Humming BirdWe offer a variety of retreats to cater for those new to mindfulness and those who have already completed an 8-week mindfulness course or equivalent (graduates). Our retreats are both residential and non-residential, held in Surrey and Sussex (UK), and are led by mindfulness teacher and author Ed Halliwell. Our offering includes:

Introductory Retreat WeekendGraduate Retreat WeekendsFive-Day Graduate RetreatsGraduate One-Day Retreats All our retreats are based on the 'gold standard' mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) approach, which has been the subject of extensive clinical research, and is taught widely in healthcare, education and other settings worldwide.We offer a variety of retreats to cater for those new to mindfulness and those who have already completed an 8-week mindfulness course or equivalent (graduates). The links below provide more detailed information on our current offerings:

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, staying present and responding skilfully to what’s happening in our lives. It helps people manage their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships with awareness and compassion, leading to greater well-being and appreciation, as well as more choice in how to meet challenges. Mindfulness is cultivated by a exploring a range of simple meditation practices and approaches to living, as taught on our retreats. Our approach is based on the 'gold standard' mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course, which was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachussetts medical school, and has been used for over thirty five years to help with stress, anxiety, and chronic health problems, as well as to promote resilience and flourishing. An extensive body of clinical research has consistently shown that this approach to teaching mindfulness is helpful for working with a wide range of conditions, as well as for optimising well-being, and it is now taught widely in healthcare, education, workplaces and other settings.

Who teaches our mindfulness retreats?

All our retreats are led by mindfulness author and teacher Ed Halliwell. Ed is the author of three books:Mindfulness: How To Live Well By Paying Attention, Into The Heart of Mindfulness and (as co-author) The Mindful Manifesto. As well as teaching mindfulness to public groups and in organisations, he is an advisor to and former co-director of The Mindfulness Initiative, which is supporting the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group to develop mindfulness-based policies for the UK, and a faculty member of The School of Life in London. You can watch Ed's recent talk with Action for Happiness at Conway Hall, London, below:

Find out more about Ed.

Watch Ed Halliwell from Mindfulness Retreats talk about mindfulness for the Mental Health Foundation

Watch Ed Halliwell from Mindfulness Retreats introduce the Be Mindful Online Course

See media coverage of Ed Halliwell's work here

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