Program Details

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat - The Joy of Letting Go

with Simon La Haye
November 23 / 5:00 AM - November 30 / 6:00 AM



The Joy of Letting Go - Learn mindfulness through meditation practice and discover how life will present new and rich experiences and perceptions.

"Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist practice which has profound relevance for our present-day lives... It has to do with examining who we are, with questioning our view of the world and our place in it, and with cultivating some appreciation for the fullness of each moment we are alive. Most of all, it has to do with being in touch.”  - Jon Kabat-Zinn from “Wherever you go, there you are


In modern life, it’s sometimes difficult to find our place and to truly know who we are. Our pain and suffering, temporary or more profound, are often the result of a separation between our perception of the world and the world as it really is. Yet our potential for fulfillment is innate. How can we wake up to our natural capacity for joy and plenitude?

Mindfulness practice helps us – through meditation, contemplation and dialogue – to get a better understanding of who we are, to get a better understanding of our situation and to free ourselves from our beliefs and concepts - too often restrictive and limiting. Mindfulness helps us to let go, opening up the possibility to be fully engaged in our live and go beyond the limitations of our mind.

Learning to take it easy and not clinging to certain wishes and habits, will allow your humorous, creative and joyful part of being to prosper.


During this week-long retreat, we will explore the idea of “letting go”. Our common practice and the environment will become a source of rejuvenation and a chance to touch our inherent human potential: an opportunity to be present in our lives, free from doubt and fear.


The retreat will include talks, meditation instruction (sitting and walking), guided exercises, moments of silence and discussion groups.


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