A team of mindfulness experts , Deborah Theobald and Suzy Walgate have come together at the luxurious Marris Barn in the heart of the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds to deliver luxury 4 day Mindfulness and Art Retreats. These retreats are designed to nourish the soul, explore the benefits of mindfulness activities, creativity, fun, laughter and nature in order to enhance well being and reduce stress.

The Day

9:00amMindfulness Session 1
11:00amMid morning refreshments
11:30amMindfulness Session 2
12:30pmLunch *
2:00pmArt Session 1
4:00pmAfternoon Refreshments
4:30pmArt Session 2
5:30pmTime to swim, walk and chat or simply have a snooze or read a book.
9:00pmOptional mindful meditation

* Please contact us if you have any special dietary requirements

Retreat Dates

Mindfulness and Art Retreat delivered by Suzy Walgate and Deborah Theobald.

  • 14th – 18th September 2020 (Subject to travel and social distancing restrictions)

For more information please visit our Booking page

What is Mindfulness?

They (those that know!) are calling stress ‘the plague of our century’! 

In life, if you’re not having fun, maybe you’re not doing it quite right? Of course everything can’t feel like a rollercoaster of laughs all the time, but if your life lacks joy, peace, creativity and passion maybe it’s time to change that…maybe all you need is an open mind…

Mindfulness is simply to be awake to, and, to be consciously aware of whatever we do, say, see, touch, eat, hear, smell, taste…to be present and aware of our relationships, our work dynamics, our lifestyle.

As Buddha said, “Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life”

Mindfulness is no longer a pseudoscience… it’s official! Research is proving what enlightened beings have known for 100’s of years… the fact that mindfulness, meditation and many other practises can transform you, and your experience of life at every level.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Through our 5 physical senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste) we experience the world, through being totally present with them we access our 6th sense (our highest creativity, clarity, wisdom and direction) at a conscious level…life then takes on a different hue!

“The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our sense to grow sharper”  WB Yeats

We will then have the ability to feel more inner peace and a feeling of freedom:

  • Feel more energised and experience improved health and well being.
  • Feel more relaxed and have more fun.
  • Feel safer to express ourselves – be more authentic.
  • Be more adventurous.
  • Feel inspired to greater creativity.
  • To better know who we are…unique and gifted.
  • Experience an enhanced feeling of purpose.
  • Renewed Compassion and Understanding.
  • Make and experience more meaningful relationships.

Art Sessions

 Delivered by Deborah Theobald

In the words of Thomas Merton, American writer and mystic, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.

Recent global challenges have unintentionally revealed a simple treasure, the exquisite joy of one precious hour of exercise out of the house. Millions of people usually too busy or distracted to entertain a walk, run or bike ride have changed the sedentary habits of a lifetime and during that hour started to reconnect with their bodies, breathing and the smells, noises and colours of the precious environment around them. 

The Art sessions here at Marris Barn are borrowing “The Mindful Walk “to explore the opportunities it provides us with to reconnect with the world around us, to have the time to notice it’s extraordinary variety and to respond to that creatively. How you respond to the treasures collected, views you experience, thoughts that form on your journey are completely up to you. Some of you may be artists already, some wish they were and some simply would like to have a bash, either way the whole point of the sessions is to lose yourself in creative play “Soshin” at whatever level you fancy. There will be opportunities to explore mediums and objects using anything from the camera on your mobile to twigs and discarded number plates you may find on the walk. Demos of techniques including creative writing, mini sculpture, Land Art, painting, poetry, breathing, printmaking, frottage, pebble printing, grass knitting, rust printing, stick drawing, painting and book binding to name but a few options will provide some ideas to get you started and over the course you will curate a selection of masterpieces that you will bind into your own artist book…….or not, it’s up to you.

Mindfulness Yoga

Delivered by Suzy Walgate

Yoga is a giant umbrella, and everything under that brolly is mindfulness in practise. 

We will cover a wide range of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual practises to relieve stress, increase vitality and develop creativity.

As Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun”

The benefits will provide the fuel for mindfulness to become a habit – a habit you WANT to develop.

Techniques we will cover and experience with mindfulness, so you can find the ones that work for you:

  • breathing exercises
  • sensory awareness
  • meditation techniques
  • awareness and understanding The Energy Body and Chakra System.
  • Chakra Dance (optional evening fun!)
  • body work to increase energy and creativity
  • Yin/Yang flow – meridian work
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • developing the Divine Feminine
  • journalling and working with colour.

These techniques are suitable for both complete beginners to this subject and those with experience.

Please do feel free to arrange a call to talk through any aspects of the retreat.

Share experiences and make lasting friendships.