Autumn Retreat - Urban Mindfulness

Autumn Retreat - Urban Mindfulness

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  • Urban Mindfulness Retreat London
  • The Phoenix Garden, Covent Garden
  • Autumn Pumpkins

This urban mindfulness retreat offers an opportunity to set time aside to slow down as we shift into autumn, surfing the waves in times of change. As the days become shorter and cooler, it will help to create a nurturing space to reflect, rest and restore. We will embrace the subtlety of the changing season, inviting a sense of wonder as we connect with nature in an urban environment.

Over the course of the day, you will be gently guided through a range of nurturing practices, helping us to reconnect with what matters and be reminded of the inner sense of ease that can be experienced with greater presence.

About The Phoenix Garden

The Phoenix Garden is a small urban garden tucked away in a hidden corner of Covent Garden. Reclaimed by local residents and opened to the public in 1984, it’s the last of seven Covent Garden community gardens. The garden is affectionately tended to by a team of dedicated volunteers and is a registered charity.

The garden offers a rare green space in London’s thriving West End where visitors can take a moment to find peace amidst the hustle and bustle. Benefiting from the urban heat island effect due to its central London location, tropical plants thrive along with a range of urban wildlife.

The retreat will take place in the eco-friendly building attached to the garden, designed by architect Gurmeet Sian who won the RIBA award for architecture in 2021. The building was created to support the garden and its surrounding community, meaning the retreat will be helping to support their worthwhile work.

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About The Retreat

During the day, you will have a chance to relax and settle into silence as you deepen your mindfulness practice away from everyday distractions. This retreat day will be held mostly in silence, with guided practice including mindful movement, walking meditation, sitting practice, and lying down.

Through cultivating the key attitudes of mindfulness, we will be reminded of how mindfulness can help us return to meet the challenges of everyday life with greater ease and awareness, and with more compassion.

The retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. Many find that attending a retreat helps reignited or support ongoing mindfulness practice.

You Will Need:

  • A yoga mat to sit on during the session.
  • Any additional props that will allow you to stay comfortable during the retreat. We recommend a small cushion and blanket.
  • Comfortable, weather-proof clothing suitable for every eventuality.
  • Lunch and plenty of water, preferably in a reusable bottle. We recommend purchasing this before the retreat begins.
  • The day will include a lunch break, but does not include food or drink.

  • Further Information:

    • No mindfulness experience is required. Guidance will be provided throughout.
    • This retreat may not be suitable for those experiencing severe difficulties or certain mental health conditions such as PTSD or clinical depression. Please contact us if you are unsure if this retreat is suitable for you.
    • At the end of the booking process you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. Please complete this as soon as possible and min. of one week prior to the day or within 24 hours of booking as a follow-up call may need to be arranged.
    • This event is non-refundable within 14-days therefore we recommend booking early. Outside of 14 days, if a retreat is deemed unsuitable we will offer a full refund. Within 14 days a transfer may be possible at our discretion.
    • Transfers may be permitted a min. of five days prior by emailing, subject to receiving a completed questionnaire within 24-hours. We reserve the right to refuse attendance based on suitability.
    • We request that participants turn off electronic devices prior to arrival.
    • If you have any accessibility needs please contact us prior to booking.
    • It is not possible to switch a course retreat day for this retreat day.
    • Pre-existing credit and transfers cannot be redeemed against this event.
    • There will be a maximum of 25 participants attending this retreat day.
    • Registrants will receive additional details a few days before the retreat day.
    • Please note, any property left unattended during the session is at your own risk.
    • Please see our standard Terms & Conditions.
    • Venue: Phoenix Garden, 21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 8DG.

    Safety Measures:

    • We invite participants to take a lateral flow test prior to attending the retreat day. In the event of a positive test we ask that you do not attend the retreat and can instead transfer your booking to an online retreat, course or workshop to the equivalent value within six months of the booked retreat day.

    Concession Rates:

    To ensure our offering is open to all, we offer a limited number of concession spaces on some of our courses and all workshops / masterclasses on a first-come-first-served basis. This includes Thursday evening, daytime and graduate courses, as well as courses starting outside of our peak booking periods in January, February, March, September and October.

    If you would like to apply, please complete our >> Concession Rate Questionnaire << and we will get back to you as soon as possible.