• Mindfulness Silent Retreats in Spain

     

    25th - 28th November 3-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat €495

    2023 Dates:

    16th - 21st of February 5-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat €859

    24th - 27th November 3-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat €495

    Sign me up now!

  • Who are the silent retreats suitable for?

     

    The 3 and 5-day silent retreats are suitable for people who teach or are training to teach Mindfulness-Based Programmes and others who are integrating mindfulness into their professional work. It will enable mindfulness teachers who wish to be included on the BAMBA Listing of Mindfulness Teachers to fulfill part or full requirement to attend an annual mindfulness retreat.

    They are also suitable for experienced meditators over the age of 18 (with one year of meditation practice) or those that have taken an 8-week Mindfulness-Based course such as MBSR/MBCT/MBC/MBCL (or similar) and who have a continued mindfulness practice.

    If you are new to meditation or would like support to restart a practice, please check out our Mindfulness for Beginners Weekends

  • Meditating in overlooking the garden and mountains

    What to expect

     

    The teachings are offered in a space of noble silence and through sitting, standing, lying, walking practices, and mindful movement. We invite you to cultivate direct exploration of both formal and informal mindfulness-based practice and at the same time, deepen your understanding of the essential teachings that are the very fabric of teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Approaches MBA or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy classes, workshops, and individual sessions.

    In particular, the silent retreats are orientated around becoming more aware of obstacles in our practice, and the natural deepening of our practice with mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity so that we can learn to live well, to thrive rather than just survive.

    Rather than cultivating new abilities, with kindness and self-compassion, we learn to identify, appreciate, and strengthen the ones we already have. In our meditation practice, they support finding a place of balance and in our daily lives, a wholehearted involvement with what we are doing.

    As well as free time to rest and rejuvenate, the schedule includes periods of both guided and sustained periods of silence to enable participants to connect more fully with their inner experiences. There will also be opportunities for mindful walking and sunrise meditations on the beach (weather permitting) a long walk in the Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada on one of the days to explore the stunning coastline and watch the sun rise over the Peñon de Ifach, and on the final evening, a candlelight meditation. 

    Chairs, benches, meditation cushions, bolsters, blocks, blankets and cushions are provided. You may like to bring a favorite shawl, touch stone or cushion.

    The teachers will be available to support you individually should the need arise, and there will be occasional opportunities to embody practice by sharing in the group environment (optional)

    You will find that there is plenty of time to practice mindfulness informally and nourish yourself between the scheduled sessions by sipping a tea or coffee at the hotel or local cafes, curling up with a book in your spacious room, dips in the pool or sea, or walks along the Mediterranean coast and the promenade which will take you to the neighboring town of Albir.  Here you can take a walk through the national park to the lighthouse with stunning coastal views. It is also possible to hire bikes to explore the area.

  • A typical day on the 3 and 5-day silent retreats

     

    • 7.30 - 8.30 meditation, movement or optional sunrise walk and practice on the beach, time for swimming (of course optional!)
    • 8.30 - 10.00 Breakfast and free time 
    • 10.00 - 13.00 Short talk to support mindfulness practice, health and wellbeing. Followed by seated, lying, standing, walking or movement practice
    • 13.00 - 16.00 free time for self-care, relaxation and rejuvenation
    • 16.00 - 19.00 Short talk to support mindfulness practice, health and wellbeing. Followed by seated, lying, standing and movement practice
    • There will be a 30-minute break in the morning and afternoon sessions for self care, taking tea.
    • On the final evening there is an invitation to join a candlelight meditation at 20.30.

    We practice silence from when the head hits the pillow on the first evening, until we dissolve the silence on either the final evening (3-day) or on the final morning (5-day) Practicing silence is an opportunity to let go of distractions, and to allow the body, heart and mind to rest so you can thrive rather than just survive. 

  • Location and venue: A 300-year-old family-run converted Olive Mill and Farm close to the Mediterranean sea

     

    The 3 and 5-day silent retreats are held at a favorite venue of ours, the Hotel Tossal d’Altea. This tiny (it has just 22 rooms!) family-run country house hotel is a 300-year-old converted farm and olive mill, set in peaceful surroundings at the edge of the picturesque town of Altea famous for its blue domed church, cobbled streets, and Mediterranean promenade. 

    The hotel terraces and garden areas are the perfect place to sit and sip a coffee or glass of wine, and the hotel restaurant “Menjador Almàssera” is well known locally for its delicious Mediterranean and local cuisine.  There is a lovely pool, small gym and sauna. The purpose-built meditation room sits in the garden with huge windows facing the mountains. 

    The hotel is just 500 metres away from Palau Altea (Altea Concert Hall), the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Old Quarter (the popular and historic Old Town, home of artists). From here, the Bernia and Aitana Sierras, the Puig Campana Peak, the sea, the Morro de Toix Mountain and the Ifach Rock can all be seen. What makes the Hotel Tossal d’Altea so special is its beautiful natural setting and the history and tradition as old olive oil mill and farmhouse.

    The spacious rooms are well equipped with double or twin beds, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, a safety deposit box, a mini fridge, a TV, and daily maid service. Every room has a private ensuite bathroom with bathrobes, towels, a hairdryer, and complimentary Oliva del Mediterraneo toiletries.

    The hotel is located on the Costa Blanca, and our nearest airport is Alicante which has a transfer service available, and, as we never ask (nor expect) you to share rooms unless you bring a friend, you’ll have your own double bedroom with private bathroom. 

  • The Investment in your Health and Wellbeing

     

    25th November at 4 pm - 27th November at 7 pm (check out is after breakfast on the 28th) 3-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat €495

    16th February at 4 pm - 21st of February at 1pm followed by lunch. 5-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat €859

    24th November at 4 pm - 26th November at 7 pm (check out is after breakfast on the 28th) 3-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat €495

    What is included: The Mindfulness for Beginners, 3-day or 5-day retreat schedule, 3-course Welcome dinner on the first night, delicious breakfast buffet each day, early morning tea/infusions, morning and afternoon tea/infusions/coffee/water, and water in the meditation room. On the 5-day retreat, a delicious Paella lunch is included on the final day. 

    Accommodation as booked (additional night's accommodation may also be available)

    Options: From experience, we have found that most participants prefer to explore the excellent local restaurants in the old town or seafront for lunch and dinner, however, if you prefer, there is an option to upgrade to half-board (breakfast and either lunch or dinner) or full-board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at an additional cost.

    The Hotel restaurant (open to all) has a lunch menu, a menu of the day, and an a la carte menu that caters to gluten/lactose-free, vegetarian and vegan requirements. 

    Deposits and payment: 

    Once we offer you a space (subject to availability) we ask for a 200 euro deposit. The retreat balance is then due one month before the retreat starts. To keep the costs down, and to allow you to spread the cost, you pay the Hotel part of your booking directly to the Hotel on check-out.

    To book, CLICK HERE for the online booking form.

    What is not included: Flights, transfers from the airport to Altea, and essential travel insurance.

    Transfers from/to Alicante Airport: We recommend that you book a transfer with a company called Beniconnect (approximately €38 return) that brings you to Altea. From there you can follow our directions to walk up through the old town (warning: scenic but with lots of steps!) or take a taxi from the taxi rank opposite the bus stop for the last part of the journey. If you prefer, we can book the Beniconnect transfer for you.