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.
Learn To Meditate Day Course
Course Facilitator: Centre Teacher
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
Space for Stillness
Course Facilitator: Centre Teacher
Once a month we hold a drop-in session at the Centre to which everyone is invited. These are lovely mornings where you get the chance to gather together with like-minded people and enjoy space and stillness in the Centre’s beautiful surroundings. The sessions are facilitated by Centre teachers and include light refreshments. No experience of meditation is necessary.
See Course Calendar for dates
Living In Harmony
New for 2019: Come and celebrate the seasonal changes with us by tuning into these special turning points of the year through meditation and movement; sound and stillness. The Meditation Centre is situated in the heart of Nature and this year we are running four special seasonal celebrations of the Spring and Autumn Equinox; and the Summer and Winter Solstice. The three-day celebrations will help us re-connect with the rhythms of the natural world and our own natural state of being. The weekends include a Personal Retreat Day, Space for Stillness; Sound Bath; plus a day of QiGong and Movement – all led by our own experienced Centre Teachers. Choose from coming along to just a half day; one day; a weekend, or all three days and immerse yourself in the four themes which reflect these special times of the year… and our own lives…
Spring Equinox – Re-vitalise Your Life!
Summer Solstice – Source Your Power and Purpose
Autumn Equinox – Learning to Let Go
Winter Solstice – Embracing the Shadow
Personal Retreat Day
Course Facilitator: Centre Teacher
As part of the Living in Harmony weekends organised by the Centre to celebrate seasonal transitions we are offering a Personal Retreat Day which can either be booked as a day in itself or as part of the Harmony weekend package.
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 a 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.
Seasonal Space for Stillness
Course Facilitator: Centre Teacher
As part of the Living in Harmony weekends organised by the Centre to celebrate seasonal transitions we are offering a Seasonal Space for Stillness morning which can either be booked just as a morning – or as part of the Harmony weekend package.
Depending on the time of year, the celebrations will include stillness and reflective time both in Nature and the Centre… alongside poetry, song and story-telling – all themed with the season.
Seasonal Sound Baths
Course Facilitator: Kath Reade
As part of four Living In Harmony weekends organised by the Centre to celebrate seasonal transitions, sound healer and Centre teacher Kath Reade is offering four Gong Sound Baths which can either be booked individually or as part of the Harmony weekend package.
Spring Equinox: Bliss out to the golden sound frequencies of the Sun and Moon gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, and many beautiful sacred sound instruments from across the world as you relax, recharge, and reach for your dreams…”Every time Kath sounded the sacral chakra singing bowl I felt like the old wrappings were falling off, like shedding the old skin and i am left with the lovely new stuff underneath” – Irene Campbell.
Summer Solstice: Feel the Summer delights of the Italian Bronze Gong from Tuscany with a 4000 year lineage. The Sun Gong, and miraculous 528hz wah wah gong will connect with and nourish your inner power and joy. “Kath’s Gong Bath was a highlight of my life so far!” – Gillian Roberts.
Autumn Equinox: Feel and connect with the deep earth rhythms of Autumn with Gongmaster Kath Reade, through her mighty and beautiful Earth Gong and Shamanic Drumming Journey where we may meet our loving power animals, and give thanks for the harvest of our lives. “An amazing gong and drum session Kath. It was EXACTLY what we needed. An afternoon my son will have with him for ever. Your gongs and drums are awesome! Huge thanks for filling us with beautiful energy. Still tingling!” -Susan Bailey
Winter Solstice: Sound Healer Kath Reade will take you on a wonderful journey of healing sound vibrations to strengthen your immune system and rest in the reflective qualities of Winter. Simply let go and rest in golden sounds. “Thank you so much, Kath…. Gorgeous, restful, cleansing, healing, magical and beautiful experience as always.” -Rachel Geldard.
Qigong and the Seasons – Four Workshops
Course Facilitator: Tony Bennett
As part of the four Living In Harmony weekends organised by the Centre to celebrate seasonal transitions, Centre teacher Tony Bennett is offering four special workshops which can either be booked individually or as part of the Harmony weekend package.
Qigong is founded on the acknowledgement that Humans are of Nature. Qigong practice was derived from a detailed observation of Nature and subsequently through experience of reflecting Nature in practice.
Qigong therefore uses Natural forces such as gravity, magnetic attraction and detraction, and centrifugal force. It recognises the role of light, colour and sound – their vibrational qualities and effects. It recognises, respects and uses the influence of Weather we experience and the Seasons as the year goes round- the rhythms of Nature.
Just as these factors affect and inform the growth of plants and animals, for example, and the rhythms of their lives, so too, is it recognised in Qigong that these often subtle forces also affect Humans.
The practice of Qigong, therefore, grounds Humans in Nature and thereby affects well-being in all its aspects: physcial, emotional and mental.
It is Natural to be calm most of the time, to be relaxed in body and mind, to be able to move with ease and grace, to be able to face life without fear. Qigong is a training that takes Humans back to their Natural state.
The four one-day Workshops in 2019 will explore the energies of the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. We will look at the effect of the seasons on our body functions, and we will learn and put into practice movements, meditations and sounds that will serve to connect us to the Seasons and bring balance to our body/mind systems.
Sacred Song and Chant
Course Facilitator: Kath Reade
Feel the benefit from vibrational ancient mystical traditions to create harmonious energy. When we chant, our life force flows to our cells and helps reduce stress. Suitable for beginners, the sessions will include chanting time-honoured mantras with sound healer and centre teacher Kath Reade. Simple guidance given. Breathe deeply, feel your entire body vibrating with the syllables, become filled with golden healing light and inner harmony. A beautiful experience.
Movement and Meditation
Full Moon Meditation, Yoga and Vedic Astrology Workshops
Course Facilitators: Annette Ainsworth Brooke and Maureen Wray
The Moon has long fascinated human beings… from wanting to visit its bright shiny surface, to inspiring poetry, paintings and song.
In these special workshops, join Centre Director Annette Ainsworth Brooke and experienced yoga teacher Maureen Wray to explore the ancient Vedic tradition of honouring the Moon.
Tap into the deep wisdom of lunar energy to increase and support your own intuition and regain a sense of balance in your life through learning time-honoured techniques which re-tune you into a natural rhythm.
Expect a nurturing and nourishing day of self-care alongside the sharing of ancient teachings which will include meditation, yoga, Vedic astrology and sound healing. Each participant will also be offered – and enabled to work with – a personal Vedic astrology chart.
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 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:
May 3 – Celebrating Menopause through Mindfulness, Yoga & Meditation: This day is for anyone who wishes to better understand this key transition (and exciting developmental stage – yes really!) in a woman’s life. Together we will explore and experience mindfulness, yoga and meditation practices that can help us embrace this transformational process and potentially alleviate the challenging symptoms that can accompany perimenopause and menopause. Our time together will also be an opportunity to share our experiences and knowledge of dealing with a key life change that can feel both liberating and unsettling. Are you ready to rediscover your true self, to reconnect with your gifts and discover joy in the freedom of maturing and entering a new unwritten chapter in your life?
June 14 – Release, Renew, Rebalance with TRE & Meditation: A day of self-care as we mindfully explore how TRE® and meditation can help release stress and invite a sense of inner calm and peace. You will learn some simple practices that release deeply held tension to allow a rebalancing that opens us up more freely to renewal and growth in the body, mind and heart. We will cultivate being in a wiser relationship to ourselves, learning how to stay grounded and to self-regulate so that we are more able to release physical, mental and emotional tension in a gentle and supported way. TRE® is a revolutionary self-help practice that wakes up the body and in doing so helps us wake up to this life – in all its fullness! TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise) is a series of exercises practiced mindfully to assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma and was created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD. The practice safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. It generally feels pleasant and soothing and can lead to many benefits including:
reduced levels of anxiety and stress,
release of muscle tightness and improved joint mobility,
enhanced exercise performance,
less risk of sport injury and a more speedy recovery from injury,
relief from chronic medical conditions,
more energy and endurance,
improved relationships and
an overall greater sense of peace and well-being.
TRE® is a self-help tool that once learned can be used as needed to support your own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. The day will be suitable for most people and you will be required to complete a health questionnaire before the day where you will be informed if the practice of TRE is not appropriate for you at this time. Meditation practices will be an integral part of the day to support grounding, to invite a sense of wakefulness to our experience as it unfolds and to cultivate kindness towards ourselves. You are invited to participate in these practices with a beginners mind, bringing a friendly curiosity to whatever arises in your body, mind and heart as the day unfolds.
August 16 – details coming soon
October 11 – details coming soon
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Course Facilitator: Andy Weller
How can we move forward in life? How do we know when to walk a new path? Join Mountain Leader Andy Weller and the Centre’s Director Annette Ainsworth Brooke for an insightful and inspiring day exploring change and transition through the ancient practice of the labyrinth; gentle meditative walking; a simple purification ceremony by the river and a fire-pit drumming session. Take home mystical tools from wisdom traditions to help you deal with transformation and change in your everyday life. No experience necessary but participants must be capable of walking a couple of miles on footpaths over gentle but undulating terrain. Please bring a packed lunch, suitable footwear and all-weather clothing.
SPIRITUALITY – A CELTIC VISION
Course Facilitator: Julie Darling
There are many Celtic traditions, but they all share a common vision – that the natural world is the face of the divine. This is a retreat day to deepen your spiritual journey through meditating with live sacred Celtic harp music, reflecting on how connection with nature can enrich our spiritual lives, and learning about the wisdom of the Celtic world. Weather permitting, we will spend time meditating with the harp outside in nature and reflect on how the natural world shows us our own divine aspect at work. There will be silent spaces in the day for walking, resting, journaling, drawing or writing. More information at www.spiritualharp.com
Herbs, Yoga and Meditation Workshops
Course Facilitator: Bel Charlesworth
New for 2019, join herbalist and yoga teacher Bel Charlesworth for a full day of herbal wisdom and loveliness combined with movement and meditation to restore and enliven your body and mind. Each day focuses on a different theme – an established benefit of Meditation – and can be enjoyed as a single day or alongside the other Herb, Yoga and Meditation days on offer. Just select the day/s you’d benefit from the most! Each day will include a herb walk and outdoor meditation as well as a Medicinal Herb tutorial and herbal tea tastings plus morning and afternoon yoga sessions with meditation and guided relaxation. 10am-5pm. Cost £55 per person. Bel is an experienced herbalist, nutrition and wellbeing practitioner as well as the Health and Wellbeing tutor at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate. To book your place or more info please contact Bel on 07775920079 or via her website www.yorkshireherbalist.co.uk
Sun 12th May Relax & Restore (to complement Saturday’s Elemental walk day)
Sat 8th June Energy & Vitality
Sun 21st July Balance & Focus
Sun 29th Sept Rest & Digest
THE TRANSFORMATION GAME
Facilitator Jonathan Middlemiss
“The Transformation Game is a joyful way of understanding and transforming the way you play your life. It’s about looking at your life and the kinds of experiences you create, seeing how you react to them and how you can use these insights for your own growth. Through the Game you can become more aware of your personal strengths and learn important lessons that can deepen your understanding of how you operate on the Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual levels. By providing new perspectives on current life issues, the game helps you clarify old beliefs and attitudes and transforms reaction patterns. “ (Joy Drake, Kathy Tyler – Findhorn Foundation). The Game will be led by Accredited Transformation Game Facilitator (Innerlinks) Jonathan Middlemiss who also has experience of many spiritual traditions, including the Western Mystery tradition (Qabalah), the traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism, Tonglen, Shamanism, Spiritualism and other healing work. Jonathan’s deep sense of the spirituality of all life came from his childhood experiences on a remote farm in the Yorkshire Dales where he had little contact with anyone outside his family until he was twelve. Taught at home by his mother, he spent most of his time in the valleys and moors exploring nature. His career as an artist has reflected this and given Jonathan the opportunity to teach and take workshops on spirituality and creativity.
See Course Calendar for dates and contact Jonathan to book: www.middlemissart.com
CONTEMPLATION AND COMMUNICATION EVENINGS
Faciltator: Kevin Magee
After initial work on communication, participants will spend the rest of the evening working on the question, “Who am I?” in pairs. One partner contemplates the question and communicates this to their partner, who is a silent listener. Faciltator Kevin Magee was an apprentice of Peter Ralston over many years. He has been teaching Ralston’s Communication “Cheng Hsin” (True Being”) in Europe for over 10 years. More information: website www.chenghsin.com. Books by Ralston: The Book of Not Knowing, Pursuing Consciousness, The Genius of Being.
See Course Calendar for dates and contact June Parker to book: 015396 20972; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to Therapeutic Touch Workshop
Facilitator: Karen Eastham, MSc, RGN, UKCP Registered Integrated Body Work Psychotherapist & Supervisor
Therapeutic touch is a bio energetic healing process developed within the parameter of modern day healthcare which provides a contemporary interpretation of some ancient healing practices. It is a form of energy healing that is focused on being heart-centred to support physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It involves working with a gentle touch assisting the body to comfort, balance and is thought to promote healing through restoring harmony to a person’s energy fields.
INTRODUCTION TWO-DAY WORKSHOP
These days are an introduction to the history, application and theory of Therapeutic Touch in health and healing and how it is being applied in all other areas of therapeutic work with people and animals. The experiential workshop offers exercises, meditations and practical steps for the participant to become familiar with TT and how they can integrate Therapeutic Touch into everyday practice with family and friends.
Karen has a background of over 35 years of experience working within Healthcare and has studied and practiced the integration of Complementary Therapies within her specialist fields of work since the 1990’s. She is recognized by the Therapeutic Touch International Association as a teacher of TT for people and animals and really enjoys the experience and positive changes that can occur for the people who come to learn.
Weekly Yoga Classes
Lesley Hennedy facilitates a yoga class at the Centre on Wednesday evenings. Specialist yoga therapy is also available on a Thursday morning led by yoga teacher, Laura Fletcher. If you are interested in any of these weekly sessions and would like more information, please contact the Centre.