"Still Mindful" Retreat

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The Cognitive Compassion Retreat includes:
  • 6 nights accommodation in unique Spanish Farmhouse set in private estate
  • Buffet breakfast, delicious lunches, & 5 healthy Mediterranean dinners
  • Daily Mindfulness Meditation sessions (based on the MBSR/MBCT program), handouts, & references
  • Private 15 mins. session with Mindfulness Practitioner
  • Trips to different beaches on the island & seaside lunches
  • Kabat-Zin & Exchart Tolle documentaries in Cinema Room
  • Coastal & country walks
  • Optional Group Boat Trip and Picnic Lunch
  • Daily Coffee, tea, water & afternoon cake
  • Optional Sea kayaking, tennis coaching & mountain biking sessions with

The "Still Mindful" Retreat is a 5 day/6 night retreat for those that have already completed the MBSR course and/or have some mindfulness experience and wish to deepen their practice in a beautiful Mediterranean environment. Each day will be spent re-visiting the core Mindfulness practices and exploring new concepts related to integrating this practice into our daily lives.

At The Mindfulness Retreat, we believe that creating a healthy & positive life for yourself is a challenge and requires support as well as daily, consistent steps executd with patience. The Still Mindful holiday is a place where you can explore how to achieve this for yourself. by getting involved in a healthy exercise and nutrition routine; healthy Mediterranean food, trips to local beaches, sea kayaking, montain bike rides and coastal walks. This mindfulness retreat is hosted by compassionate & professional practitioners all intent on passing on their practical knowledge and making your stay worthwhile for you.

We look forward to welcoming you on The "Still Mindful" Retreat

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness can be described as bringing attention to the present moment, intentionally, & without judgement. Mindfulness-based therapy involves simple breathing meditations and yoga stretches to help participants become more aware of the "now", including getting in touch with moment-to-moment changes in the mind and body.

The mindfulness practices that are learned on the The Mindfulness Retreat come from Buddhist meditation but they are skills that anyone can use and are taught in a completely non-religious way. In fact, we all have the ability to be mindful. It is simply something that we need to develop with practice. This is exactly what Mindfulness Training teaches us to do and is why homepractice is such an important part of the course. During the week, you will learn practices such as the Body Scan, Mindful Movement and Sitting Meditation but the aim is to be able to take what you learn in these practices into your everyday life.

Background

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) The Stress Reduction Clinic was founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to reach those patients whom the healthcare system was failing. Since then over 16,000 people have completed The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, coming with conditions as diverse as coronary artery disease, psoriasis, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, sleep problems, life stress and many more. The programme has also been extended to teach staff and medical students and other programmes have been developed in prisons, schools and for specific problems such as eating disorders.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) In the last 12 years Professor Mark Williams, Dr John Teasdale and Professor Zindel Segal have further developed the programme specifically for the treatment of depression. MBCT is now recommended as a treatment of choice by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2004, p76) for people who have suffered 3 or more episodes of depression. This programme has also been taught to groups with other conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and cancer patients and their carers. Most courses now include a combination of both MBSR and MBCT

What are the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation?

  • Helps you to recognise when your mind is caught in unhelpful thought patterns, allowing you to gently untangle yourself and come back to the present moment.
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations
  • Allows you to develop the skill of paying attention and coming into the present moment. This means that you can begin to experience your life with immense clarity & vividness.
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Helps you to step out of constant doing and allowing yourself time for simply being.
  • A way taking time to pause and come back to your present moment experience time and time again. This means that you are present for everything - the beautiful aspects of your experience and also the uncomfortable and the boring.
  • Above text is Copyright of Vanessa Hope & DANA Holidays 2009. Many Thanks.