Coming Back Home to Ourselves: A Seven-day Silent Retreat 

20-26 August 2018 at Ackworth School in Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire 

This residential retreat offers a unique opportunity to cultivate a continuity of mindfulness that allows us to deepen our understanding of the workings of our own heart and mind. This seven-day retreat will be structured and held to create a safe and supportive environment for this work of “coming back home to ourselves.”

We will draw from, and build on, practices familiar to those who have taken an eight-week mindfulness course, as well as perspectives on mindfulness offered by Buddhist psychology with a particular focus on the Foundations of Mindfulness. There will be periods of sitting, walking and mindful movement practice with guidance and reflections, opportunities for informal practice, and meetings to explore first person experience with the teachers. The retreat will also include some interpersonal mindfulness practice to support us to bring compassionate awareness into our experience of interacting with another.

The overall container of the retreat will be one of noble silence: a chance to be in community with like-minded people without the need to be anyone in particular. There will be opportunities for sharing and connecting at the end of our time together.

Who is the retreat for?

The retreat is suitable for the following people:

  • those who have taken an eight-week mindfulness course and wish to deepen their learning
  • those who are training to teach mindfulness-based courses
  • established mindfulness-based teachers

Requirements to attend:

Completion of an eight-week course and attendance at a minimum of a day of silent practice.

About the teachers:

Jaya Rudgard

Rebecca Crane (assisting)


Please arrive for 4:00 pm on the first day in time for dinner and orientation in the evening. The retreat ends at noon on the last day, followed by lunch at 12:30pm. Participants will need to depart by 2:00 pm.


Ackworth School, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7LT

Ackworth School is located in the countryside, about two hours from London Kings Cross by train. Nearest train stations are Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster.

What to bring and wear:

Please bring equipment to support your practice, such as a mat, cushion, blanket, etc.

Full rate for private accommodation: £650.00 total includes VAT and £100.00 deposit

Our full rates have no hidden extras and include VAT, deposit, teaching, room and board. 

The Application and Payment Process:

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week, but if the retreat leader is on annual leave or on retreat, then this can take a little bit longer.
  2. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full retreat payment.
  3. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance three months before the retreat starts.
  4. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.

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