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Autumn Retreat
at Gayles

20-25 September 2023

Brighten your life with Beingfulness

Enjoy your mind afresh.

Join Alistair for four days in the beautiful South Downs countryside, a short walk from the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Haven, at the wonderful Gayles Retreat Centre

Relax and refresh with delicious food, friendly people and inspiring nature. 

We will be exploring Alistair's embodied meditation practice, Beingfulness. A comprehensive way to deepen and enjoy your experience of the world and yourself. It's a beautiful and profound practice - something precious to take with you when you leave the retreat. And it's suitable for beginners and more seasoned meditators. 

Gayles is an intimate but comfortable venue, with space for seventeen participants. There's a variety of accommodation. And lots of Derry's mouth-watering vegan/vegetarian food to keep you nourished. 

What is Beingfulness?

  • Beingfulness is a form of meditation that helps us enjoy life more.  

  • It's a simple step-by-step process.

  • First, we learn to recognise when we are aware

  • Then we master moving awareness from object to object

  • The next step is to anchor awareness on restful objects like the breath or sounds. 

  • Then we sift all the various phenomena of our here-and-now into four fields: body, emotions, senses and thoughts.  

  • In various exercises, we deepen our enjoyment and curiosity about these phenomena 

  • Next, we explore the 'fifth field' of our unexamined preferences

  • And finally, we relax into a wide-open enjoyment of the kaleidoscopic display of the human mind.

  • The practice allows us to be full of being, not just full of thinking!