Breathing Space runs two-night retreats for carers at our beautiful retreat centre in Suffolk. These can give you:
Eligibility for the retreat
If you live in Tower Hamlets or Hackney and spend a substantial amount of time looking after a family member or friend who can't manage alone, you may be entitled to funding from your local council to go on a Breathing Space retreat.
To find out more and to apply:
Upcoming retreat dates
What happens on the retreat?
There will be a relaxing daily programme of activities designed to help you de-stress, wind down and look after yourself. The programme includes tuition in meditation and mindfulness, massage/alternative therapist treatments, and other activities that help manage stress and tension. The day starts with a wake-up bell at 7.30 followed by gentle warm-up exercises and an introduction to a simple meditation technique. Periods of meditation and supporting therapies follow, as well as free time to explore the lovely surrounding countryside.
What will be expected of me?
We will recommend that you take part in all aspects of the programme. This is so you can really make the best of the opportunity to let go of the stresses and strains of your day-to-day life, and to learn skills in how to relax deeply. However, everything on the programme is optional so you can make your own choices and structure your own time. You will not be expected to do any chores, like washing up. The team running the retreat will do all that. All you need to do is relax and enjoy yourself.
What will the food be like?
The retreat centre is a completely vegetarian centre, so all the food on the retreat is vegetarian. Our head cook is very talented and the food is very tasty.
Where will I stay?
Accommodation is in shared rooms. The retreat centre is in a very quiet part of rural Suffolk, surrounded by gently rolling countryside. The retreat centre has pleasant gardens, a pond and a purpose built meditation hall. All the rooms are centrally heated.
What carers say about our retreats
"There was an excellent, comprehensive programme, which was explained fully at the outset. We were also phoned twice prior to arrival to answer any queries we had."
"The staff were very welcoming, caring and pleasant."
"I really enjoyed the carer's retreat - and thank you to all the staff."
"The leaders, healer, masseuse and support staff were all very friendly and available in formal and informal settings."
"Practising meditation techniques was very helpful. I felt very relaxed, calm and at ease. The massage course was also very useful and will help me support my wife and daughter when I get back home."
"We were given CDs to practise at home, as well as the opportunity to go to the 'Breathing Space' drop-in sessions. We were invited to stay in touch with the retreat organisers."
"Mindfulness of my breathing will help me every day. That technique has been a real eye opener."