•  5-Day Thursday 20th February at 4 pm to Monday 24th at 2 pm in Altea, Spain - from €486 in a twin room, €546 in a single room.

    5-Day Thursday 25th June to Monday 29th June at 2 pm at the Cabragh Lodge, Ireland - €680 for full board in a twin room in a luxury eco-cabin

    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.

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL OFFER: Book the Spring Silent Retreat in Altea, Spain before the 20th of November and receive a €50 discount.

    Apply now!

  • The intention of the retreats is to offer a nurturing environment, where we have the space to practice curiosity and kindness to our actual present moment experience without the distractions of home, work, and commitments. Through short talks and experiential practice, we will also be deepening our connection to the essentials teachings of mindfulness to support teaching secular mindfulness-based interventions MBI's and the 8-week MBSR, MBCT courses. 

    Our time together in this small group provides an opportunity to engage in our direct experience and supports the cultivation of a growing embodiment of mindfulness as a way of 'being' founded on the quality of curiosity, care and kindness.

    My favorite quote by Sharon Salzberg in the book The Force of Kindness sums up the intention for the retreats "When we are devoted to the development of kindness, it becomes a movement of the heart so deep and subtle it is like a movement of the sea close to the ocean floor, all but hidden yet affecting absolutely everything that happens above. That's the force of kindness.

    Feedback from the 2019 Silent Retreats:

    Kathy and Julia completely succeeded in creating an environment which both clarifies learning and developmental techniques for teachers and at the same time allowing space for self-reflection and personal growth. 

    Thoroughly recommended...a very authentic revisiting of key practices and their underpinnings...
    personally and professionally very enriching.

  • What’s involved?

    The intention of the silent CPD retreats 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. 

     

  • The Silent Retreats will include:

    • Periods of both spaciously guided mindfulness-based core practices and silent practice, sitting, standing, lying 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
  • Who is the Silent Retreat for?

    The retreat is suitable for the following people:

    • 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.

  • Silent Retreat timings:

    Please arrive by 4 pm for orientation and 'taking tea' This is then followed by the opening ceremony and welcome dinner. The 6-Day retreat finishes at 7.30pm on the last day followed by a special closing dinner. The 5-Day retreats finish at midday, followed by lunch. 

    Sample daily silent retreat schedule:

    • 07.30 - 08.30 Practice - Silent practice
    • 08.30 - 09.30 Breakfast
    • 09.30 - 09.45 Mindfulness of routine activities
    • 09.45 - 13.00 Practice - Short talk on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness or Four Realities, spacious mindfulness-based guiding and silent practice
    • 13.00 - 15.30 Lunch and free time
    • 15.30 - 17.00 Practice - Spacious mindfulness-based guiding and silent practice
    • 17.00 - 17.30 Taking Tea informal practice
    • 17.30 - 18.30 Optional Group/Individual meetings
    • 18.45 - 19.00 Short talk - "The Four Immeasurable Heart Practices"
    • 19.00 - 19.30 Practice - Silent Meditation 
    • 19.30 - 20.00 Optional individual meetings
    • Continued overnight silence.

    Optional Gong meditation (Summer Retreat at Cabragh Lodge Only) 

    Each evening after dinner at the Cabragh Lodge you will have the opportunity to experience a spaciously guided mindfulness-based meditation followed by the gongs with Fiona in An Croi, the beautiful octagonal meditation room. Please note: this event is not suitable for people with pacemaker, epilepsy, schizophrenia or who are pregnant.

    Gong meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using gong sounds to promote relaxation and the soothing of the body. The use of sound for healing and balancing has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. The gong journey is based on the understanding that all forms of matter – including our body’s cells – vibrate at different frequencies. Factors such as stress, depression and disease cause cells and organs within our bodies to vibrate at non-optimal frequencies.

  • What to bring/wear:

    The Meditation room

    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 even at the end of June, 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.

  • The 300-year old Restored Olive Mill Hotel Tossal d' Altea, Altea, Spain.

    Our retreats in Spain are held at the 4-star Hotel Tossa d' Altea a 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. The hotel 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!

  • The Cabragh Lodge, Coolaney, County Sligo, North West of Ireland in the Ox Mountains.

    Our silent retreats in Ireland are held at the Cabragh Lodge in the Ox Mountains. The remote and scenic location 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.

  • A double room

    5-Day Silent Retreat Thursday 20th February at 4 pm to Monday 24th February at 12.30 followed by lunch in Altea, Spain:

    • 4 nights in TWIN room (2 same-sex to a room) with en-suite bathroom, buffet breakfast and 2-course evening meal with water, tea or coffee €486
    • 4 nights in a TWIN room (2 same-sex to a room) with en-suite bathroom, buffet breakfast, 1-course lunch, and 2-course evening meal with water, tea or coffee €546
    • TWIN rooms are subject to availability. 
    • 4 nights in a spacious SINGLE room with en-suite bathroom, buffet breakfast and 2-course evening meal with water, tea or coffee €546
    • 4 nights in a spacious SINGLE room with en-suite bathroom, buffet breakfast, 1-course lunch and 2-course evening meal with water, tea or coffee €606

    SPECIAL OFFER: Book the February retreat before the 20th of November and receive a 50 euro discount.

    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 for vegetarians, gluten-free etc, please advise at the time of booking. 
    • 5 day retreat schedule including optional private meetings with the teachers.
    • Morning and Afternoon ‘taking tea’ water and fruit.

    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.

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  • 5-Day Silent Retreat Thursday 25th June at 4 pm to Monday 29th June at 12.30 followed by lunch at the Cabragh Lodge:

    • 4 nights in TWIN room (2 same-sex to a room) with en-suite bathroom in an eco-cabin, including all vegetarian meals €680

    What’s included in the price:

    • 5-days 4-nights vegetarian full board accommodation 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.

    What's not included in the price:

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

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  • How to apply:

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

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  • The Application Process:

    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. To secure your space, we will then invoice you for the nonrefundable deposit of 100 euros for retreats in Spain and 200 euros for retreats in Ireland. Your space is fully confirmed once we receive this payment.

    3.  The balance is due one month before the retreat starts.

    4. For those staying at the retreat venue the Hotel Tossal d'Altea, the accommodation part of the retreat is payable directly to the hotel on departure allowing you to spread the cost.

    5. 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

    For more information:

    Please email us at [email protected]