Silent Meditation Retreats

Time away from the busyness of daily life

Silent Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation Retreats

All our retreats count towards the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) Good Practice Guidelines.  They are open to anyone from complete beginners to trained Mindfulness Teachers.  A retreat is required to give teachers an opportunity to deepen their practice and to experience the kind of processes that might arise for their participants doing a more intensive practice. Silence is incredibly important and is an opportunity to settle, let go of talking and communicating verbally and allow our minds, our body and our hearts to just settle and create some clarity.

Following Good Practice Guidelines and embracing accessibility we have created one-day and two-day online retreats as well as our residential five-day retreat at Sharpham House, giving you options to complete the required total of 5 days in a way that works best for you.

Benefits of doing a retreat:

  • Spend your day(s) in silence, experiencing mindful movement, and mindfulness and compassion practices.
  • A fantastic way to reconnect with yourself and nature.
  • Deepen your learning, experience new practices and inquire into their effects.

Online Retreats for Mindfulness Teachers and Trainees

One-Day Retreat - 8th May 2022

Starting at 10am, ending at 4pm.

Join Karen and Angie, our kind, nurturing experienced teachers for a restful Sunday retreat.  Spend the morning resting your awareness in guided mindfulness and compassion-based practices, and after a short lunch break, spend the afternoon connecting with ways that will support you. This day meets the BAMBA Good Practice Guidelines and is everyone is welcome.

Cost: £80

10% off all retreats for Alumni Members  

Residential Retreat

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Join us for our five-night silent, teacher led retreat and experience tranquillity and joy through the enriching mindfulness and compassion practices.

The retreat balances gentle movement with stillness practices, held with kindness, to create harmony of the body, heart and mind. This retreat is open to everyone and also adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines for mindfulness teachers.

Sharpham House is a beautiful and majestic building, surrounded by 550 acres of stunning nature, the River Dart, woodlands and greenery.  This stunning venue is warm and comfortable and the perfect location for a mindful retreat.

If there is something that you want to discuss you will have the opportunity to schedule appointments to see the teacher and there is a notice board where you can write requests and questions.

Our retreat is lead by Karen Atkinson, co-Founder and Senior Partner at MindfulnessUK and her experienced team.

5-night retreat in Sharpham House

  • Led by our experienced and friendly teachers, you will spend your days in silence, experiencing mindful movement, mindfulness and compassion practices and the chance to relax in beautiful surroundings.
  • Stay in first class accommodation and enjoy delicious and fresh vegetarian meals.
  • If you are already a teacher or trainee, our retreats will deepen your learning and give you the opportunity to experience new practices and inquire into their effects, enabling you to then teach these practices to your clients.

Our next 5-night retreat is:

13th June 2022 (starting at 4pm) to 18th June 2022 (ending midday).

Single room: £880

Includes all teaching, accommodation and food.  Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

(10% off all retreats for Alumni Members)

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Meet your tutors

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Karen Atkinson

Karen is the Co-founder and Senior Partner of MindfulnessUK, an author, a trustee of the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA), a teacher and trainer of mindfulness and compassion skills and practices, and a Bangor trained supervisor of mindfulness teachers. Karen has been teaching mindful movement and meditation for over 30 years, and recently published ‘Compassionate Mindful Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice’.  It is fair to say that she takes the greatest pride in having used her unique position to develop the Integrated Mindfulness and Compassion Qualification, a ground-breaking qualification and the first of its kind in the market. As a highly respected, extremely experienced, and well-trained mindfulness teacher with a warm, intuitive, friendly, and professional manner, Karen’s mission is to bring this enhanced enjoyment of life to as many people as possible.

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Neil Atkinson

Neil is an experienced meditator and has co-lead on numerous retreats, weekend courses, and 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses over the last 10 years. He trained to deliver the 8-week MBSR course with Bangor University and has helped facilitate regular Buddhist teaching and meditation sessions since 2005. He found co-leading at MindfulnessUK’s previous retreats at Sharpham House to be a joyful and enriching experience, and looks forward to the privilege of doing so again within this beautiful and unique setting close to the summer solstice.

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