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Yorkshire Compassion Retreat – Loving All Our Parts

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - March 29 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0

£100 – £190
Yorkshire Compassion Retreat. March 2020

Alistair is back for a 4-day Yorkshire Compassion retreat

Following last years Tender Heart retreat, Alistair is back to lead a 4-day Yorkshire Compassion retreat at Londesborough Lodge in Scarborough. The focus of this retreat is “Loving All Our Parts” – the somatic meditation of ‘maitri’. This 4-day intensive practice course is designed to deepen the somatic path of the heart. 

This Spring week will be a chance for meditators to experience the somatic path of the heart based on Buddhist ‘bodhicitta’ practices and the insight of Internal Family Systems. 

What we are going to be exploring

  • As always, the somatic path of the heart begins with returning our awareness to our ‘soma’ rather than our thinking ‘psyche’
  • We will revisit the practices of Polyvagal Tuning, Earth Descent, Three Levels of the Breath and the Central Channel. All core somatic practices. 
  • Centring on the heart we will learn to experience the “Big Self” – a field of unconditional warmth and tenderness.
  • We will begin to tune into the energetic formation of certain ‘moods’ or ‘problems’ that we feel. This way we can see that they have a somatic underpinning. 
  • As we stabilise in holding our awareness in these states, we can recognise the parts that are presenting.
  • Using the model of Internal Family Systems developed by Richard Schwartz, we can recognise that these somatic states are distinct parts.
  • From the warmth and openness of the Big Self we can start to relate to these aspects of ‘little self’ with wisdom and tenderness.    
  • We bring some curiosity and wisdom to our relating with these ‘parts’ – especially understanding how they relate to one another
  • Within the practice of maitri we can learn to ‘unburden’ these parts and free them up to serve greater loving.

Please note: this is a retreat with a schedule and silence!

Following from last year’s course, we are trying to create a ‘retreat’ experience over these four days. Ideally, we would like people to stay at or near the Centre and commit to 4 full days of practice. 

We begin on Wednesday evening at 7 pm with an introductory sit and practice. And we finish on Sunday lunch-time.

In between that, the schedule is: 

  • 7am – 8am: An early morning sit and yoga stretch 
  • 8am – 9.30am: Breakfast and walk
  • 9.30am – 12.30pm: Morning practice and teaching
  • 12.30am – 3.30pm: Lunch and free time. 
  • 3.30pm – 6.00pm: Afternoon practice and teaching
  • 6.00pm-7.30pm: Soup.
  • 7.30pm-8.30pm: Evening sit

We will be in silence most mornings and full silence (outside of the sessions) on Friday and Saturday. 

What you can expect on the Mindsprings Yorkshire Compassion Retreat

  • We aim to provide a safe, friendly and tolerant space to explore the benefits of body-based meditation
  • There’s a good mix of teaching, experiential practice, and discussion. Talking helps make sure we’ve got it.
  • Some practices are done lying down, some sitting up. Weather permitting, we may work outside too.
  • Alistair’s training as a therapist is always available for one-on-one support when things arise during practice
  • There is a schedule on this retreat and silence: see above. 
  • You’ll receive electronic notes and a recording of the teaching and guided meditation after the course.
  • After the retreat, we will try and keep the group together online and with email updates


How to book and financial support

Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.


March 25 @ 7:00 pm UTC+0
March 29 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
£100 – £190
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Scarborough Samye Dzong
Londesborough Lodge, The Crescent
Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2PW United Kingdom
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