Developing mindfulness – A retreat suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike
From 2017, we will be running mindfulness retreats in the Algarve at our beautiful QV Norrgren retreat centre. See below for details about the centre.
Our next retreat date is Saturday 14th – Saturday 21st October 2017
Our retreats are based on the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The MBSR course has been used for over thirty years to help with anxiety, chronic health problems, and general well-being. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programmes are designed for people who want to find ways of working with stress more effectively and/or for increasing overall well-being and awareness.
Our retreats are secular and we welcome all practitioners from all walks of life. The programme content is largely experiential, though we acknowledge and refer to both the Bhuddist and Yogic roots of mindfulness as well as the latest neuroscience research and evidence relating to mindfulness.
For this retreat, there will be two streams of mindfulness teachings, each with its own teacher. We will have communal time as a whole group for morning and evening practice, talks and meals.
Stream 1 – Beginning to learn mindfulness – This stream is suitable for those who have no previous experience of mindfulness as well as those who may want a refresher programme. All the fundamentals of the MBSR programme are taught and practiced, over the course of the week.
Stream 2 – Developing my mindfulness practice – A separate teaching stream is provided for those who would like to challenge themselves to go deeper with their mindfulness practice. There is more time for self-guided practice as well as exploring different aspects of mindfulness and meditation.
A typical timetable is outlined below. This may be adapted to meet the needs and experience of the specific group of participants who sign up.
|Morning||Afternoon and Evening|
0900-1000 Whole group session
1000-1200 Mindfulness teaching session – separate streams
|1300-1600 Free time and self study / practice
1600-1800 Mindfulness teaching session – separate streams
1800-1830 Free time
2000-2100 Optional – talk / film / teacher led practice
Shared bedroom; EU650 Single use of bedroom: EU850 (limited availability, please check)
Prices shown are per person and are current for 2017. Room share is allocated by gender in two or three person rooms unless you are travelling with a partner, so please let us know when you book.
Early Bird Discount – EU200
This is our first retreat in the Algarve and we are keen to make sure it is a success. So if you book and pay before the 31st of May 2017 you will receive the early bird discount of EU200.
The price for this retreat includes the following:
- 7 nights accommodation,
- All mindfulness facilitation
- Use of the facilities
- Use of Yoga mats (but bring favorite stool/cushion to make sure you are comfortable).
For payment we use PayPal as this allows us to receive your funds directly and it also allows you to pay using your credit card. We can also use bank transfer if you prefer, so let us know what works for you.
Note that to secure you place on the retreat, we need a non-refundable deposit of EU200 per person. The remaining balance is payable no later than six weeks prior to the start date of the retreat, please.
Airport transfer – If you arrive at Faro airport, the taxi to/from the airport is typically EU25 each way. We need to know your flight details once you have booked your flights so we can arrange the taxi for you and also see if we can arrange taxi sharing.
Train station transfer – If you plan to arrive by train, the nearest train station is Loule and this is some 5km away and a short taxi ride.
QV Norrgren retreat centre information
QV Norrgren is set in over nearly two acres of hillside just west of Loulé. It has a wonderful meditation spaces both in the garden and a newly constructed meditation building.
Our cook provides vegetarian meals that have been prepared with love and care to ensure they are both filling and nutritious.
All the bedrooms have en-suit or private bathrooms with shower and are twin person rooms for sharing. We have limited option for single occupancy, ask for availability.
You can find out more about the lovely accommodation on our AirBnB website
The location is perfect. It is private and secluded but within a few kilometres in to the Loule town. We have wonderful walks in the hills and valleys behind us. The nearest beach is 15km to the south and the nearest airport is Faro. The taxi ride from the airport normally takes between twenty and twenty five minutes.
It is the perfect place for relaxing and connecting both with self and nature. Welcome!
Keep in touch
To register your interest in future retreats and be kept informed of dates, prices and early-bird discounts click here