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Mindfulness and Compassion – A Fintry Trust Residential Retreat

31st March – 2nd April 2023

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the trials of life, or the suffering in the world?

If so, you might benefit from the Fintry Trust’s experiential weekend of mindfulness and compassion.

People have always faced challenging times, individually and collectively. When living with fear, uncertainty, self-doubt, loneliness, exhaustion or loss, we need to find ways to take care of ourselves, and others.

Learning to be kind to ourselves, and the wider world, through compassion practices is key to transforming suffering.

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.”
Jack Kornfield

Mindfulness and Compassion are inseparable dimensions of Awakening; and like the wings of a bird, when unfolded in their fullness and beauty, we learn to soar and be free.

The latest neuroscience reveals that compassion practices have a number of health and wellbeing benefits including: lowering stress, strengthening the immune system, and improving recovery from illness. The practices help balance body, heart, mind, and will.

The Retreat will provide opportunities for you to reconnect to self, others and Nature.

The programme includes guided meditation sessions, periods of silence, time for relaxation in the beautiful grounds, optional guided walks, and communal vegetarian meals.

“Awakening self-compassion is often the greatest challenge people face on the spiritual path.”
Tara Brach

The Programme

Friday 31st March: The Healing Joy of Cultivating Compassion
You will be introduced to the benefits of Kindly Awareness meditation. Together we will explore the differences between sympathy, empathy and compassion; and understand some of the major findings from the neuroscience of compassion.

Saturday 1st April: Self-Compassion
Morning: In this session we will practice Self-Compassion meditations. We will discover the importance of freeing ourselves from negative self-beliefs, and of learning to love ourselves. You will be introduced to the healing RAIN meditation (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture).

Saturday 1st April: Compassion for Others
Afternoon: We will practice extending forgiveness and compassion to others, while learning to maintain healthy personal boundaries.

Sunday 2nd April: Compassion for the Wider World
Morning: This session will include ‘At One with the Earth’ and ‘Compassion & Equanimity’ practices. Learning from the world’s wisdom traditions and contemporary science, we will consider the interconnectedness of all things, and the impacts of living in a disconnected world. We will look at ways in which we can cultivate greater equanimity and be of service in the world.

Afternoon: Closing


The sessions are led by qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers Jean-Paul and Sally Jeanrenaud, who are graduates of The Mindful Academy, Solterreno, Spain. They are registered with Yoga Alliance UK, and follow the UK Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-based courses.

Dates & Time

From 4pm Friday 31st March 2023 to 3pm Sunday 2nd April 2023.


10 places with full board.


£350 per person.

Under 35 discount £250.


For more information and to book your place on this retreat please email



Friday 31 March 2023 - Sunday 02 April 2023


All Day




Fintry Retreat House
Brook, Surrey GU8 5UQ UK

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