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    An Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion


    This Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teaches the core principles and practices that will enable participants to respond to difficulties in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. The course is based on the eight week training programme that was designed by Drs Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and is designed to cultivate the skill of Self-Compassion.

    Time Set Aside: an individually guided retreat


    For this retreat, twelve people will join Timothy Ashworth and Frances Henley Lock in a silent retreat which will utilise spaces set apart from the busyness of the main Woodbrooke building. Meals will be shared in silence in our own quiet space. Participants will be able to use the Art Room and join Meeting for Worship and Epilogue. Each day will include one short talk and one-to-one time with Tim or Frances.

    A Timely Retreat


    Is time a scarce resource for you? Or an endurance test? A tyrant? A gift? We live in both clock-time and kairos - the unbound moment of opportunity. Which gets our attention? Which sets our pace? On this unhurried, interactive retreat we will feel into, explore and perhaps revitalise our relationship with time. Come to reflect, try different perspectives and share your experience, insights and questions. We will 'attend to what love requires of [us], which may not be great busyness.'

    Read Katie's blog post about time and spirituality to get a feel for this retreat. 

    Circle Dance


    If you enjoy moving to music, then this is the weekend for you. We will dance to a wide variety of music and in different styles, some lively, some more meditative. Circle dance enhances our sense of community, of spiritual wholeness and of harmony, drawing as it does on the diverse heritage of traditional cultures from around the world. You don’t need to be an experienced dancer to enjoy this course – all are welcome.

    Singing as Prayer


    They who sing pray twice! Please join us for a retreat of prayer expressed through song. Our sessions will be restful, contemplative, invigorating and renewing as we sing and share songs from different traditions. No experience necessary - if you can talk, you can sing! All songs will be taught by ear.

    The Ground at Our Feet: a mindful retreat


    A gentle programme of mindful practices to enable us to arrive at the ground at our feet and learn to be at home. Includes sitting meditation, walking meditation, Qi Gong exercises, deep relaxation, walks in nature, some silence, some spaciousness and some spiritual companionship. There is the invitation to take our meals in silence and to experience the deep practice of mindful eating. We will come home to be fully present in heart, in mind and in body.

    Writing Retreat


    Set in the beautiful and quiet surroundings of Swarthmoor Hall, this retreat is open to anyone looking for space and time for writing, whether starting a new project, or to take forward or finish off a current piece. There will be the opportunity to hear from the tutors about their experience of writing and one to one time with them, but the emphasis will be on creating a supportive environment to devote to the craft itself.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.

    Note: This course was priced incorrectly in the brochure. As this this course is longer than our standard course the cost is £545.00 residential, £380.00 non-residential.

    Practicing Presence


    During this retreat we will come together to explore and experience spiritual practices and ways of being present from a variety of faith traditions; particularly those that encourage us to connect more deeply with ‘that of God within’. We will be invited to try some things that are perhaps different from our usual practices, all in the beautiful historic spaces at Swarthmoor Hall. There will be opportunities for individual work, group sharing and the freedom to go where each one of us is led.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.