From 5th – 10th October 2018, re-treat yourself with our first Tresco Mindfulness Retreat – a chance for meditation, personal inquiry, exploration and for restorative, reflective immersion in the stunning wilds of island life.
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.
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 the beautiful Dolphin House, Tresco – a former rectory with manor house charm and stunning sea views. This break offers a flexible choice of accommodation, from rooms with shared facilities to ensuite bedrooms.
Retreatants will also have the choice of travel options, from the Scillonian III ferry from Penzance (transfers payable locally), or Skybus flights from Land’s End Airport with island transfers.
Because of the Dana approach and flexible accommodation and travel options, this break has a scale of possible costs, from a minimum of £435 per person to £960 per person.
These prices exclude Dana but include 5 nights’ accommodation, travel to and from the islands by ferry or flight, two course dinner on five nights, five breakfasts, access to the Tresco Island Spa and entry to Tresco Abbey Garden.
Due to the various options involved with this break, we would suggest calling the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422849 to discuss the options available.
During February 2017, Tresco staff and islanders from across Scilly were invited to join three days of workshops, run by Caspar. Some of the feedback from the group is below...
“An awakening to my racing mind. The Natural landscape of Tresco combined with Mindful practice provided a welcome tonic to my usually busy brain!”
“Time to press pause on life. To reconnect with nature and myself. To spend more time in a safe and caring environment where I could express myself honestly and openly.”
“I’ve dropped down a gear. The idea of taking time for myself was novel, yet long overdue. The course has armed me with the tools to take control, ‘take a breath’ and discover time that I thought was lacking. “
“Tresco is the perfect place to connect with and practice being present.”
“I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was like having my eyes opened to a whole new world! Exploring thoughts and feelings that are usually hidden by an overfilled mind. A wonderful, peaceful experience – I don’t want it to end!”
Supported by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas
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