Luxury Mindfulness Weekend, Norfolk

This retreat in short

Following on from the success of our highly regarded Mindfulness for Wellbeing Weekends, we are delighted to present our new Luxury Mindfulness Weekends, set in a boutique mansion house in rural Norfolk. This break is perfect if you have heard about mindfulness and would like to immerse yourself in a small group retreat weekend, or if you already have a mindfulness practice and would like to spend uninterputed time re-visiting practice in a nurturing setting. In both cases: there will be no compromise on luxury, and a relaxed format that allows plenty of time for rest and relaxation. We'll be spoilt with delicious vegetarian cooking, expertly provided by caterers with whom we have been working for some years. :)

Dates & booking


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Key information

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Getting there

Our venue is near the village of Acle, with easy access to London and Norwich.

Why this retreat?

In a nutshell



We are tremendously excited to have discovered this gorgeous manor farm, sitting on its own in open Norfolk countryside. It's difficult to imagine a more perfect setting for mindfulness and stepping out of daily routine: surrounded by fields, this lovingly restored house is spread over four floors. It boasts some jaw-dropping features, including an 80 sq metre light-filled conservatory – the setting for our practice sessions – and a seven-metre banquet table (fit for royalty!), where we'll be enjoying our home-cooked meals.

In contrast to many meditation weekends, where the setting is basic, and a certain level of mucking in is expected, this long weekend will offer a luxurious, therapeutic environment as a framework within which to learn some life-long meditation tools. You'll stay in one of seven plush bedrooms.

The daily schedule offers a balance of formal led practice with your own free time. On each full day of the retreat, we will offer four 30-60 minute periods of formal meditation, including an early morning gentle mindful movement class. There will be an optional early mindful walk on two mornings. 

The formal schedule will be sprinkled with time to do your own thing – whether that's taking more walks in the surrounding countryside, sinking into a roll-top bath, or catching up on reading in the gardens or one of the beautiful lounge rooms. It's your choice - and your weekend. 

Our host accommodation

Our wonderful venue
Our host Georgian manor house has been meticulously restored by its current owners, who have blended striking period features with impressively swish contemporary touches, including underfloor heating, powered by a biomass wood pellet boiler. 

Seven large bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, boast six-foot super-king beds that can be split into two good-sized single beds. The rooms and bathrooms come equipped with luxury toiletries, fluffy towels and fine linen.

There is space in abundance here, especially for a group that we anticipate being no larger than ten guests. Arranged over four floors, the first floor houses two living rooms, decked with comfy sofas. The large, open-plan kitchen and dining room boasts an enormous 16th century table.

A large walled garden backs onto open countryside, so plenty more lounging spots to be found al fresco! We love everything about this house – and especially the spacious meditation room, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and views straight out to the garden.

Foodie treats: what to expect


Mmmm... Delicious chocolate cake!
Our fabulous team of chefs will rustle up delicious vegetarian and vegan meals over the course of the retreat. We'll enjoy three plentiful meals a day, where all the cooking, clearing away and washing up will be taken care of!

Our caterers have been looking after our Mindfulness for Wellbeing guests for the last two years, and can be relied upon to deliver wholesome but tasty home-cooked food that's healthy, but occasionally naughty. :). With advance notice, dietary requirements can be catered for.

For breakfast, expect free range eggs with wholemeal or rye toast, muesli and yoghurt, washed down with coffee, tea or herbal tea. Lunch is typically home-made soup, perhaps butternut squash or sweet potato with a lovingly presented side salad. Dinner is two courses – favourites are generous home-cooked vegetarian shepherd's pie and sticky toffee pudding for desert!

Our teachers


Lucia Cockroft - mindfulness and yoga teacher
This retreat will be led by Lucia Cockcroft. 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 and meditation for ten years, and is currently studying for an MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches at the University of Bangor - one of the few internationally-recognised pathways for mindfulness teachers.

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 therapeutic application – for stress reduction, health and well-being.

Fast facts

Prices

Solo occupancy of master room with King sized bed and en-suite bathroom (only one available)
 - £749 per person

Shared occupancy of master room with King sized bed and en-suite bathroom
(only one available - only suitable for couples)
- £649 per person

Solo occupancy of luxury double room (sharing bathroom with one other room)
- £669 per person

Shared luxury twin/double room (sharing bathroom with one other room)
 - £549 per person (It is fine to book one place in a twin room, sharing with another guest. We will allocate beds and rooms. Female only).

Suitability


Those who are both new to mindfulness and who have an established practice. 

All ages welcome; just bring an open mind.

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

Anyone seeking a luxurious retreat experience, with plenty of space, peace and quiet. 

Anyone interested in practising meditation within the context of a relaxed experience - all classes are optional and the schedule also leaves time for you to do your own thing. 

Anyone wishing to gain some 'me-time' or headspace in a nurturing small group setting. 


Mindfulness practice

What's included?


  • Three nights' luxury accommodation. Apart from one room, all rooms share a bathroom with one other bedroom.
  • 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


Friday

  • 3pm onwards: arrivals. Tea and tasty nibbles
  • 6-7pm: Welcome. Gentle movement, mindfulness, relaxation
  • 7.15pm: Dinner


Saturday

  • 8-9am: Gentle Mindful Movement
  • 9am: Breakfast
  • 11-11.45am: Mindfulness practice session
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 3-3.30pm: Mindfulness practice session
  • 6.15-7pm: Mindfulness practice session
  • 7.15pm: Dinner


Sunday

  • 7.30-7.55am: Silent Walk
  • 8-9am: Gentle Mindful Movement
  • 9am: Breakfast
  • 11-11.45am: Mindfulness practice session
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 3-3.30pm: Mindfulness practice session
  • 6.15-7pm: Mindfulness practice session
  • 7.15pm: Dinner


Monday

  • 7.30-7.55am: Silent Walk
  • 8-9am: Gentle Mindful Movement
  • 9-9.20am: Mindfulness practice session
  • 9.30am: Breakfast
  • 12 noon: departures
Retreat: Norfolk Mindfulness for Wellbeing
Rated: 5 stars
Customer: Sue Lee
When: February 15, 2016
Review:

A beautiful, calm, informal occasion
I experienced my first Retreat with Satvada (in fact my first ever retreat) in January 2016 in Norfolk, a beautiful, calm, informal occasion. The venue is instantly welcoming and has an amazing studio with lovely view out on to the grounds.

The weekend was so well organised as everything ran smoothly and all sessions were optional (because of this I attended every one) - from gentle mindful movement to calming restorative yoga.

I can thoroughly recommend a weekend retreat as it helped me achieve total relaxation, and I particularly enjoyed the extended period of silence. Although I’m not vegetarian, I truly enjoyed all the food on offer and the vast selection of teas and coffee..