Humming BirdWe offer small group residential and non-residential retreats (max 12) for those who have already completed an 8-week mindfulness course or equivalent (graduates). Our retreats are held in Surrey and Sussex (UK), and are led by mindfulness teacher and author Ed Halliwell. Non-residential retreats can also be attended via Zoom.

Our offering includes:

Graduate Retreat Weekends

Graduate One-Day Retreats All our retreats are based on the 'gold standard' mindfulness-based stress reduction/mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBSR/MBCT) 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 who have already completed an eight-week mindfulness course or equivalent (graduates). The links below provide more detailed information on our current offerings. We also offer zoom drop-in sessions, online eight-week mindfulness courses and online graduate practice sessions and courses through our sister site Mindfulness Sussex.

Upcoming events

Mindfulness Retreat Day, Sun 6th December 2020 - Cuckfield, West Sussex or via Zoom. Find out more about this and subsequent similar events

Graduate Retreat Day, Sun 24th January 2021 - Cuckfield, West Sussex or via Zoom. Find out more about this and subsequent similar events

Graduate Retreat Weekend (residential), Friday 23rd-Sunday 25th July 2021 - Claridge House, Surrey, Find out more

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/mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBSR/MBCT) courses, which were originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachussetts medical school, and later by Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal at Oxford, Cambridge and Toronto universities, and which has been used for over thirty five years to help with stress, depression anxiety, and other 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. You can watch Ed's 2016 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.

Read testimonials from people who've participated in our retreats.

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