The Now Project Retreats are set in the most perfect location
Surrounded by woodland it is immersed in nature and outside is the lawn and purpose built fire pit. Be sure to say hello the Green Man chainsaw carvings in the benches.
For this retreat we have 2 choices…
The Log Cabins
These cosy cabin are joined to the kitchen and dining area. The bedrooms are basic but they are clean warm and cozy. Each room has private wash facilities and sleeps two in a purpose built in bunk-bed. If you come as a couple you can have a room to yourselves, if you come on your own then we'll find you someone to share with, same sex, sorry. And please don't fight over the top bunk!
There is full wheel chair access and everything is on ground level.
Cost for the weekend with cabin bed: £295
Join us in the garden to sleep under the stars (well under canvas!) Bring your own tent and pick your pitch. You will still have access to the main building for showers and toilets.
Cost for the weekend with camping: £220
There is plenty of space to chill-out around the site. There are plenty of showers, toilets and a wet room for use for all guests.
The Now Project Mindfulness Retreat venue nestles within the fabulous Thornham Magna Estate, in mid Suffolk. It is immersed in nature, there is no sound of human activity at all, no traffic, just woodland, forest animals, bird song and the sounds of nature.
The ancient woodland collaborates in our work and just by sitting quietly you can feel the stress of the city, worries, problems and all that head stuff simply dissolving as nature begins it’s work. Switch off your phone and your gadgets and unplug from the madness and let nature bring you home, back to yourself, back to the source. Blessed with miles of parkland, free open spaces, wildlife, ancient woodland and one of the finest arboretums in the country, it's is the perfect get away and the ideal environment for you to discover the simple joys of mindful living.
It’s about 1 hour and 40 minutes drive from London and 1 hour 20 minutes by train to the nearest station and if you ask nicely we can probably arrange a lift from the station.
How to get there:
Full address for Google Maps / Sat Nav:
The Suffolk Cabins Red House Yard Gislingham Road Thornham Magna IP23 8HH
The Retreat is approximately an 1 hour 40 minutes drive from London (according to google maps.)
The Retreat is about 10 miles from Stowmarket Station which is on the main line from London Liverpool Street to Norwich (Approx. 1 hour 20 minutes) Trains run half hourly from London. We will provide transport to the retreat centre from Stowmarket station to guests arriving at approx. 4pm & 6pm. If you cannot make these times there is a cab office in the car park of the station. Discounted train tickets can be purchased in advance from Trainline.com
All meals are included and mindful eating is a really important part of your mindfulness training.
We don't insist that you are vegetarian and some of our teachers will openly confess that they eat meat, but vegetarian food lends it's self this kind of work; we want you to get the most from your retreat experience, so all meals are vegetarian (Vegan options also available). When you practice mindfulness meal times can become an important part of your practice, each mouth full can be a meditation and you'll discover a far greater appreciation of everything you eat.
Meals are prepared from fresh produce with loving mindful attention which an essential ingredient and an important but often overlooked aspect of it's nutrition. We will contact you after your booking with the weekend menu allowing you to notify us of any dietary requirements
We'll also provide fresh fruit, snacks, and as much tea and coffee as you want, but if you could mindfully make it yourself, it would be helpful.
Some of the lovely things our guests say about the weekends…
“Thanks for a wonderful weekend. Beautiful people and a beautiful setting. Everything was a highlight, even the quiet moments of nothing! Love to you all xxx” Julia
“Brothers, Sisters: You guys have changed my life, and this daft grin on my face (that refuses to go away) is all thanks to you! Love and light your way, every way, always.” Natalie
“Hi everyone Thanks for a wonderful weekend full of challenge, laughter and enlightenment.” Amanda
“We had a fantastic weekend. Thank you so so much for sharing so much with us.” Ellen
“Great weekend, thanks guys” Stephen
“Thanks a million to you and your enlightened, caring team for a truly uplifting experience. From start to finish the weekend was an adventure and quest to live in the “now”. It’s Monday morning and I feel so alive, all my senses are turbo charged. The retreat weekend does more than it says on the tin. The welcome, location, fun, food, friendships, challenges, exercises etc etc make you come alive and I celebrate a new beginning.” Gerry
"A huge thank you to you, Paul, Jason, Sophie and Brad for a fantastic weekend. Thank you for helping me on Sunday morning, I really appreciated it, you have made a big difference to my life. Looking forward to hearing details of the Winter retreats." Jeanette
"I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I absolutely loved it – the people, the food, the teachings, the practice, the peace…I have been so chilled out and mindful ever since! Thank you" Helen
"I came to your retreat at the weekend with a simple expectation…..to relax and find some head space. OMG!! I have been truly blown away by my experience. I CAN ACTUALLY FEEL AGAIN. How amazing is that:-) every single one of the orange tshirt gang helped me in one way or another. I’ve never felt so comfortable in a group of strangers, and NOW I feel comfortable in myself. Thank you sooooo much. See you all soon." Jean
"Thank you for an amazing weekend. I can’t stop thinking about how inspiring it was and everyone was. My life has changed for the better, I already feel like a different person. Truly perfect!" Kirsty
"So…It’s unlike me to post something as earnest as this but it’s been a week now since I went on a meditation retreat run by the guys at the Now Project and I can honestly say it was the best £200 I’ve ever spent. This is not a sponsored post and I’m still the tax paying Tory-voting science geek I’ve always been but the effects have been so profound I had to share my experience.
At work, I’ve found myself smiling at the sort of minor nonsense that a week ago would have angered me to the point of ruining my day. I’m getting more stuff done and I can just feel that I’m a happier and possibly nicer person to be around.
Anyone remotely interested in bullet proofing their minds to stress get involved on one of their intro evening courses at Portland Place, or better still go to a retreat. Meditation is an ancient practise that is fundamental to yoga and Buddhist philosophy but there’s nothing religious or New Age about these guys all the techniques they teach you can do while sitting down in a chair and they’re all backed by clinical studies that have shown how beneficial meditation is. However, there is one thing weird about them, they are all seasoned meditators and they’re quite literally OFF THEIR TITS on happiness. Which is something you don’t often see in human beings beyond the age of 4.
Anyway, I’m rambling on. I’m looking to attend one of the six week evening courses starting mid October. If anyone wants to join me let me know. It’s not “some bloody hippy free for all”*. It’s great and it’s too good not to shout about. Michael
I have noticed changes to myself being a lot more happier than ever, letting this go more than before, and even other people noticing my happier being, they have been asking what's happened and I've told them, my best weekend I've had in years at the retreat and they should go!