Event: 2-Day Mindfulness Retreat: The Peace of Nature in the Heart of the City.
Facilitators: Fay Adams and Gareth Williams.
Venue: Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh. EH14 1TQ.
Dates: Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 June 2016.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Retreat Days: 10am-5pm.
Event Description: Space, Peace, Rest.
Do you feel a longing for space, peace and rest?
Do you find it hard to carve out time for these in your life?
Come to the stunningly beautiful location of the Water of Leith close to Colinton Dell in Edinburgh, for 2 days of gentle silence, mindfulness practice and togetherness. We will re-acquaint ourselves with the ally of nature right here on our doorstep - readily available to us all.
We’ll be housed in the Water of Leith Visitors’ Centre and we’ll also spend time wandering, meditating and contemplating outside - drinking in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. The presence of the ancient trees and the company of the river flowing by will help facilitate our weekend of retreat.
There’s nothing like the woods for providing sanctuary and refuge from the busy world. The natural environment and mindfulness practices will together create conditions for our minds to settle. We’ll explore our connection with nature in a quiet way - seeing if we can ‘find our place in the family of things’.
The days will be guided and partly in silence. All are welcome - those who are beginners and those who already have familiarity with mindfulness.
Fay Adams found herself living on the tiny retreat island, Holy Isle, off the west coast of Scotland, after having to give up her life in London due to suffering from chronic pain. She lived there for six years immersing herself in mindfulness practice under the guidance of Rob Nairn. During many hours of practice in her wooden hut, she learned how to understand the patterning that was causing her pain. Through body awareness and self-compassion she was able to restore her wellbeing. Fay now lives in Edinburgh and spends her time teaching for the Mindfulness Association around the UK and in Europe and running courses in Edinburgh. She is a tutor on the University of Aberdeen’s Studies in Mindfulness MSc.
Gareth Williams has been studying transpersonal psychologies since 1995 and has Masters degrees in psychology and in ethnomusicology. He has been a counsellor and senior practitioner for Rethink, Vision, and Mind, and is now a teacher on the University of Manchester doctorate course in counselling psychology. He initiated the Creative Space project - an expressive arts-based alternative to traditional counselling for young people, and is now developing and facilitating ecotherapy projects in and around Staffordshire. He has also been leading mindfulness training courses for several years. As well as having a deep joy in being in Nature, he loves writing songs, raps, and producing music.
Cost: £100/£80 (Concessions).