Retreats at Florence House
Life with Purpose: A Five-day Residential Retreat with Clive Tempest
In a 1920s seaside villa on clifftops in Sussex
Monday 14 October - Friday 18 October 2019: Life with Purpose I
Monday 4 May – Friday 8 May 2020 - postponed due to pandemic
Monday 26 April – Friday 30 April, 2021 - postponed due to pandemic
Monday 18 October – Friday 22 October, 2021
Monday 25 April – Friday 29 April, 2022
A Conscious Connections Retreat removes you from the stress and tension of everyday life and draws you into a space of more love and freedom using chi gung exercises, somatic meditations and the practice of living more consciously. The way to live a more conscious and purposeful life is to reverse your karma, which means breaking free from the influence of your past on your life today. We have to change the habits of the brain by being more spacious in the body and emptying the head. Come and breathe in the fresh sea air and take in a new clarity of purpose. Moving - sitting still - listening - being.
The Autumn Retreat: Life with Purpose II
18 - 22 October 2021
This will be our second visit to Florence House to develop the theme of life with purpose. Whenever you know your purpose you're free of anxiety - because your purpose is about what's happening now and anxiety is always about what's not. In these days of increasing social and psychological pressure we need ways of living with uncertainty and withstanding the stress. Knowing our purpose at any time is one way. But to get to that, first we have to put the brake on a busy life, stall the momentum of stress and relax. But wellbeing is not just being well. It is being - just being - with nothing else going on. In this retreat you'll discover that whatever your goals in life your real purpose is being your being. And that is not only the way of conscious living but the way to a life with more love.
You'll be staying in this lovely villa set in the wide open spaces of its private grounds, on the edge of Seaford, a small seaside town. It is only five minutes walk from the beach. There are secluded gardens for sheltered chi gung practice and a Mongolian Yurt for group meditation. Each day there will be chi gung classes, talks and sessions sitting in silence. You do not need to have chi gung experience to participate in this retreat. Most of the bedrooms are double or twin-bedded with shared bathrooms and have lovely views. There will be a vegetarian menu and delicious home cooking with locally sourced produce.
Covid precautions: Florence House operates with safeguards in place and you'll be given instructions about these before you arrive. You are encouraged to take a lateral flow test before arriving. If coming from abroad, you will have to check both your home country's rules for travel and what the UK requires of you on entry.
Arrival: Monday. Registration 12.00 - 13.00. Lunch 13.15. First session 14.30.
Departure: Friday. The last session will be in the morning with departure after lunch.
Course fee, accommodation, all meals and refreshments per person:
Sharing a room: £575
Single occupancy: £675
It's possible to have bed and breakfast at Florence House on Sunday 17 October by special arrangement at a cost of £55 per person.
- Florence House is in Southdown Road, Seaford, East Sussex and is easy to reach from London by road; or by rail from Victoria Station to Lewes, change to Seaford.
- If you're coming from abroad please supply details of your travel plan and we can arrange transfers for you from Gatwick or Heathrow airports by taxi, minibus or train (£25 to £35 per person each way). Be sure that you can arrive easily in time for registration and you do not have to leave early.
- Coming from Finland? We recommend arrival on Monday at Gatwick on Norwegian DY2766 (11.20) and return on Friday from Heathrow on Finnair AY1338 (18.10). If you want to come a day early from Helsinki there is a convenient Finnair flight departing Sunday 16.00 (AY1337).
Booking Is Open!
Because of the Covid situation and the possibility of enforced cancellation, we're not asking for deposits but will ask for full payment by 10 October. But you must complete the booking form as soon as possible because places are limited.
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