Residential Mindful Self-Compassion Weekend

Residential Mindful Self-Compassion Weekend

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  • Mindfulness Retreat - Sussex, UK
  • Mindfulness Retreat in Sussex


Join us for a resourcing deep dive into the heart opening path of mindful self-compassion (MSC). Whether you’re a beginner curious to learn more or you’ve already completed the course, this retreat offers a nurturing weekend of teaching and practice around the core principles of this transformational approach. The ethos of MSC invites us to dwell at depth with both the joys and challenges of living this human life – held in a container of respect, care and kindness. Discover or recover this way to greater freedom and ease of being in the beautiful peaceful surroundings of the Surrey Hills at Fintry!


This not a silent meditation retreat. It’s a spacious, experiential, meditation-based learning and practice-resourcing weekend.  Each day will include a blend of teaching, guided exercises, self-compassion practices, movement meditations, individual reflection, small group discussions and time for individual self-care outside of the sessions.

Through MSC you can learn…

• how to stop being so hard on yourself
• how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
• how to handle difficult emotions like shame with greater ease
• how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
• how to balance tender and fierce compassion for more boundaries
• the power of self and other forgiveness
• mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
• how to become your own best teacher

The weekend will offer a spacious and gentle exploration of the key themes and practices of MSC, offered in a format which provides a nourishing space to let go of everyday concerns and respond to your own needs with kindness. There will be periods of silence woven into the weekend timetable.   

The schedule includes plenty of time around meal breaks for going on walks or resting. Arrivals from 2.30 for tea and cake on Friday, first group session at 5pm and weekend ends after lunch at 3pm on Sunday.

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This weekend is for beginners as well as those wanting to refresh their practice. It’s for you if you need a restorative weekend in like-minded company exploring Mindful Self-Compassion. If you’ve already taken an MSC course come and be nourished revisiting this approach and enjoying time to connect and practice together with others.

Zoe has been leading residential courses and retreats for 13 years, and each one is unique, carefully planned and supportive, as well as relaxed and fun. It’s a space for you to drop into more intimacy with your experience, awake to all of your senses, moment by moment. Practices will be indoors and outdoors in beautiful garden setting. As well as some silence so that you can connect more fully with your inner experience, there will be opportunities for sharing and individual support if needed. All of it will support you in befriending and exploring whatever is showing up for you.


Some experience of mindfulness would be helpful but is not essential – the retreat teacher will follow up your booking with a call to respond to any questions or concerns you might have. All you need is an interest in learning principles and practices which offer support in living with greater self-compassion.