• The Heart of Wisdom and Kindness Silent Mindfulness-based Retreats


    • A 5-day silent retreat in Altea on the Mediterranean coast in Spain from Thursday the 4th of March at 4 pm to Monday the 8th of March after lunch.
    • A 5-day silent retreat in the Cabragh Lodge, Ox Mountains, Sligo, Ireland from Friday the 25th of June at 4 pm to Tuesday 29th of June 2021 after lunch. 

    These teacher-led silent secular mindfulness CPD retreats are ideal for experienced meditators, mindfulness-based teacher trainees, and established teachers. They are also suitable for those that have taken an 8-week MBSR or MBCT course and have one year's meditation experience. No previous retreat experience is required as full teacher support is available. 

    As an accredited course with the CPD Standards Office, the silent retreats are designed to meet the retreat needs of those training to teach Mindfulness-based Interventions MBI's, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy MBCT and for those who include mindfulness in their profession. The retreats also meet the Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers.

    For full details including prices and how to book, please scroll down the page.

    "I would definitely suggest it, on all levels: my idea of a retreat is that I leave feeling enriched, rested, calmer, and have learned more about myself… and all of these points were reached (even if we were returning to a difficult situation back home with COVID-19) I felt that the timing couldn’t have been better and would recommend Kathy’s retreat at any time" Silent retreat participant February 2020.

  • What’s involved?

    The intention of the 5-day/4-night silent retreats in Spain in March and Ireland in June 2021 is to gently hold the space enabling you to deepen your personal practice of mindfulness-based meditation and experiential engagement with the theoretical roots that underpin them.

    In particular, the retreat practices of concentration and insight meditation and short talks are structured around the roots of Buddhist psychology from a secular perspective. We will explore together

    • The Four ways of establishing mindfulness (body, feelings, mind and the objects of the mind) and
    • The four heart qualities (love, compassion, joy, and equanimity) known as the “Four Immeasurables” and the “Brahmaviharas” in Buddhist psychology.
    • We will also explore the Four Ennobling Truths also known as the "Four Realities"

    The teachings are offered in a space of noble silence and through sitting, standing, lying, walking practices, and mindful movement we will cultivate direct exploration of both formal and informal mindfulness-based practice. At the same time, deepening our understanding of the essential teachings that are the very fabric of teaching MBSR, MBI or MBCT classes, workshops, and individual sessions. 

    • Periods of both spaciously guided mindfulness-based core practices and silent practice, sitting, standing, reclining and walking including mindful movement
    • Short talks on the essential teachings
    • Time to practice mindfulness informally between meditation sessions and short morning mindfulness of routine activities where individuals can contribute to the tidying and cleaning of shared meditation spaces and their own rooms.

    The retreats will be held within an overall container of noble silence in a community with like-minded people as we practice together. Teachers will be available support you individually should the need arise, and once per day, there will be the opportunity to embody practice by sharing in the group environment.

    The expected learning outcomes of this CPD retreat include:

    • Deepening knowledge and experiential practice of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (body, feelings, mind, objects of the mind) 
    • Deepening knowledge and experiential practice of the Four Realities (Four Enobling Truths): suffering (understanding) craving (letting go) liberation (realizing) and cultivating the path.
    • Deepening knowledge and experiential practice of the Four Immeasurable heart practices (Brahmaviharas): love, compassion, joy, and equanimity 
    • Deepening understanding of the essential teachings that are woven into the very fabric of the mindfulness-based curriculum and practices of MBSR, MBI, and MBCT
    • Deepening of experiential awareness of personal and conditioned patterns, practicing responding with curiosity and kindness
    • Experience of the value of being part of a supportive community

    Download the Online Silent Retreat Guidelines

  • Who is the Silent Retreat for?

    The silent retreats are suitable for:

    • Those who have taken an eight-week mindfulness course and wish to deepen their practice in a supportive environment. A minimum of one year's meditation experience following the course is required.
    • Those who are training to teach mindfulness-based courses. 
    • Established mindfulness-based teachers.

    This residential retreat will enable mindfulness teachers who wish to be included on the UK Network Listing of Mindfulness Teachers to fulfill the requirement to attend an annual mindfulness retreat as part of the Good Practice Guidelines (GPG). Official Continued Professional Development CPD certificates will also be provided.

  • What to bring/wear:

    The Meditation room

    Residential Retreats:

    Mats, bolsters, cushions, blankets, chairs, and blocks will be provided. Please feel free to also bring along any of your personal items/equipment that will further support your comfort and practice.

    Please bring comfortable clothing for sitting, walking, and mindful movement. Ireland is as green as it is for a very good reason, so whatever the time of year, please bring an umbrella!

    For light sleepers sharing a room, we suggest you bring earplugs and an eye mask. 

    For retreats in Altea, Spain please bring a towel for swimming in the sea.

    5-Day in-person Silent Retreat daily schedule read more

  • A double room

    Our retreats in Spain are held at the 4-star Hotel Tossal d' Altea a lovingly restored 300-year-old olive mill in the picture-postcard Mediterranean town of Altea. The same family has owned the mill for generations and has lovingly restored this ancient building into a comfortable 4-star hotel with just 22 rooms, keeping many of its original features.

    Familiar and experienced with hosting meditation and yoga events, Manuel and his small team look forward to supporting our practice and silence.

    The hotel is located just 500 meters from the charming 'Casco Antiguo' (old town) with its traditional white-washed houses and cobbled streets. It has views of the mountains and sea and is located at the point where the Spanish countryside meets the town, providing us with the perfect spot for meditation whilst being a short ten-minute walk away from the old town and 25-minute walk to the beach - both locations providing ideal settings for mindful walking and practicing 'just being'

    There is a shuttle bus service directly from Alicante International Airport to Altea with Beniconnect, cost is 18 euros each way. They will also arrange private taxi's. Car hire is also very reasonable and depending on the season, often less expensive than the shuttle!

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  • 5-Day Silent Retreat at the Hotel Tossal d' Altea, Altea, Spain.

    • Single en-suite room with breakfast and 3-course evening meal €730
    • Single en-suite room with full-board €795

    What’s included in the price:

    • 4 nights accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Tossal d’ Altea in either a twin or single en-suite room with half-board or full-board as booked. The hotel can cater to vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free, etc, please advise at the time of booking. 
    • 5-day retreat schedule including optional private meetings with the teachers.
    • Early morning, morning and afternoon tea or coffee
    • Water, fruit and chocolate in the meditation room.
    • 3-course welcome dinner.
    • 3-course lunch on the final day.
    • Silent Retreat gift and handmade local Valor Chocolates for mindful eating.

    What's not included in the price:

    • Flights
    • Transfers to and from the airport
    • Essential Holiday insurance

    If you would like to arrive early or stay for a few days to explore once the retreat has finished, extra nights are usually available at our specially discounted rates at the Hotel Tossal d'Altea. Please ask for details.

  • The remote and scenic location of the Cabragh Lodge in the Ox Mountains is perfect for reconnecting with yourself and experiencing wild nature in the still and quiet unspoiled surrounding bog and woodlands. An abundance of wildlife and nature abounds with plenty of opportunities for just sitting, mindful walking or dipping your toes in the small streams on the doorstep.

    The custom-built, unique octagonal retreat studio at Cabragh Lodge offers a peaceful tranquil and energized space, perfect for our silent retreat and large windows keep the space refreshingly light and airy. Ecologically built, and sympathetic to the indigenous landscape, this beautiful wooden center is fully equipped for group sessions. 

    As well as the purpose-built studio, the center has four self-contained, 2 bedroom, en-suite, eco-cabins. Each has an outdoor patio area with patio furniture. The eco-cabins are built to a passive design standard and have adjustable electric heating partially supplied by their own turbine.

    The cabins have a full kitchen, complete with cutlery, crockery, and glassware although you don't have to worry about that as delicious vegetarian meals are provided. Sheets, towels, and duvets are of a high quality designed to ensure coziness and warmth. There 2 hairdryers, an iron and ironing board in each cabin.

    The Cabragh Lodge is just 5 km from Coolaney village and private or shared taxis can be arranged at an additional cost from Knock International Airport. 

    The ethos of Cabragh Lodge Retreat Centre is vegetarian, so no meat is consumed or brought onto the site and there is a no smoking policy. We are grateful to our guests for both appreciating and respecting these values.

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  • 5-Day Silent Retreat at the Cabragh Lodge €790:

    What's included in the price:

    • 5-days 4-nights vegetarian full board accommodation in a shared twin en-suite room in a 2-bedroom luxury eco cabin at the Cabragh Lodge. The center can cater for gluten-free etc, please advise at the time of booking. 
    • 5-day retreat schedule including optional private meetings with the teachers.
    • Optional evening Gong Meditation (included in the price) 

    What's not included in the price:

    • Flights
    • Transfers to and from the airport. 
    • Essential Holiday insurance
  • How to book your space

    The Retreat groups will be small so early booking is essential. 

    Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

    1. Complete and return the application form, which is then assessed to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. We normally reply within 24 hours (Monday - Friday).  

    2. Once you are offered a space, your space can be secured with a 200 euro deposit. The balance is then due one month before the retreat starts.

    3. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the retreat.

    Payment and Cancellation Policy:

    Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations as by paying the deposit you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

    For more information:

    Please email us at [email protected]

  • If you are unable to download the Application form with the brown button below, please contact us at [email protected] and we will send you a copy.

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