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I have been to a number of retreats now - all slightly different. Here are my recommendations based on my own experience. They are all reasonably priced. They are groups and people who are looking to create an environment in which you can be still and stillness brings its own profit...

www.mindfulmatters.co.uk Mostly in Twickenham and St Leonards on Sea

Janine is my closest friend and my greatest source of support. She has a calm and clear manner and practices what she preaches. We've both been discovering the value of honesty over the years and it's one of the things that I love most about her. I'm not surprised that her day retreats are so popular. You'll know what I mean when you meet her. I have noticed that those people who walk the walk in this meditation and mindfulness game are very easy to be around..... She runs Day Retreats at weekends and she runs 8 week Meditation and Mindfulness courses during the week. If you live in either Twickenham or St Leonards I would check her out :)

www.returntosilence.co.uk Mostly in London and Buckinghamshire

My very lovely friend, Michael, runs these retreats. We have co-hosted retreats in the past. He has a kind, gentle and clear-seeing manner and I have sent many guests to his meditation group and to his retreats and they are incredibly positive about the experiences. The retreats are a little more relaxed than traditional Buddhist retreats.

www.zenways.org UK-wide

Zenways do a 3 Day Intensive Zen Retreat. 3 days of working very rigorously with the question 'Who Am I'. It's not run like a full on Buddhist retreat but it IS full on. We put all our beliefs and notions about who we are under the microscope. As a part of the process we have the opportunity to shed a lot of unhelpful thought tendencies and the possibility completely exists for us to come up with an answer to the question that not only satisfies us but is beyond anything you could ever imagine or think ;)

www.westernchanfellowship.org Mostly Wales but also UK-wide

They do all sorts of different retreats so do have a look and see if there's something that grabs your attention (and do it!). Run along stricter Buddhist guidelines so expect early starts, chanting and lots of meditation. They do a version of Zen Retreat above although they call it the Western Zen Retreat. It's similar but a bit less intense and run over 5 days. They do other retreats too. I've done the Silent Illumination and Shattering the Great Doubt retreats and I recommend them all.

www.gaiahouse.co.uk Devon

I did my very first retreat here. They have all sorts of teachers from all sorts of backgrounds so timetables etc are all slightly different. There is an emphasis on silence, though, and it's generally run along Buddhist guidelines.

UK Based Meditation and Mindfulness Facilitators

I often get asked if we recommend any meditation groups and courses in the UK and so, on the back of those requests, I decided to put together a list of people who run 8 week Meditation and Mindfulness for Wellbeing or Insight courses and/or those who have regular sitting groups.

London (Camberwell) - Daizan Roshi

Phone: 01698 542 677
Email: info@zenways.org
www.zenways.org

London (South) - Mark Westmoquette

Phone: 07974 919732
Email: mark@youruniverseyoga.co.uk
www.youruniverseyoga.co.uk

London (Isleworth) and St Leonards (South Coast) - Janine Cording

Phone: 07454 333435
Email: janine@mindfulmatters.co.uk
www.mindfulmatters.co.uk

London (Acton) - Michael McCaffrey

Phone: 07512 105554
Email: michael_mccaffrey04@yahoo.co.uk
www.returntosilence.co.uk

London - Pete Cherry

Phone: 0208 961 1876
Email: pete@theclearmindcompany.com
www.theclearmindcompany.com

Chesham, Bucks - Emma Hudson

Phone: 07853 874283
Email: ehudson@hotmail.co.uk
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Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire - Rebecca Habergham

Phone: 07970 425932

Edinburgh - Melanie Hoetsu Shinton

Phone: 07728566151
Email: Mel@simplyhoetsu.com
www.simplyhoetsu.com

Chichester - Sean Collins

Phone: 07934356942
Email: info@mindfulnessandmeditation.co.uk
www.mindfulnessandmeditation.co.uk

Exeter - Diana Treleaven

Phone: 01392 876490
Email: diana@mindfulforlife.co.uk
www.mindfulforlife.co.uk

Bristol and North Somerset - Pippa Craggs

Phone: 07850 941 743
Email: pippa@pippacraggs.co.uk
www.pippacraggs.co.uk

Oxford - Barbara Ryoosen Gabrys

Phone: 07967893145
Email: info@oxfordzensociety.org
www.oxfordzensociety.org/

Okehampton - Dainei Tracey

Email: dainei@greatpeace.co.uk
www.greatpeace.co.uk

Cotswolds - Angela Philippi

Phone: 07873757845
Email: angela@meditationcotswold.co.uk
https://www.meditationcotswold.co.uk/

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We're very proud to be in Psychologies Magazine - July 2018. You can see the article here.

"Take a breath and refocus yourself on these wonderfully afordable beach-front meditation-based holidays for solo travellers on the laid-back island of Lefkada. Led by Zen Buddhist teacher Kim Bennett, they ofer meditation sessions with the option to join other wellbeing sessions and enjoy treatments and trips. Rejuvenate with sea and mountain views, just a 30-minute drive from the airport"

We had our first mention in the Sunday Telegraph Travel Section in April:

"For a beach holiday that is also a retreat, head for the island of Lefkada in Greece where Serenity Retreat offers just that: guided walks, qigong and meditation. It's geared towards solo travellers and you can do as little or as much as you want- and I'd say the place is tranquil rather than silent. Should you want to try complete silence, the company offer weekend silent retreats in Yorkshire as well".

Our latest review in the Daily Mail, January 2018
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As well as The Times as a 'Top 50 Spa Holiday':

"It’s great for solo travellers interested in spirituality and personal growth or just pure relaxation, and tends to attract people who have started to question their lives and who want to live more meaningfully".

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Metro had this to say:

Set up by Zen meditation teacher Kim Bennett, Serenity Retreats are aimed at solo travellers looking for self development. The week long retreat has an easy-breezy approach and while there are mindfulness walks, guided meditations and excursions on offer, nothing is compulsory. "Our emphasis is on giving our guests space", Bennett says. "Our accommodation is on the beach and we encourage guests do nothing other than watch the sea and the mountain for a restorative effect".


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