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Living Practice - Transformation and Healing
Sidcot School
Near Bristol United Kingdom
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A five-day retreat from October 24th - 28th with lay dharma teachers Vari McLuskie and Teri West and offering deep mindfulness practices, relaxation, and the support and connection with others in a living sangha.

On this retreat we will have the opportunity to
 Relax, smile and enjoy being present
 Enhance our awareness of body, feelings and mind
 Be inspired by ancient teachings on mindfulness and
  contemporary personal stories
 Identify how to be more intimate with and kind to ourselves
 Understand how to deal with anger, jealousy and trauma
 Nurture the best qualities in ourselves
 Be supported to heal and transform difficulties.

This retreat is suitable for anyone who has a strong intention to nourish and heal themselves with their mindfulness practice, whether experienced or not, and from all faiths or none.  
Full information and preparatory material will be circulated to participants two weeks advance of the start of the retreat.

There is an opportunity to prepare for this retreat by reading Thich Nhat Hanhs book Transformation and Healing and by practicing with a variety of meditations from Thich Nhat Hanhs book The Blooming of a Lotus. This preparation is entirely optional.

The retreat is being organised by the Community of Interbeing. We are a growing network of people in the UK who practice mindfulness and aspire to develop peace and happiness in ourselves and in the world by living according to the teachings on global ethics of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. His teachings, which can be followed by people of all ages and any religion or none, are notable for their emphasis on joy, engagement in the world, and integrating the practice of mindfulness into daily life. We are a registered educational charity which offers a programme of courses, retreats and events and encourages and supports local groups that meet to practice mindfulness.  

We encourage anyone coming on our retreats to become a member of the Community of Interbeing by accessing the national website


Sidcot School was established in 1699 and is set in 160 acres of organic farmland and beautiful grounds in an area of outstanding natural beauty near Winscombe in the Mendip Hills.  We will be using some of the grounds and the extensive facilities during the school half term.

If travelling by car, Sidcot is within five miles of the M5 via exits 20 and 21.   Rail  links to London are excellent as Sidcot is only 15 miles south of Bristol and Temple Meads Station.   The nearest stations are Weston-super-Mare or Yatton which are only eight miles away with a transfer time to Sidcot of approximately 20 minutes by taxi.

The majority of the bedrooms for the retreat are simple single en suite bedrooms although some people will need to share. There is one bedroom on the ground floor designed for people with restricted wheel chair access.  Bedrooms will be distributed on a first come first served basis. When allocating bedrooms we will assume that you are prepared to share a same sex bedroom unless you contact us at .

We have asked for a vegan diet at Sidcot and are assured that other diets - gluten/dairy free etc - can be catered for.  Please confirm special dietary requirements further on in the booking process.

There will be an opportunity to offer Dana (generosity,giving) for the teachers during the weekend.

The five day retreat will cost £280.  For those on low incomes there are four supported places at £210. A further four places are available for young practitioners with Wake Up at £140. Your assistance with the cost of the supported and Wake Up places would be much appreciated and can be given by choosing to pay either of the higher rate fees.  

Supported places
The supported places are intended to be for people who have been practising for at least 12 months with the Community of Interbeing and who are in receipt of state benefit or who are in financial difficulty.  Supported places are offered on an honesty and first come first served basis.

Wake Up places
To encourage participation in the Community of Interbeing Dharma Training Programme by young practitioners who are members of Wake Up, we are offering four places at a substantial 50% discount.  These shared bedroom places are intended for those who have been practising for at least 12 months with Wake Up, who are on a low income and are unable to meet the cost of a supported place.  The four places are offered on an honesty and first come first served basis.

Payment of the full fee will be needed to book a place on the retreat and in the event of a cancellation before 24th September a refund of the amount paid,  less £50 to cover administration fees, will be possible.  No refunds will be possible after 24th September.
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Sidcot School (View)
Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, Somerset
Near Bristol BS25 1PD
United Kingdom



Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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