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2-Day Retreat: 
Sitting with the Sea

20-21 May 2023

Come practice at the Cliff House in Cuckmere. 

Daniel and Alistair have the great good fortune to live in a historic Coastguards Cottage in the Sussex landmark of Cuckmere Haven. Sitting in the presence of the famous Seven Sisters cliff it is a unique and potent place to practice meditation. 

It's a small venue so we are limited the places to 15. And there is no on-site accommodation so you will need to book a night in one of the many lovely B'n'Bs or hotels in the area. (There are lots to chose from). 

These retreat are quite intimate and friendly in tone; and spontaneous and flexible in content. We tend to focus on relaxing and grounding on the first day and deepen our investigation on the Sunday. Details of the specific retreat below.  

Sitting with the Sea

This practice weekend is designed to be quite fluid! We will be alternating sessions of sitting practice out on the beautiful deck hanging over the sea-cliff with walking and practice sessions out in the nature reserve around the house. And perhaps - weather permitting - in the sea itself.  ​ We want this to be a practice intensive with lots of sitting, breathwork, yoga and meditation. But also a time to connect over the beautiful food Daniel will be preparing and sharing  as a group our experience of practice and life.  ​ The constant presence and movement of the sea, wind and tides make 'impermanence/fluidity' a natural focus point but we will see what emerges over the two days. 

About Cuckmere Haven

The striking cliffs of the Seven Sisters and the famous snake-like meanders of the Cuckmere river make the natural reserve of Cuckmere Haven a world-famous tourist attraction. But what many of the day-trippers from around the world discover when walking here is a place of enormous natural diversity, striking energy and subtle magic. 

The walk down to the beach is an almost perfect example of chalk downland with the accompanying array of butterflies, rabbits and wild flowers that make this landscape unique in the country.  And the meeting of the river and the sea at the Haven beach is a potent spot energetically. 

Our house is one of the four coastguard cottages, which date back 200 years. Originally built to keep guard against smugglers the cottages have had a fascinating history through the two world wars and are now featured in countless pieces of art and photography. 

Team and schedule

Food, Accommodation and Pricing

Unusually for Mindsprings this is NOT a residential retreat - our home is too small!  So, you will need to find a place to sleep on the Saturday night. Luckily this is Sussex and so there are innumerable lovely hotels and BnBs to be found across the Cuckmere area. The villages of Jevington, East Dean and Alfriston are all excellent locations. (Why not stay a few extra days!) But you might like to find somewhere in nearby Seaford as well. 

Daniel will be cooking and looking after us during the weekend. He cooks excellent and tasty vegetarian food. And we will have teas and coffees and snacks to tide us over between meals. We can cater for allergies but not for individual preferences. So if you have a food allergy please let us know in your booking form. Note: because we will be using our own kitchen to cook, we cannot guarantee it will be nut-free if you have a strong allergy to nuts. 

We are charging a flat rate of £250 for this weekend. As usual, if you have a strong desire to come but can't stretch to that financially then please let us know in an email. We never want money to get in the way of meditating. 

But please note we can only host 15 people on the cliff so we apologise in advance if you cannot get a place this time round. 

About the teacher

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Don't let money stop you coming on retreat...

 

Mindsprings would like people to practice even if they are struggling financially, for whatever reason. We offer a limited number of partial bursaries for these retreats. 

Getting to the Cottages

We live on a reserve without motorised traffic so to reach the cottages requires a pleasant  mile-long walk down a track through the chalky downlands. If you have mobility issues then please let us know and we can organise a lift from the car park. 

Full details of how to get to the cottage will be sent out with your booking. 

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