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3 Day Free Your Mind and Enhance Your Wellbeing Mindfully One-to-One Mindfulness Retreat in Muchalls

Toadhall, Muchalls, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland, UK

Scotland Private Mindfulness Retreat

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Take time to nourish your mind and focus on reconnecting with yourself. Escape for the weekend and learn how to enrich your well-being mindfully. Enjoy three days of mindfulness to unwind and relax on your very own private retreat, staying in a spacious luxurious studio. Take time to stroll along the cliff tops, listen to the sound of the waves, take a few mindful breaths, and just “be”. Feed the soul with delicious nourishing vegetarian food and learn how to enrich your well-being through daily mindfulness workshops and outdoor meditations on the beach.

Meet the instructors

Angela
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Highlights

  • Daily mindfulness walks in nature
  • 4 mindfulness workshops and daily meditations
  • Stay close to nature and see spectacular scenery
  • Learn lifetime skills that will enhance both your professional and personal life
  • A tailored private retreat for one or two persons for you to get the optimum results
  • Excellent food, prepared fresh, and all home-cooked daily
  • Homemade bakes, herbal teas, coffees, and water
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Aberdeen Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

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

A warm welcome awaits you at Toadhall. They offer the usual home comforts of comfy beds, fluffy towels, and scrupulously clean accommodation plus some unusual extras such as eggs from their own hens, resident peacocks, two geese called Pate and Foie Gras, and a cockerel called Franco!

The Studio - A large open space with a double-height ceiling in the bedroom area and is ideal for a group of friends of up to four people.

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. All Mindfulness Energy's retreats are suitable for those new to mindfulness and anyone who would like to discover the health benefits of mindfulness in a non-judgemental and emotionally safe environment.

Mindfulness Energy has created a powerful program that will enable you to manage your emotions more effectively through mindful thoughts and start cultivating self-kindness and compassion. It will help free you from obsessive thoughts and anxiety to develop greater inner peace and calm. Mindfulness provides the tools to bring more clarity to your minds to become more present at the moment and be your best selves every day!

What you will learn

  • What is mindfulness
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • Become aware of your patterns of reactivity to stress and emotions
  • Learn techniques to help you deal with a busy mind
  • Cultivate compassion and how best to take of yourselves
  • Tips for daily mindfulness
  • Mindful walking in nature
  • Variety of daily mindful meditations

Day 1

  • 14:00 Arrival, time to settle in and relax or go for a walk along the clifftops.
  • 18:00 Mindfulness meditation, if arriving later, this meditation will be done after dinner.
  • 19:30 Dinner will be served.

Day 2

  • 08:00 Breakfast - Juices, fresh fruit, yogurts, cereal, bread, and free-range eggs cooked to order from Mindfulness Energy's own happy chickens.
  • 10:00 - 16.00 Mindfulness workshops
  • There will be several breaks during the day for refreshments, lunch, and home bakes.
  • 19:00 Dinner - Relaxed dinner followed by an optional candlelit meditation before retiring to bed.

Day 3

  • 08:00 Breakfast - Juices, fresh fruit, yogurts, cereal, bread, and free-range eggs cooked to order from Mindfulness Energy's own happy chickens.
  • 10:00 - 12:30 Mindfulness workshops
  • There will be several breaks during the day for refreshments, lunch, and home bakes.
  • 13:00 Hearty lunch before heading home.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a mind-body approach that increases your ability to manage difficult situations and stress in your lives. Mindfulness can be practiced on a daily basis. It can enable you to change the way you think and feel about your experiences and gives you a choice which ultimately leads to freedom.

Not a spiritual person, does that matter?

While it is true historically that meditation has been closely associated with various spiritual traditions, you can be a complete atheist and still experience the benefits of calm, clarity, focus, and productivity that meditation and mindfulness convey. There are many different types of meditation.

Mindfulness meditation is deceptively simple and completely secular. It simply involves paying attention to your breath, noticing when you get distracted by a thought or emotion, and then returning to focusing on your breath, that’s it. No mantras, invocations, chakras, or third-eyes are necessary if that’s not your thing.

Why should you care about paying attention?

Mindfulness meditation has been scientifically shown to improve mental health by decreasing depression, distraction, anxiety, rumination, and emotional reactivity, while simultaneously improving information processing abilities, resilience, cognitive flexibility, immune function, intuition, emotion regulation, and relationship satisfaction.

For these reasons and more, companies like Google, LinkedIn, Monsanto, Aetna, and many others offer mindfulness programs to their employees. Mindfulness is also key to becoming emotionally intelligent, a set of skills that have been shown to be important in becoming an exceptionally effective leader or manager.

So, mindfulness is about stopping thoughts?

Not exactly. It’s more about learning how to recognize what you are thinking or feeling and then making a conscious decision around whether it makes sense to continue that line of thought or to express that emotion; or whether you’d be better served by letting go of it.

How does mindfulness change the human brain?

The human brain is well adapted to reviewing the past, building models of the world, and predicting the future. Unfortunately, it is so well adapted to these tasks that it often goes overboard, letting these things take over, and then negatively feeding back, ruminating. There are at least two problems with this. Firstly, when you are thinking, you are not doing, or worse, you are doing things on auto-pilot. Secondly, this feedback loop can amplify the wrong things.

For example, strengthening unwarranted negative emotions, or unjustifiably reinforcing how you view yourself based on your past actions. Being mindful simply means that you observe this process in a detached way. Mindfulness lets you decide whether this is the kind of thought or emotion that makes sense for you at this moment.

How can mindfulness help your mental well-being?

Practicing mindfulness can enhance your mental wellbeing by making you more aware of your thoughts and emotions. This awareness is important as you are then more able to identify when you are becoming bogged down in some thoughts and emotions in a negative way. Mindfulness techniques allow you to step back from your constant stream of thoughts and “view” them from an external aspect so you can identify when they are overwhelming you and help you deal with them more productively.

Mindfulness helps develop coping strategies to deal with issues you find difficult to let go of and how to ask the right questions about your thoughts and emotions. It is important to remember that “thoughts are not facts” they are simply mental events that do not have to control you. This realization can help improve your mental wellbeing and ultimately, your mental health by helping you to remain calm, keep things in perspective, and more able to cope.

Are mindfulness and meditation the same thing?

No, meditation is simply a technique used to train you to learn how to be mindful. It is like a targeted workout for your brain, one that trains you to learn a particular skill: being aware of where you are spending your attentional energy. Mindfulness, on the other hand, is a way of life. It can be practiced in everything you do.

You can walk mindfully, eat mindfully, listen mindfully, speak mindfully, drive, read, play, and love mindfully. Mindfulness is all about being present and aware of what’s currently happening in and around you, encapsulated in these three words: "Be Here Now".

Instructors

Angela Wilken

Location

Toadhall is an idyllic location for a retreat, it is quiet and peaceful with no passing traffic and enjoys breath-taking scenery. There are beautiful walks along the clifftops leading to beaches, caves, rock arches, fascinating geological formations, and peaceful tranquil spots for you to take some time for yourself and just “be”.

Food

Breakfast includes juices, fresh fruit, yogurts, cereal, bread, and free-range eggs cooked to order from Mindfulness Energy's own happy chickens. Typical lunch will be homemade soup with some cheese and crusty bread. Evening meals will be a healthy nutritious vegetarian two-course meal. Typical dinner is stuffed peppers with a mixed side salad followed with warm fruit muesli topped crumble.

You will also find a selection of refreshments including herbals teas, homemade cakes, and healthy snacks in your studio. Mindfulness Energy will check with you before your arrival for any special dietary requirements.

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
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 mindfulness workshops
  • Mindfulness workbook
  • Daily mindfulness walks in nature
  • Daily meditations
  • 2 nights accommodation in a luxurious spacious studio
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 evening meals
  • Homemade bakes, herbal teas, coffee, and water
  • Aberdeen Airport (ABZ) transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transfers from other airports

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

Get to Haymarket railway station where you can get a train to Stonehaven or Aberdeen, and Mindfulness Energy will arrange a complimentary pick up for you.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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 5, 2021
Departure: Sunday February 7, 2021

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