Holy Island

A weeklong journey into embodiment and peaceful power
1 Jul 2017 to 7 Jul 2017
Lamlash Bay
Scotland
KA27 8GB
United Kingdom
£200.00

This summer's Mindsprings retreat on the Holy Isle is looking at the practices of Somatic Meditation and Earth Practice and Alistair is delighted to working alongside Meditation teacher and former Island resident, Fay Adams.

From a Buddhist perspective too much thinking is like being lost in a hallucination. Rather than tasting, smelling, sensing and feeling the Earth around us, we get caught up in paper-thin concepts. And yet, much contemporary practice still encourages to find more and more ways of thinking our selves out of this dead-end.

Somatic practice offers a different path. We feel and identify with the experience of the human body and develop increased sense of the energetic depths of the world around us. We become aware of the landscape, animals, plants, people, weather offer that move with us. Over the course of time, we organically shift our centre-of-gravity away from the anxious treadmill of the thinking mind, into the alive energies of the body and the earth.

Alistair and Fay will be introducing and guiding us in the basic practices of somatic meditation and helping hold the powerful container of a retreat on Holy Island. Kirsty will be offering daily yoga too. It's a place for real transformation, away from all the distractions and agitations of the consumer-driven world.

This week-long retreat requires no previous experience but will be a deepening for those who practice already. There will be periods of silence and we encourage people to spend the week mobile-, book- and journal-free.

Please book and pay for your place on the course with the button above, however you will need to book your accommodation direct with Holy Island on their website.

7-Day Holy Island Autumn retreat
14 Oct 2017 to 21 Oct 2017
Lamlash Bay
Scotland
KA27 8GB
United Kingdom
£240.00

October 2017 sees Mindsprings inviting established practitioners to Holy Island for a special 7-day journey into the heart space of compassion and interpersonal warmth.

PLEASE NOTE THIS RETREAT IS OPEN ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATTENDED ONE OR MORE MINDSPRINGS RETREAT AND WHO HAVE AN ESTABLISHED MEDITATION PRACTICE.

If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements please drop us a note at mail@mind-springs.org.

Most of us have grown up with our hearts buffeted and bruised from a number of causes. And the hyper stimulated world of the internet and consumerism can make us feel bombarded by the outside world. No wonder that many of us end up retreating into smaller and smaller bubbles of security.

Whilst meditation can offer a very profound feeling of safety and tranquillity, Buddhist practitioners have long realised that unless you can live with your heart open to the fluctuations and incursion of the world, then things get stagnant and bitter with alarming speed. Which is why there is a number of powerful meditation practices designed to open the heart: firstly, to ones own experience; then to the presence of other humans; and ultimately to the living experience of the whole world in which we live.

Alistair and the Mindsprings team create a warm and safe container in which you can explore these life-enriching practices with in a group that supports you. Drawing on his 16 years of experience as a meditator and his knowledge of contemporary psychotherapy, Alistair holds the group safely enough that we can use the week to explore:

  • the energy and warmth of our own heart centre and its natural 'feel' for things
  • how the heart can close and harden in response to the world
  • techniques to relax those defences without being overwhelmed
  • an understanding of how interpersonal energies work
  • an embodied understanding of human connection
  • a energetic experience of love in the body and expanded outwards
  • a connection to the natural world of the island with its beautiful landscape and wildlife

This week-long retreat requires will be a deepening for those who practice already. There will be periods of silence and we encourage people to spend the week mobile-, book- and journal-free.

Please book and pay for your place on the course with the button above, however, you will need to book your accommodation direct with Holy Island on their website.