Mindfulness Meditation – Weekend Retreat2019-04-20T08:08:27+00:00

The retreat starting on April 26th is now full.   The next retreat will be on the weekend of May 24th.  Registration for that retreat will open soon.  To be notified when registration opens, join our newsletter using the blue box on this page.  You can also join the wait list for the April 26th retreat by sending us a message through the contact page.

Weekend Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

  • Friday April 26th at 8pm to Sunday April 28th at 2pm
  • Near Cercedilla

Join us for a weekend of mindfulness meditation practice 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 weekend retreat will be)

“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.  I’m looking forward to future sessions”

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


Here is a rough schedule…

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

7:30am Guided sitting meditation
8am Breakfast

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

1:30pm Lunch

3:30pm Sitting and walking meditations,
talk about meditation and mindfulness,
mindful walk in nature

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

7:30am Guided sitting meditation
8am Breakfast

9am 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 around 30 minutes in length. We will start with guided meditations and gradually have less guidance over the weekend.

At the dinner, on Friday 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 Sunday 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

This will be ideal for people who have some meditation experience.  If you’ve done meditations of 30 minutes before, then this retreat would be suitable for you.

If you’ve never done a meditation retreat before, then this would a great first retreat.  If you have done meditation retreats before, this retreat will help you to further deepen your practice.

A photo 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 trained with some of the best-known meditation teachers in the world, including with teachers of Jon Kabat-Zinn (the person who first brought 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.  For the past decade he has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of mindfulness meditation.

Getting There

If you’re coming by public transport, you get the train to Cercedilla.  The center is less than 4km from the station.  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 just a few euros per person.

If you’re driving and would be willing to give other people a lift, please let us know.


The cost of accommodation and meals for the weekend is €99.

This includes accommodation in a room with 2 beds and includes all meals from dinner on Friday until breakfast on Sunday (dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday).

(Lunch on Sunday is optional for an additional €13).

The teaching 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.


The retreat is now full. However, it's possible that there could be a cancellation. To join the wait list please send us a message using the Contact page and we'll let you know if there's a cancellation.