Mindfulness for Wellbeing Weekend, Peak District

Our retreat in short

We are tremendously excited to be expanding our highly regarded Norfolk Mindfulness for Wellbeing Weekends to a stunning venue in the heart of the beautiful Peak District. Highly recommended by The Guardian newspaper's travel editor, our boutique, small group Mindfulness for Wellbeing weekends have been designed for guests seeking a luxurious mindfulness-based retreat within a couple of hours' travelling distance of London. You will be taken very good care of, with gorgeous en-suite rooms, underfloor heating, wood burners, fabulous vegetarian food. One for you if you’re looking to slow down and rest amidst breathtaking scenery, soothing body and mind with super-gentle, nurturing practices from the mindfulness and meditative yoga traditions. 

Dates & booking


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Key information

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Getting there

Our venue is near Bakewell, with easy access to London and Chesterfield, it is the ideal venue for this weekend retreat.

Train

Direct trains from London Liverpool St Pancras to Chesterfield takes around 2 hours direct. By car, the journey from London is around three hours.

To encourage train travel, we will arrange return transfers to and from Chester, 45 minutes' drive away, at a designated time (to be announced). Transfer cost approx £40 per way, per car (shared between the number of people in the car), paid in cash to the taxi driver.

Car

We will provide further information upon receipt of booking.

Why this retreat?

In a nutshell



A chance to retreat to the hills of the glorious Peak District, in spectacular, luxurious surroundings that invite space, reflection and deep breaths!

These deeply nourishing weekends have been running in Norfolk for the past five years and now expand to include this new luxury venue near Bakewell (direct trains from London to Chesterfield take under two hours). 

As a deep complement to the mindfulness at the heart of these retreats, we will restore mind, body and soul with breathwork, mindful movement and super-gentle Restorative yoga, together with the powerfully relaxing practice of yoga nidra - surrounded by beautiful, peaceful surroundings where comfort and panoramic hill-side views prevail. 

The content draws on our own long-standing background from both the meditation and meditative yoga traditions. As such, please note: classes drawn from the yoga tradition are exceptionally gentle and often involve no movement at all. If you are seeking physically challenging movement-based yoga classes, this retreat will absolutely not be for you!

We are pleased to say there will be an absence of mucking in or any expectation that you must attend all sessions! Our intention is to create a safe, accepting environment in which to switch off and step out of demands and routine - including modern life’s constant over-stimulation from technology.

Everything will be taken care of for you: the wonderful vegetarian meals, the clearing away and setting up, and a schedule of optional practice sessions that leave enough free time inbetween for you to do, or not do (resting, reading or perhaps strolling out in the local countryside?) as you please.


Restorative mindfulness meditation

A period of silence may be woven into the retreat, to provide the space to deepen our mindfulness practice without the distraction or external stimulation. Complete meditation beginners especially should be aware of the possible period of silence, and be open to its possibilities!

The weekend has been designed for both total beginners to mindfulness, as well as those with an established practice, seeking a refresher. It may also appeal to those with a dynamic yoga practice interested in the softer, meditative aspects of the yoga tradition. From personal experience, we believe physical comfort during meditation is hugely important, and take great care to offer different postural options (including lying down).

To support the intentions of this retreat, we ask that you turn off mobile phones and all technology during this short time. (An emergency contact number for friends or family will be available).

All this in a framework of enhancing overall wellbeing: over the four days, our formal practice sessions (which equate to almost five hours each day on Saturday and Sunday, though broken down into short individual slots) will be enhanced by:


  • The natural beauty of a Peak District setting.
  • Plenty of wholesome but delicious vegetarian food
  • The relaxed nature of the weekend - nothing is compulsory; do as little, or as much, as you please
  • Lots of opportunity to chat to like-minded guests over afternoon tea, and in the gorgeous large barn, with wood-burners
  • Possible limited periods of restoring silence, intended as a chance to deepen your mindfulness practice
  • A rare, golden chance to fully rest the mind by letting go of emails, facebook, and all technology
  • Periods of personal time for walks, reading, chatting, relaxing, retreating - it's your choice
  • A chance to let go of alcohol and other habits that perhaps compromise our wellbeing

Our host accommodation

The lounge


Perched on a hill close to Bakewell, our gorgeous new Peak District venue was completed in 2017, after the owners converted several buildings from an old cattle shed. Built to an exactingly high stand, with plenty of natural light and an open-plan design, the venue manages to be contemporary, luxurious and rustic, whilst retaining a characterful feel. 

Eleven en suite rooms with King-sized beds are complemented by a huge open plan lounge / dining room with welcoming sofas, a beautiful stone fireplace with log-burning stove and far-reaching views across the Hope Valley.

A large south facing terrace, complete with tables and chairs, over the valley beyond will allow us to take in hoped-for spring sunshine!

With an anticipated group of 12-14 guests, the combined inside and outside areas offer a huge amount of space for privacy along with the coming together of the group at meal times and practice settings, which will be held in a separate barn building close to the main venue.

Why be mindful?


Gentle Yoga



Mindfulness is a non-dogmatic, integrative mind-body approach that helps us manage thoughts and feelings. We could translate mindfulness as ‘gentle presence’ or a ‘kindly awareness’.

It is a way of experiencing the world that is kind, open, receptive and curious, as well as being sensory-based. We all have an inherent capacity for mindfulness, regardless of age, sex or religion/absence of.

Over the last few years, partly due to over hundreds of studies showing its benefits to our wellbeing, mindfulness has experienced a huge surge of interest in the west. As very much on this retreat, mindfulness meditation is usually taught in an entirely secular way.

Regular periods of formal mindfulness practice in the beautiful yoga/meditation barn (shown right, and above) will form the heart of the weekend.

These sessions will be weaved into our day, with the Saturday and Sunday including four led mindfulness sessions per day, and two optional periods of yoga (including one Restorative Yoga session).

Most sessions will be between 30 and 45 minutes' long, with longer periods interspersed with group discussion and an intentional change in posture - and will be taught in a way that is as comfortable for the body as possible (for example: plenty of standing and walking meditation).

Formal teaching periods aside, we have ensured plenty of time for personal space and 'me time' - perhaps for soul-enriching country walks; tea and cake by the fire; chats with fellow guests; or simply time to read, sleep or be silent.


Foodie treats: what to expect


Food on retreat



Our team of chefs will cook a variety of delicious vegetarian and vegan meals over the course of our long weekend. 

Fruit, coffee and tea will be available first thing in the morning, followed by a substantial brunch after the morning practice sessions. There will be a light lunch, and then afternoon tea, nibbles and a sweet something! A two course meal will be served in the evening.

Please note: the menu will be entirely vegetarian by default. Whilst we will try to accommodate all dietary requirements, we recommend you contact us before booking.

Our teachers


Lucia Cockroft - mindfulness and yoga teacher
This retreat will be taught by Lucia Cockcroft and Vikki Stevenson. Lucia is a co-founder of Satvada retreats and sister organisation, Yoga At The Mill, a highly-regarded yoga and mindfulness studio in Chelmsford, Essex.

Lucia has a long-standing yoga and meditation practice. She has been teaching yoga for 12 years, and meditation for nine. Over a two year period, she has studied at postgraduate level with Bangor University to teach Mindfulness Based Approaches.

She is privileged to count Jon Kabat-Zinn, Christina Feldman, John Peacock and Thich Nhat Hanh as amongst her meditation teachers - having attended retreats or training events with these wonderful teachers.

Lucia has a special interest in mindfulness for stress reduction and wellbeing; and the integration of mindfulness in yoga practice.

Vikki Stevenson
Lucia will be supported by yoga and meditation teacher Vikki Stevenson, who has been practising yoga for the past 20 years and teaching for ten. 

Vikki has extensive experience of teaching meditative aspects of the yoga tradition such as Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. She will shortly train in London as a Yoga Therapist. 

Fast facts

Prices

Solo occupancy, luxury en-suite double room
 - £799 per person

Shared luxury twin/double en-suite room
 - £699 per person


For female guests booking alone, opting to share a twin or triple room: we will allocate room-mates.

Suitability


Both beginners and experienced meditators. Beginners to meditation or mindfulness should be willing to engage in a possible period of silence (as detailed on schedule). 

Guests looking to disconnect from the constant demands and distractions of technology. Please come prepared to turn off your phone, and all technology, for the weekend. 

All ages welcome; just bring an open mind.

Anyone interested in enhancing their own wellbeing in a nourishing, holistic setting.

Anyone seeking a luxurious small group retreat experience with en-suite bedrooms (which can be booked just for one person), plenty of space and a high teacher/student ratio.

Anyone interested in practising meditation and gentle mindful  movement alongside soft, deeply complementary practices from the yoga tradition. There will be no active yoga on this weekend. 

Those wishing to gain some 'me-time' or headspace.


Mindfulness practice

What's included?


  • Three nights' luxury en-suite accommodation
  • Breakfast and light lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Fruit and snacks
  • Two course dinner
  • All classes - around five hours a day on Saturday and Sunday

What's not included


  • Transport and transfers
  • Travel insurance

Our schedule (may change)


Friday

  • 4pm: Arrivals. Tea!
  • 5.45-6.40pm: Welcome. Gentle movement, mindfulness, relaxation
  • 6.45pm: Dinner
  • 8.15: Yoga nidra

Saturday

  • 7.45am: fruit, tea
  • 8.15am: Silent walk in grounds
  • 8.45-9.15am: Gentle Mindful Movement
  • 9.20- 9.40am: Mindfulness practice session
  • 9.45am: breakfast
  • 12.30-1.10pm: Mindfulness practice session
  • 1.15pm: lunch
  • 2-5pm: free time
  • 5-6.30pm: Optional Restorative Yoga session
  • 6.45pm: Dinner
  • 8.15: Yoga nidra

Sunday

  • 7.45am: fruit, tea
  • 8.15am: Silent walk in grounds
  • 8.45-9.15am: Gentle Mindful Movement
  • 9.20-9.40am: Mindfulness practice session
  • 9.45am: breakfast
  • 12.30-1.10pm: Mindfulness practice session
  • 1.15pm: lunch
  • 2-5pm: free time
  • 5-6.30pm: Extended, open mindfulness session.
  • 6.45pm: Dinner
  • 8.15pm: Yoga nidra

Monday

  • 7.20am: fruit, tea
  • 7.50-8.10am: Gentle Mindful Movement
  • 8.15-45: Mindfulness practice session
  • 8.50am: Breakfast
  • 10:00am: Departures

What our customers say


Retreat: Norfolk Mindfulness for Wellbeing retreat
Rated: 5 stars
Customer: Janice White
When: December 2016
Review:

I loved the balance of practice, free time, communal chat and silence
Thank you - this has been a great retreat. It is pricier than some others, but I felt the quality of the venue, teachers and food warranted it. I loved the balance of practice, free time, communal chat and silence, and the combination of yoga and mindfulness. I thought the food was of excellent quality and good quantity. The underfloor heating was fantastic for this time of year... when can I come again?!



Retreat: Norfolk Mindfulness for Wellbeing
Rated: 5 stars
Customer: Michelle - London
When: December 7, 2016
Review:

There were truly wonderful teachings set in a beautiful venue
I have just returned from Satvada's Norfolk mindfulness for wellbeing weekend, and wanted to write to say how fabulous it was. There were truly wonderful teachings from Lucia and Vikki, set in a beautiful venue (complete with two log fires) with amazing grounds, and great vegetarian meals. No scrubbing floors or doing dishes on this retreat - we were looked after from the moment we arrived to the moment we left.

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