Monthly Day Retreats

Day Retreats are offered on a Saturday, throughout the academic year at the Chaplaincy Centre. Retreats are open for everyone, members of public and University and from complete beginner to an experienced practitioner.

2019-20 Saturday Retreats :

2019: 14th September / 12th October/ 9th November / 7th December...

2020: 18th January/ 8th February/ 14th March/ 25th April and 9th May. 


What is a Retreat?

A retreat is essentially a period of time; a day, a few days or longer; reserved for the practice of meditation or related disciplines.
On these monthly Saturday Retreats at the Chaplaincy, participants will have the opportunity to practise a succession of mindfulness meditations, such as the body scan, mindfulness of breath and sounds, mindful walking etc, with silence in between, thus providing more depth and continuity in the practices.  The loving-kindness meditation is also introduced on the day retreat. 
During the Day Retreats, participants are often surprised by the accumulative effect of these complementary methods, in enriching their experience of themselves and the world around them.  While the format of the day retreat is primarily aimed at meeting the needs of people who have completed or nearly completed, an eight-week foundation course, it could also be suitable for anyone else who has some prior experience of mindfulness meditation, e.g. focusing on body and breath. If you are not sure whether or not the day retreat would be appropriate for your present needs, then feel free to email us.

Who can attend? 

The Retreat is open for everyone at the UoE, interested in mindfulness training. You do not require any previous experience of mindfulness meditation to be on this retreat. They are for people who would like to be familiar with mindfulness and offer an opportunity to step aside from our everyday lives to learn new mindfulness meditation practices, deepen our mindfulness practice as a way of life, connect with others who practice mindfulness, nourish ourselves and taking time to be with ourselves.

For All-Day Retreat: 

  1. Arrive well before the start time.
  2. The retreat will be in silence, with space towards the end to speak from the silence.
  3. Bring vegetarian lunch (extra portions) to share. (No Meat/Fish Please) 
  4. Bring your own meditation gear (if you have one) however we do provide some.
  5. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided,
  6. Bring your water bottle/ medicines, etc...
  7. No magazines, books, mobiles/ I-pads/ laptops on the retreat.

Structure of the Retreat:

11 am Welcome/ Brief Intro.
  • Body Awareness
  • Mindful Walking
  • Sitting Meditation
  • Lunch 1-2 pm
  • Mindful Movements
  • Short Sitting
  • Mountain Meditation
  • Tea-Break
  • Loving Kindness Practice
4 pm Retreat Ends