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Mindfulness Retreat


Following the popularity of our first Mindfulness Retreat in 2018, we're running a similar retreat in 2019 from 12th - 17th October. This course provides a chance for meditation, personal inquiry, exploration and for restorative, reflective immersion in the stunning wilds of island life.

The Retreat

Caspar Walsh has been delivering retreats throughout the UK for over 10 years. His work combines mindfulness, nature connection and personal inquiry to bring about a balanced, healthy, creative and flourishing life,

His retreats follow a clear, simple structure as well as adapting to the individual and group needs as they arise. Time out in nature is key. It’s about finding inspiration and solace in the place we were born to be - the land and sea – so where better than Tresco?

Mindfulness will be at the heart of this retreat. This is a way of seeing and being that helps us reconnect to our core strengths, focusing awareness on the present moment, feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Being in the present eases regrets about the past and anxiety for a future not yet known. This allows us to understand ourselves more and accept ourselves for who, what and where we are in this moment.

The retreat will focus on daily guided meditations, personal enquiry and time out in the stunning wilds of Tresco. You’ll explore new ways to connect to and resource yourself through landscape and ocean.

You’ll be offered tools to help you develop a personal practice that will support you in your day to day life. This will be an opportunity for deep rest and will help you reconnect to your personal resources and strengths.

You’ll spend time together, time alone and time exploring and connecting to the beauty of the island, its wildlife and the elements. Weather permitting, you’ll have a chance to spend a day on an uninhabited island away from modern life, immersed in the ancient landscape.

Tresco offers an accessible, diverse and beautiful landscape – from the wild edged north of the island to the majestic Abbey Gardens in the south. You’ll have personal time to discover more of it outside of the retreat schedule. This is a great opportunity to discover Tresco for the first time, or deepen your existing relationship with it – and yourself.

 

The Break

Retreat leader Caspar Walsh is offering his teaching within the tradition of Dana: you will be invited to contribute to the teaching cost based on the value of the retreat to you and what you can afford. Previous retreatants have offered between £30 and £150 per day, depending on their personal circumstances and the benefits they have experienced from the retreat.

Retreatants will stay at Dolphin House, a large traditional cottage set within private walled gardens - £755 per person for a private bedroom, or £620 for a shared bedroom.

These prices include:

  • Five nights' accommodation on Tresco
  • In-house groceries for breakfasts & two dinners
  • Three dinners across different Tresco eateries (three courses, supplements on steak & lobster dishes)
  • Access to Tresco Island Spa & Sea Garden leisure facilities
  • Entrance to the Abbey Gardens
  • Complementary bike hire (collection available from the Bike Shop)
  • Intimate group size - maximum of eight participants

Not included:

  • Dana
  • Travel from the mainland to the islands - participants can book flights from Lands End, Newquay or Exeter, or the ferry from Penzance, direct with Isles of Scilly Travel (https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk / 01736 334220)
  • Transfers between St. Mary's airport and Tresco for those electing to travel on flights
  • Boating costs between St. Mary's and Tresco for those electing to travel via ferry
  • Lunch costs

 

Feedback

Quotes from participants of our first mindfulness retreat, 2018:

'The Mindfulness Course held on Tresco led by Caspar Walsh was a marriage made in heaven.  It was pure alchemy.  There could be nowhere better to look at nature and yourself in a new light, and he was the perfect guide.'

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'It gave space for the future focus, self-care and self-confidence, laughter and awareness of good things in people (including me) and nature to come in. Thank you.'

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'The place: quiet and green with earth and sea, perfect for a retreat.'

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'We were so well cared for by the estate, and the facilitators, Caspar and Ali.'

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'An opportunity to be in a diverse and understanding group of people to explore ourselves in such a caring space.'

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'I loved both the meditations and the walks.  I connected with nature in a new slower, more perceptive way.'

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'I really enjoyed the creative writing element.'

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'Caspar, Ali, the fellow retreatants and the Island of Tresco combined to make this 5-day programme the best way to learn the practice of Mindfulness, in a way we can take it back into our daily lives.'

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