Grass and SkyFive-Day Retreat for Graduates (residential)

All our five-day retreats are currently postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. To join online graduate day and weekend retreats, please see our programme here

Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is designed for people who have completed a teacher-led eight-week mindfulness course (such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)), have an established, regular meditation practice, and who would like to deepen their experience in a silent retreat setting. Participants must have previously attended at least one all-day silent retreat (such as held as part of an eight-week mindfulness course). The retreat will also be suitable for mindfulness teachers who would like to fulfill the good practice guidelines of attending an annual mindfulness retreat. There will be a maximum of 10 participants on this retreat, which will be taught by Ed Halliwell.

What will the retreat format be?

This retreat will be held mostly in silence, apart from on the first and last day, when there will be opportunity to connect with fellow participants. The practice sessions will be made up of sitting and walking meditation periods, with opportunity also for mindful movement and body scan practices. There will be a mix of lightly guided and unguided meditation, as well as short talks based on themes that arise in our practice and how we might work with them. The first session each day will be before breakfast and the last will be after dinner, and as well as regular meal and refreshment times, there will also be a longer rest/personal practice period after lunch.


This retreat is held at Claridge House situated in the small Surrey village of Dormansland near Lingfield, and standing in about two acres of beautiful gardens. With Quaker roots, Claridge House now prides itself on being a retreat space available to anyone who is seeking healing, rest and renewal. It offers simple full-board accommodation in single rooms with mainly ensuite and some shared bathrooms. Double and twin rooms are available on request. All meals are vegetarian, home-made and mainly organic. The nearest station to Claridge House is Lingfield, which is 46 minutes from London Victoria. More information about Claridge House, including directions.

Cost, Dates and Booking

The total cost of the retreat including teaching and full board accommodation is £725 for a single room with an en-suite bathroom or £705 for a single room with a shared bathroom. (All except one of the rooms are en-suite.) To reserve a place we take full payment of the teaching element of the retreat on booking, this is £335. The remaining £390/£370 for accommodation is due directly to the venue 6-weeks prior to the retreat.

Arrival is late afternoon (from 3.30pm) on the first day and departure after lunch (circa 2pm) on the last day. Booking is now open for the following dates:

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