Who are Retreats for?

There are many reasons why you may wish to join a mindfulness-based retreat. For instance, you may wish to join a retreat if you:

  • are new to mindfulness practice and would like a residential introduction
  • are looking for an opportunity to reconnect with your mindfulness practice
  • have taken a mindfulness-based eight-week course (such as Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) and are interested in developing and deepening your practice
  • are a mindfulness-based teacher or trainee. All of our five and seven-day retreats can enable you to fulfil the UK Good Practice Guidelines to: attend an annual residential, teacher-led, silent meditation retreat; and meet your retreat requirement to be listed on the UK Listing of Mindfulness-based Teachers.

Although our retreats are primarily for those who have completed an eight-week mindfulness-based course (e.g. MBSR or MBCT), other meditation experience may be sufficient to attend. It may be advisable to check with us first via email at retreats@mindfulness-network.org.

Are retreats suitable for everyone?

Although our mindfulness retreats are suitable for most people, they are not suitable for everyone. Retreats can be quite intensive, and we do not advise attending a retreat if you are suffering from certain conditions or have had a traumatic event which is interfering with your everyday life. When filling out the application form for a retreat, we advise that you provide us with as much information as possible so that we can make sure the retreat you select is suitable for you.