• The Heart of Wisdom and Kindness Silent Retreat 12th - 17th of March 2022

    We are delighted to return once again to the Hotel Tossal d´Altea, a tiny traditional hotel and gastronomic establishment with just 22 rooms located on a 300-year-old olive oil mill in Altea on the Mediterranean coast in Spain, within easy traveling distance from Alicante Airport.

    With its location just 500 m. from the popular “Casco Antiguo” (Old Town) this picturesque town has a blue domed church and cobbled streets that lead down to the sea. It is great place for relaxing, mindful walking and swimming. The rooms are well appointed and as you can see from the picture, our meditation room is tucked away in the garden with views of countryside and mountains.  

    The silent retreat is 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 retreat also meet´s the BAMBA Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers.

    It is 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. 

    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/6-night silent retreat  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 and short talks are structured around the roots of Buddhist psychology from a secular perspective. As the days progress will explore through short talks and practice:

    • 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, MBA or MBCT classes, workshops, and individual sessions. 

    Teachers will be available support you individually should the need arise, and there will be the opportunity to embody practice by sharing in the group environment. There will be plenty of time for individual reflection and relaxation between sessions. 

  • Costs

    Non-Residential Retreat and 5 x breakfasts €430

    Retreat and 6-nights in a single room with breakfast €750

    Retreat and 6-nights in a single room with breakfast and a two course lunch or dinner €820

    Retreat and 6 nights in a single room with breakfast, two course lunch and two course dinner €910

    The price includes:

    • Welcome dinner.
    • Early morning tea, mid morning and mid afternoon tea or coffee.
    • 6-nights accommodation as booked with check in on Saturday the 12th and check out on the morning of Friday the 18th. 
    • 5-day silent retreat schedule starting at 4pm on Saturday the 12th and finishing at 4pm on Thursday the 17th.

     3-course options for lunch and dinner are also available at a supplement. The hotel can offer gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. 

    Extra nights at the Hotel can also be booked, please ask for details.

  • 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. You may also like to bring swim wear and beach towel as normally you can swim in the sea all year. 

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

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

  • How to book your space

    The Retreat group is limited to just 12 participants, 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. Your space can be secured with a 100 euro deposit, with a 2nd payment one month before the retreat starts. Mindful Academy International book the group discounted single hotel rooms for you. The accommodation payment is then made directly to the Hotel on arrival. 

    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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