The Mindful Mini-Retreat is the logical next step for anyone who has completed our Beginners Course and is looking to refine and develop their skills. It’s designed to free you from dependence on guidance, instructions or ‘techniques’ and to encourage you to develop your own ways of meditating. It’s also a great way to spend a Sunday; an opportunity to take some time out to reflect, rest and recharge in the company of fellow meditators.
The mini-retreat is also suitable for those new to meditation, (but looking for a gentle, organic and thought-and-emotion-friendly approach) and those experienced meditators who are looking to explore, critique and fine-tune their meditation practice. In this respect, the workshop is an ideal ‘refresher’ and a great way to reclaim your enthusiasm for and interest in meditation.
Workshop Fee: $150 / $130
What if I’m a beginner?
Although Mini-Retreats are usually attended by people who have completed a Basic Course with us, or have some other meditation experience, they are also suitable for beginners.
What's covered at the Mini-Retreat?
The material presented is based on the work of Jason Siff, who developed an approach to meditation called Recollective Awareness. As such, it is not a meditation technique but a way of looking at what actually happens during meditation. It could be seen as a means for developing greater awareness and understanding of the conditions that lead to helpful and healthy mental states. You will be encouraged to develop:
- the capacity to learn from your own experiences during meditation
- greater trust in the validity of your own experiences
- the ability to make useful distinctions
- the ability to exercise your own intelligence and discernment in order to evaluate the value of different approaches to meditation
- the capacity to tolerate a wide range of emotions and experiences
- an open, receptive quality of mind
- gentle ways of relating to your thoughts, emotions and feelings
- the capacity to question your own assumptions and preconceptions about meditation
As such you will not be introduced to any new meditation techniques but will be invited to meditate in any way(s) you choose. More specific instructions will be provided for anyone completely new to meditation.
What can I expect?
Mini-Retreats are an opportunity to spend a day dedicated to restful reflection and meditation.
The day is relaxed and informal. It includes periods of silent meditation followed by reflection time and discussion.
The meditations themselves are not guided (though brief suggestions or themes are provided prior to each) and range in length from 20 to 40 minutes.
Following each meditation participants are invited to spend a few minutes journaling about their sit, and then to share their experiences (though this isn’t compulsory).
This process is designed to help you develop greater awareness during meditation so that you can learn how to relate with greater skill to your own thoughts, emotions and feelings.