Please find details below of retreats within the West Midlands area, information about National retreats can be found on our website plumvillage.uk
LIVING BUDDHA, Dharma training programme.. 15th Feb 2019 – 17th Feb 2019 Purley Chase Centre, Mancetter (near Atherstone), CV9 2RQ
The Purley Chase retreat is on the theme of ‘Living Buddha’ and will be led by UK Dharma Teachers Dene Donalds and Lesley Collington.
When we take refuge in the Buddha, it is the Buddha of our own consciousness. Buddha is not a personal name. It is the quality of being awake and realising the mind of understanding and compassion. This retreat will explore how we can be in touch with our Buddha nature and creatively represent the Buddha in everyday life
Present Moment, Wonderful Moment
Location: Woodbrooke, 1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham, B29 6LJ.
For many years Woodbrooke has hosted retreats and weekends which have focused on the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Whether a beginner or experienced, on this weekend retreat you will taste something of the deep peace that can be discovered through simple practices of being present. The practice is very accessible and will involve sitting and walking meditation, deep relaxation and silence as well as the invitation to take our meals in silence. The food will be vegetarian.
Booking on the Woodbrooke website woodbrooke.org.uk
BE CALM BE HAPPY, A retreat.. 7 March 2019 – 10th March 2019. Holland House, Cropthorne, Near Pershore, WR10 3NB
Be Calm, Be Happy provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness and meditation and key teachings on positive happy living over six sessions, which will be covered throughout the retreat. The course includes guided mindfulness exercises and meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by experienced facilitators in a warm, friendly atmosphere, with a maximum of 15 people.
Information about the course and retreat
This retreat will cover all six sessions of the Be Calm Be Happy course, and includes all accommodation and meals from supper on Thursday evening to lunch on Sunday afternoon, as well as refreshments in between. All materials for the course will be provided. The retreat is held in the beautiful setting of Holland House http://www.hollandhouse.org/
Please do not contact them with any queries, but direct these to the course leaders.
All meals will be vegetarian so please advise on the booking form if you have any further dietary requirements.
Session 1: Stopping and calming
Session 2: Turning to the positive
Session 3: Loving communication
Session 4: Nourishing happiness
Session 5: Interdependence and community
Session 6: Guidelines for a happier life
Increased enjoyment of life
Increased ability to be calm and relaxed
Increased control of emotions such as anger and anxiety
Improved sleep quality
Fewer feelings of anxiety and depression
Who can attend
This retreat is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice. It is suitable for those of all faiths and none. Our course participants come from a wide range of backgrounds. Many of our participants are keen to learn new ways to look after their own well-being and to identify positive responses to challenging situations.
Please be aware that the retreat can raise emotional issues. Whilst mindfulness can be helpful with ordinary anxiety and low mood, this retreat is not suitable for people with extreme anxiety, severe depression, psychosis or personality disorder. The retreat is not intended to provide a therapeutic environment, and is not a substitute for ongoing medical support.
Participants are expected to attend the full retreat from Thursday 5pm to Sunday 3pm. If you will have difficulties arriving on Thursday by 5pm, or in time for supper, please let us know. The first evening session will begin at 8pm and we expect everyone to have arrived in good time before this.
Dates and times
The course and retreat runs from Thursday 7th March to Sunday 10th March 2019. Before booking please make sure you are able to attend the whole retreat.
Arrival on Thursday from 5pm, first activity will be supper at 6.30pm.
Please advise if you will not arrive in time for supper (and make your own arrangements to eat).
Evening meeting and introductions at 8pm.
Friday and Saturday begin at 8am with optional Mindful Movements or breakfast at 8.30am. There will be sessions throughout the day (all of which you are expected to attend) punctuated with regular breaks and some free time to enjoy the gardens. Each evening will end by 9.30pm.
Sunday will begin at 8.30am (Mindful Movements) or 9am (breakfast).
The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday at 3pm.
You will be sent a more detailed programme and timing schedule nearer the time.
The course leaders are Dr. Lauri Bower and Clare Belbin-Carlile.
Tickets and pricing
£295 – Supported Ticket, unwaged £325 – Concession Ticket, low income
£360 – Standard Ticket (break even price)
£395 – one Standard Ticket, plus enabling a Concession place
£425 – one Standard Ticket, plus enabling a Supported place
We ask you to consider carefully what you can realistically afford without depriving yourself and your family or dependents. Supported and Concession Tickets are intended for those who are unwaged, have a low household income and/or limited funds available. In offering a range of ticket prices we aim to make the retreat available to as many people as possible.
All ticket prices include all meals from supper on Thursday evening to lunch on Sunday afternoon and single or twin accommodation (please express a preference and we will do our best to accommodate this). If you want to share with a specific person please state their name.
Stourbridge all ages retreat
Monastic led family and all ages retreat at Stourbridge from 27 May 2019 – 31 May 2019
Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge, DY8 1QX
£310 – £410.
Our residential family-friendly retreat is a wonderful opportunity to experience the miracle of mindfulness and to taste the joy and peace of practising as a community.
We can confirm that Sister Annabel will be part of the delegation of monastic teachers able to lead this retreat and we will be returning to Old Swinford Hospital School.
Please do put it in your diary and let your family and friends know.
To book go to plumvillage.uk website under ‘Retreats’.