Resilient Heart Retreat
Preparing for the retreat
Although it is not required, you may wish to familiarize with the concept of self-compassion prior to the retreat. There are two books that we can recommend: Self- Compassion by Kristin Neff Ph.D , and The Mindful Path to Self- Compassion by Christopher Germer Ph.D. Both of those authors have websites with lots of resources and recorded meditation practices. You might also enjoy watching the ‘TED talk’ by Kristin Neff called The Space Between Self Esteem and Self-Compassion.
Plan to spend your time on this retreat in quiet reflection and communing with the natural world in this beautiful setting. Many people will be using this time to decompress and disengage from the pressures and stress cause from our busy, noisy world and our ever increasing reliance electronic devices. For these reasons, alcohol and partying behaviours are not permitted on the retreat grounds. If you wish to enjoy electronic media in your own room, be sure to bring head phones so that you don’t disturb your roommate or other participants. No cell phones are allowed during the retreat programming or in public spaces such as at meal time in the dining room. You may certainly use your cell phone when you are alone in your room or outside as long as you are mindful not to disturb others.
What You Need to Bring to the Retreat
Plan to wear casual, loose comfortable clothing and dress in layers. The grounds at Five Oaks are lovely and you will want to walk outside in the woods and along the river bank – savouring the peaceful environment. Bring good walking shoes and outdoor clothing suitable for all types of weather.
You will want to bring a yoga mat, meditation cushion or cushions/pillows to support your body on the floor. You can do the whole class including meditations sitting upright in a chair, but it is often a good idea to give yourself the option to change positions. Please also bring a covered water bottle and a shawl or blanket as it is common for your body temperature to fluctuate during meditation. You will also need a journal or notebook as we will be doing some written reflective exercises.
Please indicate on your retreat registration if you have any specific dietary requirements. The retreat centre is a nut–free zone and maintains a scent-free policy.