Deeper Reflection retreat
Are you looking for time and space for reflection? Sometimes stepping off solid ground and aboard a narrowboat can lead to a lovely big exhale. That’s what attracted Kev & I to this lifestyle in the first place. It’s slow, simple and that bit closer to nature. For me, that made it the perfect environment to retreat to. This spring, we’re inviting you to join us for a more in-depth retreat, a deeper reflection.
Thursday 13th – Monday 17th April 2017
£295pp for 4 nights aboard Spirited Away
(25% reduction on FbB’s usual prices)
Deeper Reflections is open to meditators from any spiritual or secular tradition. We do ask that you are an experienced meditator though. This is because we’ll be meditating for around 2 hours each day with little or no guidance. In order to do this, it’s best to have at least a year’s experience of meditation and feel confident that you can guide your own practise. Over the course of the retreat, we’ll also have a couple of times where we collectively agree to be silent. Silence allows us to drop into ourselves more fully, with enhanced perception of the little fluctuations in both our inner and outer worlds, and sometimes actually enables us to feel a stronger sense of connection with each other.
There will also be time for reflection, discussion and sharing. By way of keeping this retreat open to people of different traditions, practices and backgrounds, much of our practice will be lead by experience. There won’t be any formal teaching but we’ll all be invited to contribute experience and reflections in a structured, safe and supportive setting. All practise will be held in an atmosphere of kindness and compassion.
Throughout the duration of this break, we will live as a community and each contribute a little towards boathold chores, meal prep, washing up, etc… We will form a community of six people, including Kev & I, so there are fewer spaces on Deeper Reflections than our other retreats. This is to enhance the overall spaciousness of the experience. There will be plenty of time and space for having a wander in the countryside as well. Boaty life is so much about the outdoors and part of its beauty lies in being close to the natural world. The skies above and landscapes around us will give us horizons farther than the eye can see.
Our prices are all fully inclusive, so you never have to get your wallet out on a Float by Boat break. They include home-cooked vegetarian meals, plentiful tea and cake, car parking, canal cruising and meditation sessions.
A 15% concessionary rate is available for students, seniors and unwaged guests.
There are 6-8 berths, including double and single beds, across 3 cabins, with 2 toilet and shower rooms. The double, Cabin 3, can be booked for sole occupancy by 1 individual at an additional supplement of £25 per night, subject to availability.
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7am – The kettle’s on for a pre-meditation cuppa.
7.30am – 45 minute open meditation
8.30am – Breakfast time
10am – Input session or silent free time (see below for each day’s program)
11.30am – Time for tea and cake followed by free time
12.30pm – 30 minute open meditation
1.15pm – Boaty lunchtime
2.30pm – Afternoon boating; a cruise along the waterways
5pm – Moor up overnight in a pretty, serene location
5.15pm – 45 minute open meditation
6.30pm – Dinnertime
7.30pm – Go with the flow; free time or a talk/reading in front of the fire
Programme for reflective sessions – 10am each day
Thursday 13th – Arrivals between 11am and 12.30pm ready for lunch and boating in the afternoon.
Friday 14th – Group discussion looking at ‘Things that encourage/prevent deeper reflection’
Saturday 15th – Reflective exercise
Sunday 16th – Silent morning of free time
Monday 17th – Sharing circle and retreat closing, departures after lunch