Weekend Mindfulness Retreats for Everyone

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Where, when, how much…

Where: Suffolk Cabins Red House Yards, Gislingham Road, Thornham Magna Suffolk IP23 8HH

When: 1 – 3 March | 5 – 7 April

How much: Cabins: £290 |  Offsite: £240
Includes all food & refreshments – £100 deposit balance 30 days before your retreat

(for more information see Accommodation info below)

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Our Mindfulness Retreat weekends are for everyone aged 18 to 80 who want to explore the wonderful possibilities that Mindfulness and meditation have to offer.

Whether you are drawn to mindfulness to ease stress, relieve depression, tackle illness, improve your well-being or achieve spiritual enlightenment these retreats are for you. They are perfect for complete beginners and mindfulness masters alike.

If you are new to mindfulness, you’ll learn everything that you need to be mindful in a weekend. If you are already practising mindfulness then these weekends will take your practice to a new level. They are great fun, the food is fantastic, you’ll meet some wonderful people and you’ll learn something that could change your life.

“Join us for a weekend of love, laughter and learning and discover a profoundly better way of living”

A holiday from your head

What are our Mindfulness Retreat weekends about?

Love, laughter & learning…

It’s great to learn Mindfulness from books or lectures, but in truth Mindfulness is an experience, and books and lectures can only point you in the right direction. Mindfulness can’t be grasped intellectually because mindfulness isn’t a theory, or a belief, or anything to do with mental gymnastics. Mindfulness is a state of being. It’s a heightened state of alert awareness that allows your mind to go quiet. Then you can rest from the constant mental chatter, your problems, worries and head dramas and get on with the really important issue of enjoying your life.

The basic principles of Mindfulness are really simple and there really isn’t much to understand. Mindfulness is all about practice and direct experience. And that is what our Summer of Love Weekends are about, we’ll teach you everything that you need to know to practice mindfulness, but more importantly you’ll get to experience mindfulness for real and live it for an extended period.

From the outset we’ll help you to achieve a deep state of mindfulness and the retreat is designed to help you maintain your mindfulness for much of the weekend. And that will teach you more about mindfulness than any book, lecture or smart phone app ever can. We have a team of really experienced mindfulness practitioners who can hold a high degree of mindfulness and they will help to keep you mindful in between the classes, teaching you mindfulness and advancing your practice to a new level.

We won’t make you dress in robes or sit facing a wall for hours, there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s just not our style. We prefer to teach mindfulness our own way, we have a modern, plain talking approach to mindfulness, the teaching is no less profound but we want to make it accessible relaxed and fun. It is a holiday after all.

Go on, treat yourself, book yourself on our Mindfulness Retreat Weekend everyone deserves a holiday from their head – even you!

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Our weekend Mindfulness retreats offer a unique experience; designed to give you a rich, immersive experience of Mindfulness. Click on the tabs to get an overview of each day.

Whilst times are stated here, these may not always be spot on as we tend to flow with what is which doesn’t always match up to our timings!


The 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 4pm, 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 on the Thornham estate if you prefer. 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)

9.00pm: Welcome/Introductions & Meditation

If the weather permits we’ll get the camp-fire going play some mindfulness games.


8.00am: Breakfast – Coffee, Tea, Herbal Tea, Paulette’s very special porridge, fruit juice, cereal, toast, fresh fruit

10.15am: Welcome & The Basics of Mindfulness with Adrian
We’ll start with introductions and a short welcome talk. 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.

11.45 am Short break

12.30 pm: The Way of the Body 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.

1.00pm: Mindful Breathing with Jason

2 pm: Mindful Eating Meditation and Lunch

3.00pm: Mindful Walking 
The way of the body is the perfect way to learn mindfulness, it’s the approach that we really favour at the Now Project. It’s really simple and is the antidote to a busy and over-analytical mind. Jason will start with a mindful walking meditation exercise and then show you how through body awareness you can bring mindful attention to your balance posture and movement. This 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.

4.00pm Short break

5 pm: School of Meditation with Paul
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. Paul 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 pm: Mindful Dinner

8.00pm: Evening round the campfire, meditation and mindfulness games



8.30am: Qi-Gong John

John joins us on a Sunday morning at our Suffolk retreats. He is a wonderful Qi-Gong teacher and will give you a taster of this beautiful practice. Qi-gong literally means ‘cultivating life energy’. It is an ancient form of meditation that involves the alignment of breath, body and mind.

9.30am: Breakfast

10.30am: 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!


2.00pm: 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 a 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 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.


3.00pm: Option 1 – Emotional Clearing Meditation with Adrian
The Emotional Clearing session for many of our regular guests it 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.

Option 2 – Meditation with Barry / Marta
A gentle guided meditation practice to take you deeper.

3.00 pm Lunch

4.15pm: Thank you, good byes 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.

4.30pm: Retreat End

suffolk cabins accommodation

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.phoca_thumb_l_bunk-room-4

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.

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.

There a few B&B’s around the local area. A couple of suggestions to consider:
The Four Hourseshoes Innwww.thefourhorseshoes.net
The White Horse Innwww.whitehorse-suffolk.co.uk

There is plenty of space to chill-out around the site. There are plenty of newly refurbished showers, toilets and a wet room for use for all guests.

suffolk cabins location

Suffolk Cabins (www.suffolkcabins.co.uk)

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:

By Car
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.)

By Train
The Retreat is about 10 miles from Diss 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 Diss 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

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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’ll be announcing our Summer menu soon, but expect our usual high standard of lovingly prepared food.

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.

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  • 5 star review  Thanks guys I had the most amazing weekend and haven’t stopped smiling since.

    Didn’t realise I spent time dwelling on the past and planning the future, I had forgotten about today. Sooooo glad to be part of the “Now” project. I can’t thank you enough.

    I’ll be back ……..

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  • 5 star review  Just got back from a weekend retreat with my husband. I’m still emotional. What a beautiful experience. Thank you so much. You have changed both our lives. I now know my direction xx
    We’ll be back 😁

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    5 star review  My husband and I attended a weekend retreat in Suffolk. “Amazing” really doesn’t cover it but it’s as close as I can get without writing a novel.

    I went with some trepidation and to be honest a degree of angst and cynicism, “what if I can’t do it?”, “What if I don’t fit in?” (I could go on!). From the outset the team were calm, welcoming, reassuring (without appearing to do anything) and completely non judgemental. They quickly made a group of strangers feel bonded, supported and supportive of each other without any artificial artifice.

    The weekend flows well, there is no pressure but clear simple explanations and practical steps, no bells, no robes no zen teachers who appear to have no earthly issues but people who are open and honest about their past , their ongoing journeys and what has helped them.

    I arrived on Friday stressed, and anxious I left on Sunday feeling serene, but more amazingly I awoke on Monday morning and the world seemed a different place like a filter had been removed and I could see and have perspective again. I shall continue to practice and will certainly be back.

    thumb Viv Smith

  • The learning and the fun with lovely people.

    thumb Lynda Andrews

    5 star review  Really never would have expected one weekend to flip my world…for ever and better. Give it a go, I did

    thumb Happy Brewer

  • 5 star review  Just spent the most amazing weekend with these guys. Be in the now and do the same. You won’t regret it. Couldn’t recommend this retreat enough! Go for it! Xxx

    thumb Julie Cooper

    5 star review  I went on the Now retreat for a enlightening weekend. This has been one of my better decisions.
    Now everything is bright and new. The team and location was amazing.
    They have given me the skills to help with life in general.
    Big thanks to them all.

    thumb Janet Galloway

  • 5 star review  Just back from a very relaxing and fulfilling weekend retreat with these lovely people. Can’t wait to start my meditation tonight.
    Fantastic weekend with fantastic people in fantastic surroundings. What are you waiting for? Do it NOW!

    thumb Marianne Hill

    Fantastic team who truly know how to bring participants into the present moment. There are no words to adequately describe the sublime experiences and connections made at their retreats. I have just been for the third time. It just gets better!!! 😁

    thumb Jemima Jefferson


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Why Retreat…

Now Project retreats are not about running from the world; in fact they are the very opposite. On retreat we engage fully with the world in the present moment and it is from this place of presence that we open ourselves up for insights arise.

We start our retreats getting to know one another and getting an understanding of what has brought our guests to our cosy retreat home in the Suffolk countryside. Each weekend brings us a diverse group from all walks of life. Some arrive with real struggles that they are looking to overcome, others are simply curious to know more about Mindfulness and meditation and then we have a good few who really don’t know why they find themselves in a room of strangers on retreat!

And this is the great thing about our retreats, there is no tick list of reasons as to why you might benefit from a weekend in the woods with us! But by the end of the weekend there’s a good chance you’ll know why you came.

Let me share with you my personal experience of going on my first retreat. Back in early 2013 I met Adrian and he was working with me on a 1 to 1 basis, helping me overcome an addiction and the underlying causes of my destructive behaviour. He mentioned that I might enjoy coming on retreat and since the work we were doing was having such a profound affect on my life I didn’t have cause to doubt his recommendation. So I booked myself on a retreat for later that Summer. As the weekend approached I was excited and nervous; this was the first time I’d done anything like this and I didn’t know anyone apart from Adrian (and I’d only ever met him via Skype!) so this was me stepping well out of my comfort zone… and doing so clean and sober!

I arrived on the Friday feeling a little like a lost child to be honest, however it took hardly any time at all for me to feel ok about being there. The warmth of the team, including Jason’s beaming smile, Paul’s calming presence and the sense of safety within their care settled me so that I could start to really open up. Not once did I feel vulnerable in letting my mask drop. It was so refreshing to be able to just be truly authentic. Every talk Adrian gave spoke volumes, every interaction with the team and the other guests had something to offer me. I think over the course of the weekend I experienced every emotion going as I was given the space and safety to explore what is within me. I cried like a wailing banshee and laughed like laughing buddha! It challenged me, it softened me, it stirred the very essence of my being and by the time I left on Sunday I felt so much love for life and it was to be the first of many retreats!

Now I work on our retreats as part of our fantastic team and I get to witness first hand the power of Mindfulness and meditation. When someone arrives on Friday nervous, scared even, and in a place of real suffering and then over the course of the weekend I watch the weight of the world being lifted from their shoulders it is a real honour. In the same way it is to see those guests who arrive simply because they are curious leave on Sunday learning something far more profound than they could ever have anticipated.

Our retreats give you a chance to learn a better way of living, to take home Mindfulness ‘tools’ to help you along the way. They aren’t about intellectual understanding but are experiential – we hold a mindful space for you to explore what living mindfully can offer.

So part from the fact that the food is great, the location is idyllic and the company is pretty good too I would say that going on retreat can be truly life changing and we have hundred’s of guests that would agree.

All that’s required to get the most out of a retreat is an open mind (although a good dollop of a sense of humour and fun will help too!).

Only 1 hour 40 minutes from London

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