Daylong Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
- Sunday March 31st 11:00 to 18:00
Practice and deepen a variety of mindfulness and meditation techniques for reducing stress, being more deeply present and cultivating greater peace of mind.
The retreat will be held in a beautiful green valley in Cercedilla and will be taught in English.
The teacher, Darran Kilbride, has trained in world recognized meditation centers in the United States and Asia and has trained as a mindfulness teacher with the University of Massachusetts.
Benefits of mindfulness meditation
o Reduced Stress
o Greater peace of mind and well-being
o Improved ability to concentrate
o Better sleep
o Reduced anxiety
o Understanding ourselves more deeply
o Improvements in relationships (when we have less stress and are more present, that affects how we interact with others)
The best way to experience these benefits is to have a daily meditation practice and to periodically spend time on meditation retreats.
By setting aside an extended period of time in supportive conditions (beautiful nature, meditation teacher, other people practicing alongside you, less distractions and responsibilities), a retreat allows you to deepen your practice and to more fully experience the benefits of meditation and mindfulness.
If you would like to deepen (or re-start) your meditation practice, then this retreat is a great way to do that.
What participants at previous daylong retreats said
“Great experience. The place was also amazing. ¡¡Thank you!!”
“I really liked it. The environment and the kindness with which everything was done.”
“Thanks so much to everyone who made it happen. Looking forward to future sessions.”
Some more information about the retreat
The center is in a beautiful green valley in Cercedilla. It has a meditation hall and lots of outdoor space with views of the Siete Picos.
Meditations will be around 30 minutes in length. We will start with guided meditations and gradually have less guidance over the day.
The day will be mostly in silence and will focus mostly on practice. Over the day, we’ll do several different mindfulness meditation practices: sitting meditation, walking meditation, lying down body scan, gentle mindful movement and time out in nature.
The teachings will include information from modern mindfulness courses and also from the Buddhist meditation tradition, the tradition that mindfulness comes from.
The guidance will be in English.
This is a photo of the center –
Teacher: Darran Kilbride
Darran has trained in world recognized meditation centers in the United States and Asia and has trained as a mindfulness teacher with the University of Massachusetts.
Much of his training has been with teachers of Jon Kabat-Zinn (the person who first introduced mindfulness into mainstream Western settings, often called “the father of mindfulness in the West”). Darran teaches Mindfulness at IE University and teaches on the Mindfulness teacher training program of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
Who the retreat is suitable for
This will be ideal for people who have some meditation experience. If you’ve done meditations of 30 minutes or more before, then this retreat is suitable for you.
Date and Time
Sunday March 31st, 11:00 to 18:00.
I know some people may need to be back in Madrid a bit earlier… those people can leave a bit earlier and get the 17:30 train and be back in Madrid before 19:00.
If you’re coming by public transport, the easiest way is to get the train to Cercedilla that arrives at 10:21. From the station we get taxis to the center – we’ll try to organize it so that there are 3 or 4 people in each taxi, so it will be 2 or 3 euros per person. (The center is less than 4km from the station.)¡
The address is Camino del Río Pradillo 2, Cercedilla, 28479.
When you sign up, we’ll email you more detailed information on how to get there.
What to Bring
Please bring comfortable clothes and a packed lunch.
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