FOREST & NATURE

MINDFULNESS & yoga

​retreat


Treat yourself to a lovely immersion in silence and kindness for yourself through various meditations, yoga practices and forest and nature walks



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NEW YEAR RETREAT

From 27th Dec 2018 (evening) to 1st Jan 2019 (midday)

  5 Day Retreat

Early Bird €340 Single, €270 Twin Sharing, €240 Dorm Sharing up to 1st December

Full Prices: €380, €310 & €280 

BOOK HERE

For more information about the retreat please scroll down and also feel free to contact Louis on 086 8256823 or email at Louis@mindfulliving.ie


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RETREAT SCHEDULE - TYPICAL SCHEDULE FOR THE ABOVE RETREATS
(Subject to change at the discretion of the organisers)

The schedule is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. The retreat will be mainly silent and is designed for the person who wishes to give a serious commitment to their spiritual growth or development and whilst it does require a good commitment to embark on the schedule listed below the retreat will be run with humor and a light touch with an emphasis on softness and loving kindness for oneself and others. For people unknown to the facilitators a short phone chat will be arranged to discuss the retreat in more detail.

EVENING OF ARRIVAL
Arrive from 4.30 pm onward.
Registration from 5.30 pm
6.30 – 7.30 pm Evening meal
7.30 – 8.30 pm Orientation talk
8.30 – 9.30 pm Meditation for sleep
10.00 pm Lights out

 
SCHEDULE FOR FULL DAYS
7.00 am Wake up
7.30 – 8.00 am Sitting meditation 30 mins

8.00 – 9.30 am Break and Morning Yoga
9.30 – 10.30 Breakfast
10.30 – 11.00 Rest and Kitchen work meditation.
11.00 – 12.00 Talk
12.00 – 12.45 Meditation

13.00 - 15.00  Shinrin Yoku Forest & Nature Walk and Lunch on the Trail (Weather permitting)
15.00 – 16.00 Rest
16.00 – 17.00 Meditation and Mindful Movement

17.00 – 18.00 Dinner 
18.00 - 18.30 Rest
18.30 - 19.30 Walking meditation and Interviews with Louis and Norah
19.30 – 20.00 Loving Kindness Meditation 
20.00 – 21.00 Yoga Nidra with Norah
10.00 Bed and lights out.


LAST DAY
7.00 am Wake up
7.30 – 8.00 am Sitting meditation 30 mins
8.00 – 9.00 am Break and Morning Yoga

9.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 10.30 Rest and Kitchen work meditation.
10.30 – 11.30 Meditation and Mindful Movement
11.30 – 12.30 Forest and Nature Walk
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Discussion and closing.


Shinrin-Yoku
The atmosphere of trees and nature have a certain clarity and cleanliness which is not tampered by the human capacity to complicate life. Our excessive thinking and associated feelings, emotions, desires and aversions can create a lot stress in our lives both on an individual and societal level.
To sit and just “be”, simply allowing life to flow through us, is a recipe for natural joy and happiness and is a way of being in the world that is greatly aided by being soaked in the atmosphere of trees and nature. The well-known Buddhist teacher Buddhadasa of the Thai Forest Tradition, refered to trees as having the capacity to assist in the healthy transformation of stress or suffering. It is not a coincidence either that the Buddha was enlightened whilst meditating under a tree.
Science shows (Li 2012) that trees emit chemicals called Phytoncides which have been shown to increase the NK (Natural Killer) cell count in the body. These NK cells kill cancer cells as well as boosting the immune system in general. Dr. Qing Li (2012) has shown that exposure to trees and nature through the practice of Shinrin-Yoku over a weekend can significantly boost the immune system for as much as 30 days after the weekend.
The atmosphere of trees and nature is experienced through the senses, the colours, the bird song, the wind, the smells and textures, to name a few. People often feel a sense of peace amongst trees which is very hard to define. The presence of Phytoncides have been shown to increase para-sympathetic activity in the nervous system, and this may partially explain a feeling of peace experienced. There are probably other elements at play also which are, as yet, undefined by science, but the research continues.

Yoga
Most of the yoga will be facilitated by Norah Twomey a qualified yoga teacher with many years teaching experience. Norah is also a Clinical Nurse and  a full time mindfulness teacher within the HSE. Taking care of the physical body is of course very important and yoga provides a beautiful way in which to explore this. It also assists in developing correct posture for meditation and for opening the heart.

Mindfulness
The mindfulness practices in this retreat will be based on Anapanasiti from the Thai Forest Tradition. The foundation of the practices are similar to the MBSR or MBCT type practices but with some variations and added elements which will provide opportunities for developing a deeper practice, particularly for those with some experience of mindfulness or related practices.
Mindfulness will be the heart of the whole retreat, the atmosphere will be relaxed and playful and the schedule, although demanding, is designed to give participants an integrated and safe immersion in stillness and self-inquiry. This will be a great boost for those with an existing practice and a wonderful start for those new to mindfulness.

Food 
The food will be vegetarian and will be prepared by the participants as part of a mindfulness work practice. This is an art in itself and is a very good way of learning to integrate mindfulness with everyday life. Lunch will be taken on the walk and Dinner will be prepared on a rota basis. Meals can be pre-prepared and brought to the retreat or cooked fresh on site.

Kitchen Work Meditation
This is an opportunity to help out as necessary with simple cleaning and tidying tasks, this is also done with mindfulness, taking care of each moment as we practice.

Silence
Sections of the retreat will be held in silence, it is not a fully silent retreat as there will be periods of talking during group inquiry. Silence however is important in this work and we encourage people to switch off mobile phones and other communication devices, such as, laptops, tablets etc.. The silence is of great value in enabling a person to surrender to the present moment, which is the only way we can experience the true nature of our inner beauty, joy and peace.

Costing
The retreat it is costed on a not for profit basis with regard to the teachings; this is an established way of providing retreats in many traditions. If a participant wishes he or she can offer an anonymous donation at the end of the retreat which can be based on generosity, perceived value for money and affordability.

Things to bring
Warm outdoor clothing suitable for walking.
Comfortable walking shoes or boots.
Small bag or rucksack for walking.
Something waterproof to sit on during the walks and on the beach, such as a piece of plastic or insulated pad.
Water bottle or flask.
Yoga mat and a rug or blanket.
Meditation cushion or stool (optional)

Lifts and transport
Car sharing will be facilitated where possible and people who take public transport to Wicklow town will be collected by arrangement.

​Terms of payment:

A deposit of €100 will secure a place..Full refund (less €20 admin fee) available for cancellation up to two weeks before the retreat date. After this date a refund less €50 will be given. Once the retreat has started no refunds given. Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque, cash, PayPal (an additional charge of 3.4% applies if using PayPal).




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Past Retreats


SUMMER RETREAT  
Thurs Evening 9TH August - Sunday Lunchtime 12TH  AUGUST 2018
3 Day Retreat at the Bobbio Centre
CO WICKLOW
Early Bird Prices €270 Single Ensuite, €210 Twin Sharing Ensuite
valid until 9th July
Full Prices: €310 and €250
BOOK HERE

New Year 4 Day Retreat 
3rd - 7th January 2017


Cost: Single room €330, Twin room sharing €200 each, Double sharing €200 each, Dorm €200 each.

(The retreat is costed on a not for profit basis in accordance with some Eastern traditions)

Venue: Lus Mor


REGISTER AND BOOK


 
RETREAT SCHEDULE 
(Subject to change at the discretion of the organisers)

The schedule is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. The retreat will be mainly silent and is designed for the person who wishes to give a serious commitment to their spiritual growth or development and whilst it does require a good commitment to embark on the schedule listed below the retreat will be run with humor and a light touch with an emphasis on softness and loving kindness for oneself and others. For people unknown to the facilitators a short phone chat will be arranged to discuss the retreat in more detail.

TUESDAY EVENING 3rd Jan 2017

Arrive from 4.30 pm onward.
Registration from 5.30 pm
6.30 – 7.30 pm Evening meal
7.30 – 8.30 pm Orientation talk
8.30 – 9.30 pm Meditation for sleep
10.00 pm Lights out

 
WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY

7.00 am Wake up
7.30 – 8.00 am Sitting meditation 30 mins

8.00 – 9.30 am Break and Morning Yoga

9.30 – 10.30 Breakfast
10.30 – 11.00 Rest and Kitchen work meditation.
11.00 – 12.00 Talk
12.00 – 12.45 Meditation

13.00 - 15.00  Shinrin Yoku Forest & Nature Walk and Lunch on the Trail (Weather permitting)
15.00 – 16.00 Rest
16.00 – 17.00 Meditation and Mindful Movement


17.00 – 18.00 Dinner 

18.00 - 18.30 Rest

18.30 - 19.30 Walking meditation and Interviews with Louis and Norah
19.30 – 20.00 Loving Kindness Meditation

20.00 – 21.00 Yoga Nidra with Norah

10.00 Bed and lights out.


SATURDAY

7.00 am Wake up
7.30 – 8.00 am Sitting meditation 30 mins
8.00 – 9.00 am Break and Morning Yoga

9.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 10.30 Rest and Kitchen work meditation.
10.30 – 11.30 Meditation and Mindful Movement
11.30 – 12.30 Forest and Nature Walk
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Discussion and closing.



Shinrin-Yoku
The atmosphere of trees and nature have a certain clarity and cleanliness which is not tampered by the human capacity to complicate life. Our excessive thinking and associated feelings, emotions, desires and aversions can create a lot stress in our lives both on an individual and societal level.
To sit and just “be”, simply allowing life to flow through us, is a recipe for natural joy and happiness and is a way of being in the world that is greatly aided by being soaked in the atmosphere of trees and nature. The well-known Buddhist teacher Buddhadasa of the Thai Forest Tradition, refered to trees as having the capacity to assist in the healthy transformation of stress or suffering. It is not a coincidence either that the Buddha was enlightened whilst meditating under a tree.
Science shows (Li 2012) that trees emit chemicals called Phytoncides which have been shown to increase the NK (Natural Killer) cell count in the body. These NK cells kill cancer cells as well as boosting the immune system in general. Dr. Qing Li (2012) has shown that exposure to trees and nature through the practice of Shinrin-Yoku over a weekend can significantly boost the immune system for as much as 30 days after the weekend.
The atmosphere of trees and nature is experienced through the senses, the colours, the bird song, the wind, the smells and textures, to name a few. People often feel a sense of peace amongst trees which is very hard to define. The presence of Phytoncides have been shown to increase para-sympathetic activity in the nervous system, and this may partially explain a feeling of peace experienced. There are probably other elements at play also which are, as yet, undefined by science, but the research continues.

Yoga
Most of the yoga will be facilitated by Norah Twomey a qualified yoga teacher with many years teaching experience. Norah is also a Clinical Nurse and  a full time mindfulness teacher within the HSE. Taking care of the physical body is of course very important and yoga provides a beautiful way in which to explore this. It also assists in developing correct posture for meditation and for opening the heart.

 Mindfulness
The mindfulness practices in this retreat will be based on Anapanasiti from the Thai Forest Tradition. The foundation of the practices are similar to the MBSR or MBCT type practices but with some variations and added elements which will provide opportunities for developing a deeper practice, particularly for those with some experience of mindfulness or related practices.
Mindfulness will be the heart of the whole retreat, the atmosphere will be relaxed and playful and the schedule, although demanding, is designed to give participants an integrated and safe immersion in stillness and self-inquiry. This will be a great boost for those with an existing practice and a wonderful start for those new to mindfulness.

Food 

The food will be vegetarian and will be prepared by the participants as part of a mindfulness work practice. This is an art in itself and is a very good way of learning to integrate mindfulness with everyday life. Lunch will be taken on the walk and Dinner will be prepared on a rota basis. Meals can be pre-prepared and brought to the retreat or cooked fresh on site.

Kitchen Work Meditation

This is an opportunity to help out as necessary with simple cleaning and tidying tasks, this is also done with mindfulness, taking care of each moment as we practice.



Silence
Sections of the retreat will be held in silence, it is not a fully silent retreat as there will be periods of talking during group inquiry. Silence however is important in this work and we encourage people to switch off mobile phones and other communication devices, such as, laptops, tablets etc.. The silence is of great value in enabling a person to surrender to the present moment, which is the only way we can experience the true nature of our inner beauty, joy and peace.

Costing

The retreat it is costed on a not for profit basis with regard to the teachings; this is an established way of providing retreats in many traditions. If a participant wishes he or she can offer an anonymous donation at the end of the retreat which can be based on generosity, perceived value for money and affordability.

Things to bring

Warm outdoor clothing suitable for walking.
Comfortable walking shoes or boots.
Small bag or rucksack for walking.
Something waterproof to sit on during the walks and on the beach, such as a piece of plastic or insulated pad.
Water bottle or flask.
Yoga mat and a rug or blanket.
Meditation cushion or stool (optional)

 Lifts and transport
Car sharing will be facilitated where possible and people who take public transport to Wicklow town will be collected by arrangement.


Terms of payment:

Full payment required to book retreat (if you prefer to pay by installments please let us know). Full refund (less €20 admin fee) available for cancellation up to two weeks before the retreat date. After this date a refund less €50 will be given. Once the retreat has started no refunds given. Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque, cash, PayPal or Credit Card (an additional charge of 3.4% applies if using PayPal or Credit Card).

 

 


 

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SUMMER RETREAT - 2016


REGISTER AND BOOK

 
RETREAT SCHEDULE (Total 32 Hours)
(Subject to change at the discretion of the organisers)

The following schedule is based on a tried and tested schedule dating back hundreds of years and still used extensively around the world in Vipassana Retreats and in Asian Monasteries. The schedule is also quite suitable for beginners; as has been proven on the many retreats worldwide which are often attended by people new to the practice. The retreat is designed for the person who wishes to give a serious commitment to their spiritual growth or development for the weekend. Whilst it does require a good commitment to embark on the schedule listed below the retreat will be run with humor and a light touch.

FRIDAY EVENING

Arrive from 4.30 pm on.
Registration from 5.30 pm
6.30 – 7.30 pm Evening meal
7.30 – 8.30 pm Orientation talk
8.30 – 9.00 pm Meditation for sleep
9.30 pm Lights out

 
SATURDAY
4.00 am Wake up
4.30 – 5.00 am Sitting meditation 30 mins
5.00 – 6.00 am Mindful walk to the beach and Sunrise Meditation on the beach. (Sunrise 5.50 am)
6.30 – 7.45 Morning Yoga with Apple

8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast
9.00 – 10.00 Rest and Kitchen work meditation.
10.00 – 11.00 Talk
11.00 – 13.00 Shinrin Yoku Forest & Nature Walk and Foraging
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Rest and Kitchen work meditation

15.00 – 16.30 Wild food preparation class in the kitchen with Shirley.
16.30 – 17.30 Meditation with Louis or alternatively afternoon Yoga with Apple
17.30 – 18.00 Walking meditation – indoor and outdoor.
18.00 – 19.00 Evening meal

19.00 – 19.30 Rest
19.30 – 20.00 Meditation
20.00 – 20.15 Walking meditation
20.15 – 21.00 Meditation for sleep.
21.30 Bed and lights out for wake up Sunday morning at 4.00 am.


SUNDAY
4.00 am Wake up
4.30 – 5.00 am Sitting meditation 30 mins
5.00 – 6.00 am Mindful walk to the beach and Sunrise Meditation on the beach.
6.30 – 7.45 Morning Yoga with Apple
8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast
9.00 – 10.00 Rest and Kitchen work meditation.



10.00 – 11.00 Talk
11.00 – 12.30 Shinrin Yoku Forest & Nature Walk
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Discussion and closing.

Shinrin-Yoku
The atmosphere of trees and nature have a certain clarity and cleanliness which is not tampered by the human capacity to complicate life. Our excessive thinking and associated feelings, emotions, desires and aversions can create a lot stress in our lives both on an individual and societal level.
To sit and just “be”, simply allowing life to flow through us, is a recipe for natural joy and happiness and is a way of being in the world that is greatly aided by being soaked in the atmosphere of trees and nature. The well-known Buddhist teacher Buddhadasa of the Thai Forest Tradition, refered to trees as having the capacity to assist in the healthy transformation of stress or suffering. It is not a coincidence either that the Buddha was enlightened whilst meditating under a tree.
Science shows (Li 2012) that trees emit chemicals called Phytoncides which have been shown to increase the NK (Natural Killer) cell count in the body. These NK cells kill cancer cells as well as boosting the immune system in general. Dr. Qing Li (2012) has shown that exposure to trees and nature through the practice of Shinrin-Yoku over a weekend can significantly boost the immune system for as much as 30 days after the weekend.
The atmosphere of trees and nature is experienced through the senses, the colours, the bird song, the wind, the smells and textures, to name a few. People often feel a sense of peace amongst trees which is very hard to define. The presence of Phytoncides have been shown to increase para-sympathetic activity in the nervous system, and this may partially explain a feeling of peace experienced. There are probably other elements at play also which are, as yet, undefined by science, but the research continues.

 Yoga
Yoga teacher Apple Yu lives in Ireland with her family and is the mother of two young children, she loves to teach Yoga and she has an energy and vitality which is infectious and energising.
The Yoga classes in the retreat will be “mixed level”, which means they will be suitable for both beginners and advanced participants. Apple is an experienced Yoga teacher and will provide individual attention as necessary during the yoga sessions. The classes will be designed to focus on chest/heart opening and hip opening as well as posture correction. This will greatly assist in waking the body properly during the morning and help in maximising the benefits of the other practices. There will also be an optional yoga class on Saturday afternoon with Apple for those who wish to maximise the yoga element of the retreat.

 
Mindfulness
The mindfulness practices in this retreat will be based on Anapanasiti from the Thai Forest Tradition. In preparation for this retreat Louis has spent some time in a forest monastery in Thailand and in Korea and Japan meeting people spearheading Forest Healing Research, and is keen to share his experiences. The foundation of the practices are similar to the MBSR or MBCT type practices but with some variations and added elements which will provide opportunities for developing a deeper practice, particularly for those with some experience of mindfulness or related practices.
Mindfulness will be the heart of the whole weekend, the atmosphere will be relaxed and playful and the schedule, although demanding, is designed to give participants an integrated and safe immersion with approximately thirty-two hours of mindfulness practice over the weekend. This will be a great boost for those with an existing practice and a wonderful start for those new to mindfulness.

Food & Foraging
The food will be vegetarian and will be provided by Shirley Copeland, an experienced retreat cook and mindfulness practitioner. Shirley will also guide us on the foraging of wild food during the Shinrin-Yoku walks and give tips on how to cook or preserve the produce in a session on Saturday afternoon.

Kitchen Work Meditation
In order to keep the costs down and also to provide a lovely experience of working mindfully in the kitchen with Shirley there will be a rota for kitchen work meditation. Peoples’ experience of this, in general, is rather than considering it a chore they want to come back for more.


 Silence
Sections of the retreat will be held in silence, it is not a fully silent retreat as there will be periods of talking during group inquiry, optional sharing and council in the Forest therapy. Silence however is important in this work and we encourage people to switch off mobile phones and other communication devices, such as, laptops, tablets etc.. The silence is of great value in enabling a person to surrender to the present moment, which is the only way we can experience the true nature of our inner beauty, joy and peace.

Costing
Although this is a secular retreat it is costed on a not for profit basis with regard to the mindfulness teachings; this is an established way of providing retreats in many traditions. If a participant wishes he or she can offer an anonymous donation at the end of the retreat which can be based on generosity, perceived value for money and affordability.

Things to bring
Warm outdoor clothing suitable for walking.
Comfortable walking shoes or boots.
Small bag or rucksack for walking.
Something waterproof to sit on during the walks and on the beach, such as a piece of plastic or insulated pad.
Water bottle or flask.
Sunscreen
Insect repellent (may not be necessary)
Yoga mat and a rug or blanket.
Meditation cushion or stool (optional)

 
Lifts and transport
Car sharing will be facilitated where possible and people who take public transport to Wicklow town will be collected by arrangement.

​Terms of payment:
Full payment required to book retreat (if you prefer to pay by installments please let us know). Full refund (less €20 admin fee) available for cancellation up to two weeks before the retreat date. After this date a refund less €50 will be given. Once the retreat has started no refunds given. Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque, cash, PayPal or Credit Card (an additional charge of 3.4% applies if using PayPal or Credit Card).

 

 

 

 

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