Who is it for?
Our silent retreat days are perfect for those wanting to find quietude or time out of a busy lifestyle. A beneficial way of furthering your practice if you’ve done meditation before, but also a good starting point for beginners in mindfulness as we explore feelings of the heart and mind throughout each day. There are teaching points to guide you through your meditation whilst allowing you plenty of silence to cultivate self-reflection.
What to expect
A warm and informal environment for supported learning, a wonderful lunch all set in a beautiful location. Give this day as a gift to yourself as you join Jennie, our highly experienced teacher and Buddhist chaplain, in this day of contemplation. Everything is ready and waiting for you so that you need do nothing, but simply be.
10:00 Welcome introduction – silence begins
10:15 Sitting meditation
11:00 Walking meditation
~ tea ~
11:45 Sitting meditation
12:30 Walking meditation
1:15 Lunch – this will be provided for you
2:15 Walking meditation
3:00 Sitting meditation
3:45 Tea Q&A – silence is lifted
The next Silent Retreat Day will be 21st July 2018.
A course of spiritual study and meditation takes energy, commitment, and discipline. It’s a space in which to shut out the distractions of everyday life and come face-to-face with yourself. That isn’t always easy, especially for beginners.
Body and mind are not used to these very different circumstances and may react with discomfort, restlessness, boredom, doubt, criticism, fatigue or sudden, unfounded concerns. Preparing yourself by anticipating these reactions, and committing to stick to the discipline of retreat even if they arise can be transformatory. Therefore, we have to adjust ourselves to the retreat settings:
* We have to adjust to keeping silence. Silence is kept throughout the day, even during meal times.
* We may experience a lot of ups and downs during the day. Therefore, please be gentle in your behaviour and sensitive to fellow course participants and staff or teachers.
* We have to keep an open mind. Many of the ideas presented may be new and different from one’s own beliefs, and we should be prepared to analyse and contemplate not only the teachings, but also our own beliefs.
We use a beautiful rural retreat in Charing Heath. It is a private home and is not easily found by the post code alone. You will be sent simple directions on how to find it via email, with phone numbers to call if you get lost. It is about ten minutes drive from Charing train station. It is not accessible by public transport but we can help arrange a lift if you need one. Get directions.
The cost for the Silent Retreat Day is £65. Discounts available: NHS Staff £58.50. This includes your lunch, tea, coffee and drinks throughout the day.
Last updated June 12, 2018, 6:42 p.m. UTC
Jennie Lichfield is the founder of Liberty Wellbeing, which is a growing organisation providing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, Body Balance, meditation, pilates and tai chi in Ashford, Kent. We offer Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga plus Body Balance, mindfulness meditation courses, workshops and retreats.
Jennie has been in the wellbeing industry for over 20 years, teaching yoga for 10 years and more recently incorporating mindfulness meditation in to her work with students.
Haha yoga is perfect for beginners and mixed ability classes and with that in mind, Jennie has steadily built up a reputation for excellence, integrity and achieving results. Vinyasa increases stamina, flexibility and strength.
Jennie is also a Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and serves as a Buddhist Chaplain in the prison service.