Mindfulness Madrid

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

  • Thursday December 5th at 8pm to Monday December 9th at 2pm.  (Friday December 6th and Monday December 9th are public holidays).
  • In a center in a beautiful green valley near Cercedilla (accessible by public transport).  

Join us for this mindfulness meditation retreat in a beautiful green valley in the Sierra de Madrid. 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.

The retreat will be taught in English.

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 our recent daylong meditation retreat said

(This was in the same center as the upcoming retreat will be)

 Here the teacher, Darran Kilbride, describes a bit about the retreat…

Schedule

Here is a rough schedule…

— Thursday —
6 – 8pm Arrive, check in, explore the center, meet the other participants.
8 – 9pm Tea (Cena)
9 – 10pm Opening talk and guided sitting meditation

— Friday, Saturday and Sunday —
7:30am Guided sitting meditation
8:15am Breakfast

9:30am Sitting and walking meditations,
talk about meditation and mindfulness,
mindful walk in nature

2pm Lunch

4pm Sitting and walking meditations,
talk about meditation and mindfulness,
mindful walk in nature

8pm Tea (Cena)
9 – 10pm Sitting meditation. Questions and answers.

— Sunday —
7:30am Guided sitting meditation
8:15am Breakfast

9:30am Sitting and walking meditations,
mindful walk in nature.
talk about meditation and mindfulness,
Mindful talking. Retreat closing.

2pm Lunch (Optional)

Some more information about the retreat

The center is in a beautiful green valley in Cercedilla. It has accommodation, a meditation hall and lots of outdoor space with views of the Siete Picos.

Meditations will be  30 to 45 minutes in length. We will start with guided meditations and gradually have less guidance over the course of the retreat.

At the dinner, on Thursday we can meet the other participants. After the dinner we will go into noble silence – the silence helps us to deepen our meditation and mindfulness practice and to maintain a greater continuity of awareness. We’ll end the silence on Monday morning and have time to talk with each other and have lunch together.

The teachings will be based on modern mindfulness courses and also on the meditation traditions that mindfulness comes from (primarily the Buddhist meditation tradition).

All meals will be provided and the food will be vegetarian. (If you have any dietary restrictions please contact us to see if we are able to accommodate them)

Who the retreat is suitable for

Participants should have some previous meditation experience. If you’ve done meditations of 30 to 45 minutes before, then this retreat should be suitable for you.

If you haven’t done a meditation retreat before, that’s ok.

Some photos of the center…

The Teacher of the Retreat – Darran Kilbride

Darran has trained in world recognized mindfulness meditation centers in the United States and Asia and has trained as a mindfulness teacher with the University of Massachusetts.  He has spent close to 2 years in intensive meditation retreats. 

He has trained with some of the best-known meditation teachers in the world, including with teachers of Jon Kabat-Zinn (often called “the father of mindfulness in the West”).  

Darran is one of the first people to teach Mindfulness in Spain.  He teaches Mindfulness in a variety of settings, including at IE University.  For more than a decade he has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of mindfulness meditation.

How to Get There and What to Bring

You can come by car, train or bus from Madrid. 
This page has more information about how to get to the center and what to bring.

 

Pricing

The cost of accommodation and meals for the 5 days and 4 nights is €239 in a double room (shared with one other person) or €319 in an individual room (a room just for you).

This includes accommodation and all meals from dinner on Thursday until lunch on Monday   

The teaching and organization of the retreat is offered on a donation basis. Participants will have an opportunity to make a donation at the end of the retreat if they wish. There is an ancient tradition of offering mindfulness and meditation teachings in this way.

 

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