Relieve stress * Beat depression * Manage anxiety * Improve concentration * Learn self control * Let go of destructive behaviours * Tackle addictions * Improve your mental and physical health *Quieten your mind * Discover inner peace * Find fulfilment *Get the most from everyday life
‘If you want to be stressed, unfulfilled and miserable these retreats aren’t for you
The Now Project Mindfulness Weekends are for everyone from 18 to 100, complete beginners to experienced practitioners and teachers.
If you are new to mindfulness these weekends will give you a real kickstart to your practice and give you everything you need to live a happier healthy and a more fulfilled, abundant way of life. If you are already practising mindfulness they will take your practice to a whole new level of awareness.
If you’ve been on our retreats before you’ll know what an awesome fun and life-changing experience they are. We’d love to see you again, we have people come back time and time again. Plug back into presence, recharge and deepen your practice. We have a whole new exciting line up for you.
What are The Now Project Mindfulness Weekends about
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At the Now Project we are interested in real mindfulness, not the watered down faux mindfulness that you see everywhere these days.
Mindfulness isn’t what you think. Real Mindfulness is not thinking, it is developing the ability to not think, to find some quiet space in your mind free of thought, take a rest from the incessant chatter. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to be able to find space in your mind and be able to switch off you worries, you problems, issues and head dramas? Without all that mental upset going on, you’ll start to get a great deal more from life and a whole new brighter, happier and more fulfilling world comes into view.
‘If you really want to understand mindfulness, get all your mindfulness books together, build a big pile, then sit on them and meditate’
Real Mindfulness isn’t anything you could learn at school or from a book because mindfulness isn’t an intellectual practice, you are developing a different part of your brain altogether. Real Mindfulness can’t be understood it can only be experienced and known directly.
That’s what The Now Project Mindfulness Weekends are all about from the very from the very first class we’ll help you to find a deep state of mindfulness and we’ll hold you there for most of the weekend. You’ll learn techniques and practices to help you cultivate mindfulness you’ll learn how to manage your emotions, how to heal past suffering and how to find depth and meaning and how to get the most from everyday life.
‘The Now Project Mindfulness Weekends are very powerful and are truly life changing, don’t take our word for it, read all the five star Facebook reviews’
Mindfulness training doesn’t have to be deadly serious, we won’t make you dress in robes or sit cross legged for hours, The Now Project Mindfulness weekends are fun, friendly and relaxed. The food is great and the team are second to none. The are all very experienced practitioners, caring and compassionate, they are human, down to earth and real. With mindfulness they have all overcome depression, anxiety, addictions and other real world issues, they teach from experience, they know what it is to suffer and they all have a heart felt commitment to share with you their knowledge and the whole new life they have discovered.
Come and join us on our next retreat, you’ll have a great time meet some fabulous new people and discover a better way of living.
Here’s the line up for the weekend.
Friday Relax settle in and let the stress dissolveThe retreat starts properly on Saturday morning but most of our guests prefer to arrive on Friday, it gives you a chance to settle in, relax and start to slip into a mindful state of awareness.
Arrive any time after 5.30pm, don’t worry about arriving late, there’s no fixed time and we know some of you will be coming after work, we’ll have a warm welcome and a hot drink ready for you. Get yourself settled into your accommodation, meet the others, chill out at the retreat or you can go for a mindful walk through the three acres of beautiful gardens. You’ll get the chance to meet the team and explore what it is to live mindfully and you’ll get a taste of what we’ve lined up for the weekend.
7.30pm : Dinner (a hot vegetarian meal)
After Dinner : Welcome/Introductions & Meditation If the weather permits we’ll get the camp-fire going.
Saturday- How to Cultivate and maintain Mindfulness
8.00 am Wake Up With Mindful Yoga – Steve is a wonderful insightful teacher and will show you how, through yoga, you can find space in your mind and connect to the body
or Morning Meditation The morning meditations will prepare you perfectly for the day
9.00 am Breakfast
10.30am Mindfulness the Basics with Adrian Adrian will give a talk exploring the key principles of Mindfulness. We will explore what Mindfulness really is, but most importantly we’ll do some mindfulness exercises to help give you a direct experience of thoughtless awareness for yourself. Together we’ll explore the main portals into mindful awareness and the possibilities they offer.
1.00 pm : The Way of the Body talk with Adrian Mindfulness is the art of aligning mind and body. Adrian will introduce you to the mindful practice called The Way of the Body and he’ll explore how body awareness is the perfect way to bring mindful attention into your everyday life.
Adrian will introduce you to some simple but powerful mindfulness practices from the Great Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
2 pm : Mindful Eating Meditation and Lunch
3.30pm : Walking The Mindful Path and Chi Kung You’ll learn how to use the simple action of walking to bring you into mindfulness. At special points on the walk, you’ll meet a teacher who will slow you down, get you to look mindfully, hear mindfully smell mindful, sit mindfully and how to suck every juicy drop from the experience of being alive Now. You’ll learn how through body awareness you can bring mindful attention to your balance posture and movement. This is the best way to bring mindfulness into everyday activities and to help you discover a richer more profound experience of your day to day life and is the perfect antidote to a busy analytical mind.
6 pm : School of Meditation If you really want to understand mindfulness, We would encourage you to do ten times more meditation than you do reading. If you already have a meditation practice then mindfulness will compliment it beautifully. In fact, meditation, if it has a purpose, is to bring you to a place of mindfulness. If you don’t have meditation practice we would encourage you to get one. Jihan will teach you some simple and more advanced meditation exercises from mindful and yogic traditions and if you were to incorporate some of these into your regular practice it will take your mindfulness to a new depth and understanding
7.30 pm : Dinner
9.00pm : Sound Bath Meditation. Mindful Steve will treat you to a Sound Bath meditation with his 33 hand made Tibetan and Bhutan singing bowls. Don’t worry you can keep your clothes on, just lay back and drift off into the meditation Sound healing practices like a Gong Bath uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and well being for better health
Campfire, weather permitting
Sunday “Mindfulness Of Emotions” From reaction to right action
8.00 am Wake Up With Steve- Mindful Yoga – Steve is a wonderful insightful teacher and will show you how, through yoga, you can find space in your mind and connect to the body
or Morning Meditation Morning meditations will prepare you perfectly for the day
10.00am : Mindfulness and Emotions Adrian will explore the link between thinking and feeling and how with mindfulness it becomes possible to manage painful emotions within your body. He’ll show you how by being mindful of our emotions you can process them effectively and move from ‘unconscious reaction’ driven by your emotions, towards ‘right action’, which comes from a place of calm mindful clarity.
Adrian will show you how to sit mindfully with your emotions, and explore how when you are mindful of your emotions this results in more conscious interactions with the world. You’ll discover how mindfulness allows you to create a better world within yourself and how that can be reflected in the world at large.
We’ll explore why feeling is a good thing, how it connects you to your humanity and leads to the cultivation of compassion. You’ll discover how emotions are nothing to be afraid of and how they are the vehicle to a rich fulfilled life and to realising your humanity. You’ll explore how mindfulness of emotion is ultimately the key to your higher states of awareness, your higher intelligence.
When you run from your feelings you are running from yourself, if we can help you to stop running, be still, and mindfully face yourself, then you are in for a rather pleasant surprise!
12.15pm : Einstein and the Buddha with Adrian
Many traditional schools of mindfulness express the importance of energy and mindful intention. Buddhist mindfulness, for example, will include practices such as ‘Loving Kindness Meditation’ and encourage us to be mindful of our communications and to be compassionate and gentle in our interaction with others. The wisdom is simple, if you put out an energy of loving kindness and you tread gently in the world and act with true compassion, then you put different energy onto the world and the world starts to reflect that back. If you are happy and nice to people, they tend to be pleased to see you and they are usually nice back, and so your experience of the world changes, you have changed the world with energy and intention.
Central to this wisdom is an understanding of energy and the nature of reality. Every culture and tradition in the world has an understanding of our life force, an inner energy field of the body. In China, they call it Chi energy, in Japan Ki, and in India, it’s called Prana. Scientists are telling us, what the ancient masters knew many thousands of years ago, that when you explore physical reality at its most fundamental level, the atomic level, then you discover that there is pretty much nothing there at all. The atom is tiny specks of matter, that are held together in a vibrating field of infinite nothingness. Physicists call it the ‘quantum field’ Taoists call it ‘the Tao’, and in India, they might call it ‘The web of illusion’ and Buddha simply called it ’emptiness’.
Adrian will introduce you to the world within, the energetic universe. They will help you find your inner space and show you how through mindfulness you can develop an awareness of the energy field of your body. This can bring a profound experience of contentedness and a shift of understanding that opens up infinite possibilities for deepening awareness, self-healing and ultimately influencing and bringing about the change in the material world.
13.45 – Emotional Clearing Meditation with Adrian and Jihan The Emotional Clearing session for many of our regular guests is the highlight of the weekend. Based upon the work of the American psychiatrist and Vedic master John Ruskan, the Emotional Clearing meditation is by far the most powerful meditation practice that we’ve found for freeing and releasing past emotional pain. In the east, they call this practice karma yoga. It can have a profound effect, resulting in cathartic releases of trapped emotion and leave you feeling deeply anchored in awareness.
2.30 pm Lunch
3.30pm : Thank you, goodbyes and where now? Adrian will explore how you can take your mindfulness home with you, how to make mindfulness part of your life and spread your new found awareness to others. He will introduce you to the wider work of The Now Project and the support we can provide and introduce you to our little community and the part we play in the international Mindfulness Movement towards a loving compassionate world.
Loving Kindness Meditation
4.00pm: Retreat End
The New Venue – Burwell House
We’re really excited to bring you to our new venue. This new space gives us the opportunity to have more guests and the various spaces indoor and out will make for some great teaching developments.
Built in the late 1700’s and owned by Cambridgeshire County Council since 1965, Burwell House retains the atmosphere of a large family home. With three acres of landscaped gardens, an orchard, meadows, a wildlife pond and a wide array of sculptures, it gives us the perfect tranquil setting to hold us in a state of Mindfulness.
The house includes 2 lounges and a conservatory along with a variety of spaces we can utilise for teaching and relaxing. Accommodation is upstairs, with 11 comfortable bedrooms ranging from twin-bedded rooms to larger shared rooms (same sex). All bedrooms have access to toilets and showers and all bed linen is provided.
How to get there
Burwell House is located in the Fen edge village of Burwell, 13 miles northeast of Cambridge
10 minutes drive off the A11 and A14 – within an hours drive of most of East Anglia and the M25.
20 minutes drive from Ely and Newmarket railway stations
45 minutes drive from Stansted Airport
Nearest stations : Ely , Newmarket
From London : London Kings Cross about 1hr 30 mins/then by taxi to Burwell House (5.5miles)
March 27th – 29th,
June 5th – 7th,
Aug 21st – 23rd
£279 fully inclusive standard accommodation
£379 for a bed in private room for 2* (limited availability)
*Includes all food & refreshments
£100 deposit to secure place, balance 30 days before the retreat
(for more information see Venue & Accommodation info)
Join us for a life-changing weekend