Early bird offer £397 (valid until 25th June 2020)
Standard price £435
A staged payment option is available - please see terms and conditions for details
There is a £35 supplement for single occupancy in a double room with ensuite facilities. If two people share (the beds are doubles, NOT twin) there is no extra supplement.
You can secure your place on the Retreat with a non-returnable £50 deposit via Paypal below.
The balance of £347 for the early-bird offer will due by 25th June by cheque or BACS. Details will be emailed to you on receipt of your deposit.
Cost of the weekend
Kathryn Buxton and Claire Seabrook have been running retreats and workshops together for three years now. They both have a passion for meditation and the deep healing that silence and reflection can bring . They run regular workshops at the Isbourne and Kathryn is a popular meditation teacher working in the corporate sector; Claire is a registered Craniosacral Therapist and has run a successful practice in Cheltenham for the last 25 years. Together they make an excellent and complimentary partnership, bringing warmth and a touch of mischief to their teaching!
single accommodation with shared bathroom facilities
for an extra supplement there are three available double bedrooms with en suite facilities
all food - supper on Friday, breakfast, dinner, afternoon tea and cake and supper on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday
exclusive use of Hellens Manor extensive grounds and garden including the yew labyrinth, knot garden, rose garden and pond
access to Hallwood, a twenty minute walk from Hellens. This is an ancient woodland, mentioned in the Doomsday Book and now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
individual support is available for anyone who is new to meditation or requires a one to one session
Brief outline of the weekend
Friday Arrive between 5pm and 7pm to settle into your room and orientate. Supper at 7pm followed by introduction to the weekend and settling meditation. Silence then descends
Saturday Early morning meditation at 6.30am (optional) Breakfast from 7.30am - 8.30am Sitting and walking meditations from 9am - 12.30pm Lunch and free time from 12.30pm - 3.30pm Afternoon sitting and walking meditations from 3.30pm - 6.30pm Supper at 7.00pm Evening talk at 8pm
Sunday Early morning meditation at 6.30am (optional) Breakfast from 7.30am - 8.30am Sitting and walking meditations from 9am - 12.30pm Lunch at 12.30pm - 2.00pm Final meditation and reflections 2.00pm - 3.00pm Silence is lifted
'I had been looking for a silent retreat experience for some weeks when the Hellens Retreat simply popped into my inbox.
It is so rare that we get the opportunity to spend an extended time in silence, supported by others - with the chance to reflect and to take a break from our regular lives.
I found the experience to be very nurturing, replenishing and energising. I thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday evening talk which was marked a change in tone from the meditations.
The location is very special - with acres of ancient woodland, forest, formal gardens, a herbal garden, a maze and inscribed standing stones. There was always something new to discover on the walking meditations.
Our hosts Kathryn and Claire guided us calmly and professionally through the whole experience and were always on hand if we needed them in between meditation sessions.
For me, it was time to reflect, stand back and gain strength . I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it .'
'I really enjoyed meditation for 40 mins at a time. Alternating between walking and sitting meant you did not lose concentration. Just having the peace was wonderful.'
Some thoughts from the participants of the last retreat
Our weekend retreat is back again for the second year in the gorgeous surroundings of Hellens Manor. All accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities with three double en suite rooms also available. The accommodation is in the tastefully furnished Georgian Stables with meditations taking place in The Great Barn.
You will have exclusive access to the grounds of Hellens with its formal and informal gardens, ponds, sculptures and park land: a delight at every turn. In the afternoon on Saturday you will have time to explore Halls Wood, only 20 minute walk from Hellens. This is ancient woodland that used to provide the Manor with much needed timber and is a riot of colour during the autumn months.
This is a wonderful opportunity to really deepen your practice and immerse yourself in the nurturing experience of silence and reflection with like hearted souls. It's a fantastic treat for yourself.
Also... I offer one to one sessions and this can be at your home if you wish. If you have a group of like minded and curious friends I can also come to your home and run a one off meditation workshop.
Contact me today if you are interested for prices and availability
If you have meditated before, then this is for you. An opportunity to sit with like-hearted people and meditate for a sustained period. Afterwards there will be tea and cake and a gentle exploration of some aspect of Buddhist teaching, associated with the practice of meditation and what it means for us in our everyday lives. This is an invitation to go deeper than a normal class allows and to really explore the space that opens up for us when the mind is truly observed and met with kindness, compassion and understanding. If this sounds perfect for you, please contact me to book your place. Spaces are limited to facilitate a warm and inclusive opportunity to explore and share without judgement.
Venue: Isbourne Holistic Centre, Cheltenham Date: To be confirmed Time: 6.30pm- 8.30pm Cost: £15 including refreshments (please contact me to book your place. Payment by cash or cheque on the day.)
Explore the Space
Cancelled due to Covid -19 There will be a new 6 week mindfulness course at Leisure at Cheltenham, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham. Date: Monday 16th March - 27th April 2020 (no session on 13th April - Easter Monday) Six sessions Time: 6.00pm - 6.45pm Please contact the leisure centre for more details