Paintings © Elizabeth Martyn 2014 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Paintings © Elizabeth Martyn 2014
The true journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having fresh eyes
Mindfulness practice is like a parachute you weave day and night, and when you need to jump out of the plane, it will hold you.
Jon Kabat-Zinn (founder of the practice of mindfulness meditation)
In the final years of the last century exciting discoveries were made in neuroscience that brought together the fields of Western Science and Eastern meditational philosophies. It was found that the practice of meditation and mindfulness created changes in the brain which could exert a powerful influence on health, wellbeing and happiness.
This weekend is intended to introduce meditation and mindfulness to women who are interested in learning more as they move into the second half of their lives.
The weekend will include sitting, walking and mindful movement. The meditations will last no longer than 30 minutes and there will be plenty of breaks. We will also be cultivating awareness of body and mind and there will be simple circle dancing, guided visualisation and the chance to be creative.
The Grange offers us exclusive use of a beautiful country house and grounds which is perfect for maintaining focus and peace.
Why learn mindfulness? Mindfulness is a form of mind-body meditation, which, if practised correctly, can have very positive effects on your life. It can help you to change the way you think and feel. By gaining greater awareness of your thoughts and feelings, you can learn to manage them more effectively and in so doing better manage your life and your health. Mindfulness can be a great help for reducing stress and anxiety, and for boosting energy levels and positive thought patterns. As the founder of Mindfulness Meditation Jon Kabat-Zinn explained, we are living in a digital age in a multi-dimensional universe but with stone-age minds that are not in touch with the many dimensions of who we are. ‘We are playing Beethoven without tuning first.’ This course provides an opportunity to start tuning the most profoundly important aspect of you - your brain - and to begin to take it beyond thinking towards awareness.
This weekend is designed for older women - in the second half of their lives. The age at which one feels 'in the second half' varies and may be triggered by changing life circumstances or purely by a recognition that you are no longer in the first half of your life. Generally, this is after the age of 50 but for some it can occur earlier. If this is the first time you have visited the Grange, or if you are undecided whether the weekend is for you, you may like to view the FAQs and Testimonials page for some further details and frequently asked questions.
Rosemary Ward and Annabel Wade are actively involved in Meditation and Mindfulness training and are both experienced counsellors. They have found that not only has the practice enhanced their lives but they have also been able to integrate it into their work with clients. Rosemary has been facilitating Exploring the Second Half of Life groups at the Grange for over twenty years, most recently leading them with Annabel. More details can be found on our Tutors page.
Residential £455 - Single en-suite
(£360 for sharing or single without bathroom - please request availability)