Who is this retreat for
This retreat is for those who have already completed a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course, either over 8 weeks, or in an intensive (usually 5-day) format. You could be either an MSC teacher or an MSC practitioner.
The retreat meets the requirement to have sat a 5-day, silent, teacher-led retreat before taking the MSC Teacher Training course.
It would be beneficial though not essential to have also taken a mindfulness course such as MBSR or MBCT. It is required that you have a regular and frequent practice of mindfulness meditation and / or loving-kindness / self-compassion meditation. It would also be helpful if you have already experienced a silent retreat of at least one day (including the MSC mid-course retreat), but if not, please apply, and we’ll discuss your application with you.
What is involved?
You will be led in the mindfulness, loving-kindness and self-compassion practices by the two teachers, and will remain mostly in silence so you can deeply explore and learn as much as possible from your own experience of these.
The first evening will be an orientation session. For the rest of the four and a half days, the practices in the mornings and afternoons will be alternate sitting or lying and movement practices that you will have learned and practiced on your mindful self-compassion course. For this time on retreat, we will be practising meditations to enhance and deepen our mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.
In addition, there will be a silent early morning practice before breakfast. In the evenings the teachers will offer talks to help you relate experientially to the following day’s practices. You will also have at least one individual interview with a teacher where you can discuss your practice, and how you are finding the retreat. At the end of the retreat, we will move gently back into talking from silence, in preparation for returning to our lives at home and work.
How will this retreat help to deepen self-compassion?
The emphasis of the retreat will be on looking after ourselves, and on nourishing our compassion both through our practice, and through time for relaxation. We will be spending plenty of practice time outside in the lovely gardens of Trigonos, surrounded by the mountains and waterways of Snowdonia – the most wonderful place for sense and savour walks. You can also take advantage of free time after lunch to walk in the countryside, which is beautiful in both sunshine and rain!