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Rest & Rewild: Mindfulness Weekend Retreat

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Join us for this specially crafted mindfulness-nature-yoga-based weekend retreat in the hidden heartlands of Ireland.

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It seems that in today's modern world, human bodies and nervous systems are calling for rest; and our hearts and minds are seeking space for creativity, connection and compassion. When we become present and connected with who and what really matters to us we may be empowered to make choices that allow us to flourish in our lives. Whatever draws you to this retreat, all are welcome.*

The retreat integrates 3 core ingredients to meet our intention to 'rest and rewild' - Mindfulness - Nature - Yoga:

Mindfulness: You may have heard of the 8 week +1 day MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) programme? Created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, MBSR is informed by neuroscience, psychology and educational methods that emphasise experiential, group and discovery learning. This weekend retreat is your chance to learn the core teachings and practices. Together we will explore practices from identifying our grounding anchors of our bodies, to learning to pause, to notice the breath, thoughts, feelings, sensations and our surroundings. We will also discover how we can cultivate mindfulness in our daily lives from commuting to conversing, walking to working and exercising to eating.

Nature: Our practice will also be enriched through simple and gentle practices to support an exploration of our inner nature and the potential insights that nature can present to us. To rewild, we listen to the calling that is within each of us - to move from indoor to outdoor. We already know how simple moments in nature revive and inspire us: waking up through the senses we reconnect with our deeper knowing of nature as medicine. We may also experience a deeper understanding of our inner nature and our shared connection with the natural world. How might such insights inform our actions and engagement with our wider world?

Yoga: We will enjoy daily yoga sessions, designed to attend to our rest and restorative needs, allowing us to come home to our bodies and mind through mindful movement. These sessions are offered by Monique Leverington, from Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Adelaide, South Australia, a highly skilled and qualified visiting Yoga & Pilates Teacher, who is also a Certified MBSR Teacher and Wellness Coach.

This retreat is ideal for people who may be new to meditation, mindfulness in nature and/or yoga as well as to those ready to bring their ‘beginner’s mind’ to this retreat experience! Experience of these teachings may support a discovery, as others have, of how we may connect our internal and external sources of support and encouragement in life, build resilience and well-being, reduce stress, sleep better, improve relationships and grow a sense of well-being in daily life, especially in the face of personal and global challenges. Research shows the benefits experienced on retreat can extend up to 6 months afterwards.

August is a great time to retreat : in our celtic calendar, it's a time of great joy when our ancestors gathered to celebrate harvest-time. On retreat, we can walk in the footsteps of our ancestors as we take this time to stop, step back, reflect, appreciate and celebrate our achievements at this time of year. A taking stock right in the centre of our being.

Dates: Friday 14th August (4pm) to Sunday16th August 2020 (2pm).

Costs: €330 (shared accommodation, meals and all activities).

€100 First payment due immediately to secure place

€230 Due 1 week before retreat start date.

Location: We will be warmly hosted and catered for in spacious shared accommodation from the experienced team at Blackhill Woods, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. www.blackhillwoods.ie

Outline: The retreat begins late Friday afternoon, allowing time to arrive and settle into your home for the weekend. We will take some time to introduce ourselves, reflect on intentions for the retreat and create the safe space that will allow us to move in the direction of our intentions. On Saturday and Sunday mornings we will wake and share a morning practice of sitting meditation and gentle movement before enjoying breakfast together. The mornings will proceed with mindfulness and nature-based sessions. After lunch on Saturday, there will be some free time to rest, wander and journal at your own leisure. Guided sessions will continue in the late afternoon before adjourning for an evening meal together. The evenings will end with practices intended to support a restful night’s sleep. The retreat will close after lunch on Sunday.

Places are limited so get in touch to secure you place!

For questions/to learn more:

contact Sheena +353876816635 /sheena@discoveringmindfulness.ie.

*Each participant will be asked to complete a brief screening questionnaire and a waiver must be signed. Any significant physical or psychological health needs are expected to be disclosed in advance of confirming a place. Participants will be contacted by email.

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