What is a secular retreat?

Many faith traditions encourage periods of retreat.

 At the Mindfulness Network, we offer retreats that are open to people of any and no faith. Our retreats are informed by both ancient knowledge and modern theories, as well as scientific findings about health and well-being.

Mindfulness is a natural human capacity and does not belong to any one faith tradition. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s development of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course has been very influential in mainstreaming mindfulness as a helpful approach to living our lives. In developing MBSR, Jon drew on the very practical teachings of the Buddha, which describe experiences that are shared by all humans, and combined these with modern understandings on stress physiology and communication. Studies on mindfulness in the fields of neuroscience and psychology continue to expand our understandings of how to live a fulfilling life with less struggle, and to make links to practical teachings that have existed for thousands of years.

Our retreats makes the practical learning from Buddhism, as well as modern science, available in an ordinary, secular and accessible way that is applicable in your everyday life.

We are committed to offering retreats that are accessible to all and keen to hear from you if you feel any barriers to participating.