Course Information

A Mindfulness Weekend for Grandparents

When: 8 Mar 2019 – 10 Mar 2019
Where: Llangasty Retreat House, Brecon, Powys
Tutors: Eluned Gold, Annee Griffiths

Becoming a grandparent is a remarkable and ordinary/extraordinary life transition. In some ways, it is just as transformative as that first step into parenthood. It requires us, once again, to reach into our life experiences to find the answers to questions such as who am I now and what am I meant be doing here? As grandparents, our role within the family and in society changes, bringing up new questions around how we are seen and how we see ourselves. We often have to undergo a rapid shift and, just like when we became parents, no one can quite prepare us for it. We often have to figure it out as we go along.

At this time, we also awaken to a sense of responsibility, a longing for things to be different, to protect the legacy we are leaving our grandchildren, perhaps to address past mistakes or harms. This brings with it energy, an awakened awareness and a sense of time running away. This profound and important shift in how we relate to ourselves, our families and society has been neglected in our culture. Where are we described in literature, celebrated in rites of passage? 

This retreat will offer an opportunity to reflect on our individual experiences through: periods of silent contemplation; sharing experiences during periods of conversation; discovering a renewed sense of connection to each other, our families, our society and the earth; and during reflective activities.

We are excited to be offering this new venture and very much hope you will join us.


Who is the retreat for?

This residential retreat is for grandparents who wish to explore this important life transition and to reflect upon our actual and potential role in our families and society in these troubled times. 


What are the requirements to attend?

Requirements to attend are to be a grandparent, and to want to participate in a residential retreat. Some experience of mindfulness will be helpful, but not essential. You are asked to come with an open mind and heart, and your curiosity and excitement about this phase of life.


About the teachers:

Eluned Gold

Annee Griffiths 


Timings:

Please arrive from 2.00pm on the first day in time for our orientation at 3.30pm. The retreat ends at 12:30pm on the 10th, followed by lunch.


Location:

Llangasty Retreat House, Llangasty, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PX

Llangasty is situated in the beautiful Welsh countryside near Abergaveny. For more information visit the website; http://www.llangasty.com/index.html.


Our full rates have no hidden extras and include deposit, teaching, room and board. 

 Two Fee Options:

  • Full rate for SHARED accommodation (2 or more to a room): £200.00 
  • Full rate for PRIVATE accommodation (1 to a room): £225.00 

If the full rate for PRIVATE accommodation is paid but we cannot meet your request for a private room due to lack of availability, then we will allocate you SHARED accommodation and refund £25.00 to you or your employer.


The application process:

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week, but if the retreat leader is on annual leave or on retreat, then this can take a little bit longer.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your full retreat payment.
  4. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and cancellation policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.


For more information:

Please email us at retreats@mindfulness-network.org.


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