Journeys to the deep: meditation retreat
Locana (Elizabeth English)
Locana (Elizabeth English) currently teaches mindfulness at Cambridge University. Her approach to meditation draws on four decades of meditation practice, and integrates her training in Focusing, Nonviolent Communication, and Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy. It is also underpinned by Locana’s doctoral research into Sanskrit meditation texts (Vajrayogini, published Wisdom 2002), and the practice of Recollective Awareness. Her first ‘Gentle Guide to mindfulness meditation’ was published in 2022: Journeys to the Deep with a sequel due out shortly: Into the Flow (The books are available on Amazon or from the Dhanakosa Bookshop.) Locana also loves singing, and wild walks with her cocker spaniel, Cherub.
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
This retreat is for anyone wishing to explore meditation and their inner world. You may want to inspire or re-inspire your meditation, or to learn meditation from scratch. Whatever your starting point, we take a relaxed approach, aiming to make meditation as enjoyable and enriching as possible. We also discover how to make meditation uniquely our own, seeking
the right approach for ourselves at different times. In this way, meditation can become a real resource and a steady support in our lives. Anyone who has lost confidence in meditating, or who wishes to recharge their practice, may find this retreat especially helpful.
We base the retreat on the Gentle Guides to Mindfulness Meditation a series of books by Locana (Elizabeth English). We also draw on mindful perspectives found in Focusing, Nonviolent Communication and Somatic Experiencing. Workshops include interactive exercises and time for creative expression. You may wish to record or journal your meditation journey in ways you enjoy, e.g. writing, artwork, movement, song, walks in nature. For more information and detail of the daily programme please read the retreat information sheet.
The retreat is suitable for those of any faith or none.