This two-day workshop set at the stunning Cowdray Hall in West Sussex is dedicated to the restless-you who needs nothing other than to be reminded that rest is something that happens all by itself, without you having to ‘get or ‘do’ anything special.
Rest is exquisite in its simplicity: it is the act of doing nothing, but the challenge that many of us face is the inconvenience (and guilt) of stopping. There’s always something on the to-do list, and there’s likely to be people who depend on you for your time, help and support. You might not feel worthy of stopping, or you might feel it to be an entirely selfish act or even something that deems you lazy or unproductive. In this way, rest has become something that feels like an indulgence that we cannot justify, or perhaps it seems just plain impossible amidst the chaos of life.
On this weekend you’ll be given some much-needed rest, but you’ll also be guided into seeing rest as something that is more within reach than you might think, even when life is at its most testing.
You’ll learn how to access that part of you that feels at ease whatever is happening in your life.
Over the two days you’ll explore tools and insights to help you recover your natural ability to find ease, stillness and rest. The explorations will be necessarily simple so that after this event you will be able to easily integrate a quality of restfulness into your life, no matter how restless you’ve become.
You will have the chance to participate in gentle movement, take deep rest in the form of an ancient approach to ‘doing nothing’, try out breathing practices specifically designed to activate rest, learn about and practice meditation through non-doing and silence, and explore the philosophies that underpin all these practices.
There will also be some free time to simply rest in your own accommodation, take walks in nature or just stop, sit and be.
All sessions will be taught by James Reeves.
The workshop will take place in Cowdray Hall set in the rolling hills of Midhurst, West Sussex in 110 acres of private gardens, grounds and parkland. This beautiful estate is a haven of tranquillity and a wonderful location to reconnect with your most at ease, restful self: https://www.cowdray.co.uk/
Park Way (first right off Easebourne Street)
Travel: The Hall is an hour and twenty minutes drive from central London. The closest rail station is Haselmere, and journey times are about 50 minutes from London Waterloo.
Attendance: We ask that you attend both days of the workshop to get the most benefit from the teachings. Each day will begin at 10am and run through to 5.30pm, with a break for lunch. We recommend that you keep your evenings before, during and after the weekend simple, in order to get the most from this event.
Food: There is a local farm shop and cafe (https://www.cowdray.co.uk/cowdray-farm-shop/) where you can buy lunch. Alternatively you can bring your own to eat in the hall during the break. A variety of tea and biscuits will be available throughout each day.
Cost and booking: £160. To book your space please email Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org though please do refer to our cancellation policy before committing. We are only able to offer refunds should your space be filled by another attendee.
Local accommodation: Although we are unable to help with accommodation directly we do recommend the following resources to find somewhere locally:
Recommended local taxi firms:
BG’s Private Hire 01730 716327
Three Counties 01428 644321