Letting go and moving on is a residential retreat, held in Aylesford in the beautiful Kent countryside on Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September 2018.
The past has no power over the present moment, other than the power we give it.
It can sometimes feel that our life choices disappear. Life becomes like a roller-coaster ride hurtling towards an uncertain future and all we can do is either hang on or try to enjoy the ride. Our choices become hidden by the hectic pace of life and the decisions we make become damage-limitation exercises and there is no sense of progress. The constantly accelerating pace of change leaves us off-balance and our inner wisdom becomes obscured.
We all know the wisdom that emerges from a still, calm and silent mind. It is crystal clear in its clarity and rooted in deep insights into our lives that aren’t available during our daily grind.
This retreat is designed to provide us with the space we need to reconnect with this inner wisdom. On Saturday, we will uncover and clear the obstacles to your personal journey. We will clear our minds, relax, your inner wisdom can then arise and guide you to the best possible outcome.
Arrival from 1 pm, drop off your bags and meet up with the group or enjoy the buildings and the grounds
Sunset meditation – outside, or inside, if it rains
Saturday – Letting Go
Finding your Inner Stillness
We will begin the day with a transition meditation to bring us to a place of still, silent calmness and tranquillity.
Mapping the Landscape of the Mind
We need a map because we need to get from where we are, to where we need to be. Trial and error wastes your time. Others have already gone those ways. You don’t need to follow them to the same dead ends and diversions. We want to be familiar and comfortable with the landscape of our minds to navigate it safely and helpfully.
From here, we can identify the obstacles. We can learn what is intervening in our happiness and develop a strategy to overcome it.
Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable
Appreciation, forgiveness, compassion, self-compassion, gratitude, acceptance and impermanence. These are the tools that we use to learn how to sit with and release the inevitable discomfort of living our artificial lives.
Releasing uncomfortable emotions
To get past our current obstacles, whatever they are, we need to learn what they are there to teach us. We also need to learn how to process our emotions both for this session and also
Rebalancing our minds and bodies
Having done our work, we need to put away our tools and get back to an open, relaxed and balanced state at the end of the day.
Sunday – Moving On
The morning will have a number of activities designed to help us to process the learnings from the day before including mindful listening.
The afternoon will have activities designed to help us find clarity.
Mindful walk (weather permitting) in the 40 acres of grounds (options for high and low energy folks).
A Qi Gong session led by Graham
A silent tea
Meditation practices designed to help us discover our inner wisdom and also to then transition back into our busy lives.
You can step out of your daily grind and into a beautiful training space to experience a serene and inspiring escape from your busy life.
The Friars at Aylesford is a 13th century Pilgrim’s hostel. Pilgrims still stay here, as they have over the centuries, to rest on their journeys to Canterbury and beyond.
Set in the heart of Kent, The Friars – Aylesford Priory – is an ancient religious house of the Order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th Century. Over the centuries and now today The Friars has become for thousands of visitors: a place of peace, a centre of welcome, a venue for gathering and a work of art.
The images below include the 13th century Pilgrim’s Hall where we will eat our meals, some photos of the buildings and grounds, the spartan but immaculately clean accommodation and various other photos.
Friday 7th September – Arrival
|Arrival and meet the other retreatants|
|Sunset Meditation||inside or out (depending on the weather)|
Saturday 8th September – Letting Go
|Finding your Inner Stillness||How our modern perspective fails us|
|Mapping the Landscape of the Mind||What is it and how do we find it?|
|Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable||The key tools for modern life|
|Emotional Release||Releasing uncomfortable emotions|
|Rebalancing our minds and bodies||Finding balance after our inner journey|
Sunday 9th September – Moving On
|Moving On||Clearing the mind|
|Mindful Listening||group activity|
|Qi Gong||with Graham Warren|
|Mindful Walk||within the 40 acres of grounds|