bunch, non-judging and accepting, so you would not feel alone for long.
Love, laughter, and learning, that is what this retreat is all about. It is great to learn mindfulness from books or lectures, but in truth, mindfulness is an experience, and books and lectures can only point you in the right direction. Mindfulness cannot be grasped intellectually because mindfulness is not a theory or a belief, and it has nothing to do with mental gymnastics. Mindfulness is a state of being.
Mindfulness is a heightened state of alert awareness that allows your mind to go quiet. Then you can rest from the constant mental chatter, your problems, your worries, and your head dramas to get on with the really important issue of enjoying your life. The basic principles of mindfulness are really simple, and there really is not much to understand. Mindfulness is all about practice and direct experience, and that is what the Now Project mindfulness weekends are about.
You will be taught everything that you need to know to practice mindfulness, but more importantly, you will get to experience mindfulness for real and live it for an extended period. From the outset, they will help you to achieve a deep state of mindfulness. The retreat is designed to help you maintain your mindfulness for much of the weekend, and that will teach you more about mindfulness than any book, lecture, or smartphone app ever can.
Love Life Live Now has a team of really experienced mindfulness practitioners who can hold a high degree of mindfulness, and they will help to keep you mindful in between the classes, teaching you mindfulness and advancing your practice to a new level.
You will have plenty of opportunities for personal and one-on-one coaching. The experienced and highly awake teachers are always on hand to help with your practice and offer insights, advice, and personal support. They are real and down-to-earth examples of what it is to live a mindful life, and you would not find a better bunch of mindfulness coaches anywhere.
The group would not make you dress in robes or sit facing a wall for hours. There is nothing wrong with that, but it is just not their style. They prefer to teach mindfulness their own way. They have a modern, plain-talkingl approach to mindfulness. The teaching is no less profound, but they want to make it accessible, relaxed, and fun. It is a holiday after all.
Go on and treat yourself. Everyone deserves a weekend break from their head, even you!
The retreat starts properly on Saturday morning but most of our guests prefer to arrive on Friday, it gives you a chance to settle in, relax and start to slip into a mindful state of awareness. Arrive any time after 5pm, don't worry about arriving late, there's no fixed time and we know some of you will be coming after work, we’ll have a warm welcome and a hot drink ready for you.
Get yourself settled into your accommodation, meet the others, chill out at the retreat or you can go for a mindful walk through the three acres of beautiful gardens. You’ll get the chance to meet the team and explore what it is to live mindfully and you’ll get a taste of what we’ve lined up for the weekend.
08:00 Wake Up With Jihan - Mindful Yoga - Jihan is a wonderful insightful teacher and will show you how, through yoga, you can find space in your mind and connect to the body
or morning meditation with Hamish
09:00 Breakfast – Coffee, Tea, Herbal Tea, Paulette's very special porridge, fruit juice, cereal, toast, fresh fruit
10:30 Mindfulness the Basics with Adrian We’ll start with introductions and a short welcome talk. Adrian will give a talk exploring the key principles of Mindfulness. We will explore what Mindfulness really is, but most importantly we’ll do some mindfulness exercises to help give you a direct experience of thoughtless awareness for yourself. Together we’ll explore the main portals into mindful awareness and the possibilities they offer.
13:00 The Way of the Body with Adrian Mindfulness is the art of aligning mind and body. Adrian will introduce you to the mindful practice called The Way of the Body and he’ll explore how body awareness is the perfect way to bring mindful attention into your everyday life. Adrian will introduce you to some simple but powerful mindfulness practices from the Great Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
14:00 Mindful Eating Meditation and Lunch
15:30 Walking The Mindful Path and Ch Kung In small groups you'll get to walk the mindful path. You'll learn how to use the simple action of walking to bring you into mindfulness. At special points on the walk, you'll meet a teacher who will slow you down, get you to look mindfully, hear mindfully smell mindful, sit mindfully and how to suck every juicy drop from the experience of being alive Now. You'll learn how through body awareness you can bring mindful attention to your balance posture and movement. This is the best way to bring mindfulness into everyday activities and to help you discover a richer more profound experience of your day to day life and is the perfect antidote to a busy analytical mind.
18:00 School of Meditation with Jihan - If you really want to understand mindfulness, We would encourage you to do ten times more meditation than you do reading. If you already have a meditation practice then mindfulness will compliment it beautifully. In fact, meditation, if it has a purpose, is to bring you to a place of mindfulness. If you don't have meditation practice we would encourage you to get one. Jihan will teach you some simple and more advanced meditation exercises from mindful and yogic traditions and if you were to incorporate some of these into your regular practice it will take your mindfulness to a new depth and understanding
21:00 Dynamic Meditation. Finishing with some fun dynamic meditation or Campfire, weather permitting
08:00 Wake up with Jihan - mindful yoga or morning meditation with Hamish
10:00 Mindfulness and Emotions Adrian will explore the link between thinking and feeling and how with mindfulness it becomes possible to manage painful emotions within your body. He’ll show you how by being mindful of our emotions you can process them effectively and move from “unconscious reaction” driven by your emotions, towards “right action”, which comes from a place of calm mindful clarity.
Adrian will show you how to sit mindfully with your emotions, and explore how when you are mindful of your emotions this results in more conscious interactions with the world. You’ll discover how mindfulness allows you to create a better world within yourself and how that can be reflected in the world at large.
We’ll explore why the feeling is a good thing, how it connects you to your humanity and leads to the cultivation of compassion. You’ll discover how emotions are nothing to be afraid of and how they are the vehicle to a rich fulfilled life and to realizing your humanity. You’ll explore how mindfulness of emotion is ultimately the key to your higher states of awareness, your higher intelligence.
When you run from your feelings you are running from yourself, if we can help you to stop running, be still, and mindfully face yourself, then you are in for a rather pleasant surprise!
12:15 Einstein and the Buddha with Adrian Many traditional schools of mindfulness express the importance of energy and mindful intention. Buddhist mindfulness, for example, will include practices such as “Loving Kindness Meditation” and encourage us to be mindful of our communications and to be compassionate and gentle in our interaction with others. The wisdom is simple, if you put out an energy of loving-kindness and you tread gently in the world and act with true compassion, then you put different energy onto the world and the world starts to reflect that back. If you are happy and nice to people, they tend to be pleased to see you and they are usually nice back, and so your experience of the world changes – you have changed the world with energy and intention.
Central to this wisdom is an understanding of energy and the nature of reality. Every culture and tradition in the world has an understanding of our life force, an inner energy field of the body. In China, they call it Chi energy, in Japan Ki, and in India, it’s called Prana. Scientists are telling us, what the ancient masters knew many thousands of years ago, that when you explore physical reality at its most fundamental level, the atomic level, then you discover that there is pretty much nothing there at all. The atom is tiny specks of matter, that are held together in a vibrating field of infinite nothingness. Physicists call it the “quantum field” Taoists call it “the Tao”, and in India, they might call it “The web of illusion” and Buddha simply called it “emptiness”.
Adrian will introduce you to the world within, the energetic universe. They will help you find your inner space and show you how through mindfulness you can develop an awareness of the energy field of your body. This can bring a profound experience of contentedness and a shift of understanding that opens up infinite possibilities for deepening awareness, self-healing and ultimately influencing and bringing about the change in the material world.
13:45 Emotional Clearing Meditation with Adrian and Jihan The Emotional Clearing session for many of our regular guests is the highlight of the weekend. Based upon the work of the American psychiatrist and Vedic master John Ruskan, the Emotional Clearing meditation is by far the most powerful meditation practice that we’ve found for freeing and releasing past emotional pain. In the east, they call this practice karma yoga. It can have a profound effect, resulting in cathartic releases of trapped emotion and leave you feeling deeply anchored in aware
14:30 pm Lunch
15:30pm: Thank you, goodbyes and where now? Adrian will explore how you can take your mindfulness home with you, how to make mindfulness part of your life and spread your newfound awareness to others. He will introduce you to the wider work of The Now Project and the support we can provide and introduce you to our little community and the part we play in the international Mindfulness Movement towards a loving compassionate world.
Loving Kindness Meditation
16:15 Retreat End
Mindful meditations and teachings
Adrian is the founder of the Now Project and the principal teacher on all courses and retreats of Love Life Live Now. Adrian has a very powerful gift, just being in his presence can begin a shift within you. His teachings either on retreat, at the classes or through personal coaching will resonate deeply, have you laughing or being okay with crying and best of all will make you feel truly alive.
This retreat will take place at Burwell House, nestled in the beautiful village of Burwell, Cambridgeshire. The house is within 10 minutes drive of the A11 and A14, approximately 12 miles northeast of Cambridge which situated 10 minutes from Newmarket station or 20-minute drive from Ely station.
All meals are included and mindful eating is a really important part of your mindfulness training. Love Life Live provides vegetarian meals with vegan options to get the most from your retreat experience. They will also provide fresh fruit, snacks, and as much tea and coffee as you want, but if you could mindfully make it yourself, it would be helpful.
Meals are prepared from fresh produce with loving mindful attention which is an essential ingredient and an important but often overlooked aspect of its nutrition. Love Life Live Now will contact you after your booking with the menu allowing you to notify them of any dietary requirements.
London Stansted Airport
Transfer not provided
You can drive following satnav directions CB250EF. Burwell House is located in the Fen edge village of Burwell, 13 miles northeast of Cambridge.
Please book your flight to arrive at London Stansted Airport (STN). For more information regarding how to get to the retreat location from this airport, please kindly send Love Life Live Now an inquiry.
You can take a bus from Cambridge, approximately one hour and 20 minutes drive.
You can use the train from London to arrive at Newmarket or Ely stations. From London Kings Cross station, it takes about an hour and 30 minutes. You can then ride a taxi to Burwell House (5,5 miles). If you want a pick-up from the station, Love Life Live Now can arrange a pick-up and drop-off service at a specified time only upon request at an additional cost.
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