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. This retreat is for those who have already completed a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course, either over eight weeks or in an intensive (usually five-day) format. You could be either an MSC teacher or an MSC practitioner.
The two teachers Vanessa Hope and Zoe Shobbrook-Fisher will guide mindfulness, loving-kindness and self-compassion practices, and you will remain mostly in silence so you can deeply explore and learn as much as possible from your own experience. Each day will offer opportunities for sitting, lying and movement practices to enhance and deepen our mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. There will be an optional 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.
The retreat meets the requirement to have sat a five-day, silent, teacher-led retreat before taking the MSC Teacher Training course.