3 Days Mindfulness Meditation Weekend Retreat to Nourish and Unwind Your Mind in Scotland, UK

Restorative Meditation Retreat UK

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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!

Meet the instructors

Angela
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Highlights

  • Daily mindfulness meditation practice
  • Learn how to integrate mindfulness into your daily life
  • Join various mindfulness workshops led by Angela Wilken
  • All refreshments, delicious homemade cakes, and healthy snacks
  • Daily healthy vegetarian meals with plant-only based option
  • Course workbook and MP3 meditations provided
  • Take a five-minute walk to a private beach
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

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

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.

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. 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.

This weekend is suitable for beginners and anyone who seeks the following:

  • Interested in discovering the health benefits of mindfulness in a non-judgemental environment.
  • Would like to feel less stressed
  • Would like to improve relationships
  • Needs time to slow down and rest
  • Over stressed and in need of a new perspective
  • Wants to explore mindful meditation and feel calmer
  • Wants to deepen your personnel mindful practice
  • Becomes more creative and open to new ideas
  • Improvement in your well-being

What you will learn:

  • Mindfulness of thoughts
  • Triangle of awareness thoughts - body - emotions
  • Mindfulness of emotions
  • Cultivating compassion
  • How best to take care of yourselves
  • How to integrate mindfulness into your daily life
  • Mindful eating
  • Mindful walking in nature
  • Mindful meditations

Session 1: Mindfulness of thoughts

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”.

Session 2: Mindfulness of emotions

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.

Session 3: Cultivating compassion

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.

Session 4: A mindful life

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.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1 - Friday, November 2, 2018: Arrival

  • 15.00 - 19.00 Check in, free time to relax, take a stroll along the beach
  • 19.00 - 21.00 Dinner
  • 21.00 Calming mindful meditation by the wood burning stove

Day 2 - Saturday, November 3, 2018

  • 08.00 Breakfast
  • 09.30 - 12.30 Session 1 of mindfulness workshop
  • 12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
  • 13.30 - 16.00 Session 2 of mindfulness workshop
  • 16.00 - 19.00 Free time to relax
  • 19.00 - 21.00 Dinner

Day 3 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

  • 08.00 Breakfast
  • 09.30 - 12.30 Session 3 of mindfulness workshop
  • 12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
  • 13.30 - 16.00 Session 4 of mindfulness workshop
  • 17.00 Check out

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, in Scotland, UK.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
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

  • All mindfulness workshops led by Angela Wilken
  • All refreshments, delicious homemade cakes, and healthy snacks
  • Healthy vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
  • Course workbook
  • MP3 meditations
  • 2 nights accommodation

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 railway station.

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 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

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

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