Holland House near Evesham
'Silence is essential for deep transformation. It allows the practice of conscious breathing to become deep and effective. Like still water that reflects things as they are, the calming silence helps us to see things more clearly, and therefore, to be in deeper contact with ourselves and those around us.'
Holland House is a stunning 17th Century thatched building with beautiful gardens leading down to the River Avon. It is a picture of peace and tranquility.
The Den, where the retreat will be held, is situated in the grounds of the house and leads out to the informal and formal gardens. There is a kitchen in the Den to make tea and coffee throughout the day and we ask participants to bring a vegetarian lunch to share.
Depending on who else is using the house on the day, there will be access to the library and lounge during the lunch time for quiet sitting or you are free to enjoy the grounds with it's paths down to the river and summer house.
Please join us for what will be a special day.
Some comments about our Retreats at Holland House.
'Lovely day and the peace has lasted all week'
'Thank you so much for such a calming, lovely and enjoyable Sunday, you both did such a good job - at choosing the place (which was utterly breathtaking) and the day was very well structured'
'Thank you again for today - you created a beautiful space for us. It was such a positive experience and I feel blessed that I was part of it.'
'Beautiful house + beautiful meditations = Beautiful Day.'
Participant in June 2015 retreat.
Your two tutors for the day are Claire Seabrook and Juita Akhtar
Claire is an experienced teacher of meditation and has taught regularly at the Isbourne Centre and on day and weekend silent retreats at Holland House, Matara and Hellens House.
Juita is our guest teacher on this retreat having just graduated from the Mindfulness Now teacher training programme.
They are both looking forward to teaching gentle and relaxing meditations at Holland House.
Typical structure of meditation day (subject to change)
09.00-09.20 Arrival and registration
09.20- 10.00 Tour of house and gardens.
Introduction to the day.
10.00-10.30 Sitting Meditation
10.30-11.00 Walking Meditation
11.00-11.20 Tea break
11.30-12.00 Sitting Meditation
12.00-12.30 Walking Meditation
12.30-01.00 Sitting Meditation
01.00-02.30 Lunch and free time
02.30-03.00 Sitting Meditation
03.00-03.30 Walking Meditation
03.30-04.00 Sitting Meditation
04.00-04.30 Afternoon tea .Silence lifts and final reflections
Some of the meditations undertaken on the day's retreat.