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Mindfulness is a mind-body based approach that helps people manage their thoughts, feelings, and mental health. Mindfulness meditation has been scientifically shown to decrease depression, distraction, anxiety, rumination, and emotional reactivity, and more. Come and find more clarity about yourself and find ways to improve your overall well-being!
You will be provided with two nights accommodation at Toadhall, Scotland, United Kingdom. Toadhall is an idyllic location for a retreat - it is quiet and peaceful with no passing traffic and enjoys breathtaking scenery. There are beautiful walks along the clifftops leading to beaches, caves, rock arches, fascinating geological formations, and peaceful tranquil spots for mindful movement.
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. After completing this course, you will feel well-equipped with the tools learned 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 focussed and feel a general improvement in your well-being.
Theme and learning focus: When you relate differently to your thoughts, you free yourselves from the ruminative doing mode and see clearly that negative thinking is a distorted product of the mind. It is enormously liberating to realize that your thoughts are merely thoughts, even the ones that say they are not! During this session, you will be learning how to observe your thoughts as events so that you can come to realize that “you are not your thoughts”.
Theme and learning focus: Whenever you feel a certain emotion, a whole system is activated. This system includes the thoughts and images that enter your mind, the memories you access, the aspects of yourself or the surrounding world that you focus on, the body and mental sensations you experience, physical changes such as appetite, your behaviour, and the things you feel like doing.
By this time, you have practiced how becoming aware and labelling sensations can keep you grounded in your body and out of your ruminating mind. Now, you will move to becoming aware of specific emotions and how awareness will move you out of the emotional mind trap. The practices today will help you see emotions as “just emotions” rather than getting caught up in them. These practices are key cornerstones of the course.
Theme and learning focus: If your life feels like a struggle with the world, it may be that your real struggle is with yourself. At times, your own suffering can also cut you off from others, and experiences like stress, pain, or depression can make you preoccupied with your difficulties.
However, if you turn towards your experience with kindly awareness, you can find the deepest kind of peace and happiness that comes from within. Developing kindness for yourselves can help you reconnect with the world and open into kindness and compassion for others. The practices you will learn today help develop a disposition of generosity in formal meditation, so that, it may arise more readily enriching both your own day-to-day lives and the lives of those you meet and interact with.
Theme and learning focus: Planning for a new way of living - the final workshop is the rest of your life! Maintaining and extending a more mindful and caring way of being requires clear intention, attention, attitude, and planning.
Toadhall is set in a tranquil rural setting, a five-minute drive from Stonehaven and 10 minutes to Aberdeen, in Scotland, UK.
You will be provided daily with delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch and evening meals with plant-only-based option, as well as all refreshments, delicious homemade cakes, and healthy snacks.
In your free time, you can go on lovely walks to private beaches.
Aberdeen Dyce Airport
Glasgow International Airport
Transfer not provided
Transfer not provided
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 railway station.
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