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Teacher-led
Mindfulness Retreat

Secular Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Living with Ease:
Being in alignment with the way things are

June 2021: Fri 25.06. – Mon 28.06.

Our Covid-19 Statement

Due to the situation we are all in, we have poured our souls into insuring that your welfare is our first priority and our venue is a warm and inviting place despite Covid-19.

With this in mind, our retreat will be available to a MAXIMUM OF 6 PEOPLE and you will be delighted to hear that each one of you get a PERSONAL ROOM!

Please be reassured that all bookings made for this event will be honoured and a forward credit applied if circumstances change due to the virus.

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A student is asking the teacher:
“When heat and cold come, how can I avoid them?”
And the teacher answers:
“Go to the place, where there is no heat or cold.”
The student says:
“Where is that place, where there is no heat or cold?”
And the teacher says:
“When it’s cold, shiver. And when it’s hot, sweat.”

Description:

How often in our lives do we seek safety or possibilities to feel more comfortable in difficult moments? Especially nowadays with all the uncertainties, fears or even geopolitical tumults each one of us is facing in life…

Often, we want to find a place, where there is no heat or cold.
Where there is no pain, no difficulties.

That is, how most of us feel. We really believe that we can control the way things are. If we only knew the right technique, we could be beyond the place of cold and heat.

We have developed many strategies with the hope of coping better with the full ‘catastrophe’ of life. And sometimes for a little bit of time, these strategies work, but ultimately, we discover that it doesn’t help all the time. That it doesn’t provide a permanent solution.

What would happen, when we allow the moment to be as it is?
When we stop fighting it.
When we stop trying to fix it.
When we stop running away from it.
When we meet our life as it is!

In mindfulness, we are encouraged to bring awareness to what is present.
And by practicing in this way, we create conditions that transformation can happen.

We invite you to join us in stillness and silence to wake up to the beauty of being alive. To encounter the life we have with freshness and wonder.

Each day on this Mindfulness retreat will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both sitting and walking practice), instructions, individual meetings with the teacher and short inspirational talks on different subjects related to our mindfulness practice, as well as facilitation of a group inquiry process, all within an underlying environment of silence.

The retreat programme also includes a longer lunch & rest period to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Freshwater Bay and its cliffs, which is less than a 15 mins walk from the retreat venue.

No Prerequisites!

The present moment doesn’t distinguish between newcomers and experienced practitioners. Therefore, you are most welcome to join us, if our Mindfulness Meditation Retreat speaks to you and you are curious when you read this page!
This is the only pre-requisite!

We would love to have you at our retreat and would be delighted to welcome you. 

Voice of Participants
Voices of Participants
Celebrating....

It was wonderful to experience the retreat as one of playful experimentation rather than an opportunity for the mind to engage in a barrage of negative self-criticism – I feel at this moment very content.
These days my heart is mostly joyful, and I haven’t yet tired of celebrating that!

Celebrating…
Adventure…

Even though the retreat has only been for a few days I have made new discoveries about myself, my practice and mindfulness itself. These have been both enlightening and at times challenging. Feeling rested but also invigorated! It’s been an adventure - Thank you so much!

Adventure…
Flexibility & choice…
Flexibility & choice…

I have endless respect and admiration for the integrity that Susann brings to the practice.
She holds the space with such firm support, but her gentleness allows flexibility and choice.

Quotation Marks
Delicious…
Delicious…

Susann is the embodiment of the practice in every moment. I think that’s clear to see and a rare and precious thing. Thanks for providing this opportunity for us all to practice together – delicious!

Quotation Marks
Heartfelt thanks…
Heartfelt thanks…

My heartfelt thanks for the wonderful retreat – what a joy it was.
My daily formal practice is now back in place.
The work stress I talked about has not returned, and there are many other subtle changes in thought and behaviour that have persisted since coming home – it’s been the most impactful retreat experience I’ve had so far. Thank you.

Take-away…
Take-away…

As always, I find the guidance provided holds the space for the group so well, and there is always something new to explore that comes out of each retreat. Always a positive experience. For this retreat “firmness” seems an important take-away for me (as demonstrated by Susann).

Honesty & humour…
Honesty & humour…

I absolutely loved the honesty and humour of the group, so it was magical when we were able to share – during group inquiry, mindful communication and final group sharing.

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Details: 4-Day Teacher-led Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

 

Venue: 

Cosy Wolf
Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight  PO40 99P

Lymington Pier to Yarmouth, IOW is the direct way to Freshwater Bay. Taxi time from Yarmouth, IOW to Freshwater Bay is approximately five minutes.

Dates & Timings:

June 2021: Fri 25.06. – Mon 28.06.

Please arrive on the first day between 4 and 6pm to allow time to get settled into your room before dinner at 6.30pm and orientation in the evening.

The retreat ends on the final day at 12.30pm.

Led by:

Susann Herrmann
Clinical / Occup. Psychol. (MA)

Cost:

  • Tuition Fee
    (does not include accommodation fee):

     

    • £ 285
  • Accommodation charges
    Half-board at Cosy Wolf, which includes Breakfast (details) and Dinner, with Tea’s, Coffee & Snacks in between:

     

    • £ 315 Single ensuite
Cosy Wolf Rear aspect
Cosy Wolf lounge
Cosy Wolf breakfast room
Cosy Wolf stair well & gallery
Wight bedroom suite
Wight bathroom suite
Cosy Wolf front aspect
Cosy Wolf Garden 1
Cosy Wolf Garden 2
Cosy Wolf Rear aspect
Cosy Wolf lounge
Cosy Wolf breakfast room
Cosy Wolf stair well & gallery
Wight bedroom suite
Wight bathroom suite
Cosy Wolf front aspect
Cosy Wolf Garden 1
Cosy Wolf Garden 2
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Cosy Wolf is a stunning Georgian house, set in 2 acres of beautiful gardens. The property has undergone extensive refurbishment since January 2020, and offers superb facilities, in a tranquil setting 20 minutes walk from Freshwater.

Due to the current Covid-19 regulations, our retreat is for single room occupancy only and all meals provided will be served to us. We will be staying at Cosy Wolf on a half-board basis of breakfast and dinner, with Tea’s, Coffee & Snacks in between.

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Flight over Freshwater Bay on a Lovely Day!
Video by WightFlight using DJI Phantom 3 Pro.

Enrolment:

If you would like to join, please let us know and we will send you a reservation email with payment details.

In order to be able to confirm your place on the retreat, we do require full Tuition Fee payment either by Bank Transfer or by Debit/Credit Card (a handling charge of 4% will be added).

Once we confirm your place we will email you a confirmation of your booking and ask you to contact Cosy Wolf directly for reservation and payment of the deposit within 7 days (lena@cosywolf.co.uk). With the reservation they ask for a deposit of 10%. The remaining payment of the accommodation charge is due on the day of arrival.

Cosy Wolf does not accept bookings unless they have a copy of the confirmation email, which provides them with evidence that you have been approved for a place.

We very much look forward to welcoming you!

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