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Bala Brook

Retreat Centre on Dartmoor

New Year Focusing Retreat

with Gordon Adam

The retreat.
This 5-day retreat offers an opportunity for rest, reflection and renewal at the year’s end after the busyness of Christmas. The retreat will provide a safe, supportive and nourishing environment, with space to form a deeper connection with yourself, with others and with nature. It is open to people of all levels of Focusing experience.

Dartmoor There will be time each day for:

  • 1-1 Focusing sessions
  • Input and discussion on Focusing practice
  • Silent group walks
  • Group meditation
  • Early morning qigong (or personal practice)
  • Group sharing
  • Free time for resting, walking, etc.

The retreat will be held partly in silence, but there is also time to interact socially with the group. Extra group activities such as Dartmoor walks, dance/movement, massage, poetry sharing, etc, may also arise on the retreat. We will also mark the turning of the year with a ritual or celebration.

Bala Brook The retreat is structured around a daily schedule which is provided as a framework and support, but there is no obligation or pressure to attend every session and participants are encouraged to attune to and respect their own individual process and needs, which can include spending time alone.

The retreat starts with supper on the evening of the first day, and ends after lunch on the last day. We bring and cook our own food – each person generally brings ingredients for one meal (lunch or supper) for the group and gets help to cook it – this supports a sense of group bonding and grounding, as well as keeping the cost of the retreat down. The total cost of food is shared equally by everyone in the group.

Cost and bookings
There will be a maximum of 14 places available on the retreat. Accommodation is in single or double rooms, many are en-suite. The cost of the retreat is £290 (£230 concs), not including food (the food cost usually works out at £8-10 per day per person).
Contact Gordon for a booking form if you would like to come on a retreat. I will need to receive a completed form (by email or post) plus a deposit of £90 to reserve a place. The balance of the retreat fee is payable 4-6 weeks before the start of the retreat.

Friday 28th December 2018 - Wednesday 2nd January 2019

For further information about the retreat leader see Gordon Adam under ‘Members’ on the British Focusing Association website: www.focusing.org.uk

Contact Gordon for further information about the retreats, or to request
a booking form:
Tel. 0117 9080494 or 0779 6087351


Gordon Adam is a homeopath, Focusing practitioner and teacher, who has been running low-cost residential retreats with a Focusing element since 2007. Most of these retreats have been at Bala Brook and the forthcoming New Year Retreat is the 17th Focusing retreat at this venue. Gordon has a background in Buddhist practice and was a founding member of Bristol Insight Meditation in 2003. He discovered Focusing through the group and now considers Focusing as a complete spiritual practice which complements meditation well and which brings powerful deepening and (inner and inter) connecting aspects to the retreat experience. Gordon lives in Bristol, UK where he has been facilitating an open monthly Focusing group for the last 10 years as well as other dharma-related activities

You can read an article by Gordon comparing Focusing with Insight Meditation on the
Bristol Insight Meditation website.

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