Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
Online 5-Day Silent Retreat
"Listen to silence. It has so much to say." ~ Rumi
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is based on the research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
This MSC Silent Retreat is an opportunity to focus fully and explicitly on mindfulness and self-compassion practices. It is a time to create personal space, bring a warm awareness to yourself and an opportunity to deepen your personal reflection. Out of silence, magic happens.
"The quieter you become the more you are able to hear."
Liz and Kathryn will gently guide you through mindfulness, loving-kindness and self-compassion meditation practices.
We will have an orientation session during our first session together and on the first day we will gently guide you into silence. For the rest of the retreat, we will spend our time experiencing a variety of guided mindfulness, loving-kindness and self-compassion practices. On the final day, we will gently guide you out of silence.
The majority of the practices we will be offering throughout the retreat you will have learnt or been introduced to on your Mindful Self-Compassion course. These will always be guided, so you can relax and receive. The days are structured to include a mixture of sitting, lying and movement practices, from morning to evening. If you feel the need, you will also have the opportunity for a private conversation with one of the teachers, where you can discuss your practice and experience, especially if challenges are arising. Knowing this, you can fully relax that you are being held in a supportive and compassionate embrace throughout your retreat experience.
Before the retreat, you will also have a 121 pre-retreat conversation, with either Kathryn or Liz, to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
"Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from outside. Silence doesn’t mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside. If you’re truly silent, then no matter what situation you find yourself in you can enjoy the silence."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
The MSC Silent Retreat is the perfect way to embed the valuable skills of the MSC Programme to live a self-compassionate life. Revisit all the MSC practices in comfort, away from hectic life distractions. Give yourself the freedom to soak up the MSC teachings, in a peaceful environment with experienced, supportive teachers.
We warmly encourage you to create a supportive and peaceful personal 'bubble' during the five days. We appreciate that you may have responsibilities that feel impossible to ignore, however, we wholeheartedly encourage you to carve out these five days, as best you can, so that you can immerse yourself in silence.
Rest in the knowledge that everything will be taken care of, whilst you unwind, reflect and practice making friends with yourself in the privacy and comfort of this supportive retreat. Cherish time-out for yourself, away from the demands of work and family pressures (as best you can). Give yourself what you need, whilst we take care of the rest! Some forward planning for meals and food is suggested so you can really be present, relaxed and distraction-free.