Mindfulness Retreat Day
A Full Day of Meditation, Relaxation & Reflective Silence Amidst Stunning Nature

Led By Top Mindfulness Teacher Suryacitta
& Held At Hexgreave Hall (North Notts)

Saturday 6th July 2019
We meet at 9am in the Nottingham city centre and then travel on together to Hexgreave Hall for 10.30am.
We return together to the city centre for approx 5.30pm.
£45 Group Members | £65 General public
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Spend a whole day in the company of likeminded people, sharing in a structured program of meditation and Mindfulness practice that's designed to move everyone gently into a deep state of stillness and intense meditation experience.
About The Retreat Day

On Saturday 6th July the Nottingham Mindfulness Group will be holding a Silent Retreat Day amid the stunning beauty and natural tranquility of Hexgreave Hall (a former stately home in the north of the county that is set in acres of breathtaking gardens, woodland, and a deer park).

We are delighted to announce that this full day of reflective silence, guided meditation practice and blissful relaxation will be led for us by one of the leading figures in the Mindfulness movement in Britain - top meditation teacher, Mindfulness expert and bestselling Mindfulness author Suryacitta.

The Retreat day itself will run from 10.30am through to approximately 4.30pm, although all participants will rendezvous earlier in the city centre (at 9am) to have a coffee together and then travel on as a group to Hexgreave Hall. (Similarly, everyone will travel back together to Nottingham in the evening, arriving back in the city centre at around 5.30pm.) Lifts will be arranged for those who do not drive (see details below).

Once we have all arrived and settled in at Hexgreave Hall for 10.30am, silence will be observed throughout the rest of the day (apart from Suryacitta's teaching and meditation guidance) until approximately 4pm.

The day will consist mostly of alternating 20 minute periods of: (a) guided meditation (all led by Suryacitta in person - for more about Suryacitta, see below), and (b) stillness, silence and rest. During the day there will be opportunity to engage in Mindful Walking in the beautiful grounds of Hexgreave Hall (or to simply wander in the gardens at your own leisure during the periods of silent rest and in the lunch break - with silence being maintained throughout).

The structure of the day (which is based on a form of Zen Retreat called "Shesshin", meaning "touching the heart") is designed to take people gently into a deep place of stillness and intense meditation experience, something that many people find profoundly healing, restorative and transformative.

All this will all take place in the remote peace and natural beauty of Hexgreave Hall and its grounds, so we will be surrounded by the tranquility of nature for the day while having the comfort of the Hall as our base.

The day will include a period of teaching by Suryacitta and a question and answer session at the end of the day, during which people can ask questions of Suryacitta about their experience.

Tea, coffee, juice, water and biscuits will be provided throughout the day, but participants are asked to bring a generous packed lunch with them which will be eaten (Mindfully) during the lunch break (during which time silence will still be maintained). Please note that there are no open shops, cafes or catering facilities available at Hexgreave Hall at the weekend.

The price for the full day is £45 each for members of the Nottingham Mindfulness Group and £65 per person for the general public.

Simply pay a £25 deposit now to secure your place, and then pay the balance on the day. (People who have a car and are willing to drive to Hexgreave Hall are asked to provide lifts to other participants; people who are being given a lift there and back are asked to contribute £5 petrol money to their driver.)

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About The Retreat Leader

Suryacitta (his Buddhist name) is one of the leading figures in the Mindfulness movement in Britain.

He is the author of a number of popular books on Mindfulness, including 'Happiness & How It Happens: Finding Contentment Through Mindfulness', 'Mindfulness & Compassion: Embracing Life With Loving Kindness' and 'A Mindful Life'. He first began practising Mindfulness meditation himself in 1989 and he has been teaching Mindfulness since 2005. Today he runs Mindfulness CIC (a leading Mindfulness teaching organisation which trains and teaches new Mindfulness teachers). He has also co-designed and leads the MSc post graduate course in Mindfulness at Coventry University, where he is a part-time lecturer.

Suryacitta teaches Mindfulness directly to the public in highly acclaimed Mindfulness courses, workshops and retreats right across the UK and internationally - and he also leads occasional events on Loving Kindness and Compassion meditation.

While he is a practicing Buddhist in his personal life (he was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1999), his public work mostly centres on teaching secular, therapeutic Mindfulness, including courses in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy).

About The Venue

Hexgreave Hall is a beautiful former stately home (once belonging to the Archbishops of York as a hunting lodge, later becoming the home of a Sheffield steel magnate.) Today the Hall and its estate are run as a conference and events venue, and as a thriving business centre supporting local SMEs.

 The Hall itself sits in extensive gardens, spacious park and woodland, and it still has a deer park. The location is tranquil and serene, being enveloped in truly stunning countryside and breathtaking nature. 

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