A unique opportunity to retreat and restore both the body and mind, this Mindfulness Retreat, guided by a qualified mindfulness teacher, will introduce you to a range of practices to help you bring awareness to the present moment and cultivate attitudes of kindness and compassion towards yourself and your experiences. Situated in beautiful countryside, the programme will also include a taste of France and some of the very special things it has to offer….

About the Programme

Over the course of programme, you will be introduced to Mindfulness both as a formal and informal practice by a fully qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher. 

Practising core meditation practices such as the Body Scan, Sitting Meditation and Mindful Movement, you will have the opportunity to develop skills that can later be incorporated into your everyday life.  The practice of mindfulness encourages us to bring curiosity and kindness towards our awareness of things as they are in the present moment. In doing so we let go of the tendency to resist how things might be and instead learn to come into a more friendly relationship with our experience.

The teaching will be informed by the latest insights from Western Psychology into how to promote greater wellbeing. The learning in these informal classes will be supported by the opportunity to enjoy mindful walking as you open up your senses to this beautiful part of rural France.

The all-inclusive cost of this Mindfulness Retreat is €599 per person sharing. The cost covers accommodation, all sessions, all meals, wine and other beverages and all guided outings.  Yoga mats are also provided.  If you wish to reserve your own private room, you may do so at an additional cost.  Please be aware this is subject to availability so please make your preferences known when reserving your place.  

About the Teacher

Dominic received his professional training in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from both the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor and also the Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches (IMA, Germany). He works regularly as a teacher trainer on the Mindfulness in Schools Project teacher training courses. He is widely experienced in delivering mindfulness training to both the corporate sector as well as local community groups. He is a member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI, the professional body for mindfulness teachers in Ireland) and is a member of its Professional Ethics Committee.

Dominic has been involved in education as a teacher and teacher trainer in Ireland and abroad for many years. He holds a Masters in Education from the University of London and a Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice. He has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over fifteen years. He has a particular interest in using mindfulness to support the process of music making and creative writing. Previously, Dominic has taught mindfulness weekends in Ireland and Spain.

About the venue

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the rolling Cognac countryside, Chez Perot stands restful and serene. This period property is a hidden gem, surrounded by ancient trees and gardens which in spring yieldflowers, fruit and vegetables. The interior of the house is a sensitive mélange of country comfort and luxurious modernity with large bedrooms, stylish furniture and an ample contemporary kitchen including an original bread oven. The grounds lend themselves to long walks and restful relaxation under the wisteria.

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