Please note that these are PRACTICE DAYS, for those who have completed an 8 week course or who have a well-established meditation practice of 20 – 30 minutes including working with difficulty. Further guidance is available below.
A quiet, peaceful day, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where course participants can explore and deepen their mindfulness meditation practice.
This day encourages you to tune into what you need for your own self-care. There will be guided meditations to breath kindness into yourself, to bring compassion to others and an opportunity to create our own wishes for wellbeing laying the ground for Loving Kindness. There will be some mindful movements and periods of rest, perhaps sleep or time to walk, enjoy the outside air or to sit quietly and reflect.
Practice Day Overview
These days include a series of guided meditations, periods of silence and gentle exercises supported by an experienced facilitator. Gently guiding you through the day, time is allowed for discussion, relaxation and connecting with old and new friends. These practice days have a theme that focuses the day towards particular practices that nourish your inner being and inspire your continued journey.
Join us for the day and an opportunity to…
- Relax, refresh and rejuvenate yourself
- Learn and experience new meditations and mindfulness practices
- Nourish, cultivate and develop your continued mindfulness practice
- Deepen your meditation practice and strengthen the skills learnt during your course
- Develop your mindfulness and compassion skills to use in your daily life helping you become and remain calm, relaxed, focused and present.
Who is this day for?
This practice day is designed to support our course participants and graduates, or those with an established meditation practice. Recommended for current course delegates as well as for past delegates whose practice has waned or as a way to nurture and support your ongoing journey.
This retreat is not suitable for beginners, but we do offer a range of alternative events (including taster sessions and introductory workshops) which are ideal for those exploring mindfulness for the first time. Please check out our eventbrite page for more details.
Please contact the course instructor to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding attendance on practice days. They will be happy to discuss your particular circumstances and how you may best be supported during the day. If a practice day is not felt to be suitable at this time alternatives suggestions will be offered to support your continued mindfulness practice.
Please note, certificates of attendance are available upon request.
Format of the day
Arriving from 9:30 am the day will start at 10:00 and conclude at 16:30.
There will be regular breaks throughout the day with servings of tea and coffee, a packed lunch is required. The day will consist of guided meditations along with time for quiet reflection and experience sharing. We recommend that after the day concludes you give yourself some additional time to enjoy a bit of rest time prior to re-engaging with everyday activities.
This event will be held at St Olaves, York.
Please note that, in order to make this day retreat as affordable as possible for our delegates, catering is not included, so please bring lunch with you. Tea, coffee and water refreshments are provided.
The facilitator for this day retreat is Robert Broughton.
Robert has a personal meditation practice going back 36 years and started teaching meditation courses in 2009. Since then he has taught approaching 100 mindfulness courses within the NHS, Cancer Charities, Schools and to the public. He has also spoken about mindfulness in healthcare on many occasions and in 2014 he was invited to join Leeds University/White Rose Consortium for Mindfulness in Education research team as an expert member. Robert qualified as a mindfulness supervisor and mentor from Bangor University in 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions…
Is there disabled access to the venue?
The venue is accessible.
What further information will I receive?
On booking you will receive an automated email confirming your place. You will also receive further details one week prior to the practice day.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you decide to cancel your place, you will receive:
- A full refund (minus a £5 administration fee) provided we receive notice of your cancellation a least 14 days’ before the workshop date
- A 50% refund if we receive 13 – 7 days’ notice
- No refund if we receive less than 7 days’ notice
In the case that the practice day is cancelled by The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion, all workshop fees will be refunded in full.
I am considering training to teach mindfulness, will this course enable me to do this?
For those looking to teach mindfulness we would recommend having a look at the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations which gives guidance on good practice and teacher training organisations within the UK. An 8-week MBSR, MBCT or 10-week MBLC course is generally considered a good starting point (including attendance on a day retreat) and often a pre-requisite to attending teaching training. Given several of our courses are adaptations of the traditional 8 week format, if you are looking to follow a particular training route it is worth checking any stipulated pre-requisites with your training provider.
My organisation are interested in/supportive of mindfulness – do you offer in-house training?
Yes we offer a full range of in-house mindfulness training, including stress reduction, resilience, change management, compassionate care, creativity and leadership development. Introductory workshops are an important first step for those wishing to offer mindfulness training. Please see our workplace webpage or get in touch for further information. We have also agreed employee discounts with a number of local organisations. If you are unsure as to whether or not your organisation has this offer in place please check with your HR/Staff Benefits/Management team.
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