The Meditation Centre offers a range of meditation for beginners as well as those who already meditate. All the courses are designed to deepen both the experience and understanding of meditation as well as reveal its vast, limitless potential.
Meditation Courses and Retreats
Learn To Meditate
Suitable for Absolute Beginners: Anyone can learn how to meditate during this one-day course set in the tranquil surroundings of The Meditation Centre. If you are searching for a secular technique to help de-stress, relax, improve concentration and enjoy more from life, then this is the course for you. Join one of our teachers to learn a classical meditation practice which can help you attain calm, develop concentration and cultivate happiness. This relaxing day is suitable for beginners or experienced meditators from other traditions. During the day you will learn about the benefits of Meditation, the process of the release of stress and how Meditation can transform your life. Leave the centre with a simple but powerful Meditation technique which you can easily embrace into busy daily life. A magical day in a beautiful, serene setting. The course fee of £55 also includes a FREE refresher day at the Centre.
* The Centre is currently offering FREE places on this course for people who are carers on a first-come, first-served basis. Please telephone or email for more information.
For more information on meditation and to answer any questions you may have, please read the FAQ page
”Our Age UK group had a lovely day out with Annette at the Dent Meditation Centre. She is a very empathetic and lucid teacher, gently connecting with everyone and taking us step-by-step through the beginners’ meditation. It was always a two-way process and never just a teacher handing down instructions – just what we wanted for those with a new interest in the subject. We enjoyed various types of meditations and came away refreshed in mind and body. Thank you Annette.
Richard Daniels (Day Activities Organiser with Age UK North Craven)
”I’ve always been drawn to meditation and have attended sessions or read books about it. However being properly trained by Annette has made an enormous difference to my understanding. Meditation has been a transforming influence.
Darrin, IT Project Manager, Leeds
Silent Retreat Day
Course Facilitator: Centre Teacher
Looking for stillness and space along with time to relax and reflect? This day is offered to anyone who wants to escape the madness and mayhem of mobile phone ringtones, emails, 24-hour television and relentless social media to spend a day of quiet relaxation, reflection and renewal within beautiful, safe surroundings. The tranquility and calm of The Meditation Centre will help you to fully let go of stress and enjoy a day of stillness and reflection facilitated by one of the Centre’s teachers. We start by posing a question to frame the day and then participants are invited to join in a Tibetan Gong Meditation and later enjoy a short walk in silence through the village to the river where a short meditation and simple purification ceremony is held. Inspiring books and magazines are available to read in the Centre alongside materials to draw or write plus cushions, chairs and candles for meditation For anyone wanting gentle exercise – yoga mats are set out and participants also have full use of the Centre’s kitchen and gardens. The day is loosely scheduled to offer participants the time and space to reflect in their own way and at their own pace. Please bring a packed lunch.
Mindful Yoga and Meditation Days:
Course Facilitator: Lisa Milnor
Many of us seek the benefits that Mindful Yoga and Meditation offer – a greater sense of calm and ease amidst the busyness of life, the clarity to step back and respond more skilfully to the physical, emotional and mental challenges that life offers us and the cultivation of kindness towards ourselves and others that manifests as global happiness and wellbeing. Through these practices we learn how to support our own physical, emotional and mental well-being by mindfully connecting to the body, breath, emotions and the world we inhabit. Join us and take time out for to explore how Mindful Yoga and Meditation can benefit your overall health and well-being. Suitable for all, each of these days will include some gentle and restorative yoga asana postures/movement, simple breathing practices and meditation bound together with teachings from the ancient practices of yoga and mindfulness. Each day is themed inviting us to explore an aspect of our being more deeply:
2nd March – Mindful Living: An invitation to explore how we might live and breathe the ancient teachings of yoga and mindfulness not just through our practice on the mat but into everyday life in a way that is conducive to both personal and collective wellbeing.
8th June – Mindfulness, Meditation and the Menopause!: For anyone who wishes to better understand this key transition (and exciting developmental stage – yes really!) in a woman’s life. Exploring mindfulness practices that help us embrace this transformational process that can feel both liberating and unsettling.
24th August – Communication & Connection: Using mindful yoga and meditation practices to explore how we might deal with difficult situations in a more skillful way. Understanding our own needs and feelings and finding ways to express these authentically. Learning to listen and cultivating empathy for others and in doing so fostering connection and love.
12th October – Release, Rebalance, Renew with TRE®: A day of self-care as we mindfully explore how TRE® supported by yoga and meditation can help release stress and invite a sense of inner calm and peace. TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise) is a series of exercises practiced mindfully to assist thebody in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. TRE® is a self-help tool that once learned can be used as needed to support your own physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. This session will be suitable for most people subject to the completion of a health questionnaire.
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Once a month we hold a drop-in Group Meditation at the Centre to which everyone is invited. These are lovely mornings where you get the chance to gather together with like-minded people to enjoy a Tibetan Gong Meditation with some gentle exercise, affirmations, chanting and a good old-fashioned natter!
See Course Calendar for dates
Creating Flow with QiGong – four workshops
Course Facilitator: Tony Bennett
The river FLOWs without hindrance or interruption on its journey from its source, rain, to its ‘home’, the sea, without interruption, despite many hindrances along the way. Trees are rooted to the ground, bending, yielding in the wind and rain, unmoved until stillness returns. Wild animals move effortlessly, using great strength and endurance, conserving their energy in order to survive. The river, tree and wild animals are great teachers, used by the Chinese ancients to understand better the potential to improve the lives of humans. Applying the human abilities to observe and make choices, they learnt how to FLOW like a river, effectively negotiating the blocks and challenges in their lives found along the way, and be still and yielding like a tree, and to behave so as to use energy efficiently like wild animals, applying their qualities of courage and determination. From this they created a way of being and called it Qigong, or self-nurturing and the way of the warrior was born.
The four workshops being offered through the course of 2018 will lead to a deeper understanding of principles used in Qigong that can lead to a greater sense of FLOW in our lives, using theoretical understanding and practical techniques. Qigong is sometimes referred to as Meditation in Motion, helping our minds, emotions and body to become calmer.
After attending workshops, you will have:
1 A better understanding of where your emotions come from and how and why they affect you in the way they do and how to deal with your emotions using simple meditative techniques, sound and breathing, in stillness and movement. This improves EMOTIONAL FLOW.
2 An appreciation of the value and significance of alignment of the joints in our bodies and the release of tension when standing up, sitting down, standing still and moving, where we at the same time relax and strengthen upper body core. This improves PHYSICAL FLOW.
3 An appreciation of the benefits to managing our physical and emotional selves on our ability to solve problems that confront us, to increase MENTAL FLOW.
4 Ideas of how to put this new way of BEING into practice in your private, community and working life so as to improve relationships (with yourself and others) and personal fulfilment.
Cost: £40 per one-day course. £70 to book two sessions in advance, £110 to book three sessions in advance and £140 to book all four sessions in advance. A 10% deposit is required to secure a place.
Weekly Yoga Classes
GENTLE YOGA – Mondays 6pm to 7pm
No age limit. Movements and teaching methods will be adapted for disabilities. Alleviate general stiffness, improve co-ordination, balance, strength and mobility. Drinks and snacks are available after class. It is a great opportunity to meet up with other people in the area.
FLOW YOGA – Mondays 7pm to 8pm
CORE YOGA – Wednesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Core, strength, balance, stretch and relax.
HATHA YOGA – Thursdays 6.15pm to 7.15pm
A general level class where movements and postures will be adapted to suit the students’ abilities. Each weekly class will focus on a different posture or element of yoga.
ACTIVE YOGA – Thursdays 7.15pm to 8.15pm
A stronger class, based on ashtanga, suitable for those with a reasonable level of fitness. Each weekly class will focus on a different element of the practice.
Rainbow Chakra Gong Sound Bath
Come and relax to the healing sounds of magical gongs, Tibetan & pure crystal singing bowls, bells and chimes. From the exquisite sacred sounds of tibetan and pure crystal singing bowls, balancing your energy centres, body mind spirit, we move to the wonderful multi-coloured sound frequencies of the gongs in this deeply relaxing sound journey. You will leave on winged heels, tingling with enhanced life force energy and tuned up in body, mind and spirit, beautifully chilled out. This is a return visit by request from sound sorceress and gongmaster Kath Reade www.deepsong.org. Kath Reade is a trained sound healer/Gongmaster, Reiki Master, singer and teacher based in Hebden Bridge with an ever growing following. No experience needed. Please contact Kath via her website to book. Entrance £15.
‘Thank you, much appreciated. Gorgeous, restful, cleansing, healing, magical and beautiful experience as always’. – Rachel Geldard.
Come and join us to celebrate these magical natural turning points of the year which have been marked for centuries the world over. In the Summer we throw open the doors to enjoy The Meditation Centre’s unique setting in the heart of Nature and celebrate the Summer Season with joyful meditations, music and merriment. In the Winter, we light the candles and huddle round an indoor camp-fire to share starry stories, music and meditation. Both dates offer us a sacred secular space in the Calendar and in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales for special stillness and reflection. We would love you to join us….
Contemplation and Communication Evenings
Participants on these evenings will mostly work in pairs doing exercises called “dyads” where one partneris communicating and the other partner is a silent listener. After initial work on communication, participants will spend the rest of the evening contemplating and communicating with the aim to directly experience their true nature. The facilitator is Kevin Magee who apprenticed with Master Peter Ralston over many years in the US and has been teaching the communication of Ralston called “Cheng Hsin” (True Being) in Europe for over ten years. For more information on the work of Cheng Hsin visit the website
www.chenghsin.com. The following books on consciousness by Ralston are recommended reading: The Book of Not Knowing; Pursuing Consciousness; The Genius of Being. Those new to this technique will be contemplating the question “Who am I?” regardless of previous experiences and backgrounds. To book or for more information please contact June Parker – 015396 20972.
Awakening a New Heart Workshop
“Awakening a New Heart” is a workshop that uses Capacitar practices to teach us how we can be involved in the healing and well being not only of ourselves, but of our families, communities and the wider world. On the day, it is possible using simple body, mind, spirit practices to experience wellness and to learn that we can draw on our innate wisdom to release overwhelming feelings, stress and trauma, thereby improving our daily life. These Capacitar practices are well tested having been in use around the world for thirty years. Capacitar, a Spanish word meaning to “empower, to encourage, to bring forth life”, is taught in forty nine countries – Nicaragua, USA, Scotland, Ireland, Afghanistan, Rwanda, South Africa, Palestine, Israel and Japan to mention just a few – and has brought significant healing to communities suffering the trauma of conflict, hatred, violence or natural disasters. Tai Chi with visualisation, movements to stimulate the body’s innate healing, Emotional Freedom Technique and a range of simple holds and acupressure can enable us to release stress and tension, and discover the joy of living well with peace of mind. These simple yet profound practices are done to music and in a quiet relaxed atmosphere and are easy to learn so that we can experience the benefits immediately, and be empowered to pass on to others these simple ‘tools for living well”. Previous students have said: “I feel calm and centred now, less tense”, “Lovely, gentle time with healing touch and connectedness” “I really enjoyed the workshop and totally relaxed for the first time in ages.”