Why a Meditation Retreat?
The word 'Retreat' means a place to go to be alone, to get away from it all. Not only getting away from the stresses, responsibilities and mad rush of daily life, but also giving your mind a chance to quiet down from its daily routine.
Meditation Retreats are designed to leave behind all our usual distractions to allow relaxation and positive inner change to occur and develop a stronger connection to YOU.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to allocate time for ourselves, which is vitally important for our overall well-being.
Planning a vacation can be hard work, a very good reason to go on a Retreat is to give yourself an opportunity to truly relax, tucked away with like-minded people in the beautiful stillness of nature.
Along with guided meditations this retreat also includes time for mindful nature walks, gentle movement classes and nutritious meals; all combining towards a positive change and to simply feel better and re-energise.
Meditating is about paying attention...
Attention of your surroundings, your body, your thoughts and to truly reconnect with yourself and restore your reserves.
On our Retreats you can really escape and have nothing to do but concentrate with space for Self Care, giving you the opportunity to gain a wider perpective, mental momentum, mind and body transformation with increased awareness... it is impossible to create change if you are not aware.
On Cotswold Meditation & Mindfulness Retreat Weekends, you can learn all about this important awareness, and most importantly how to incorporate this into your daily life.
People leave our Retreats feeling rested, happier, fitter and with a clearer and positive perspective.
THE MENOPAUSE TALK AT OUR SPECIAL RETREAT
Mindfulness is a powerful element to transitioning through the Menopause. We are delighted to join with Andrea from Cotswold Menopause to bring an informative and enlightening talk in this Retreat. With her unique perpective on Menopause through the eyes of the theory of chinese medicine she can explain why you get symptoms, when you will get them, and most importantly what to do to relieve them.
With supplement, nutrition and lifestyle advice Andrea will help you understand what is going on with your hormones, emotions and energy and you will leave feeling confident in how to manage your symptoms and improve your energy and attitude towards having a blossoming Menopause.Read more from Andrea at CotswoldMenopause.co.uk
Mindfulness & Menopause Retreat - 1st to 3rd May (see details below)
Cotswold Meditation and Mindfulness is pleased to now offer Countryside Retreats at selected times of the year, hosted at Middletown Farm Cottages, which is owned by Dordie and Graham.
Countryside retreats run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.
Middletown Farm is situated in a tranquil little corner of England where you can hear the birds singing and see the stars at night. It is in the middle of The Cotswolds, The Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean and The Wye Valley. Nearby towns are Cheltenham, Gloucester, Ledbury, Tewkesbury, Ross on Wye, Malvern and Newent. Hartpury Agricultural College and Equestrian Centre are just three miles away.
Middletown is a chemical-free working farm, where geese and Jacob's sheep are ethically bred and raised, apple juice is produced and there is a farm shop selling a selection of local produce and artisan gifts.
Rooms in the main House
There are three double rooms in the main house. One room has an ensuite bathroom and the other two share a bathroom.
The rooms either in one of the cottages or the main house are £100 per room per night (single occupancy). You can share a room, which will cost you therefore £50 for the night each.
There are two Cottages on the farm just a short distance from the main farmhouse.
The gardens are very pretty and have a fishpond with a small fountain and waterfall. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the gardens and meet the lovely friendly animals in the paddocks.
Interaction with guests
The owners are usually on site and are happy to give help that is required at any time
Other things to note
There are many lovely and interesting places to visit, gorgeous walks with spectacular views of the scenery and local pubs with good food and roaring log fires to enjoy.
Treat yourself to a relaxing and re-energising break in the enchanting Forest of Dean area. You may even recognise places that have been used for filming; for example, Harry Potter, Merlin, Dr Who, The Huntsman and Star Wars The Force Awakens.
All food during the Countryside Retreat is fresh, organic and locally produced.
Dordie even makes her own apple juice, from fresh local orchard apples! 🍏
Vegetarian options will be available and please let Dordie know whether you have any other dietary requirements (e.g.- gluten free, lactose free, vegan).
Fresh water (Middletown Cottages uses a very effective filter system for fresh water), a variety of teas, coffees and biscuits will be available for you to help yourself at all times during our Retreat.
Example Countryside Retreat Structure
Arrival from 3pm, opportunity to settle in and explore the farm and its lovely surroundings.
5pm - Retreat starts with introduction and meditation
7pm - Dinner
8pm - Evening walk
9pm - Goodnight meditation
7am - Early Bird meditation!
8.15am - Breakfast
9.30am - Stress management and guided meditation
10.30am - Yoga or movement sessions
12 noon - Lunch
1.30pm - Nature walk
2.30pm - Free time and tea break
3.30pm - Nutrition talk (learn about the right foods to eat)
4.30pm - Emotional pain management and guided meditation
6pm - Dinner
9pm - Optional goodnight meditation
7am - Early Bird meditation!
8.15am - Breakfast
9.30am - Physical pain management and guided meditation
10.30am - Qi Gong movement class
12 noon - Lunch
1pm - Free time/personal meditation
3pm - Additional meditation benefits session
4pm - Final meditation and group reflection
5pm - Retreat finishes (...you're all relaxed and ready to go home!)
Please note: The above is only an example. Specific Retreat timings and content are subject to confirmation prior to arrival.
We will learn four different meditation techniques during our Retreat and learn how to commit to a regular practice.
The Retreat also includes four downloadable meditation audios, so you can maintain all we have learned at home.
Special Countryside Retreat:
'Mindfulness & Menopause Retreat'
Weekend of 1st - 3rd May 2020
Early bird pricing available until 07.03.2020
Further Countryside Retreat Dates:
3rd - 5th April
(Members only, discounted price)
12th - 14th June
(Early bird pricing until 12.03.2020)
3rd - 5th July
(Early bird pricing until 03.04.2020)
4th - 6th September
(Early bird pricing until 04.06.2020)
2nd - 4th October
(Early bird pricing until 02.07.2020)
Countryside Retreat - £130
Early Bird Pricing - £110
Countryside Menopause Retreat - £145
Early Bird Pricing - £125
Note: Even if you don't struggle with Menopause, you can still join us for our May Retreat for the original price (£110) and enjoy a bit of free time instead, treat yourself to a beautiful stroll through nature, visit the friendly farm animals or just simply relax with a cup of tea!
£200 (2 nights, single occupancy) / Early Bird single occupancy - £180
£100 (2 nights, shared occupancy)
Meals - £80
(You will be delighted to get served two delicious home cooked dinners (£30), two tasty breakfasts (£20) and two delightful lunches (£30), in fact all our meals are home cooked, fresh and mainly contain organic ingredients!
Saturday Only Option (9.30am-5.30am) - £85 (incl. lunch)
Early Bird Pricing: £75 (incl. lunch)
Saturday - Menopause Only Option (9.30am-5.30am) - £95 (incl. lunch)
Early Bird Pricing: £85 (incl. lunch)
If you would like more information or want to make a booking, please complete the form below.
Our Retreats can also be purchased in the form of a GIFT VOUCHER, the perfect CHRISTMAS GIFT for a loved one!
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