Staying Mindful Five-day Retreat:

A residential retreat offering space for nourishment, inspiration and learning 

2-6 October 2017


This five-day retreat is an opportunity to support, inspire, deepen and/or develop a regular mindfulness practice. It is suitable as a first retreat after the eight-week course and also for more experienced meditators wishing to develop their practice or teachers looking for inspiration for follow-up courses. Although the retreat will be spent partly in silence, there will also be periods of enquiry, paired and group work. Through familiar and new mindfulness practices, this retreat provides an excellent opportunity to deepen our mindfulness practice and further develop aspects considered in the eight-week course in a safe and nurturing environment. 

We will also look at how we can effectively bring mindfulness to our daily lives and our relationships, and how we can work with life's difficulties in a gentle yet effective manner. Self-compassion will be a major theme on the retreat with meditations and activities to cultivate this. We will also explore what gets in the way of a regular practice and explore our intentions around practice.


About the teachers

ANNEE GRIFFITHS has practised meditation for over 40 years and has taught at Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research (CMRP) for over 10 years. She now works full time as a mindfulness teacher, trainer and supervisor. She has developed courses in aspects of personal development and creative writing, and enjoys bringing mindfulness into these activities.

SARAH MILLBAND has worked freelance as an independent practitioner, offering humanistic, mindfulness-based psychotherapy in private practice, providing mental health mentoring to students in higher education and designing and delivering training for voluntary sector organisations. She has taught mindfulness since 2009 in a variety of different settings, including for medical students, carers, trainee counsellors, mental health peer mentors, people with a cancer diagnosis and women who have been through domestic violence and abuse.



Please arrive from 4pm the first day. Departure is after lunch at 2:00pm on the final day.



Trigonos is located in the village of Nantlle in North Wales between Penygroes and Rhyd Ddu. Caernarfon is the nearest town and Bangor the nearest mainline railway station (West Coast mainline). Please visit the Trigonos website for additional information and directions at


Fee options (does not include Trigonos accommodation fee):

Subsidised rate including VAT - £245.00 - plus accommodation fees that will be due directly to Trigonos once your application has been reviewed and accepted. This is a self-select funded rate whereby your place will be supported by other full paying participants. Please select this rate if you are in receipt of benefits or would find it otherwise inaccessible to attend due to the fee. We will not ask for evidence at this stage but may ask for evidence to support your claim in the future. 

Standard Rate including VAT – £265.00 - plus accommodation fees that will be due directly to Trigonos once your application has been reviewed and accepted. This is the market rate for this type of event and the rate we ask you to select if you are able.


Accommodation charges at Trigonos:

Single ensuite: £377

Twin ensuite: £357

Single non ensuite: £325

Twin non ensuite: £297

Camper: £193

Campervan: £217

Deposit: £100


The application process:

After we receive your Application Form, we will wait for payment before we confirm your place. Once we confirm your place we will email you a confirmation of your booking along with the Trigonos Accommodation Booking Form, which you will need to complete and email (as an attachment) to Trigonos directly. Accommodation at Trigonos is guaranteed once your place on the training has been confirmed.  Trigonos don’t accept bookings unless they have a Booking Form, which provides them with evidence that you have been approved for a place.

Accommodation is in shared twin rooms with only a few single rooms available to early bookers. In addition, there is space for two campers. Bedrooms will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis on receipt of the booking form and deposit (or employer’s details) and cannot be reserved in advance. Price includes full board for the period of the training.


Payment policy:
The Mindfulness Network CIC requires payment by BACS at the point of registration for all courses. 

Invoices are only raised where the employer is paying, however this method can slow down the process and payment by the participant is recommended. No place is secure on a course until full payment has been received. Once an invoice has been raised the course place is dependent on prompt payment. If our invoice is not paid on time, the course place will be released for other participants on the waiting list. This process reduces last minute cancellations, ensures that invoices are not raised then left unpaid and that all course places are allocated. So that you do not lose your place due to financial issues, we advise that if you are requesting an invoice to be raised that you communicate with your employer to make payment within the timeframe detailed on the invoice.

Responsibility for payment remains with the course attendee. If the employer does not pay the invoice, the applicant will be liable to make payment or meet the cancellation charges.


Cancellation policy:

You may withdraw your application eight weeks prior to the event commencement date at which point you will be offered a refund, minus a 25% admin fee. If you cancel your place on a course within eight weeks of the event commencement date, no refund will be offered.

In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the course has to be cancelled by us, we will refund any fees paid to us by participants. Our liability is limited to refunding only our event fees. We recommend participants have adequate insurance to cover any cancelled travel or personal expenses. 


If you have any queries, please contact the Mindfulness Coordinator at