Dates: August 5th - 12th 2023
Venue: De La Salle Pastoral Centre, Castletown, County Laois
Cost: €820 (€890 for ensuite)
Suitable for: The retreat is open to anyone with previous experience of similar types of silent retreat of 5 days or longer, but preference will be given to mindfulness teachers and teachers in training.
Personal meditation practice is an essential foundation for anyone who works with mindfulness-based interventions and participation in silent teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats is part of all Good Practice Guidelines. This retreat satisfies the MTAI criteria for a mindfulness teacher's annual retreat.
This retreat will explore aspects of the foundations of Mindfulness, as taught in the Satipaṭṭhāna discourse given by the Buddha. These are profound teachings that encourage us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a heart that is receptive and unshakeable. Developing the capacity to encounter our own inner and outer experience with equanimity and curiosity creates a foundation for meeting the experiences of our students and clients, in offering mindfulness-based interventions.
Each day will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both Insight and Metta), group meetings with the teachers, talks and instructions, all within an underlying environment of silence.
Access: We welcome people with disabilities to our retreat. The venue is fully accessible. Please contact us with your specific needs relating to disability, long-term illness or health condition.
Fees for The Mindfulness Centre's August Retreat 2023 with John Peacock and Bernat Font. We hope these rates reflect our intention that anyone who would like to attend can through collective generosity. Prices include accommodation, food, teaching and administration.
Pay for yourself and help support one person to join on a Bursary - €890.00/€950 plus a donation
Normal priced rate - Standard room - €820 Ensuite room - €890.00
For those in financial hardship who cannot afford our full priced rate (see below for more) - €620.00
A limited number of places are reserved for those unable to afford the concessionary Rate - €550.00
Cancellations up to 1st June 2023 will incur a €50 administration fee.
Cancellations after 1st June 2023 will incur the loss of the deposit.
The organisers may waive cancellation fees in exceptional circumstances, at their discretion.
Our Covid-19 response
We are keeping up-to-date with government guidelines to provide a safe retreat environment. As the conditions and guidelines change, we are remaining flexible and will be reviewing what is needed at the time of each retreat.
Prior to your retreat, we will send some more information about what to expect whilst at Castletown. We hope you find the following information useful