3 Days Mindfulness Meditation Weekend in Nature Retreat in Scotland, United Kingdom

Calming Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in Scotland

Would you like to feel less stressed, improve your relationships, and need time to slow down and rest? Are you over stressed and in need of a new perspective? Why not join Mindfulness Balance and explore mindful meditation and feel calmer. Deepen your personnel mindful practice, become more creative and open to new ideas, improve your well being, and overall discover the health benefits of mindfulness in a non-judgmental environment!

Meet the instructors

Angela
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Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • 4 mindfulness meditation workshops
  • Course workbook and MP3 meditations provided
  • Delicious homemade cakes, healthy snacks, and fresh organic eggs
  • Healthy vegetarian meals and two-course dinners
  • Experienced and certified MBSR instructor
  • Beautiful meditation room with a real fire
  • Warm friendly Scottish welcome
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Aberdeen Dyce Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
17:00

Facilities

  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Parking lot

There is a choice of four rooms, namely:

  • The Studio - which is large open space, with a double height ceiling in the bedroom area, this is ideal for a group of friends up to four people.
  • The Peacock Room - double/ twin/ single has a nice seating area and shares a large bathroom with the Partridge room
  • The Pheasant Room - double/ twin/ single, has an ensuite bathroom and windows looking out to the garden and the courtyard
  • The Partridge Room - double/ twin/ single and shares the large bathroom with the Peacock room

Program

A mindfulness retreat is the ideal opportunity to simply focus on reconnecting with yourself and become more present and aware. When you're more mindful, you're more open to new ideas, increased creativity, and an enhanced sense of purpose. This retreat will include a variety of mindful meditations practices, experiential work, and group discussions. All workshops will be led by Angela Wilken.

After completing this course, you will feel well-equipped with the tools learnt to integrate mindfulness into your daily life. Mindfulness will increase your level of awareness of yourself, and others, in each and every moment. This increased awareness, brings choice and ultimately more freedom. Mindfulness can help you reduce stress levels at work or at home, become more creative and open to new ideas, more focused and feel a general improvement in your well-being.

What you will learn?

You will be covering the first four modules of the eight week Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). This includes:

  • What is mindfulness
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • Becoming aware of your patterns of reactivity to stress
  • Practicing mindfulness to respond instead of reacting
  • How to integrate mindfulness into your daily life
  • Mindful eating
  • Mindful walking in nature
  • Mindful meditations

Sample daily schedule

Day 1: Friday

  • 15:00 Arrive, and time to settle in and relax or go for a walk
  • 19:30 Dinner served
  • 21:30 Meditation

Day 2 Saturday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Mindfulness workshop

Session 1: What is mindfulness?

Theme and learning focus

Cultivating mindfulness can help you reduce the negative physiological and psychological effects of stress reactivity as well as helping you to develop more effective ways of responding positively and pro-actively to stressful situations and experiences.

In this session, you will learn that when you are in “automatic pilot” it is easy to drift unawares into a busy “doing” mode and ruminative thought patterns that can create additional stress in your lives. Continual “doing” mode also robs you of your potential for really living your lives moment by moment.

You can transform this experience by intentionally paying attention to it in particular ways. You begin to practice stepping out of automatic pilot by paying attention intentionally, mindfully, to eating, to the sensations in the body, and to aspects of your everday experience.

  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Mindfulness workshop

Session 2: Gathering the scattered mind, the power of being present and living all your moments

Theme and learning focus

The mind is often scattered and lost in thought because it is working away in the background to complete unfinished tasks and strive for future goals. When this happens, you miss many of your pleasant moments, perhaps by focusing only on the unpleasant ones, such as crisis or pain. Yet it is possible to have pleasant moments even when you are in pain, and unpleasant moments in pleasurable situations!

In this session, you will learn how to “come back” to the present moment by tuning into the breath and body to reconnect yourselves. Learning on the way that there is no ‘right way’ to experience meditation, instead bringing attitudes of curiosity and kindly interest to your moment to moment experience thereby living more of your lives.

  • 16:00 Free time
  • 19:00 Evening meal
  • 21:30 Meditation

Day 3: Sunday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Mindfulness workshop

Session 3: What is stress? Learning about your patterns of reactivity to stress

Theme and learning focus

Cultivating mindfulness can reduce the negative physiological and psychological effects of stress reactivity, as well as help develop more effective ways of responding positively and pro-actively to stressful situations and experiences. In this session, you will learn that your perception how you see or don’t see things will largely determine how you respond to them.

Its not the stressors, but how you handle them which influences the effects they have on health in mind and body. Mindfulness practices can help you tune into your bodies with a gentle curiosity, helping you to break the negative stress cycle and step out of reactivity.

  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Mindfulness workshop

Session 4: Coping with stress, using mindfulness to respond instead of react

Theme and learning focus

Cultivating mindfulness can reduce the negative physiological and psychological effects of stress reactivity, as well as help you develop more effective ways of responding positively and pro-actively to stressful situations and experiences. Your conditioning and perception shape your moment to moment experience, in fact, there is a statistic that says your experience is shaped by 10% due to the situation and 90% due to your perception!

The session this week continues your exploration of how a mindfulness practice cultivates curiosity and openness to all experience, helps you learn new ways to relate to external and internal stressors, recognize and inquire into your habitual reactive patterns and how to soften resistance and reduce suffering.

Please note that the timings may change.

Instructors

Angela Wilken
Angela is an accredited MBSR teacher. After seeing the benefits that mindfulness brought - being more productive and focused, improved business, and personal relationships, less stress, improved well-being, and the ability to remain calm when dealing with stressful situations, Angela decided to step back from her beauty distribution business and train as a mindfulness teacher. She has since established a bed and breakfast and retreat center, where she now runs a variety of mindfulness programs.

Location

Toadhall is set in a tranquil rural setting, a five-minute drive from Stonehaven and 10 minutes to Aberdeen.

Food

This retreat includes all healthy vegetarian/ vegan breakfasts and lunches, two-course evening meal, refreshments, delicious homemade cakes, and healthy snacks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In your free time, you can go on lovely walks to private beaches.

What's included

  • Daily meditation session
  • 4 mindfulness meditation workshops
  • Guidance from certified MBSR coach
  • Healthy vegetarian breakfast, lunches, smoothies
  • 2-course evening meals
  • All refreshments, delicious homemade cakes, and healthy snacks
  • Course workbook
  • MP3 meditations
  • 2 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Aberdeen Dyce Airport (ABZ); Mindfulness Balance can arrange a free pick up from this airport. Alternatively, you can fly to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and get a train to Stonehaven, and Mindfulness Balance will arrange a free pick up from Stonehaven.

Airport: Aberdeen Dyce Airport Airport transfer included: Aberdeen Dyce Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Friday February 1, 2019
Departure: Sunday February 3, 2019

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