6 Days of Mindfulness Meditation
and Mindful Living
AUGUST 2018 – in FRENCH
SEPTEMBER 2018 – in ENGLISH
Mindfulness is a meaningful way to reduce suffering and increase our physical and mental well-being. The clear awareness of our inner and outer experience that is cultivated through mindful attention, nurtures a wise, caring and non-reactive response to life.
Mindfulness is particularly helpful in dealing with all forms of stress, and in enhancing our quality of life.
Through insight meditation – sitting, standing, walking, and in mouvement, with simple hatha yoga exercises -, as well as exercises and some group discussion, this retreat will offer a wide spectrum of formal and informal mindfulness practice.
WHO IS THIS RETREAT FOR?
If you have never meditated or know little about mindfulness or meditation, this is an opportunity to learn and build foundations for mindfulness practice in your daily life.
If you already have some knowledge and/or practice, you will be able to take it to another level and strengthen your practice.
If you have a regular meditation practice and knowledge of the founding principles of mindfulness meditation, enjoy six days of tranquillity in this beautiful setting with several hours a day of formal mindfulness practice, while enjoying a wonderful holiday in rural Greece.
The traditional, unspoilt village of Lafkos on the Pelion peninsula offers a beautiful setting for an authentic experience.
Comfortable accommodation is available for single, double, or triple occupancy so you can bring your friends, or make new ones while you are there!
On-site facilities include a swimming pool and tennis court. Afternoon/evening trips to different beaches and coastal villages will be offered.
Your days will start with a morning meditation led by Liz Carey Libbrecht. Liz is an energy psychology therapist and mindfulness teacher, qualified to teach the 8-week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) programmed (trained by the Centre for Mindfulness, Massachusetts Medical School, USA). She is presently a student of Marc Coleman (Spirit Rock teacher) and Martin Aylward at the Mindfulness Training Institute. She has been doing yoga since the 1980s and meditating since the late ‘90s.
After a healthy breakfast and morning swim, the half-day workshop will include teaching, exercises, meditations, and a short period of group discussion and questions. Most of the time will be devoted to formal meditation practice, which will include sitting meditation (on a chair or on a cushion or small bench on the floor: the choice is yours), walking meditation, standing meditation, and meditation with movement (very simple hatha yoga exercises).
By the end of the workshop, you will come away with some theoretical and experiential understanding of Mindfulness and be ready to integrate it into your daily life.
|Saturday||7.45 – 10 a.m. – Morning meditation, Breakfast, Conclusion|
(Monday - Friday)
|7:45 - 8:30 am - Morning meditation|
|8:30 - 9:30 am - Breakfast and swim break|
|9:30 - 12:30 pm - Mindfulness workshop session with a 20 minutes break|
|13:00 - 14:00 pm - Lunch|
|Semi-guided group meditations could be organized in the evenings, at the hotel or on the beach, on demand.
An excursion to Trikeri Island will be offered as an extra option on the last day (Saturday 25 August and Saturday 8 September). This option will be available on this page from February 2018.
The price includes all the workshops and meditations:
- 19-25 August 2018 (high season): 290€
- 2-8 September 2018 (mid season): 275€
Payment via PayPal on this site or by bank cheque made out to Liz Libbrecht, sent to the following address:
8 rue Eugène Vial, 69600 Oullins
Airfare, local transport between the airport and Lafkos, drinks bought at the hotel and other personal expenditures, as well as evening meals are not included in the price (with the exception of the welcome dinner the first evening).
The retreat ends after the closing session on Saturday morning.
Price per person (breakfast and lunch included) – 6 nights:
August 19th – 25th, 2018 (high season) IN FRENCH
Lafkos in located on the southern end of the Pelion peninsula approximately 3 1/2 hours from Thessonoliki and about 4 1/2 hours from Athens. Two shuttles will be leaving from each airport, one in the late morning and one in the early afternoon, for an additional cost of 60 euros per person, each way.
There are also inter-city busses you can take from either airport to Volos, with a second bus or taxi available to bring you into Lafkos. Click here for more information on bus routes from either airport. Contact us for arranging taxis.
Or you might prefer to hire a car to explore the area more on your own.
WHAT LAST YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE RETREAT
I really liked the progression of the exercises, the way in which each person was supported with kind attention during and outside of the sessions. The place is magnificent, calm, without the crowds of tourists one would expect in July in Greece; an ideal setting for meditation.
Pascale B. (Mindfulness Retreat, July 2017)
Thank you for these five days. I have fond memories and enthusiastically tell others about it.
Michèle G. (Mindfulness Retreat, July 2017)
I’ve got only positive feedback: discovering authentic Greece… making new friends and enjoying good food… guided meditations outside…
DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION POLICY
To secure your place for either date in 2018, a deposit of €150 or full payment is required.
Full payment must be made by 18 June for the August retreat, and by 1 July for the September retreat.
Cancellations can be made up to 90 days prior to your retreat and you will receive a full refund (minus a €20 administration fee) or you may transfer funds to another retreat date or participant.
Cancellations made from 61-90 days prior will receive a 70% refund or you may transfer to another participant to attend the mindfulness retreat in your place, or attend another event in the future.
Cancellations made from 0-60 days prior will NOT be issued a refund, but can still transfer to another guest to attend the Mindfulness Retreat in your place.