The gift of mindfulness is to be more self-aware so that we stop energising the part of us that resists life
Mindfulness is an orientation to life though feeling-awareness of our natural state, moment by moment. It is developed through simple meditation practices which involve stilling the restless mind, relaxing the body and opening into the feeling of being. Mindfulness invites us to deepen self-awareness and liberate our attention to be more fully and joyfully in the present moment.
The process of mindful awareness make use of the inherent ability of our mind and body to re-balance and sustain wellbeing, and discover positive new responses to the challenges of life.
This retreat is held in the beautiful setting of a Coromandel nature sanctuary and meditation centre (see www.temoata.org ) In a silent and tranquil environment the retreat will consist of some group sessions along with free time for retreatants to move with their own rhythm. Daily sessions include instruction, sitting and walking meditations and an enquiry period. This retreat is suitable for people who are new to the practice as well as those with experience of mindfulness.
Date: The seven day fully residential retreat will begin with a meal at 6pm on Saturday 8 July 2017 and finishes 12 noon on Saturday 15 July 2017
Cost: $490 (covers food and accommodation) plus dana/koha payment for Stephen (please offer your dana payment at end of retreat).
Stephen Archer is a mindfulness educator and trainer. He is passionate about creating contexts where people can explore mindfulness and discover how it can assist them to access sustainable wellbeing and generate new and transformative perspectives. Stephen has been involved with mindfulness for over 35 years and began practicing mindfulness meditation while he was completing a degree in Eastern religions. He then trained for 13 years as an ordained Buddhist monk in the Thai forest tradition. Stephen facilitates mindful leadership and workplace programmes, and offers residential retreats and professional supervision for other trainers and practitioners. He is Director of Mindfulness Training, a Wellington-based service provider. www.mindfulness-training.co.nz and an associate of Mindfulnessworks www.mindfulnessworks.co.nz