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'Kim is one of those very special people who makes you feel that you do matter and gives you the direction to believe in yourself. Kim's down to earth, passionate and very informative teaching is just brilliant' - Angela

Weekend Retreats in North Wales and the Peak District

DateWeekend RetreatsPricePlaces
30th Dec - 2nd JanNew Year: Self Compassion and Some Silence£3490
4th-6th MarchDeep Listening: Solo Ensuite£3192
4th-6th MarchDeep Listening: Solo Shared Bathroom£2890
29th July - 1st AugDeep Listening£35914

Day Retreats, Courses and Workshops are held in Deepcar, Sheffield

DateDay RetreatsPricePlaces
9th JanDay Retreat: 10am - 5pm£603
30th JanDay Retreat: 10am - 5pm£605

DateWeekly Courses and WorkshopsPricePlaces
6th JanThe Gentle Art of Self Compassion (4 weeks - mornings)£605
6th Jan The Gentle Art of Self Compassion (4 weeks - evenings)£605
11th JanMeditation & Mindfulness for Wellbeing (4 weeks - mornings)£605
11th JanMeditation & Mindfulness for Wellbeing (4 weeks - evenings)£605
12th JanMindful Bouquet Arranging£605
1st MarchShibashi Set 1, Qigong (5 weeks - afternoons)£5010
2nd MarchShibashi Set 1, Qigong (5 weeks - evenings)£5010

Please get in touch if you'd like to join us but cost is standing in your way - we can discuss alternate forms of payment (barter!) and can occasionally offer a reduced price place.

Day Retreat - Deepcar, North Sheffield

Weekdays: 10am - 3pm, £50
Weekends: 10am - 5pm, £60
Facilitated by Kim

Join Kim for a day of meditation, discussion, very gentle mindful movement, deep listening and self compassion.
Vegetarian/vegan lunch provided and plenty of tea and coffee.

Suitable for beginners or for those who have meditated before.

If this is feeling like something you'd like to do you can use this booking form. Or drop us a line if you have any questions or would like to buy a voucher for a loved one :)

'I feel a strong connection to Kim as she is so open and honest in her thoughts and provides the most engaging, authentic meditation experience.
She shares her wisdom as well as her vulnerability which speaks volumes - so glad I met you all those years ago when I really started out n my own healing journey and I’m so grateful to have had you by my side in meditation over the lockdown period and beyond.
Thank you so much' - Miriam


The Gentle Art of Self Compassion - Deepcar, South Sheffield

Starting Thursday, 6th Jan for 4 weeks - £60
Mornings 10.30am - 11.45am ish
Evenings 6.30pm - 7.45pm ish
Facilitated by Kim


We will explore:

Drawing on the mindfulness and self compassion techniques of Jon Kabatt-Zin, Zen Master Daizan Roshi, Kristen Neff and Chris Germer and incorporating the work of Stephen Porges with his polyvagal theory. I'll also draw on my own life experience - we're all a work in progress!

Suitable for beginners or those with an existing meditation practice.

If this is feeling like something you'd like to do you can use this booking form. Or drop us a line if you have any questions or would like to buy a voucher for a loved one :)

I took Kim's self-compassion course in 2019 and the things I've learnt still help me every day. Kim is a wonderfully down-to-earth teacher and meditation teacher. Highly recommended!' - Judith


Meditation and Mindfulness for Wellbeing - Deepcar, Sheffield

Starting Tuesday, 11th Jan for 4 weeks - £60
Mornings 10.30am - 11.45am ish
Evenings 6.30pm - 7.45pm ish

Facilitated by Kim

Have you ever wanted to get started with a meditation and mindfulness practice but don't think that you can ever clear your mind or sit still? Then GOOD NEWS - you don't need to do either! They're just two of the myths that surround meditation and mindfulness practice that I will very happily debunk for you over this 4 week course. We'll also learn:

If this is feeling like something you'd like to do you can use this booking form. Or drop us a line if you have any questions or would like to buy a voucher for a loved one :)

'Kim is very real, very human and meditating with her always calms and soothes me. She offers wise words and wonderful humour also' - Mandi


Mindful Bouquet Arranging - Deepcar, Sheffield

12th January, 1.30pm-4pm

If this is feeling like something you'd like to do you can use this booking form. Or drop us a line if you have any questions or would like to buy a voucher for a loved one :)


Shibashi Set 1, Qigong - one hour class

Starting Tuesday, March 1st, 2pm for five weeks - £50
Starting Wedneday, March 2nd at 6.30pm for five weeks - £50

Learning the 18 steps to the Shibashi Qigong Form

Some of us find sitting meditation tricky! Moving meditation can give us another way 'in'. This is what the practice of qigong can give us.

Repetitive movements coordinating the breath with the movements of the body can lead to a profound sense of being right, here right now, allowing ourselves to drop into 'just this'. This in turn can reduce stress and allow us to step away from a racing mind.

We will look at:

If this is feeling like something you'd like to do you can use this booking form. Or drop us a line if you have any questions . A deposit of £10 will save your place.


Deep Listening - March 4th - 6th (2 nights) in the Peak District - FULLY BOOKED

£319 solo ensuite, £289 solo shared bathroom

Deep Listening - July 29th - Aug 1st (3 nights), in Noddfa, Penmaenmawr, North Wales

£359 solo room with shared bathroom
Facilitated by Kim

After the year we've had, this is an invitation to deeply listen to what it is that we need and want for ourselves. A time to take stock, recalibrate and uncover the direction that our inner satnav is taking us.

We'll create an environment of stillness to facilitate that, as well as making time for some self compassion and honing our skills of deep listening to others. Let's discover what it means to truly listen to ourselves without demands, or threats, or the push me, pull me habitual ways of thinking that guide so many of our decisions. Let's feel into the privilege of truly listening to another without needing to fix them or make them happy or give them solutions and in that way we also expand the ability to do the same for ourselves.

In North Wales there is some lovely walking and the beach on the doorstep. Plenty of grounds to enjoy and nature to soothe the soul. Hope to see you there! All rooms are for solo occupancy with shared bathrooms (max two to a bathroom).

In the Peak District we're in a quiet spot in Great Hucklow that also has lovely walking, and there is a choice of ensuite or shared bathrooms.

As with all Serenity Retreat breaks, how much you choose to participate is entirely up to you. Deep listening to what it is that truly works for YOU in the moment.

What's Included?

The price includes:

What to Bring

If this is feeling like something you'd like to do you can use this booking form. Or drop us a line if you have any questions . A deposit of £50 will save your place.


New Year - Self Compassion and Some Silence

30th Dec - 2nd Jan - FULLY BOOKED

Facilitated by Kim

What to Expect

There will be a timetable that includes periods of sitting, mindful walking, mindfulness movement and periods of Doing Nothing. There will be a self-compassion based talk each evening. If you want to bring a book, or some drawing, or some writing - please do. Our focus is on opening up to the silence. We'll stress that there is no obligation AT ALL to follow the timetable. Instead, we'll encourage you to tune in to what your body needs: feeling tired? Rest. Feeling hungry? Snack. Need to move? Go walking. Don't feel that you have to follow our timetable. It's there if you feel that you want to do it, but it's not compulsory by any means. The most important thing is that you commit to the silence on New Year's Day! Other than that, you are very welcome to do as you choose.

What's the Big Deal about Silence?

Someone asked me (Kim) this a few weeks ago. I answered as best I could at the time but thought that it was a great question. Why would we voluntarily become silent? What is the point? Many of us live alone and are silent a lot anyway, why would we choose to expose ourselves to more, when we could have the opportunity to be making new friends and socialising?

I’m pretty sure you all have your own reasons for turning up and entering the silence, so what I’m about to say speaks only for me. Maybe it’ll resonate, maybe not ;)

My friend, Janine, announced she was doing a silent retreat some years ago. I remember being horrified - you can’t speak?! Or read?! Or write?! But I was also at a point when I was questioning a lot of what my mind was telling me. So I turned it around - what was so terrible about not being able to speak or read or write? And it’s then I realised that I was terrified of what might turn up if I was left alone with my own head. I thought that Pandora’s box might be opened, a huge can of worms that I would be unable to put the lid back on. But that wasn't my experience and in ten years of running silent retreats it hasn't been anyone else's either. In fact I realised that my fear of looking within was keeping me trapped in all sorts of subtle ways.

During our time together we WILL have the possibility of reading, writing, drawing etc. We welcome this simply because we don’t need to create extra stress for ourselves when we first meet silence. You’re welcome to read and write and draw - but we can be very interested in the moment BEFORE we pick up the book, the journal, the drawing etc. Why do we feel the need to distract ourselves? Is something going on that feels uncomfortable? Can we possibly sit with that feeling and turn our minds towards it? Even for 2 seconds? After we’ve turned towards the feeling that’s going on for us, we may find that we’re quite curious about what’s going on and want to investigate further. Or we may decide that we absolutely DO want to distract ourselves and that’s perfectly fine. The thing is to have some curiosity about the whole thing. We call this ‘friendly curiosity’.

If we decide to investigate the bodily experience, then our intention isn’t to work anything out or get to the bottom of anything or analyse it, although we may have some insights in that direction, our intention is simply to give our bodies the gift of our 100% complete attention in this moment of discomfort or whatever it is that we have going on for us. In the West we have become very used to moving away from discomfort as we’re told over and over again (by the media and society) that we shouldn’t have to experience any unpleasantness and that if we do (and this message can be quite subtle) then we are in some way ‘failing’. This is not true. We are simply living.

But I can tell you that until I’m blue in the face. The only way to see if this is true is to come and find out for yourself....

This is a great way to introduce yourself to the practice of silence. Especially suitable for those who have never experienced a silent retreat before. It's not as intense as a full on Buddhist retreat but still retains the magic that silence can bring. It's such a great way to start the year!

What's Included

The price includes:

What to Bring


The Kiloby Inquiries Retreat - to be confirmed

Facilitated by Kim

What's Included

The price includes:

What to Bring

If this is feeling like something you'd like to do you can use this booking form. Or drop us a line if you have any questions. A deposit of £50 will save your place.



Kim

Kim founded Serenity Retreat back in 2010. She is a trained Zenways Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher with over twelve years experience and has also trained in Self Compassion with Kristen Neff and Chris Germer. Most recently, Kim has started the accreditation process to become a Kiloby Inquiries Facilitator.

Her passion is to discover what really lies beneath, both for herself and others, and to encourage open-heartedness and fearlessness to the adventure of life. She's straightforward, no nonsense, and has an earthy sense of humour.

Testimonials:
'Kim is an exceptional teacher; courageous , authentic, wise and compassionate She brings real humility and appropriate humour to her sessions and has an impressive ability to relate to everyone within diverse groups; there’s no sense of needing to be “one of us”. I have experienced Kim’s meditations, group discussion and exploration sessions and also one-to-one work and I am stuck by her ability to express and share the depth of her knowledge and insight in such an enjoyable, informative and impactful way. Oh and she’s a really lovely soul as well!' - Sarah


'My perception of you as a mentor/teacher/deliverer of content is that you are extremely intuitive and I notice you often see beyond just the words that someone may be saying, and are really good at peeling back the layers (gently and comfortably). In addition it is the raw honesty that ultimately enables a trusting relationship.' - Pankti

Our average review score is 5 and we're happy!

We've been reviewed in the Guardian AGAIN!

January 2019: 10 of the Best Meditation Retreats in the UK and Europe

January 2014: 10 Wellbeing Retreats for 2014

National Geographic Traveller. We're featured in the Top 5: Meditation retreats in Europe.

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 offer 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
Confessions of a Retreat Junkie

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".

Queen of Retreats reviewed us too! Check out our page on their site.

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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