Mindfulness for Wellbeing Weekend, Norfolk

This retreat in short

Highly recommended by The Guardian newspaper's travel editor, our boutique, small group winter Mindfulness for Wellbeing weekends have been designed for guests seeking a luxurious countryside retreat within easy travelling distance of London, where everything is done for you. You will be taken very good care of, with beautiful en-suite rooms, underfloor heating, wood burners, fabulous vegetarian food. Our programme has been carefully formulated to combine different mindfulness practices with soothing sessions drawn from the meditative aspects of the yoga tradition, complemented by mindful winter walks. Definitely not for you if you are looking for an active weekend - but a golden opportunity if you need to stop, rest, take care of yourself and let go of busyness. Please come prepared to switch off your phone and all technology. 

Dates & booking


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Key information

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Getting there

Our venue is between Swaffham and Downham market, with easy access to London and Norwich, it is the ideal venue for this weekend retreat.

Train

Direct trains from London Liverpool St to Downham Market takes around 1.5 hours. By car, the journey from London is just over two hours.

To encourage train travel, we will arrange return transfers to and from Downham station, 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 Satvada Retreats on arrival.

Car

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Getting there

Our venue is between Swaffham and Downham market, with easy access to London and Norwich, it is the ideal venue for this weekend retreat.

Train

Direct trains from London Liverpool St to Downham Market takes around 1.5 hours. By car, the journey from London is just over two hours.

To encourage train travel, we will arrange return transfers to and from Downham station, 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 Satvada Retreats on arrival.

Car

We will provide further information upon receipt of booking.

Why this retreat?

In a nutshell



A chance to shake off winter blues and retreat to the big skies and rolling countryside of rural Norfolk, in surroundings that invite space and reflection as well as relaxed fire-side chats. These retreats attract many solo travellers, for whom having their own very comfortable en-suite bedroom (and double bed!) is very important.

In contrast to many retreat weekends, where there are up to 40 guests sharing rooms, our Norfolk retreats offer a very different experience: we have an exceptionally high 2:1 teacher/student ratio, and an average of just 12 guests.

These unique and deeply nourishing long weekends draw 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!

As a deep complement to the mindfulness, 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 warmth and comfort prevail.

We are pleased to say there will be an absence of mucking in, drafty rooms or the expectation that you must attend all sessions!

Restorative mindfulness meditation

The intention is also to incorporate a period of silence, to provide the space to deepen our mindfulness practice without 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. 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 will be encouraging you to turn off mobile phones and all technology during this short time.

All this in a framework of enhancing overall wellbeing at this testing time of year: 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 beauty of a rural Norfolk setting: 21 acres of surrounding woodland and grounds.
  • 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 venue
Our gorgeous venue - formed of luxury en-suite bedrooms built around a central courtyard, in an expanse of countryside - are a fabulous blend of traditional and contemporary.

These old barns have been converted maintaining the original beams, lime and flint walls and the design has been modelled on big open spaces.

Handmade furniture and under-floor heating in the bedrooms and yoga studio are fired by the biomass boiler burning local, environmentally-managed wood chip. 

Roof-top solar panels ensure the whole site is run almost 100% on renewable energy. The barns are surrounded by acres of floating water meadows, ancient trees, lakes and formal gardens for you to explore at your leisure. 

Why be mindful?


Yoga and meditation studio
Mindfulness is a non-dogmatic, integrative mind-body approach that helps us manage thoughts and feelings.

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 100 studies showing its benefits to our wellbeing, mindfulness has experienced a huge surge of interest in the west. As 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


The dining room
We have been working with our wonderful chefs for the past four years. The team will cook a variety of delicious vegetarian and vegan meals over the course of the long weekend. 

We will start the day by serving fruit, coffee and tea and then after the morning practice enjoy a much deserved substantial brunch.

Mid-afternoon we will be presented with afternoon tea, nibbles and a sweet something! A two course meal will be served in the evening. 

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

Shared luxury triple en-suite room
 - £449 per person (Limited availability. Female only).

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 your phone off 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.

Those wishing to gain some 'me-time' or headspace at a time of year when the daylight is short and nerves perhaps frayed.


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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