Exploring Mindfulness

13-15 April  2018
Hartington, The Peak District

Are you a mindful person… Do you tend to live on ‘automatic pilot’, worry about the future or dwell on the past? Or is your life an endless ‘to do’ list…?

This weekend is suitable for

  • People who have never tried any mindful practices and are wondering what it is all about,  curious to see what it can add to their life.
  • People who are – or have been – regular practitioners but have perhaps lost some motivation, or feel they would benefit from exploring their practice over a weekend  in a mindful atmosphere.

What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation, which is about observation without criticism, and being compassionate with yourself.

It is a recognised method to help you experience the world as it is. An established way to aid stress reduction, reduce time dedicated to worrying and living in the past, and instead can help you focus on living in the moment.

You come to realise that thoughts and feelings – whether negative or positive – are transient, and that you are not your thoughts. Ultimately you have a choice about whether to act on them or not, and recognising that you do not need to feel controlled by your thoughts and emotions can be helpful and liberating.

Despite proven benefits, many people are still wary when they hear the word ‘meditation’, so it might be helpful to clarify that :

  • Meditation is not a religion. Both religious and non-religious people can and do practise meditation and mindfulness.
  • You don’t have to practise in a certain posture or in a certain way.
  • It does not need to take a lot of time, although some patience and persistence are needed.
  • Meditation is not complicated. Nor is it about ‘success’ or ‘failure’. Being non-judgemental is actually part of the core of meditation and mindfulness.
  • It is about seeing the world with more clarity. This helps to make wiser choices and take more considered action.
  • Meditation also helps cultivate a more compassionate attitude to yourself and others.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?
During this weekend you will explore how mindfulness can help you face daily challenges and live more peacefully in the present moment.

Adopting a more mindful approach over time can bring about long-term benefits in levels of happiness and wellbeing. Scientific studies show that it can help prevent depression, and can positively affect dealing with day-to-day anxiety, stress and irritability.

By the end of the weekend you will have practised a number of different mindfulness meditations, including mindfulness of movement; of the body; of the senses; of the breath and of the world around us. You will have the opportunity to spend time on yourself in a kind and compassionate way.

Hartington Hall

You will return home having been introduced to a set of techniques and tools that can help you:

  • Be more compassionate with yourself and with others
  • Worry less about the future and dwell less on the past
  • Be more alert to stress indicators
  • Relate to pain in different way
  • Stay calmer in difficult situations
  • Maintain a better focus
  • Better appreciate the everyday and the moment that you are in

What will be covered over the course of the weekend

– Body scan
– Awareness of breath
– Focusing attention on movement
– Mindful walk with an oportunity to practise in silence
– Creative mindfulness
– Managing our response to pain in a more mindful way
– Mindfulness of thought and emotions
– A 3-step breathing exercise to use in any moment
– Exercise in nurturing yourself
– Mindfulness of nature
– Bringing mindfulness into everyday life
– Closing practice: compassion meditation

You will also be given a handout with information directing you to other sources for more on the practice of mindfulness.

Woman on bench, Mindfulness

This weekend is suitable if you have never tried any mindful practices or if you practise regularly. 

We would like to encourage and invite people who are or have been regular practitioners themselves but who have perhaps lost some of their motivation, or feel that they would benefit from exploring their practice over a weekend  in a mindful atmosphere.

However, please be aware that mindfulness may not be for everyone.  Although mindfulness can help improve wellbeing, for some it may not be the right time to participate in a course that is based in exploring experience in a new way and engaging with practices which may give rise to difficult thoughts and feelings.

Please contact us to discuss this further if you have any questions.

The first session will be on Friday evening and we will finish our last session around lunchtime on Sunday, with free time on Saturday afternoon.

These might be adjusted slightly and will be confirmed closer to the date. There will be time in between sessions to absorb and take in what we are learning and experiencing.

7-7.30 pm  Welcome
7.30-8.30 pm  Evening meal together
Approx. 8.30 pm (after the evening meal) there will be a short introductory mindfulness exercise. This will be an opportunity to talk about our experiences – or not – of practising mindfulness, and what we would like to achieve from coming on this weekend.

Sessions will be:
9.45 am until lunchtime
4-6 pm

Sessions will be from 10-12.30 pm

Mindfulness Teacher
Liz Hopley is a cognitive behaviour therapist in a primary care psychological therapy service in North West England. She has been teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy in groups since 2012 and has completed mindfulness teacher training courses at Mindflow in Liverpool and with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor.

Liz practises mindfulness through formal meditation and informally in her daily life. She approaches mindfulness with humour and humanity, fostering an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.

Venue & Location
Hartington Hall in Derbyshire is a stunning 17th century Manor House nestled in the lovely village of Hartington.

This is an unspoilt and beautiful part of the Peak District National Park, and a popular destination for walkers & cyclists alike with a number of pubs, coffee shops & a village store.

What is included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All mindfulness sessions
  • A meal together on Friday evening
  • A hot and cold breakfast both mornings
  • Refreshments throughout the weekend
  • Use of all the facilities, inc. a self-catering kitchen; licensed bar and restaurant.


Places are from £249 – £299 p.p.
This is based on full occupancy of the accommodation chosen.

Rooms available:
Single en-suite: £299 p.p.  
Single: £279 p.p.  1  room remaining
Private en-suite twin: £269 p.p.  1  room remaining
Private twin: £249 p.p.  SOLD OUT

Please read our T&Cs here.

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