Exploring Mindfulness in the Peak District

Do you tend to live on ‘automatic pilot’, worry about the future or dwell on the past, or would you like to tame your inner critic? 

Are you suffering from mood swings and poor sleep?

Or maybe you are curious to know what mindfulness is all about.

9-11 November  2018
Hartington, The Peak District

WHo This weekend is suitable for
  • People who have never tried any mindfulness practices and are wondering what mindfulness 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.
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'The weekend was fab-u-lous. It was highly organized, relaxed and fun and very mindful. I will CERTAINLY be on the next one and I would like to say I met some great people and I would highly recommend it to Mindfulness Teachers or some one that has not even heard of mindfulness. Any ability range in Mindfulness could enjoy the weekend.
Really was good and the venue and scenery was spectacular. Thank you for such a peaceful and grounding experience. First class job.'

Dave, Blackpool Exploring Mindfulness April 20, 2018

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Hartington Hall, The Peak District
Hartington Hall, The Peak District
What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation, at the heart of which is observation without criticism, and being compassionate with yourself and others.

It is a recognised method to help you experience the world as it is. Mindful practices are 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.

Grounds at Hartington Hall
Grounds at Hartington Hall

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 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 to others.
View from Hartington Hall
View from Hartington Hall
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.

Entrance to Hartington Hall
Entrance to Hartington Hall

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

  • Be more compassionate with yourself & others
  • Worry less about the future, 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 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

This is an experiential weekend, where you will be invited to take a mindful approach to the exercises we will practise.

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

Stroll around the Hartington area in Derbyshire
Stroll around the Hartington area in Derbyshire

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.

Hartington Hall in the Peak District
Hartington Hall in the Peak District
venue & location

Nestled in the lovely village of Hartington, this is an unspoilt and beautiful part of the Peak District National Park. It’s popular with walkers & cyclists alike, having a number of pubs, coffee shops & a village store. But above all it’s a picture-perfect country English village that you will want to return to.

Please be aware that there will be other people staying at the venue.

Singing bowl to signal the end of practices
Singing bowl to signal the end of practices

The first session will be on Friday evening and we will finish our last session around lunchtime on Sunday, with some 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.

From 6 pm  Welcome
7-8 pm  Evening meal together
Approx. 8 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 from coming on this weekend.

Sessions will be:
9.30 am until lunchtime
Optional guided walk
4-6 pm

Sessions will be from 9.30 –  lunchtime

There will be refreshment breaks during the sessions.

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.

Our teacher, Liz
Our teacher, Liz

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.

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.
Drying flowers inside Hartington Hall
Drying flowers inside Hartington Hall

On Friday evening we will have a welcome meal together at Hartington Hall. For Saturday evening we’ll make reservations at a wonderful pub in the village that serves fabulous food. Nearer the time you can decide whether you’d like to join or whether you would prefer to make your own arrangements. For lunch  on Saturday you can choose from preparing something in the self-catering kitchen or buying something tasty from the local village store or eat in one of the cafes in the village.

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Enjoyed everything about the weekend and didn't want to go home at all. Thank you.

Sonia, Staffordshire Exploring Mindfulness Weekend March 15, 2017

Choose either a single or twin room – some are en-suite, and all have a shower and a sink. There is also a self-contained flat with lounge & dining area, TV, kitchenette, bathroom and large bedroom.

Bedroom in the self-contained flat
Bedroom in the self-contained flat

Places are from £299p.p. based on full occupancy of the room chosen.

Single en-suite: £349 p.p.  
Single with private shower & sink: £329 p.p.
Self-contained flat for 2 people: £369 p.p
Private en-suite twin:  £319 p.p.
Private twin with shower & sink: £299 p.p.
Private room with a double bed, shower & sink:  £299 p.p.

Please note that this is for a small group.

Deposits & payments

Full payment, or a minimum non-refundable deposit of £50 secures your place. Any bookings made after the 18th August are to be paid in full.
Please read our T&Cs here.

payment options

Payment is possible through bank transfer (see further below) or via the button below using PayPal or a credit/debit card.

Room choices

If you would like to make a bank transfer please use the form below to tell us which event you would like to book, the type of room you prefer and the number of people you are booking for.

Once we receive your request we will reserve the rooms for 48 hours if they are stilll available and once payment is received we will confirm your booking.

The details are:

Bank: NatWest
Account name: SIMPLY ESCAPE
Sort code: 01-02-96
Account number:  26738562